Holy massive graphic Batman!
Yes, yes, yes it is the third of March campers which means
I must fulfill the obligations I have to the demons in my basement it’s time to throw another book review your way. I’ve been waiting, for months now with a ready blog post and I’m happy to be getting this thing out there.
I was fortunate enough you see, to get to participate in an advanced reading of a book just released this month, entitled Blind Sight. It’s been a great time reading and getting to know the devoted penmonkeys behind the pages. Waaaaaaayyy at the bottom of tonight’s bloggery is a bit of a blurb about them.
Now the story is split into two volumes. Each volume is essentially the same story but told from the perspective of a different main character. Which makes it a totally different story. Really. There are a few things that I look for when I read a novel that I consider to be mandatory and this book, much like Companion Cube, really came through for me. I’m going to touch on two of the biggest ones.
The first is character development. I’ll be honest, if this is weak, I’m hard pressed to stick with it. I’ll give it a chance but if I don’t start caring about these people who live in your head then its time for you to find a new psychiatrist. Oh, right. I’m not going to read your book either.
It’s true, the character’s are well enough developed to make it easy for you to invest your time in reading about them. Take Alaya. I look at her and imagine my mother with a higher midichlorian count. Because sometimes I think she wishes she could throw anything nearby at me through SHEER FORCE OF WILL. (If that’s a little obscure, go ahead and google ‘midichlorians’. It’s okay, I’ll wait.)
Go too dry on a character and reading the book becomes more like a trudge across the arctic circle wearing nothing but a pair of rubber boots and a speedo. Not something anyone wants to do. I’m reading to enjoy myself. Take a break. I don’t want your story to be work. That makes me cranky.
Even the supporting characters are fleshy enough to avoid the label of partially decomposed (and therefore boring/unneccessary/rubbish) bits of fluff. I care about them too.
The Flashy Bits
It’s about magic. It’s there but not. And THAT is the beauty of it. Explanation…go!
Magic is present in the world. Understood.
It helps to shape the characters and further emphasize major personality traits. Is it any wonder that the most selfless of all the major cast can form shields? What about the most hot-tempered woman in the book? She uses her powers as a weapon essentially. (Want to know what that means? READ THE BOOK)
Magic also serves as an engine of conflict concerning Odette’s plot line. However, at no point did I feel overwhelmed by it. Not once did I find myself saying “Dear Tolkien in Heaven, there’s more magic in this plot than Gandalf’s undergarments. I can’t see the story through all the fireballs!” (Again, if you’ve lived under a rock for the past several decades I invite you to google.)
Coming back to the review. It serves its purpose in helping to define the characters and deliver a fantastic setting that hints rather subtly that things are much different from what they appear. Yes, characters used magic but I was way more concerned with the people and their relationships. The setting is crafted deftly and presented in a manner well suited to keep me focused on what’s important: The people in the writer’s head.
All in all? It’s a great addition to the realm of Young Adult. Don’t let the category deter you though, it fits on just about any bookshelf.
It’s been a long time since I read a story cover to cover in one sitting. Blind Sight had what it took to spot weld my butt to my chair and keep me locked firmly to the pages. Bravo.
Oh and to the author:
Write more books. I insist.
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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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