March 02, 2012

Blind Sight Blog Tour - Blind Sight by Ermisenda Alvarez, Eliabeth Hawthorne


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 Hawthorne

Published: 2012
Publisher: Ermilia, LLC
Format : Ebook
Pages: 173
Series: Blind Sight #1 Aniela
Source : From author for review
Buy : Amazon


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.
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.



*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
I 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 Alvarez

Published: 2012
Publisher: Ermilia, LLC
Format : Ebook
Pages: 181
Series: Blind Sight #1 Leocardo
Source : From author for review
Buy : Amazon


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. 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: 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.



*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
I 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.


2 kommenttia :

Ermilia said...

Thank you for your honest opinion! We're glad you enjoyed Leocardo's novel and hope all the best for your future reading projects.

I also really like the design of your website. It's sweet ;)

- Ermisenda

Monaliz said...

Thank you! :)

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