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Genre: Adult Urban FantasyA 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 OdetteGenre: Adult Urban FantasyA 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.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.Read Leocardo's side of the story in Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes by Ermisenda Alvarez:...

Title : Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson
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Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson Reviews

  • Midu Hadi
    2019-03-01 02:42

    Unlike the other readers, I liked how this story began.Aniela was the cutest little girl and Tatiana sounded like a whole lot of trouble while Theo was caught in the middle.The tiara incident only got me more interested.However,as the story progressed, it just felt like something was missing.Maybe I needed some background laying about Edaion but was given only bits and pieces about the island. This was probably why I couldn't connect to the story.I hated the way Aniela let her mother treat her and the way she endured similar behavior from other people only made me see her as a real person.Another problem I had was that Aniela should have figured out Theo was keeping things earlier. She was too smart not to and even when she realized that, she made no concrete effort to find out more. I'm going to read the book written from Leo's POV and see if it makes things clearer.

  • Kyllan Brindle
    2019-03-01 23:44

    There are a few things that I look for when I read a story 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 that 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.)Back? Alright.Point 2. 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 plot 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 subtely that things are much different than they appear. Yes, characters used magic but I was way more concerned with the people and their relationships. The setting is crafted deftly enough and presented in a manner well suited to keep me focused on what's important. The people in the writer's heads. 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.

  • Delphina
    2019-02-21 22:49

    I actually finished these two books (Blind Sight Through The Eyes of Aniela Dawson and Blind Sight Through the eyes of Leocardo Reyes)last week and have been struggling on how to write a separate reviews for them. They are both very strong books in their own right, but because I read them back to back, I am having difficulty separating the the two. In all honesty, I would have most likely felt they were fours if I only read one, but putting the two of them together was simply magical. For this reason, I am reviewing them together.I'll tell you what I loved about them:*The stories are each complete on their own, so you do not feel like you are missing huge gaps if you only read one.*The characters are believable even in such fantastical setting.*Many stories are told from multiple characters point of view. What makes this project amazing is that they are not only from each characters point of view, but also in each characters distinct voice. Having two authors working together on this was genius!*The books, while telling the same story, are in no way repetitive. The scenes that are the same are ones you really wanted to see from both sides.*The world created was so fantastical, yet you felt like it could be real and you just had not been there yet.*At no point in time did they make Odette (the blind character) weak or needy. I was afraid that since it was through the eyes of her brother and friend, you would get the sense that she was helpless/needy and I never felt that. *While the main story arc was complete, enough was left open so that you want to read more and I am really hoping the series continues.I read Aniela's story first, for no other reason than it downloaded first. I am not sure which order I would recommend going in, though. I can see advantages to both. I do recommend you read both, however. It really enriches the experience immeasurably.I received an ARC to give an honest review of. Because it was an ARC, I can not make a definitive comment on formatting or editing and I know that is valuable information for people using ereaders. I will say, that the copy I read had very few editing issues (none that distracted from my enjoyment of the book) and no formatting issues. This is one of the few ebooks I plan to also buy the print copy of once it becomes available. Yes, I enjoyed it that much :).

  • Cat
    2019-03-19 04:48

    I have always wondered what it would be like if a story was told from another point of view. When the opportunity to read this series as an ARC reader came up, I pounced!This is the first of the two, but I am already hooked with the characters and the story. Even if this didn't have a counterpart, I would want to read more!I really enjoyed Aneila, as she is a young woman trying to find a balance between what she wants, what others want of her, and her sense of duty/loyalty. Her relationship with her older sister, reminds me of my relationship with my sister (4 years my elder). Add that to the fact that Theo was such a great big brother when they were younger, and now only seems distant and tired due to his responsibilities, and I'm in love with the family semi-dysfunctional family.Another very relatable point is that Ana has grown further and further apart from her friends, and, for various reasons, has found it difficult to spend time with them. She very much wants to regain those close, personal relationships but with so much on her plate, the reader is unsure of how things will go. As for all the good-looking guys in the book, whew, there are a bunch to choose from. Although it seems Ana has settled for one, its fun to imagine what it would be like for her to date one (or two) of the others.The pacing of the book seemed just right. At times things were slow, then they picked up, and slowed down again. However, near the climax, I found myself having to reread pages, just to make sure I caught everything that was happening. There was some humor, though not too much, as the story leans more towards the serious side. Light on romance, fair amount of magic, and good amount of mystery. Overall, great balance.I'm definitely excited to read the story from Leo's perspective and cannot wait for more of the series!

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-03-10 02:47

    Blind Sight through the eyes of Aniela Daswon. Elizabeth HawthorneBlind 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.

