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The Book of Sight

(The Book of Sight #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A book can be a wonderful gift.

When Alex received an unexpected package, she never dreamed the book it contained
would change her life forever. After all, the words inside were gibberish.

She had no idea the places that book would take her, the friends that book would help her
make or the wonders that book would reveal.

She had no clue the trouble that book would bring, either
Kindle Edition, First, 283 pages
Published March 22nd 2013 by Madison House Publishing
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SA Krishnan
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The plot of the story is original with an imaginative narration. The characters were likeable and were flawed too making them realistic and enjoyable. Overall it was an interesting read.
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I decided to read this book completely based on the cover. Isn't it whimsical?! The writing was a bit amateur-ish, and I am, um, shall we say, intrigued, by the possibilities of where this story will go. This is the first in a series, and it has quite a few main characters (with the story jumping between everyone's pov), and lots of details were introduced that may or may not be important to the story in the future. Like Adam's bestie James, lots of background about him but so far does not play ...more
Bonnie Card
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I downloaded this book on my Kindle because it was free. The genre was fantasy & I don't usually read books like this. It reminded me of the Spider-wick Chronicles. (A book in which I only watched the movie because, like I said, I don't read much fantasy.... Harry Potter & Twilight Series are probably the only fantasy I've read since high school. Ha! See! ). Back to the book, I thought it was ok. I gave it 3 stars, though, because it did keep my attention. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't ...more
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm.... How do I put this into words? I would have given this book 2 stars but the story idea made me give it one more star. While I love the idea that there is more to this world than what most see, and only those that recieve (and can read) the Book of Sight can see them, I did't like the writing. It was all over the place and didn't really find its groove until the end. It's almost like I could see what the intended story was supposed to be, but didn't quite make its goal. It did leave off o ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I liked some of these characters, and fantasy is right in my wheelhouse, but sometimes the story felt like it was trying so hard to be profound that the strain was palpable, keeping me from fully entering this world or enjoying the narrative.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a cute story, but not necessarily very well written. I liked the characters and the premise, but it just fell a little flat for me. It's a book that I think my 9 year old would really like. ...more
Sarah Crawford
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an interesting story. Someone sends several young people a book that seems to be filled with gibberish but, bit by bit, they are able to somehow see what the gibberish actually means. This leads then to the discovery of an area bound in trees. They also ends up being able to see very small people (around ten inches high) and a talking tree.

Things turn bad when they find a lizard that's a spy and their books begin to go missing. Adding to this is a seemingly crazy man, a cave, near drowni
Lia Brent
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
The first in this magical YA series captures the mysterious and bonding effect of the Book when it arrives in the mail for each of these teens in a sleepy town. When they finally find each other and its secrets start to be revealed, the stakes are higher, and the danger intensifies. They must rely on each of their strengths to uncover the truths and stay safe. I liked the Book itself, but as an adult, I worried immediately about the magic it came from. The relationships between the newfound frie ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
YA fantasy genre that I downloaded from Amazon for free. A group of soon to be high schoolers receive a old book special messengered to their homes and their su.mer plans soon become entangled in learning the meaning of the tales. Quick read full of suspense. am going to encourage my 11 yo to read over summer break and learn her perspective.
Claudette Bigby
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Great adventure story with just enough enexplained happenings with the Book to keep you wondering what's going to happen next. Thank you. Even if it is a story for kids, a good change for us oldies to remember what it was like to be young!
Beth Beth
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice book and characters, it really picked my interest up. But writing style looks like it's for children. ...more
floyd carter
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Held my attention till the end. Looking forward to reading the rest in the series hope the rest is as good a read
Mike Briley
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was OK. Probably appeal most to young adolescents. In general a bit amateurish.
Jennifer Kellie
May 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Genre: young-adult urban fantasy

The premise was interesting, but there was so many coincidences that it felt that it was too easy. Not a bad book, but definitely for a younger crowd.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Exciting teen read

Lovely teen/young adult read. Kept me guessing! Book two ordered already. If you like Harry Potter you’ll like this book
Heather Monger-Norero
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So fun!

