02 June 2014

{Review + Giveaway} Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 June 2014 at 8:21 AM | | | | | | | | | |


Laura Ellen's writing style is masterful and addicting! I want more!


Blind Spot
Author: Laura Ellen
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Release Date: October 20th 2012
Rating: 5 Birds

There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.

Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer.

This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else.

Roz might be legally blind, but do not let her hear you say she is disabled. Roz hates being treated any differently than anyone else in her school, and in fact has managed to live with the same group of people her whole life, and until recently no one even really knew she was legally blind.

You're probably thinking, "how stupid could people be to not know she was blind?". Maybe it's because she's not blind, she's legally blind and yes there is a difference. She doesn't need a service dog or a cane. Her level of blind is comparable to you looking into a bright light and then having that black blind spot floating around for awhile. Image that ALL the time. If she sits in the front of class she can take notes, and if she focuses really hard she can even make eye contact when talking to someone.

But this book is NOT about being legally blind. This book is about Tricia Farni and everything that happened leading to her death and in the time frame between her going missing and her body being found on that fateful Good Friday. And of course everything Roz does to try to figure out what happened. It's a deep, dark, twisty suspense filled thriller and everyone is a suspect! To be absolutely frank, this book blew me away. I read it in one sitting, slowing down and carefully taking in every word near the end because I just didn't want it to end. Laura Ellen's writing style is masterful and addicting – I want more!

Any fan of mystery/thriller is going to devour BLIND SPOT and then promptly turn back to page one to start again. You will quickly learn, while in the pages of this fantastically spun tale – that you don't have to be legally blind to potentially miss what's right in front of you the whole time, be it good or bad.


Available now at these fine retailers in eBook and Hardcover, and in paperback on June 10th 2014


About The Author

Laura Ellen writes YA contemporary mysteries and thrillers from her home in Arizona, while also freelancing as a manuscript consultant for aspiring authors. She has a MA in Children's Literature and began her career as a teacher in both Language Arts and special education. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration as a teen, she drew upon her own experiences with vision loss to write her debut YA thriller Blind Spot, an emotional and suspenseful page-turner. Laura is represented by Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency and is part of the Sleuths, Spies, and Alibis blog crew. Want to know more about Laura Ellen? Go to www.lauraellenbooks.com or catch her on twitter @lauraellenbooks or facebook




One Winner will get signed copies of BLIND SPOT and DEAR TEEN ME as well as a BLIND SPOT swag pack that includes, gum, magnet and magnifying glass bookmark.

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