Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Blog Tour: Blind Sight (combined review)
I am very happy to say that I am a stop on the Blind Sight Blog Tour. This is my very first blog tour and I am ecstatic to have a chance to help out.
(Both books provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review).
Title: Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes (ARC)
Author: Ermisenda Alvarez
Rating: 4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.
Description via GoodReads:
In this volume: Snatched out of their life in Spain, Leocardo and his blind sister Odette find themselves on an island with no recollection of the trip. After foiled attempts to escape, Odette’s strange behavior gets worse. Even after learning the island has bestowed magic upon them both, Leocardo faces the possibility his sister is having a mental break down. Just as he thinks he is settled in, job and romantic life stable, Odette disappears.
Title: Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson (ARC)
Author: Eliabeth Hawthorne
Rating: 3 TURTLES: An enjoyable read, but I suggest check out if you like the topic before adding it to your TBR.
Description via GoodReads:
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.
When I was first asked to read the Blind Sight novels for the blog tour, I was immediately grabbed the originality of the concept. I have read books where the point of view switches back and forth between characters, but never two individual books of different points of view telling the same story. After reading both, I would say that you don’t have to read both versions for the story to make sense, but you definitely understand more of the whole story by reading them both.
I started with Aniela Dawson’s point of view. While the story of Blind Sight is very interesting, I never really connected with Aniela’s character and found her bit annoying at times, so I did not enjoy her side of the story as much as I did Leocardo’s. Her side does have some interesting information that added to the story though. When I got to Leocardo’s story, the pages were turning quickly. His confusion of being swept off to mysterious Edaion really drew me in, and his concern to protect his sister from her gift.
Blind Sight is an exciting story and with many questions left unanswered, I will be interested to see what the next installment has to offer. I love reading books with an element of originality to them, so even though I didn’t really connect with Aniela’s side of the story as much as Leocardo’s, I am still glad I saw her perspective of things.