I think it just really makes you want to be there with the characters. I would warn that the writer takes a bit of a chance by trying to convey the Book of Sight to us the readers. So I guess a little leap of faith on our parts, but pretty fun!
Laura  Lane
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A personal note of thanks to Mrs. Deborah Dunlevy who graciously and generously gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. I thank you!
"In a plain house on a dull street in a nondescript neighborhood in a sleepy town near the mountains lived a girl named Alex." Fourteen year old Alex is an average teenage girl beginning her summer vacation. Dad's very preoccupied with work, Mom's no longer in the picture. As Alex is contemplating the summer stretching out before her, a messenger
Kristi Bernard
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fourteen-year-old Alexandria Jillian Hughes was extremely ordinary. The city of Dunmore was host to her best friend Darcy who would be leaving for the summer to California to see her dad. Alex’s summer started with a mysterious delivery of an antique book. As she delved in she found that it took her all day to read just five pages. Her dad, a writer who surfaces from his projects about every three days, checks in on her. It’s then that she realized reading the book had given her headaches.

Alex w
Katie W
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Fourteen year old Alex is just beginning her summer vacation when a messenger appears on her doorstep with a book. She opens the book and finds nonsense words, that later turn into words that she can read and live. She discovers that four other kids have also received books and not only can they read them, but they actually live and see what they read about. Who knew that there are little creatures roaming around and that other things happen that no one else knows about?

As the story progresses,
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Book of Sight by Deborah Dunlevy

Young Alex receives a book in an unmarked package, not knowing who it is from or what it is about. As she opens the book she sees that it is just a bunch of gibberish, but soon she discovers she can read it. But what does it mean? As she and her friends try to unravel the mystery of the mysterious book, they embark on a journey of a lifetime.

I liked the originality of this book and the characters. Alex is very likable along with her friends. There is adventure
Not going to rate this as I did not finish it. Got about a quarter of the way through and it's NOT a bad book, just not my type of book. Reminded me of trying to read The Hobbit, just something that was not fun for me to read. I tried, I really did! The writing itself is not bad but I can't seem to get into books with fairy-tale creatures. This is my problem, I realize and the reason I am not rating this book. I can picture lots of people (those who enjoy the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings or stuff ...more
Shelleen Toland
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book can be a wonderful gift.

When Alex received an unexpected package, she never dreamed the book it contained
would change her life forever. After all, the words inside were gibberish.

She had no idea the places that book would take her, the friends that book would help her
make or the wonders that book would reveal.

She had no clue the trouble that book would bring, either.

A book can be a dangerous gift.

This book was a fun read. This is the first of a series and I already have the 2nd book and h
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
A book about a book? Of course I wanted to read it!!! The story is intriguing enough but the writing lacks something... I know it's a YA novel, but it reads really young. It picked up by the end and the writing seemed to flow a bit better so I will probably try the second book to find out what happens. ...more
Kitti Boesel
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult-kids
This was kind of like reading a high school essay. Grammar is awkward, but the story moves along very quickly and teases you enough that you continue reading until the end.
Lizz Small
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the book.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I agree with the other reviewers. The first book was enough. I don't feel compelled to follow this story through the sequels. ...more
David Fuller
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This is more of a casual read, but enjoyable. There is some suspense, but honestly I would like to see more (and on a larger scale).
Flori Oross
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Good story but fairly low reading level
Tracey Chapman
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The book was okay. Nothing was particularly bothersome but I didn't feel compelled to finish reading the book or the next book in the series. ...more
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Deborah Dunlevy was born in Indiana and grew up everywhere else. Even moving every year or two couldn't satisfy her desire for adventure, so she learned how to read and started taking trips into other people's lives. Eventually she grew up and went to college and got a respectable job as a teacher. Then she ditched that to go live on the other side of the world, where she had a few kids and learne ...more

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