  • Home. Love. Books.
    2019-02-24 05:24

    To read this review and others like it please check out my site Urban Fantasy Reviews at www.ufreviews.com I was asked to participate in the blog tour promoting both of the Blind Sight books, one written from Aniela's point of view and the other from Leocardo's. I think what interested me most about these two books is that it is essentially the same story only told from two different perspectives. And I have come to understand how different things can seem when they are scene from someone else's point of view. Another thing that was really interesting is that it wasn't done by just one author, who conceptualized the story and the characters and then wrote the book from two different perspectives. It was done with two separate authors, which I can imagine would be much more difficult, because you would have to make sure their are no inconsistencies as well as making sure the characters, while being written by two separate people, are still recognizable as the same people in both of the books. It is for those reasons why I found this book interesting, and agreed to review both of the books. From the minute I opened the book I started to think I was really going to like Aniela, but that I wasn't going to like her sister, and that was my initial impression from the prologue alone. Prologues for me either give way to much away or just seem so ambiguous that I wish they hadn't been included at all. But the prologue in this book, was enough for me to wonder what was going to happen next when Aniela was older, as well as wonder about what was going to happen to her family. The writing flowed really well throughout the book, and made it very easy to read. Although I do have to say for me the beginning of the book did start a bit slow, but that happens sometimes. And overall it didn't detract from the overall writing or plot of the book, so it is easily overlooked. I think the writing was done in such a way that it appeals to all kinds of readers. It doesn't necessarily have the feel of a YA book, but I could see how people who read YA would like this book. There is no gratuitous sex or cussing, so the book could be read by really all populations of readers. I always find it impressive when an author can appeal to a wide variety of audiences with one piece of work. As for Aniela as a character, she is both intricate and interesting. She is born a princess of a magical island, and one thing I always find interesting when you have royalty in the mix is how that person juggles the responsibility of power with what they want as individuals. Over the course of the book you really get to see her "come of age" if you will, and figure out her place in the world. The book starts with her being a young four year old, to really becoming a young woman. What I really like is how Aniela really becomes involved in the Odette story line, and trying to find out what is happening to her. I like the premise of Odette, that she is a blind girl that can still essentially "see" just in visions that she draws. It's such an interesting concept, and the twist even more on it that they leave her vulnerable makes it all the more interesting and intriguing. Overall I would say I enjoyed reading the book. I look forward to reading Leocardo's point of view, and see how different the world looks through another person's eyes. I would recommend this book to people who like YA books, as well as people who like Urban Fantasy, although it is a bit of different kind of UF. So if you are looking for something new and different this might be the way to go for you.

  • Ritesh
    2019-03-21 23:26

    Posted on: http://riteshkala.wordpress.com/I am reviewing this book and the second Blind Sight book, Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes, together.Blind Sight is a unique set of books, as this set contains the same story written from different main characters’ points of view by two different authors. I was really intrigued by this, and wanted to know how this experiment played out, if the stories would be different enough to justify reading both books and if I’d like the idea. I am going to review both books together as, that is how they work best, and as I don’t really have any complaints with the writing style or flow of either of the books.My initial reaction on reading the book blurb was that this would be a book filled with supernatural abilities or gifts. But, I was disappointed in this regard. The gifts are there as just a background to the story. They do not really play an important part in the books and the books read more like a mystery than fantasy. I know this is just the first book in a long series, so I am going to let this slide as I anticipate these to play a bigger role in the coming books.I did find the books to be a bit slow to read and the real action comes right at the end of the books. There is a lot of description about the relationships between all the characters in both the books. I have no idea if all these secondary characters will play an important role going forward, so I can’t really comment on whether this space was really wasted. But, if this is not part of the character and world building for the series, I will be really turned off! This being a fantasy series, where this is a necessity, I am going to let this slide as well right now.The authors say that people can read one of the books and still get the complete story. While true to a certain extent, I am not fully convinced. I read “Through the eyes of Aniela” first and there were parts where I felt lost and did not really understand why certain things were happening. This became clearer after I read the second book. I would recommend readers to start reading the books with “Through the eyes of Leocardo”. This will remove a lot of frustration from not understanding Leocardo’s behaviour in “Through the eyes of Aniela”.Leocardo and Aniela have two very different ideas of what is happening with Odette. If I decide to read just one book, will I still be able to get both, Aniela and Leocardo’s reasoning and ideas? What if I back the wrong idea? Will I have to go back and read the other books, as things become clearer? For now, I would suggest reading both books. But as the series progresses, I have my doubts about a lot of readers sticking with both books, or sticking with the series itself. This is one experiment which is going to be really interesting.Both authors end the books on an extremely interesting note. I would certainly like to know what happens next as I can see a really big story arc developing. There is a lot of mystery and intrigue still left to unravel in this world. So, I say, bring it on! Even with the issues I have I highly recommend this new series. I just hope the authors take note and truly try to make both the books work individually as I’d hate to see people not reading this series due to this.

  • Maribeth Guarino
    2019-03-07 23:41

    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.

  • Karin Gastreich
    2019-03-06 02:30

    BLIND SIGHT is the story of Aniela, daughter of the royal family on a mysterious island called Edaion, which awakens magical powers in all of its residents. When Aniela’s friend Odette is overcome by mysterious seizures, the young princess recruits the assistance of Odette’s brother Leonardo in a race against time to determine the reason behind the life-threatening attacks. The crisis affecting Odette becomes the crucible in which Aniela comes of age, asserting her independence from an overbearing and dysfunctional family while falling in love for the first time. BLIND SIGHT is a worthy contribution to the genre of YA fantasy, and a very intriguing project from a literary standpoint, as the story is available from two perspectives, that of Aniela (reviewed here) and that of Odette’s brother Leonardo (written by Hawthorne’s co-author, Ermesinda Alvarez), which I have not yet read. Some readers may find the opening chapters of Hawthorne’s novel a little slow, as they focus on establishing the daily life of Aniela, the dynamics of her family and friendships. The pace quickens considerably as Odette’s malaise comes to the forefront, and stakes are heightened as the broader implications of Odette’s seizures and visions are foreshadowed. In seeking to solve the mystery of her friend’s illness, Aniela begins to break the crippling hold of her family and risks her own life in hopes of saving the people she loves. In terms of character development, Aniela’s transformative experience is very well drawn and makes for one of the most appealing aspects of the story.I recommend this novel for readers who like YA fantasy in a contemporary setting, clean prose that does not languish in descriptive passages, and coming-of-age stories about young women, with a healthy touch of mystery and romance.

