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Oriana's Eyes (Great Oak Trilogy #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
As a pure-blood Winglet, Oriana isn't supposed to look at a half-blood much less speak to one. Half-bloods are the lowest of all races at Odon's University, because they are half Winglet and half Finlet. But when a half-blood, Dorian, locks eyes with her in the hallway, Oriana can't help but be intrigued by his daring nature. After sneaking out to the garden in the middle ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published February 24th 2010 by iUniverse
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Oriana's Eyes is an beautiful written book. At first glance of the cover I was not sure I would like this book but wow was I wrong. Never judge a book by the cover because you could pass up a simply dazzling book. I was so impressed by the authors writing style and the story-line is like no other I have read. A very new and unique plot and I must say I could not put the book down. This book in a new and wonderful take on a dystopian novel set in a fantasy
Aug 13, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Oriana is a pure-blood, a Winglet and lives in the University, a place of white walls, structure and order. Everyone learns to follows Odon's rules, to stay quiet and focused. But Oriana is different, she has never really believed in Odon's rules, so when a half-blood (Dorian) smiles at her, instead of reporting him, she meets him in the gardens after dark. He introduces her to a new way of life, and although scared of
Aug 01, 2015 Faye rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I was immediately drawn to 'Oriana's Eyes' after being contacted by the author and reading the synopsis. I hadn't heard of it before but I'm glad to have had the chance to read it because I really liked it. Oriana's story, and everyone else in the world Simone has created, is sad and beautiful at the same time. There is so much raw emotion in 'Oriana's Eyes' and it leaves you thinking about it long after you finish reading.

'Oriana's Eyes' is the story of Oriana. She is a Winglet at the Universit
Apr 16, 2010 Carolina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While many authors have the ability to create a good story, Celeste Simone accompanies a great story with great writing. Oriana's Eyes is a captivating story from the start, only getting better with progress. On the surface, it's a beautiful love story between two engaging characters. Delving deeper, the reader realize...s that the story goes beyond this and is about breaking the conformities of Oriana’s society. The main character, Oriana, goes through a drastic transformation throughout the co ...more
Mar 30, 2010 Carolina rated it it was amazing
While many authors have the ability to create a good story, Celeste Simone accompanies a great story with great writing. Oriana's Eyes is a captivating story from the start, only getting better with progress. On the surface, it's a beautiful love story between two engaging characters. Delving deeper, the reader realize...s that the story goes beyond this and is about breaking the conformities of Oriana’s society. The main character, Oriana, goes through a drastic transformation throughout the co ...more
Maghon Thomas
Omg, I am first most thankful that I won a SIGNED copy from goodreads first reads, so THANK YOU to them and of course the author for for wonderful personal note inside!!!

Now, what a great book! I'm actually giving it 4.5 stars only because I was a little lost with the "bad guy" roles in the beginning, but by the middle and end of the book all is explained! I really enjoyed this one! It's quite different from most things I've read in these genres which I LOVE! some things just get so repetitive,
Deni's Inkberries
Aug 28, 2011 Deni's Inkberries rated it it was amazing
Oriana's Eyes is simply a fabulous story. I enjoyed every page of it, and read through it without pause!
The story was very well built, and original; it had me hooked! At first, it seems like a warming love story, but as you read further, you see that it's not only that, a thrilling plot awaits in these pages! Societies at stake, and the heroes just might be the villians, and the villians might just be only men. Each character is powerful in this story, having a unique air about them that makes y
Apr 07, 2010 Pam rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It struck a cord with me and I could relate to the main character. Once I picked it up, I didn't put it down until I had finished the book. I felt the author did a great job on the story line, she held my interest and I enjoyed the detail she put into her descriptions, especially of the wonderful tree in the story.
If you just want to jump into a book and be entertained, this is the book for you!
Melanie Lalonde
Jul 24, 2010 Melanie Lalonde rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
A wonderful work of fantasy, i loved it! Though it threw me off guard with some unexpected twists and turns i really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy to find out how it ends.
Celeste Simone
Sep 16, 2011 Celeste Simone rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I probably shouldn't be rating my own book, but the president and his family probably voted for himself right? So it couldn't hurt...
Alexis Karpf
Apr 25, 2010 Alexis Karpf rated it it was amazing
This was the best book I ever read. I only wish they would make it into a movie so more people could know the story.
Feb 06, 2016 Nichole rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I don't consider anything in here as spoilers but I suppose I mention some events that happen later in the book soooo don't read on if you don't want even little things spoiled....

It took me almost five years to finish this book. My friend and I were asked to review it for the author and after getting about halfway through it I decided I would probably never be able to finish it and she decided never to even try based off of reading a few pages and hearing what I had to say about it. Well, I fin
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Naj (Unputdownable Books)
Celeste Simone has created and written a wonderful alternate universe with new races based on the water and the air creatures. In literal sense, people who have wings and can fly and people who have fins and can swim. The worlds become chaotic when the Winglets (people who fly) and the Finlets (people who can swim?) mix and mate and produce the all powerful Half-Blood, who are the ones who let their emotions take over and have the power to rule thousands. Love the fantasy!

In this story, Oriana i
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"When I first read the synopsis for Oriana's Eyes, I was immediately intrigued. I really wanted to and believed I would love this book. In the end, I found that I just liked it and thought it a bit flawed though still highly unique and promising....................

All in all, Oriana's Eyes did have it's flaws but it also had some outstanding qualities as well tha
Sandra (Rather Barefoot than Bookless)
My Thoughts:
This was a great read I must say!
Even though some pages where hard to get through and kind of slow, most of the book was an absolute pleasure to read. It was exciting and mostly fast paced with I love in books. Sometimes it was hard to picture the surroundings, for example the University. Maybe thats just me.
The fantasy goes on and on and this was definitely something new.

I liked Oriana and I have nothing to complain about with her. She a was brave and likable character and I enjoye
Dawn Vanniman
Jan 04, 2012 Dawn Vanniman rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The world Oriana lives in only exists because one man, Odon, rescued them and divided them. There are two pure races: Winglets and Finlets. Winglets have blond hair, blue eyes and pale skin. Finlets have dark hair, dark eyes and dark complexions. There are part-bloods and are treated as second class citizens. Then there are half-bloods. They are an equal mix of the purebloods and aren't respected at all and are considered the
Dec 15, 2011 Cassandra rated it really liked it
I thought the mythology behind Oriana’s Eyes was quite interesting and I enjoyed reading this novel. Oriana’s Eyes focuses on many difference issues that this world deals with such as racism. The story mainly focuses on two difference races the Winglets and Finlets. At first the man differences between them are there looks (light vs dark). I was absolutely shocked to find out the MAJOR difference between the two of them was more than looks. I really didn’t see that twist coming. I liked the char ...more
Sep 23, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
I really liked this novel. I was confused in the beginning, because i didn't understand what was happening and what the history was of everything, but it explains all that through out the book so i understand why Celeste started the book out that way and agree that it was the best way to start the novel. After the confusion it gets really, really good and i found myself having tons of emotions towards this novel, which is what in my opinion makes a great novel, when the reader feels something. A ...more
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Apr 30, 2010 Kristina Jo is currently reading it
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Mail, Others, time. I'm now rotating books I own, books from the library and Others, so though progress may be slow, it should also be steady.
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Why do I write? I write simply because I have to, it is my life blood, it makes me whole. When I sit down to write I see a world unfold, rich with real-life characters and endless adventures. I am compelled to share it all and in a way, live it with anyone who will listen.

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