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. (from Goodreads)
So, here we are, moving forward with a book review of the second novel of “Blind Sight”. (For additional information, please visit my blog post from yesterday, March 20, 2012). As with the first novel, the author gifted me with a free copy, in exchange for an impartial review. To briefly recap, 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” by Ermisenda Alvarez and “Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson” by Eliabeth Hawthorne. A compilation effort of the two authors, combining even their names as: Ermilia. The plot line of both books is the same, the telling of the story written through the vision of different main characters. Today’s book is written through the eyes of Aniela Dawson.
The first comment I will make is that these two books are very different. I expected sameness, and most surprisingly, got difference – not necessarily a bad thing! The authors mentioned that the order in which the books were to be read was “Reader’s Choice”. I would not agree with that comment. Had I read this book first, Aniela’s perspective, I would have been puzzled by the storyline. If I had not read Leocardo’s perspective first, I may not have felt so positive about the mystery aspect. Without Leocardo’s influence, Aniela herself seems a little lost. The two storylines are quite divergent, sometimes leaving me knowing I had read the scene before….., but I could not quite recognize from where… In Aniela’s view, the role of secondary characters is much smaller than in Leocardo’s view. And in Aniela’s story, the romance aspect gets more play.
Personally, I preferred Leocardo’s version of the plot line, and at times wished the two perspectives – Leocardo’s and Aniela’s – were blended as one book. This would give me immediate gratification of how both parties were feeling – but I did not have the forward thinking vision with which these two authors are gifted.
One comment on the third main character – Odette, Leocardo’s younger sister, the blind girl spoken of in the Goodreads book summation. Odette does have a major role in this single plot line, and in both books joins Leocardo and Aniela together. But, does Odette’s character ‘need’ to be blind? Maybe….. but, maybe not. I am still mulling that concept over in my mind. You will have to read both books, then give that some thought. A great discussion looms on the horizon!
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 is today’s Joy? For me, the Joy is found in the innovative thinking of these two novelists, who challenged themselves to tackle a new writing style.