  • ❋ Sylvia ❋
    2019-03-18 22:45

    I was lucky enough to be asked to review this book, I was surprised to find I liked it so much! I will admit the start was a bit slow for my taste but once you understood and grew to know these characters I found the pace picked up and so did the storyline. This wasn't so much a paranormal book for me like some others have been, this felt more like a coming of age story.Our main character Aniela is much like any teenager, except for a couple of things. One she has magical powers, and comes from a family with somewhat the same powers and she's also royalty! Its also a different story line, usually you'll find your reading from the main character who's having some kind of brake down or break through of their powers but Aniela is very aware of what she is and knows full well about her gifts. You're actually seeing the story unfold from an outsiders perspective. Aniela's family help others find out what their gifts are and when Odette and her brother Leocardo immigrant to the magical island of Edaion strange things start to take place surrounding them. Odette is blind, but still she manages to create drawings of things she's never seen in her life! But after she has attacks the leave her unconscious! not knowing whats causing these blackouts Aniela takes it upon herself to find out what Odette's powers are!I thought this book was different from most paranormal books, it didn't really focus so much on the magic that other books focus on. This book seems to focus more on the characters and how they would go about daily life as if it was normal for them to have these powers! It was a enlightening to read a book that wasn't your norm, I really got into the book closer to the end though. It was like I said a bit slow going at the start but once you hit the middle it picked up and ended very nicely, I love cliff hangers and this one didn't disappoint :D

  • Cecilia Robert
    2019-03-22 04:52

    When I started reading the book, I thought and still think that Blind Sight is a very original idea (I can't remember reading any book with such a concept) about an island (Edaion) hosting people with different gifts.Story begins with a prologue introducing the Dawsons, the royal family in Edaion. Being the youngest of three children, Princess Aniela struggles to find her place in the family, and as she gets older we see how her mother favours her over her older sister, Tatiana, which creates tension between Aniela and her sister. She goes around her daily chores, doing what her mother demands of her, at the same time trying to find who she is.She meets Odette and Leocardo, new arrivals at the island. Odette, who is blind, has an unusual gift that has both Leo and Aniela researching, uniting them in finding what kind of gift Odette possess. There were times some things happened and I had to go back and reread to actually see if I missed anything, enough to pull me out of the story. I would really have loved to know more about Aniela though.Recommended for fans of fantasy stories.

  • Tim Oldenhuis
    2019-03-04 04:27

    I read this book as an ARC reader.I really liked reading Blind Sight through the eyes of Aniela Dawson. The book to me was very interesting, even though I first read Leocardo's side, Aniela's side still had a lot to offer for me.Especially getting to know more about Aniela's feelings towards Leocardo and getting to know her family.Since Aniela's family is very important on the island of Edaion, Aniela immediately gets taught how to behave properly. Her distorted relationship with her older sister makes the book even more interesting to read. What is done very well is Aniela's transition, she goes from a princess who listens to her mothers every word to an independent woman.The start of this book was a bit too slow for my personal liking, but as the story develops it does catch up on pace and makes the book a very enjoyable read.If you are into fantasy books and YA books the Blind Sight series is definately recommended

