Book Review: “Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes” by Ermisenda Alvarez

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.  (from Goodreads)

My first introduction to “Blind Sight” indicated the novel could be considered as Paranormal, and was definitely a Fantasy/Urban Fantasy storyline.  As my regular readers know, this category is outside of my “normal range” for both reading and reviewing.  But, when I read the Goodreads’, and others’, synopsis, it seemed that it would be more like a Mystery Novel with a Fantasy edge.  So, with that in mind, I accepted Ermisenda Alvarez’s request to participate in the Book Blog Tour, and she kindly gifted me with a free copy, in exchange for an impartial review.  I then learned that this novel actually consisted of two books: both entitled “Blind Sight”, but each told through the perspective of a different main character; “Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes” and “Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson”.   And, the Aniela Dawson perspective was written by a second author:  Eliabeth Hawthorne.  In fact, it was a compilation effort of the two authors, combining even their names as:  Ermilia.  Ok, now I was hooked.  I will not jump the gun, and say this never happened before, but it was certainly unique to me as a reader.  But, I am getting a little sidetracked, and will return to the matter at hand; and offer my review of “Blind Sight:  Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes”.

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. 

author Ermisenda Alvarez

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. 

I encourage you to leave a comment on this post, as one random commenter will receive a $5.00 Visa Gift Card, from the authors, Ermisenda Alvarez and Eliabeth Hawthorne. 

So, readers, where will the Joy be found in this review?  Well, for me, the Joy awaits you at the end of the final chapter of “Blind Sight:  Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes”!!  The Joy of Surprise! 

Choose Joy! 

Patricia

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8 responses to “Book Review: “Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes” by Ermisenda Alvarez

  1. Pingback: Blind Sight Release Tour | ermiliablog

  2. Thank you for hosting me today, Patricia. I’m really glad you found the novel enjoyable. It’s definitely a novel that, while it incorporates a number of genres (hopefully a good mix ;) ), it doesn’t fit “neatly” into fantasy, paranormal or mystery. I hope all the best for you future blogging projects and reading adventures!

    – Ermisenda

  3. It is no different. I don’t think that you can change this. It is just something that WP/Gravatar is doing and WP.com blogs are stuck with it as far as I know. The person leaving the comment is the only ones who are able to set options to make their commenting go smoothly, like logging in with Twitter, Facebook, or WP.

  4. Patricia, you have the pesky new comment system, but it was no problem here, as I just used Twitter. I did see another sight that added just a one or two sentence blurb at the bottom of all new posts until users got used to the new ways.

  5. Surprises in the Prologue? Ah, yes, I would read this. I can see the reason for your initial hesitation, but I am glad that it delivered the unexpected. I love elements of mystery and romance. I am intrigued.
    Thank you for your informative review.

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