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Mortal Sight Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book:  Mortal Sight

Author: Sandra Fernandez Rhoads

Genre:  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Release Date: April 14, 2020

When Worlds Collide, Shadow Wrestles Light

Seventeen-year-old Cera Marlowe wants a normal life; one where she and her mom can stop skipping town every time a disturbing vision strikes. But when a girl she knows is murdered by a monster she can’t explain, Cera’s world turns upside down.

Suddenly thrown into an ancient supernatural battle, Cera discovers she’s not alone in her gifting and vows to use her visions to save lives. But why does John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost keep interrupting her thoughts?

In a race against time and a war against unearthly creatures, will decoding messages embedded in the works of classic literature be enough to stop the bloodshed and protect those she loves?

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My Thoughts

If you like urban fantasy, you have to buy this book. I don’t usually put this in my review, but in this case it needs to be said. From the first chapter I was hooked and wanted to keep reading. And it’s not just because Paradise Lost was one of my favorite things I had to read during my Bachelor’s program. The author did an incredible job weaving together so many fantastic elements into this story that just made it so enjoyable. You all know characters are my favorite part of a book. Rhoads’ characters did not disappoint. They were so full of life and so multi-faceted that it took the book’s plot and upped the stakes. I loved how she wrote the relationships between characters and how they interact. You will not regret reading this book. It’s a must-have for any urban fantasy lover, and one I will be reading again and again.

Now I’m off to read some Paradise Lost!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and Enclave Publishing, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Sandra Fernandez Rhoads is a Cuban-Colombian born in Queens, New York but currently lives in Dallas, Texas. Her previous experience includes earning a M.A. in her 17th century crush, John Milton, writing scripts and performance pieces, directing theater, acting, and running an employment consulting and marketing company. As an AFA-NIET National Finalist in Public Speaking, she welcomes an audience and dreams of playing the theme to Jurassic Park on her cello, named Lysander. Mortal Sight is her debut novel.

More from Sandra

I am so excited to share this story. The original story seed for Mortal Sight came from the premise: what if someone never felt like they belonged in this world because they really didn’t? They were born for a place they didn’t know existed, an unseen realm. And if so, what things in our everyday world would shout out this truth, point to this other world, and try to get their attention to let them know that the restlessness is intentional and they were called to something bigger than themselves. The use of art and literature throughout the story comes from my own love for art and the artist community. The unique way artists look at the world could point to this other realm. I chose Milton’s Paradise Lost, in particular because the poem speaks of things invisible and unseen wars. I have a deep love for artists and the creative community and love encouraging others to tell stories through art, whether it’s visual, music, poetry, dance, writing, etc. It’s in art’s narrative that we see broken pieces of ourselves. This story came from the idea that art could create common ground, kickstart community, and maybe even change the way we see ourselves, others or even the world.

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To celebrate her tour, Sandra is giving away the grand prize package of Mortal Sight hardback with exclusive signed bookplate, plus bookmark/Sticker/Button, $30 Amazon gift card, hardback copy of Paradise Lost, and writing Journal of Pierre Auguste Cot’s The Storm!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.