  • Anne Schilde
    2019-02-23 04:52

    I was given a copy of both books in exchange for an honest review. I didn't feel like I could review the books separately so this is my review for both books.When I was little, I believed in stories about bending spoons and mind readers. Precognition was a normal phenomenon that just seemed to be limited to a handful of my dreams. Nana talked to plants and to dead people, and Mama took me for a psychic reading once. Teachers informed me that the human brain is barely used, and so I developed this conception that if I could learn to use it a little bit more, one of these psychic abilities could become mine to master!What would it be? I used to try to move objects with my mind, certain that if I started small enough… well, I was sure I lifted the corner of a tissue once. How exciting would it be if there was a place I could go where my psychokinetic tissue-moving skills could be harnessed, trained, and enhanced the way I might enhance my knowledge, my memory, or my imagination? Edaion is that place, and Blind Sight is the story that takes you there through the eyes of two very different people whose lives are brought together by the mysterious behavior of one blind girl.Co-authors Eliabeth Hawthorne and Ermisenda Alvarez invite us to Edaion through two different stories that come together as one, in a place I imagine might be in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle somewhere, obscured from rest of the world by weather and inexplicable magnetic disturbances. Edaion is where magic unleashes the natural powers of the mind. She’s an island immigrants can’t leave, tourists can’t remember, and she’s the only world her natives ever know.No story is complete until you’ve heard it told by all its witnesses. Blind Sight is a unique and, in my opinion, brave attempt to truly offer us a story from two different perspectives. I’ve been really looking forward to seeing how well it worked, so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked if I’d do this review. I wasn’t disappointed. The two books have enough in common that I never felt lost, and enough differences that I felt like I read two separate stories. Together, they succeed in opening our eyes to a bigger story than either could tell by itself.Aniela DawsonI couldn’t get past the prologue without being tearily reminded of my own childhood memories, and so I was quickly enraptured. This part of Edaion’s story is told from the point of view of a princess, native to this mysterious island.Seventeen-year-old Aniela Dawson is the youngest member of Edaion’s royal family. She is expected to develop the telekinetic powers she inherited from her mother. She did not expect that her sister Tatiana’s birthright would be stripped by their mother and given to her, fueling a bitter sibling rivalry.Like any young adult, Aniela feels the need to emerge from her mother’s stifling control that created this rift in her family. When she discovers that her friend Odette Reyes, a blind immigrant from Spain, draws pictures from a trance, she sees it as an opportunity. She sets out to find the answers behind this mysterious gift, and in the process to find herself.Aniela is charming and innocent. She offers a sheltered view of Edaion with a glimpse into the noble class and her family. The characters are enjoyable and the relationships are believable. Reading is smooth, with a but that I’ll get to, the story is the right length, with another but, and I was kept guessing about enough to make it more than just Aniela’s personal story.I enjoyed being taken into Aniela’s world. Eliabeth Hawthorne did a good job of making me feel the part of a young princess who just wants to be a girl. I noticed particularly how Aniela’s behavior and speech changed when she was around her friends instead of her family. Aniela takes her native island for granted, and so for the reader, Edaion becomes only gradually less mysterious as the unfolding adventure sheds more light.I felt like I was part of the story. I was suffocated by Aniela’s mother and shared the princess’ need to escape. Odette was my favorite character, with the last of my buts, and I found myself imagining I was her in conversations. The mystery and adventure were engaging and built up nicely as the story went on.Leocardo ReyesI read this book after finishing Aniela Dawson so I was already hooked. It kept me surprised and captivated, and nicely explained all the questions I had. This part of Edaion’s story is told from the point of view of a reluctant immigrant to this mysterious island, who believes he has somehow been kidnapped.Twenty-year-old Leocardo Reyes finds himself thrust into a life where mystical powers have become reality. He and his blind sister Odette appear on Edaion after she inexplicably draws a picture with no memory of what she did. He finds himself distrustful and wary, suspecting there is foul-play involved in their arrival.Leocardo’s first instinct is to protect his handicapped sister. His attempts to escape and return home to Spain are futile. He is forced to abandon them when winter makes travel impossible, and turn his attention instead to understanding the meaning behind his sister’s strange gift, while discovering and developing his own.Leocardo is brooding and frustrated and his emotions come off well. His tale is set within Edaion’s working class. It has the same enjoyable and believable characters Aniela Dawson introduced us to, adding further color and at times surprising depth. I enjoyed the same smooth reading in a style that was similar, but not identical.I loved meeting the different sides of Leocardo’s and Odette’s personalities. Ermisenda Alvarez incorporates some Spanish into the story’s dialogue that adds a nice cultural flavor. I had a lot of fun learning the parts of Odette’s story that only her brother could tell, and reading Leocardo’s different view of the events that he and Aniela shared together.This was an entirely different story made better by the familiarity with the characters and the anticipation of events. The drama surrounding the Reyes’ appearance in Edaion and the deeper look into the less sheltered aspects of the society there reveal a darkness that Aniela just doesn’t see. Of course the drama impact of the adventure is less when you already know what will happen, but the ending is surprisingly different.Blind Sight was a fun and entertaining story, suitable for both the young and the young at heart. I enjoyed it from the front cover of Aniela to the back cover of Leocardo. Reading the second book while the first was still fresh in my memory felt to me like the key to both stories. I don’t know that I would have wanted to read one without the other, and it felt like I read them in the right order, so I would recommend that.The Buts (with a tiny spoiler):I was totally in love with Odette’s character and I simply missed her. The story line unfortunately swept her under the rug a little bit. There was plenty about her, but not enough of her.There are little placeholders in each book for the other one. At first, it was annoying. I realized after a few of them why it was going to be necessary, so I got used to it. It’s hard to say how I would have handled the same challenge.Both books do one thing that put me off. Each story wraps up nicely and then the final chapter is told from a point of view that is not through the eyes of the character for that book. This was to offer a sneak peek into the next books, which I don’t mind, but the sudden shift to another point of view felt very out of place to me.What did I love?I love Edaion. She isn’t just an island; she’s an enigma, a powerful and mysterious force reaching out into the world to find the missing pieces to her puzzle.I love the main characters, but especially Odette. The saucy, moody blind, girl, attending high school with kids who can all see, holds my heart.Most of all, I feel like I’ve read something different! Once I had finished the first book and started the second, it was obvious how these two authors complement each others’ styles. The further I read into the second book, the more impressed I was with how much care and effort they put into their collaboration. I’ve never read anything like it before.I’ve called these books a “novel duet” because they work in harmony to tell one story and you won’t get the experience that is Blind Sight without reading them both.

