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Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Perfect for young readers." Desiccate: Sphere of Vision by @BonnieFerrante #fantasy



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Desiccate

Sphere of Vision Book One

Written by Bonnie Ferrante

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Leya Truelong has the potential to become a powerful Double Vision Mistress, if she can control her impulsiveness and temper and avoid being stripped of her gifts in a painful and debilitating ritual. But, Zendra, a devious bully, knows exactly how to rouse Leya’s anger. The girls’ battle of wits mirrors the greater conflict between the Mistresses and the renegades.

Can Leya, a simple peasant girl, hold her own in a world of deception and betrayal?



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I loved that this story felt exactly like you were in the head of the main character. For the first half or so, that meant being in the head of a fourteen-year-old girl as she interacted with other teenage girls, and all of the friendships, backstabbing, jealousies, rivalries, etc. felt completely real…from what I remember of adolescence.

To me, the strongest element of this book is the characterization of these girls. They feel very, very real and believable, despite their supernatural/magical quirks.

The very interesting uniqueness of this story is this: a “gifted” person’s eye color determines what their gifts are. Blue can mean water. Brown wood. Green for growth. Red for fire…or maybe tomatoes? It’s a very clever supernatural/magical setup and simple enough to follow without being too obviously predictable.

All in all, the book is very well-written with imaginative descriptions. A great story for maturing young readers, this book certainly has a good message about controlling yourself for the benefit of others.

The story, the characters, and the interesting supernatural/magical elements are unique enough that I’m curious to see where the story goes next.



Bonnie Ferrante does a wonderful job in bringing modern problems that young girls face; insecurity, loneliness, family, balancing study with play, and puts them into the surreal setting of a world with supernatural powers that can do good as well as evil.

I found myself fascinated by the visions that the characters possessed, and kept reading to find out what those powers meant to each one. Especially Leya, our tormented heroine. Her immaturity slowly leaves her as tragic events unfold, turning her into a strong woman. Although, at times I did want to shake her for being so stubborn, but aren't all girls that way at times?

Perfect for young readers who love fantasy (think Lorien Legacies for girls) or older readers alike. I kept comparing it to George RR Martin's Game of Thrones books which I loved, only a less violent, more teen-friendly version.



Author Bio

Bonnie Ferrante


Bonnie Ferrante writes fiction for adults and children. Bonnie loves living in Northern Ontario, Canada. She spends most of the long winter indoor writing. She chants, bikes, gardens, reads, stitches, volunteers, studies the Dharma, paints, plays/works on the computer, attends live theatre, enjoys being trounced in scrabble by her husband, Fred, and is often found ripping up pieces of her yard or stripping furniture.

Once upon a time, she was a grade school teacher.

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