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Review: ‘Through Indigo's Eyes’ by Tara Taylor and Lorna Schultz Nicholson

I received this book for free from publisher request pitch in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Through Indigo's Eyes’ by Tara Taylor and Lorna Schultz NicholsonThrough Indigo's Eyes by Tara Taylor and Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Published by Hay House Visions on August 1st, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: publisher request pitch
three-stars
“I was always going to be on the outside because I saw visions, visions that came true. And I’d been seeing them since I was little. When they first started, I was naïve enough to think that everyone around me also saw and heard things. I didn’t know that other people weren’t like me.”

More than anything else, Indigo Russell longs to fit in. And if she can’t accomplish that, then she’ll settle for fading into the background, which she’s managed to do rather well over the last couple of years. To most of Ridgemont High, she’s just another teenager walking the halls, doodling in her notebook during class, never raising her hand. An average student. That’s what she’d like you to think.

But Indie isn’t average; she’s different. She has visions, visions that allow her to see into the future and back again. Only her family and best friend, Lacey, know about them. But when she sees Lacey’s boyfriend with another girl, Indie has to decide whether to trust her instincts or her friends. As she grows closer with John, an enigmatic loner who recently transferred to her school, the visions intensify, threatening not only to alter the lives of others, but also to expose her well-kept secret.

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review

There’s always the character that wants to be different, that wants to be normal. Indigo is no different. Her parents named her after a colour. She has visions of the near future and sees ghostly visions. The secret is safe with her best friend Lacey. But when the vision she sees is Lacey’s boyfriend Burke cheating on her, she has to decide what to do.

The usual social pressures that any teen goes through are met through Indigo’s eyes. (See what I did there?) You know what mean when I say usual: drinking, partying, smoking, friendship, defying parents, rebellion, suicide, and sex. It’s all in here with a romance that I felt was unneeded.

As characters go, I wasn’t particularly find of Indie. In a way I thought she turned into a complete flake. I didn’t like how she dropped her friends for her boyfriend. I didn’t like how she whined about her problems and didn’t do a damn thing. There was also the lovesick teenager bit which I usually enjoy if the characters are likable, but in this case, they annoyed me to no end. Sure some girl’s lives revolve around their boyfriend, but when you start giving up your own hobbies and interests to make time for him, then there’s something wrong in that relationship.

I despised John’s character. He’s completely condescending and controlling. And if I were Indie I would punch him in the face. The things he did aggravated me so much. I just wanted to yell at her and say he’s not good enough for you! Stop giving him your time! I really don’t understand why some girls are willing to stay in love with a person like that.

So much teenage angst, it was bursting at the seams. I just wished there was more development of Indie’s powers. There was hardly any answers questioned. I was getting tired of the thoughts talking to her and guiding her that I officially thought it was her conscious speaking.

Character Development
Hardly any development until the very end which was unfortunate.

Pacing
Slow but steady. I did want to keep reading to find out if Indie was going to dirge right or wrong thing.

Cover & Design
Beautiful but doesn’t match the story inside.

Plot
Very little plot, and very little story to keep you going. I grew bored quickly.

Beautiful writing, likable characters, but the plot left me bored.


quotes

Yes, there are ghosts. I could see them, since they often appeared at the end of my bed.
I hated knowing things and not knowing what to say and do.
It was so ironic that something so beautiful and soft could end up so stuff and tough in just a second. Sometimes John was like that: one minute soft and rounded, then in a second, he could be hard and sharp.
Nothing or nobody could tell me that this wasn’t the right thing to do. It was right. It had to be, because everything was tight when you were in love.
I love him so much, but I know he doesn’t treat me right.

rating

3/5

three-stars

5 Comments

  1. Erika

    December 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I haven’t heard of this one before so I appreciate the introduction and your thoughts. Love the original name and interesting concept. I might give it a try. Thanks!

  2. Jaime Lester

    December 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Yeah, I think this one might just be skippable. And it is disappointing because it honestly does sound like it could have turned out really well. One of the worst things for me is an unidentifiable character, or a whiny one. If they are plain old awful, mean people but they are written well with a purpose I am down. But whiny just to be whiny? Not for me. And screw a condescending boy. I might just be better off without this one on my TBR. I am sorry that it stunk for you, though. 🙁

  3. Brent

    December 4, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    great review

  4. Sarah p

    December 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I was captivated by the cover, and the idea of the book sounds really interesting, because I tend to enjoy books of this sort. I appreciate your honesty! It’s important, and hard to find 🙂 I will still probably give this book a read though, that cover really caught me.

  5. brandileigh2003

    December 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Ugh. Sorry you didn’t connect better with the caracters. The cover and blurb looks so promising too…
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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