  • J.A. Campbell
    2019-02-20 22:36

    The authors of this unique project approached me about doing a review, and while I'm not really a book blogger, I was so intrigued by the concept I agreed. I really enjoyed these two stories and recommend them to people looking for a slightly different take on fantasy. The two books are Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes By Ermisenda Alvarez and Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson By Eliabeth Hawthorne. The two authors got together and decided to tell the same story but from the point of view of two different characters. I do recommend you read Leocardo's story first. I think everything makes a little more sense if you do it that way. Aniela's story then fills in the details and answers the questions that you were left with after reading Leocardo's story.The basic premise is that there is this island nation called Edaion. People on this island have magical abilities but they can only use them publicly in the winter when the tourists are all kicked off. Sometimes the island calls people too it as is the case with Leocardo, his sister Odette and his dog. The island apparently needs their special abilities to help it protect its citizens. Odette strangely develops the ability to draw even though she's been blind since birth. It's this drawing that pulls them into their new life on Edaion.Through the Eyes of Leocardo is obviously told from Leocardo's point of view. Originally a citizen of Spain, he is not terribly happy with their new situation. Odette seems to adapt more quickly. This story tells of his struggle to adapt and figure out what is going on and his growing interest in Aniela, a native of the island, and royalty. I liked this story but Leocardo kind of annoyed me a little. To me he was a little overly dramatic at times. The beginning of the book drags a little, but the ending is quite interesting as Leocardo and Aniela start to put the pieces of the puzzle of Odette's gift together. I liked Through the Eyes of Aniela better. Her character didn't annoy me and I felt the writing was a little stronger. It tells the story of Aniela's tough family life, her strength at trying to overcome those challenges and be her own person despite her mother's wishes. It also shows her compassion as she helps Odette and Leo adapt to their new lives and her bravery at dealing with the scary side effects of Odette's gift.Overall this was a really interesting project and I enjoyed reading the novels

  • Sharon Tyler
    2019-03-21 01:44

    Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson by Eliabeth Hawthorne tells the story of Aniela, the youngest member of the Edaion royal family. Magic lives on the island, and brings new people with the promise of gits to the island every year. Just as Aniela's family drama begins, Leocardo and Odette are drawn to the island and Odette begins to draw. The drawing are widely varied in their subjects and styles, and made even more amazing by the fact that Odette is blind. Leo and Aniela struggle to discover the meaning of the drawing and protect Odette from the dangerous effect her gift has on her body. While Aniela and Leo might disagree on the exact nature of Odette's gift, the both agree that they want to keep her safe. Aniela's obligations weigh on her, but in her quest to help Odette she might do something she has never had the courage to do before, defy her family.Blind Sight was a book that I read with no expectations. I was approached by the author to read and review, so I read the blurb which obviously caught my eye. I was intrigued by the premise, and the idea that we could see the story through two sets of eyes, in two separate books, rather than having alternating chapters or other common conventions that might achieve this result. I was thrilled with the world and the characters. Aniela is trapped by her family, by her status, but still strives to do good things. This is not to improve her image, but rather because she wants to use what sway and funds she has to improve the lives of others. Leo and Odette are equally interesting characters, not just flat characters holding a place until something interesting can happen near them.I highly recommend Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson for readers that like seeing a story from two perspectives, and those that simply enjoy a fantastic read. The book offers readers family drama, a coming of age story, mystery, magic, and some romance for good measure. I also recommend picking up Leo's side of the story in Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes by Ermisenda Alvarez . Again, I sincerely hope that other books set in Edaion follow soon, because there are many characters whom I would like to read more about.

  • Cheremie
    2019-03-21 23:41

    First I want to thank the Author(s) and Goodreads/Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics group for the opportunity to Read to Review (R2R).Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson by Eliabeth Hawthorne Synopsis: 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. There are two volumes for this book told from different points of view. One as the female lead Aniela and the other from a male point of view Leocardo Reyes.My thoughts: I just finished reading the volume told from Aniela's point of view. Another refreshing read in the paranormal romance genre. I hope there are more to come. This is a story rather light on the paranormal or Magic and heavy on the character interactions and mystery. I still have so many unanswered questions. A great clue that I really enjoyed the book and am invested in the plot lines of the characters. I like all of the characters both primary and secondary. I would like to know more about how the "immigrants"come to the country, and of how the "gifted" are found. The beginning gives you insight in to the dysfunctional Dawson family and skips ahead several years to an older Ani or Ana. I would love to know more about where the hatred of Tia for her sister comes from. The entire book I did wonder where this would come in to play more. On the same note what happened between Theo and Ana, he does not seem to care for her as much either. Although the last paragraph of the book could be a great teaser as to what may have happened. I thought the ending was perfect, as I said I still have a ton of unanswered questions and would like to read more on this interesting "gifted" country they live and rule, Edaion.

  • Andrew Carlson
    2019-03-24 05:26

    I want to thank Eliabeth Hawthorne for giving me the ARC to review.Blind Sight (Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson and Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes) is a unique and very engaging pair of books. It’s the same story told from the perspective of two different characters who start on seprate paths that later start interacting and finally come together as one at the climax.Each book could stand on it’s own as a good novel and be read independent of the other. The protagonists each follow their own arcs through their story–Aniela’s shown from her perspective, Leocardo’s shown from his. But the two books read together as one are much more meaningful than the individuals. The combination of the two gives the plot multiple dimensions that make it that much more captivating and enjoyable. Imagine a movie shot from two different camera angles (two different characters’ points of view) and you get to watch both versions. That’s Blind Sight.You, the reader, see the arrival of Leocardo and his sister, Odette, on the island of Edaion and watch them try to adjust to their new world. Meanwhile, you see Aniela adjust to her young adult life as a member of one of the most established families on the island. And as their paths start crossing, with Odette and her gift as the common element, you watch Ana and Leo discover each other’s past while coping with the present situation. And they’re mutual desire to help Odette ultimately brings them together as love interests. (No spoilers–you’ll have to read to see how it turns out.)I definitely recommend Blind Sight. Put both of these novels on your to-read lists! The hardest decison you’ll have to make regarding Blind Sight is which one to start with.

