Book review: 'A Blind Eye' will thrill teen readers

By Melissa DeMoux

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, April 7 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

"A BLIND EYE," by Julie Daines, Covenant Communications, $14.99, 163 pages (f)

Julie Daines writes young adult novels that delve into serious themes and her newest offering, “A Blind Eye,” is no exception.

Weighted by the death of his mother and a dislocated relationship with his father, 17-year-old Christian Morris is ready to collapse under the emotional toll. In an attempt to escape his struggles, Christian packs up and heads for Canada. However, his plans dramatically change when he unexpectedly crosses paths with a beautiful girl in serious trouble – and she happens to be blind.

British born Scarlett Becket was kidnapped by a grisly pair of thugs and brought to the United States. Blind since birth, Scarlett still managed to escape her captors and run for help, which landed her in Christian’s care.

Plagued by gruesome dreams that foretell the future, Scarlett is trapped by the dangerous incidents she envisions because she cannot see the people involved. As the two teenagers unite to escape their troubles they find themselves ensnared in romance and a fight for their lives.

“A Bind Eye” is unique and unexpected. The characters have strength and courage that support them through intense trials and weighty problems. Scarlett’s blindness tosses an intriguing kink into the tale, thrusting readers into several fascinating situations.

The story is threaded with adventure, romance and mystery. It is fast paced and angular, leading readers down emotional and thrilling paths. Some facets of the tale get lost in the wings as the account plays out, leaving readers to question why certain pieces were included in the tale. However, overall the plot bathes readers in a thought provoking and stimulating story.

This story is clean. The main character, Christian, is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, although that fact is only briefly mentioned. While there is romance and murder in the story, nothing graphic shows up in either category, leaving the book feeling fresh and unpolluted. “A Blind Eye” is an enjoyable indulgence for lovers of young adult fiction.

Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City, Utah. Her email is mddemoux@gmail.com and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.

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