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Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes (Volume 1) Paperback – April 1, 2013
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This story has twists and turns, danger, mystery, and romance. From the very first page you are drawn into Leo's adventure. His thoughts and feelings become your own. The love for Odette, the blossoming feelings for Ana, and the concern for his sister when she starts behaving strangely. This is a fantastic journey that will captivate, enchant, and ensnare you! A must read for any fantasy lover!
Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes Ermisenda Alvarez.
I received these books free direct from authors for review but as always this does not affect my review in anyway, the opinions I voice are honestly held.
I've reviewed both books together - the length and quality of editing of both is very good - none of the oft seen grammar and spelling errors ( a recent book mentioned jewellery made of 18 carrot gold - my horse would love that but not sure I would! Sadly there sort of errors along with misuse of your/you're are all too common in kindle books) these are self published books so congratulations to the authors for not falling in to that trap.
Well, onto the story...I was intrigued at the idea of the same story written from two different points of view and by two different authors and I wasn't let down. They worked well to keep the cohesion of the basic story together and I found is fascinating looking at incidents from a second viewpoints. As the old saying goes - two sides to every story and these books certainly prove that. I think it would have worked better though if they'd been sold as one book, still kept separate but as one novel. I know readers can choose to buy both or just one but feel that you need to read both to get the best from the story. Many things that puzzle in one book are explained in the other.
I found Odette to be quite a cold person - I know she has major problems but I just didn't really feel any empathy with her in contrast to her friends the princess Aniela who has to overcome a bullying and over controlling mother. Maybe its just that we don't really seem to get much of the background of either Odette or her brother Leocardo before they arrive on the island. The idea of the island too is a little shallow on details, I'd like to know more about how it works, how people are selected and found who arrive there, and how it works within the "real" world. Everyone just seems very accepting far too quickly of having their previous lives disrupted.
There are mysteries relating to Odettes Gift, to the Royal family and to the interpersonal relationships of the major characters. It seems very much as though these books are "scene setting" for further novels and for me there are too many questions and not enough answers to really enjoy the books as they deserve. They're marketed as YA books and I'm not that of course (!! long time past..) so maybe they can take to this kind of beginning of a sereis but to be hinest I'd have thought their attention needed capturing even more quickly than mine but who knows. The reviews certainly read as though others have found the books captivating so I guess its just a personal choice issue that they didn't do it for me. I didn't dislike them in any way - more that I just didn't really care any more about the dangers and problems the characters faced. Still, I found the same thing for Lord of the Rings and the Terry Pratchett novels - something son no 1 loves, and of course they have a great following. I think what this means for anyone reading this review is if you like LotR and Pratchett there's a good chance you'll be interested in these books, but if your reading tastes lie more in line with mine on the paranormal/fantasy line then you may find you feel the same way about these books as I do. Don't just take my word for ot though - use the "look inside " function - its a decent sample of they style of the books so will give you a good idea of how you feel about them.
Stars: well for quality of writing, length and price they're 4 star but for content on a personal level only 3 stars for me for the reasons I've explained :( so an overall of 3.5 stars.
One of the great features of this book is the element of surprise. This began in the Prologue, right through to the last chapter, in fact, to the last page. As I read, I found myself frequently puzzled, and asking "How did we get here??", or "Did I miss something?", or simply "What? What happened?". For the most part this was a positive feature of the novel, and one of the reasons it could be classified as a Mystery Novel. The author very cleverly keeps the reader's full attention, and keeps the fast pace of the novel. I was concerned that as a Fantasy Novel, the storyline would be bogged down by descriptions. No need to worry about that - nothing that I got bogged down in! However, I will qualify my comments by saying that at times a little more description would have been welcome, especially with respect to character description. Minor characters sometimes arrived without filling the reader in on who they were. This bothered me, until I realized that in some instances, these characters left as quickly as they had arrived. Nevertheless, I did catch myself flipping pages back, (which is not an easy thing to do using an online eReader program!), trying to find out where characters had come from. In most, if not all of the cases, I think it was just a case of missing information, not an intentional holding back by the author.
There is an element of romance in this novel, which I found brought a gentler focus to the overall storyline. That gentler focus, coupled with the light fantasy plotline made this book much more enjoyable than I had expected. My concern of facing a typical Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy was completely unfounded. In fact, if anything, I would say that this novel left me wondering if other light fantasy novels were out there! One of the aspects that appealed to me was the element of a sixth sense - rather than `fantastical' elements. This sixth sense tone also fitted in with the gentler focus of the overall storyline.
The characters in the novel, both the main characters and the secondary ones, are all quite likeable. Even those portrayed as having an edge, or being a little outside the law, were enjoyable to read about. I think that is a sign of clever writing techniques, as well as who the character was within the story.
The end of this book was....... Well, actually, you will need to find that out yourself....!!
Tomorrow, I will post my review of the second book, told from the perspective of the character Aniela Dawson, and fit the two novels together as one.
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