  •  PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
    2019-03-20 04:34

    *I read this book through R2R* There were many elements of this story that I enjoyed. To start off, the names the author used for the characters in the story! That might be an odd thing to say but to me sometimes the names of the characters can make a huge difference in whether I like a story or will continue to read on. Haven’t you read a book that had weird character names, or names you can’t even pronounce? This can lead to confusion and losing interest in the book. So, let’s just say I am very happy that was not the case with this story!The beginning of the book grabbed my attention right away. I loved the descriptions that were used where Aniela (loved the name) was having a special moment with her mother when she gave her the crown. It seemed “Cinderella-ish” and I enjoyed that! I loved the paranormal twist this story had too! The medium involved in trying to figure out what Odette’s ability was had me on my toes! The whole twist of the story in figuring out what the drawings meant had me captivated to read on and see if they were a clue to something. These things were just my cup of tea when I look for a book to read. The ending of the book had action in it and I liked that the story was fast paced and didn’t dwell too much on romance, but focused more on the plot and action itself. The author accomplished a great story in a few pages which makes this rank high in my eyes! At times authors can drag on a story and take forever to get to the point or write an extra amount of pages that really make no difference to the story. This was not the case however with this story. I look forward to one day reading more from this author, and maybe even reading more books on the Dawson family, or more of Aniela and Odette adventures!

  • Maghon Thomas
    2019-02-22 22:22

    I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy to read and for letting me participate in the release blog tour :) This has got to be the most unique type of thing I have ever read... This edition is through the eyes of Ana (Aniela formally known) and she is a fascinating creature. She is literally the princess, but her family of royalty is very different from what you normally think of royalty being. No body guards, or major security, or special treatment. She goes to school with normal people, and stumbles upon a new girl, who immigrated into the island, and is blind... and also happens to have some serious powers. The island bring people to her, in order to manifest their powers. It's quite a unique story, with such an interesting twisting. It's hard to explain unless you read both, but I can tell you this, I really liked it. They are both very well written, and Ana is such a good person, with a big heart, she never wants to let anyone down, even when it constantly hurts her. I really hope that these continue to go on, especially when that ending-the last sentence really- has me holding my breath. I mean, I can't call it a cliff hanger, but I can call it open-ended, if that makes since. I am so glad Ana got her prince charming, and I truly like Odette & Leocardo. I really dispise her mother, Alaya, and her sister, Tatiana, but her brother, even if he has a hidden agenda, seems like a good person at heart. I love her dad :) All in all, I really enjoyed this, and it's so awesome to see the same things but through different eyes... It's a special thing these two authors working together have done. 4 big PAWS from me :)

  • Heather (Raevynemyst)
    2019-03-14 03:31

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I thought the story had lots of potential and I liked the characters but I really felt that the author was reciting a history at times or rather of just going through the motions of writing rather than actually "telling a story". It sometimes felt very rushed to me but I think the story has a ton of potential. I really liked the characters (Aniela and Odette especially, would also like to know more about Tatianna and why she is the way she is.) and the twist at the end was fantastic and I will give the second book if there is one a try too. The idea of the story was intriguing enough to make me want to read the other version as well. I look forward to seeing how this story develops.

  • Ermisenda Alvarez
    2019-03-10 05:30

    I'm Eliabeth's coauthor! The development of the characters, Aniela in particular, is spell-binding. Eliabeth executes Aniela's transformation beautifully, from an obligation-shackled princess to an independent young woman who isn't afraid to fight for those she cares about.

  • Patricia
    2019-03-18 23:23

    This is a unique book, written in a unique way!Please visit my blog for my review!!http://thejoyofthewrittenword.com/201...Choose Joy!Patricia

  • Eliabeth Hawthorne
    2019-02-25 03:43

    I'm the author. :) So much has gone into Bind Sight, not only this volume, but also "Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes" written by my coauthor Ermisenda Alvarez. If we didn't believe in our work, we wouldn't be releasing it, so I give it 5 stars.

  • Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
    2019-03-01 05:28

    Original review here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2013/07/blind-sight-blog-tour-review-blind.htmlBlind Sight is probably one of the most unique reads I have read this year. Not only does the book take place on a magical island named Edaion (well to be fair, a living island), but the book has another counterpart. This review of for Blind Sight from through the eyes of Aniela. This is written by Eliabeth Hawthrone. The other is through the eyes of Leocardo written by co-author Ermisenda Alvarez. Interesting, huh? Well, you don't even know the half of it.This version of the story I received is told by our main character, Aniela (aka Ana). She is from one of the royal families of Edaion. She has just been crowned princess much to her Tatiana's dismay. Tatiana is Aniela's older sister who also has a twin named Theodore. Tatiana is a troublemaker and is looked down by her family, specifically their mother. Ana is seen as the perfect daughter by her mom. Ana hates that her mom controls every aspect of her life. But Ana does find reprieve when she helps run an orphanage called Phoenix and through her music. During practice she befriends a blind girl named Odette. One night while they are at a party, an incident occurs with Odette. It is from then that Ana can't shake the feeling that there is something very odd about Odette. Ana keeps finding these mysterious drawings around Odette and doesn't think of anything of them at first. But could they mean more than she thought? I really loved this read. The concept is very intriguing. Aniela is a princess, but she doesn't act like a spoiled brat or anything. She never abuses her power unless one of her friends was at risk and I liked that. She is very smart and wise beyond her years . Definitely much wiser than her awful mother. You ever seen Mommie, Dearest? Yeah, a little like that but with a little less yelling and no abuse. I did get the sense that Aniela's mom, Alaya, cared about her daughter, but she has a horrible way of showing it. Odette was a very complex character who I enjoyed a lot. She added plenty to the story. There were times I wasn't sure I liked her because of the way she acted, but it will all make sense.Then you have Leo, Odette's brother. He does everything he can to protect Odette. He is also Aniela's love interest. I loved he chemistry between them. It was a slow burn and it was worth it in the end. I can't wait to read the book from his POV especially when he finds out what Edaion is all about. I loved the characters in this book period because it may be paranormal, but it isn't always at the forefront. I actually forgot a few times that everyone had powers even Aniela. She can create shields and control the air, but she rarely uses her powers. I thought that was pretty cool because it made the story all the more believable. This book was a such a great mystery. I loved the mystery of the drawings from Odette. Hawthrone did a great job with the suspense of that. I also enjoyed the very idea of Edaion. It is a magical island that people can visit, but those with magic can never leave. The island actually has creatures that search to recruit those with magic. You don't know if you have any magic until you go to the island. The island and the water surrounding it awakens your magic and keeps it alive. There is definitely something more about the water though. We don't know what exactly, but I am suspicious. I am looking forward to uncovering this mystery among many others. This is the starting of a series so there are things we are left in the dark about or aren't covered at all. I heard that Leo's POV will answer a lot of questions, so I am really looking forward to that. There are a few issues I have with it. I would have liked more on Tatiana and her actions in the book. She was such a conflicting character. I also would have liked just longer scenes with some of the other characters just because I can't imagine how uncomfortable some of the scenes could have been. For instance, I would have liked to have seen what was said during that dinner where Ana's mom was clearly trying to play matchmaker. Sorry I an rambling. Nonetheless, I loved this book a lot. It is easily going on my favorite reads of 2013 list. It just has to. I love what the authors are doing with this series. I think it is brilliant. I am dying for more from these two. Highly recommended.

  • Monaliz
    2019-03-22 05:44

    My rating: 2.5/5 stars Read the review in my blog! Welcome to the Blind sight blog tour! I received both books for a review, and was asked to think about how the two sides work together.Blind Sight includes two books, Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes and Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson. And what makes these books so special is that they can be read together, or just one book!So, I read both of these books and write a small review from both of them, then conclude how these two works together. Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson by Eliabeth HawthorneMAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERSI had some pretty mixed feelings about this book. I just loved the beginning, and it was really promising! Some may thought it was too slow paced, but it worked well for me. I also liked a lot how the relationships between Aniela and her family member came out. I especially adored the scenes which involved Aniela and her mother. Add Tatiana and the mess is ready!Of course I also loved the beginning of Aniela's and Leo's relationship. She's all iffy and uncertainty is just killing her, and the reader, but that's part of the thrill!Then came chapter 13, and I just lost it. It's a huge thing when the main character goes on a date with someone she's interest in, but we had no idea when did this happen! Suddenly, they're just on a date. I was actually mad, because I love the suspense, but now we just missed it. I felt like I was left out of something huge.After that, there was some occasions when the plot worked and everything was exciting again, but over all, the story kind of fell apart. It wasn't so fluent, and there wasn't logic in the conclusion. Meaning the exciting end wasn't so exciting, because there was no logic in it. There's also the exciting mystery with Odette, but it didn't feel like Aniela was actually trying to solve it, it was more like she just says over and over again, "she's a medium, because she has to be a medium". There's some things to back up her theory, but it just doesn't seem like the obvious answer. We get to see some glimpses of other peoples lives, but something's just missing. We also get some fishy feelings about certain people, but Aniela lives in some oblivion, where she doesn't notice this kind of things. We also don't get any background to the country they're living in, and since it's a huge part of the plot, it felt like something important was left unsaid.This had some huge potential, and if only the execution was slightly better, I could have really enjoy this! Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes by Ermisenda AlvarezMAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERSI just loved this! There was so many good things in this, I can't even remember everything. The beginning was just sooo exciting! We find out how people end up in Edaion in the first place, and the history and everything else I left graving for with Aniela's side. We also find out what happens with Aniela! Meaning, how they end up on a date. There's huge amount of other people, but there isn't too many, this just worked so well. Meaning the story.It's really hard to say anything about this, because this was just so good read :) This is definitely worth reading, so get a copy, quick! And then the main question.. How the two sides work together?That's sort of a tough question. Sure, they have the same events and so on, so they do work together pretty well.But it was also said, that these books can be read without reading the other. This is half the truth.You csn read Leo's part of the story without reading Aniela's, but it doesn't work the other way around. I read Aniela's story before Leo's and I was truly pissed off occasionally. There's lots of things that are just glimpses from Leo's story, so they really didn't make any sense. There's sudden references to jellyfish, sleeping beauty, Leo's girlfriend and so on, but they've only mentioned once in the story, so your mouth just hangs open, because you're so out of it.But if I had read Leo's story first, I would've understand Aniela's side much better.So, in conclusion: They work together well, BUT I suggest you first read Leo's story, other wise you'll get really confused. And if you only want to read one book, I suggest you choose Leo.Love, Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

  • Larissa
    2019-03-19 01:22

    Combined Review(Both books provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review).Title: Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes (ARC)Author: Ermisenda AlvarezRating: 4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.Author Blog: http://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/ 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 HawthorneRating: 3 TURTLES: An enjoyable read, but I suggest check out if you like the topic before adding it to your TBR.Author Blog: http://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/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.Review: 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.

