The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
When Addie Blackburn’s mother dies, she has no choice but to board a southbound train to her grandparents’ plantation home. In New York, Addie and her mother settled in a cramped one-bedroom apartment, but in Virginia, her grandparents reside in a mansion. Overnight, Addie goes from surviving like a pauper to living like a princess.
But for as grim as life in New York was, at least it made sense.
Whereas, in Virginia, Addie is left with a ton of questions: Why did her mother flee the plantation in the first place? Why didn’t Addie ever meet or speak to her grandparents before her mother’s death? Who is her father, and does he live on the plantation? And why is her grandfather obsessed with performing eye-color surgeries?
If Addie is to remain at the plantation, she must figure out the answers to these questions, and with all the buried secrets from the past, that won’t be an easy thing to do.
|Genre(s):||Young Adult, Dystopian|
“He laughed. ‘I can try. My eyes developed cataracts when I was seven. Do you know what a cataract is?'”
“‘Isn’t it when the lenses cloud over? My grandfather had those removed.'”
“‘Exactly. Fortunately, it’s a simple procedure. The doctor removed the clouded lenses in my eyes, and replaced them with artificial lenses. Ever since the surgery, eyes have fascinated me. I plan on becoming an ophthalmologist one day.’
This book introduces you to Addie. When her mother dies, she moves in with her grandparents. Her grandmother tells her about Samsara and – the beginnings of Nirvana.
With Blinded, Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie has created a surprising third book in the series; instead of (possibly) continuing with Jade and Peaches, Blinded takes us into the past. It is a quite compelling story about Samsara’s history; this book comprises lots of dialogue, chapters are mainly alternating between (grandmother) Margaret and Addie. Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie answers not only Addie’s questions about her parents; she answers questions every reader had from the beginning: ‘How did it begin?’, ‘What about the eye surgeries?’, etc. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is structured in a different way, somehow fascinating to learn about the beginnings in the third book of the Nirvana series.
This is a book and/or series for you if you love young adult stories of the not too dark kind, comprising hope and thoughtfulness.
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|POV||First person – present tense (Addie, Margaret); Margaret telling about the past – past tense|
|Sexual content||– 😳|
About the author
Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie lives in Warrenton, Virginia with her husband and daughter. Gillespie is a middle school librarian, blogger, short story and Young Adult novel writer.
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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Blinded? Or – if you did not yet read Blinded – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