Title: Blind Sight (Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson)
Author: Eliabeth Hawthorne
Publisher: Self-Published through Ermilia LLC
Release Date: March 1, 2012
A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette’s drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits. Whose eyes will you read through?
Both books are “volume one” you can read one without the other and still get a complete story, but you won’t see how the characters interpret the same situation differently.
In this volume: While Aniela tries to escape a lifestyle where obligations take priority over friendships, she befriends Odette, a blind girl with the ability to draw. Almost immediately, concerns and questions arise as Aniela suspects that Odette’s gift is far stronger than any seen before. In the middle of family turmoil and a complicated romantic relationship with Odette’s brother, Aniela faces the realization that helping her comatose friend means disobeying her mother, something she has never done before.
First of all, this book is an adult book, but it’s not necessarily just for adult readers. There is very little foul language (and what little is present is confined to one character), it’s simply that some of the concepts are more for older readers. However, I would recommend this book to a lot of my more mature friends who love fantasy books.
I loved the premise of the story, which is pretty much the reason I accepted the invitation to participate in the tour. I don’t usually review adult books, even if I do read them, but the background of the story and the format it came in intrigued me. The two volumes sharing the same story from different points of view, the mystery entwined with a little romance and adventure? Plus, a whole lot of family secrets, from what hints this volume – especially the ending! – gave me. The cover is epic. I love the relevance it has to the story. It’s edged in black, there’s tons of drawings and paper on it, and even the font is captivating.
The writing itself was pretty unique. There was a lot of voice put into the work, but the style of the writing would make it very easy for younger readers to make sense of the book. Despite some eloquence, the writing was very down-to-earth and likeable for that reason. There were some parts that confused me and I had to reread in order to understand it, but for the most part, it was simple. That was enjoyable for me. I didn’t have to really work to read the book because it flowed in a way that lead me from chapter to chapter without me even noticing that I had read that far. I would set a limit for myself, saying “Okay, just one chapter, and then you have to do your homework.” Yeah, needless to say, that didn’t work.
I also enjoyed the unique relationship between each character and how I could decipher each of them simply from Aniela’s point of view. Sometimes the POV changed to slightly more omniscient in order to give more insight since it was written in third person, but for the most part, Aniela’s understanding of her family and of her friends easily told me everything I needed to know about everyone else.
Possibly the only thing I didn’t reallly like about the book was that there were some teasers about family secrets and unknown things in the very beginning that were then forgotten about until the very last chapter. It was a great teaser at the end, which makes me REALLY want to read the sequel, but I felt a little empty after not reading about it at all, almost as though the author forgot about it (which they obviously didn’t, but still).
I still would absolutely love to read the other volume of the book, Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes by Ermisenda Alvarez. I think that it would definitely give more insight into the story than simply reading one volume or the other, although that was okay to do. I think I’ll enjoy the story more if I read both.
All in all, I really enjoyed the book, and I’d recommend it to adults and young adults as well. If you like fantasy (magic, foreign lands, and intense supernatural gifts) then this book was written with you in mind. Well? What are you waiting for!?
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