I was chosen to do this Blog Tour for Blind Sight months ago. I’ve been desperate to do ARC reviews and cannot thank Ermilia and Eliabeth enought for the opportunity.
This review will be for Aniela’s excerpt ONLY. If you’ve read my reviews, you know they usually do not include spoilers.
I really liked the introduction to the royal family and Aniela’s world. The flashback portion was brilliant and very strongly written. I wish the entire excerpt contained more flashbacks. I loved the complex family dynamic and how each family member fit in or in some cases, did not, fit into the dynamic.
At first, Aniela is the dutiful daughter who doesn’t understand her reckless sister Tatiana, nor her lackluster brother Theodore. Aniela is a strongly written character and instantly likeable, much like Mia Thermopolis in the Princess Diaries. Aniela is well-rounded, never flat, and is a progressive royal involved in a job at a floral shop and runs her own orphanage, Phoenix.
Once Aniela befriends the blind immigrant Odette and her brother Leo, the action and plot of this half of the novel starts to develop. I felt that all the relationships were believable and realistic for teenagers, especially ones who live on a magical island. About halfway through the novel is where I begin to be completely engrossed and cannot put it down. What exactly is Odette? That’s one of many main questions as Aniela, her brother, Leo, and others search to find what is behind the ailing Odette’s behaviors, namely her eerie drawings.
The writing gets tighter in this half of the book and while I usually unravel big plot points and secrets, I was completely gobsmacked about some developments I did not see coming. To not spoil things I will just say looking back, now the William character seems a little fishy but I really dismissed him as someone in the background and did not give him any importance. Flash forward to the climax and it turns out he is super important!
I absolutely LOVE cliffhangers and there is a secret meeting at the end between two characters who are unlikely to ever really interact outside of a mutual friendship. Their conversation and the acknowledgement of a secret which was not divulged but alluded to left me breathless. I simply NEED to know what this secret is!!!!
I was really invested in Blind Sight, particularly in the tangled web of superbly developed characters. Aniela undergoes a major, and well crafted character arc and it is really interesting to see how it plays out between the pages. I loved being in her head and her heart throughout the excerpt.
I will refrain on stating if I am Team Aniela or Team Leo at the moment but if you enjoy reading YA, especially paranormal YA, Blind Sight is a very enjoyable and suspenseful read!
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Learn more about Blind Sight: 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. So when Odette Reyes, a girl blind from birth, begins to experience ominous side effects of the island’s “gift,” her brother Leocardo and best friend Aniela must figure out what the doctors cannot. 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.
Who is right? 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.
Buy the book! Both volumes are available as an e-book for Kindle (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.) and Nook (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.) Don’t have an e-reader, pick up a PDF on Smashwords (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.)
The paperback special edition will be available in the fall (northern hemisphere).
Eliabeth wrote her first mini-series in second grade when the teacher told her she was not old enough to write a chapter book. Regrettably, for fear of turning into a starving artist, Eliabeth played it safe in college and is now a recent William Jewell graduate with a BA in International Business and Japanese. She now returns to what she truly loves, creating worlds for people to escape to and characters for them to fall in love with. Ermisenda began writing Harry Potter fan-fiction at the age of twelve and started developing her own writing at fourteen when she joined play sites and completed her first crime novel at fifteen. Although her favorite genres were crime and fantasy, she reads a bit of everything. Driven by the desire to evoke the kaleidoscope of emotions her favorite authors are able to, she kept writing. Growing up bilingual amongst her Spanish family in Australia, she found a love and deep appreciation for language and the power it wielded. She is now a Psychology major at the University of Newcastle. Together, they write as Ermilia.
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