  • Charlayne
    2019-03-12 22:38

    Aniela is Princess of Edaion, an island where people who have magic come to live. Her father and mother rule, her brother is being groomed to take over and her sister is the prima donna of the family. There is family drama going on, and all Aniela wants to do is graduate high school, keep her orphanage school going, and find a job that will let her have time to do what she wants. But her mother has other ideas and pushes her, demands she do other things, and throws tantrums when things do not go her way.Aniela befriends Odette, a new student who is blind and who is trying to find out what her magic is. She draws mysterious pictures and has seizures. Her brother, Leocardo, worries about her and joins forces with Aniela to find out what is going on with his sister. The deeper they go, the stranger the story gets.This is one of two stories about Aniela and Leocardo, the other being seen through Leocardo's eyes. I did not read that one and I'm curious as to how the story changed.This book started out slow and I found it tedious as the family dynamics were settled and all the beginnings of the story were laid out. Since this is YA, I'm not sure that it will hold a young reader's attention to the point where the story begins to get really moving with all the challenges to Odette and Aniela. There were questions about how Odette and Leo came to be in Edaion and what Leo's own magic is. I think that some of my questions might be answered in the other book. I wonder if this story might have been better presented in a double-book issue instead of separate books. Especially as it is a YA, it may be confusing to readers to have to look up and buy two books to get the entire story. I do think the author has a good grasp of writing and flow, it was easy to read and everything seemed to be in place. On the publisher's point, I had a problem with the typeface being san-serif (arial) and it seemed that random words were bold and larger type for no apparent reason. This was distracting and can only be placed on the head of the editors and publishers. I liked it, I just wish I got the whole story.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-02 00:35

    Aniela is a princess on a magical island of Edaion, where all the residents possess a magical ability. She makes friends with a new immigrant to the island, a blind girl named Odette who has a magical ability, Odette goes into a trance and makes drawings.I was struck by the imagery of the novel “Aniela spent a good twenty minutes playing Tetris with the boxes to get all to fit in the fridge.” I just love that description it’s so vivid it plays like a movie in my mind.Before beginning this novel I read an article in The Guardian about reading and empathy http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfr.... I’m an only child so I was first struck with the sibling relationships which I have no experience with and as the novel continues the family dynamic with the King and Queen and how much more complicated this makes Aniela’s life, and interesting. Aniela’ a character I really liked, “I wanted to be Sailor Moon, Spin around and change clothes, fight bad guys and find prince charming.” But she’s not a superhero but in her own way she strives to be. How can you not like a character who wants to be a hero, keep her family together, and repair the rifts with her sister, caused by her mother?This book is quite a bit different from the majority of urban fantasy that I’ve read, it’s contemplative and has a slowly unfolding mystery with very interesting characters. In a way it reminded me of Ray Bradbury, the kind of stories he would tell like “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. I’d highly recommend you give this book a try. I’m glad I did and I thank the authors for the ARC copy. I’m looking forward to reading the other book in the story. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13... Where we get to see Leocardo’s perspective.

  • Cameron
    2019-03-23 03:52

    Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat ReadI read this version of the story first and I’ll admit there were times where I felt lost. I certainly didn’t become as engrossed with this story as I did Leo’s. While Leocardo’s story focused entirely on him, his sister, and their adjustment to life in Edaion, Aniela’s story focuses on both her life as a royal and as a friend of Odette’s. There’s a lot more going on in Ana’s story than Leo’s, and if I am to be honest, I didn’t really care as much about Ana’s life when all is said and done. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy getting Ana’s perspective on things. I just didn’t feel an immediate connection to her.Likewise I wasn’t able to connect with Eliabeth’s writing style as much. There were moments where the plot felt choppy, as if something was missing or omitted on purpose, and the story lacked the richness in detail that Leo’s story had. I think if I had come to this story after having read Leo’s I’d have probably enjoyed it more. At the very least I wouldn’t have had as many questions going into it!I’m not one who likes to write ambiguous reviews, but when it comes to this version of Blind Sight, I find that I am struggling to explain my views on it. I’m really curious to hear other reader’s opinions on this book! Please, if you read Ana’s story and loved it, share your thoughts with me on it. Murr!

  • Tricia Kristufek
    2019-03-18 03:34

    Whether Alaya liked it or not, she was no longer the perfect angel daughter, but someone better: Ana.Aniela Dawson is Edaion's youngest princess. Having been born on the island as a part of a magical family, she thinks she knows a lot about the different forms that magic can take. Until she meets Odette, a blind girl who turns out to have a gift that lets her draw pictures of things she could not have seen.Ana sets off with Odette's brother Leo to figure out what powers Odette possesses, premonitions or a medium. Between family drama, her job at the orphanage, a budding relationship with Leo, Ana figures out just who she is and who she wants to be.While a tad slow at times and full of unanswered questions, such as why her sister fell out of grace and what ways a princess's life was different than a 'normal' teenager's, Ana comes into her own as a person through her choices in this story. When partnered with Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes, Ana's perspective gives valuable insight to the world of Edaion.