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New Sight

(New Sight #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  30 reviews
After succumbing to the sudden and terrifying urge to rip people’s eyes out of their sockets, 16-year-old Lysandra Blake finds herself tied down in a psych ward, convinced she’s crazy. The doctors have no answers, and Lys is ready to give up when the mysterious Jeremiah Mason appears, telling Lys that she’s not insane—she’s addicted to a rare and deadly drug that she has n ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Jolly Fish Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, ya, fantasy
Magic when remains uncontrolled, can lead to grave destructions, even sometimes loss of mind! 16year old Lysandra Blake in the novel, New Sight by Jo Schneider, thought that she has gone crazy, when she started acting strange!

Thanks to the author, Jo Schneider, for providing me with a copy of her new novel, in return for an honest review.

Lys was spending her days in a mental institution owing to the fact that she always had this urge to rip off people's eyes, but with a sudden appearance of a ne
Debbie Turk
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A Unique & Suspenseful Read. 3.5 Stars 🌟

This was, for me, a unique tale that fascinated & constantly intrigued me!

Lys is a normal 16yr old girl when out of the blue a 'Need' to gouge out others eyes assailed her!😳 She's horrified that she can't control this compulsion. We meet her when is locked up & strapped down to a bed in a Psychiatric Hospital. Her Dad has been contacted by someone who says they can help but she needs to go to their specialist treatment facility. It's here that Lys meets B
Fiona Titchenell
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Basics:

Lys has recently developed a disquieting compulsion to rip people's eyes out of their sockets. She’s been confined to a hospital bed, restrained for her protection and others', when a mysterious new doctor arrives, claiming he knows what's happening to her and how to help in his secluded facility. It turns out Lys is a magic user who hasn't learned how to deal with magic's dangerous and addictive properties. There are multiple schools of thought as to what should be done with magic us
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was very different than most other teen/young adult books I've read. I went into this book not knowing what to expect. It was definitely confusing for the first quarter or so of the book, as the main character doesn't know what's going on and all kinds of strange things kept happening. It most definitely did not seem like magic in a typical story. The book made much more sense later on, and it was a lot more exciting to read. I liked the ending and I'm eager to read the next book! ...more
Carrie Ardoin
I had a really, really hard time even getting interested in this book. The premise was nice, but after the first couple of chapters the plot failed to hold my attention at all. I made it through more than 2/3 of the book but couldn't finish it, but I think that's enough to express my thoughts.

Lys Blake is in a psychiatric hospital after attempting to claw her mother's, and then her own, eyeballs out. It's an uncontrollable urge, and the problem is that it's not going away. Lys knows that she has
Valette M.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
To say that Lys (main character) goes through a lot, is putting it mildly. Torn from her perfectly normal life and placed in a 'special' drug rehab facility after exhibiting symptoms of what she is told is a deadly drug addiction, she adjusts. A few chapters later, she is torn away again...and again. And she takes it remarkably well. Her disbelief in the magic, though realistic, is a bit frustrating, and at times she comes across as whiny, but overall she's determined and keeps pushing forward. ...more
Donamarie Fournier
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting story on magic. The first section of the book was disjointed as not even the characters knew what was going on. Not all of this died out to be the end. There were still several unanswered questions. Lysandra (Lys) could not control her Need and didn't have a clue what was happening to her. The rest of the characters were for the most part also unsure of what was happening. First, one group is bad and then the opposite group is bad. Overall though it was an interesting story and I ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting such a great story line and writing style from an indie author. I picked up the whole series at Salt Lake City FanX and read the first book in one sitting. I just couldn't stop. The growth of Lys as a character was amazing. It was as she was real and you were in her head throughout the whole book. You could see her questioning herself and her previous values to do what was thought to be right. Would definitely recommend and would like to see this series reach more readers. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the jagged scars stripes

I didn't think that any other characters could capture my heart like those. But you did it again in this one! I love your characters. Your boss. Please keep erupting!
Patricia Kaniasty
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad but not great either. It's a forgettable book. ...more
Tasha Vance
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so intense.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful different story. Wanting to rip someone ‘s eyeball out isn’t the way to go. Intriguing
Dan Levinson
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
A girl, awakening to new powers that come with a terrible price. Ancient knowledge, lost for millennia, now coming to light. A war, between those that would return mankind to the old ways, and those that scoured those old ways from the earth so many years ago.

That is the world of New Sight.

New Sight is a high-octane YA urban/paranormal fantasy thriller set in the western United States, by author Jo Ann Schneider. It follows the journey of 16 year old Lysandra Blake as her world is turned upside
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
3 1/2 stars.

Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publicist in exchange for a honest review.

New Sight is narrated by 16-year-old Lysandra ‘Lys’ Blake. At the start of the book, readers find Lys in a mental institution; everyone thinks she’s crazy because she attacked her mom and then inflicted a self wound. Dr. Mason says Lys is affected by a drug that makes her want to gouge people’s eyes out, and that he’s the only person that can help her. With Lys and her parents’ permission Dr. Maso
Jessica Bronder
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lysandra is 16 years old and has developed the desire to takes people’s eyes out. No one can figure out what is wrong with Lys and so she is locked in an asylum. In walks Dr. Mason and says that Lys has been exposed to a drug that she has no knowledge of taking. She takes her away to his private facility to others that are in the same boat as her. Lys is not crazy, she has magical abilities that at awakening but cause the destructive behaviors.

It seems a long time ago people had magic abilities
Ann Meyers
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
New Sight gives an interesting and unique take on magic, where magic is an addiction. Imagine having the ability to do just about anything. The euphoria this brings. The power.

Then the crash.

Sound familiar? That is what Lys has to face when she succumbs to the first symptom that she can ‘touch’ magic. She suddenly gets this overwhelming compulsion to pull out people’s eyes so she can see what they see and feel what they feel. She has to know!

Initially Lys believes she is evil and that she has d
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I put off writing a review for New Sight to ruminate on how I actually felt about this book. Honestly? I think the best word to describe my feelings is disappointed. When I read the synopsis I thought I'd be thrown into a story about a manic girl who has an uncontrolled need to rip people's eyes out. That I'd slowly uncover a dark secret, and maybe the "hidden powers" that I was promised. Instead, I was given a magic system that left me confused.

The brilliant part about this book is that the ho
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This is a unique and exciting story featuring magical abilities that focus on the five senses, and a set of characters who are constantly on the run trying to escape ever changing bad guys.

The magic system is well explained and very well thought out. There is a complete history and explanation for the existence of the abilities, how they work, and why they aren’t more common. This is conveyed quite clearly, and I was able to fully buy into it with a reasonable suspension of belief. There wasn’t
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for a good book about magic and this one did suck me in once it hit a certain point in the plot.

Poor Lys. That girl went through hell a few times and back again. Getting institutionalized because people thought she was crazy when it was really all linked back to the addiction of magic. I mean, hello... the girl wanted to rip people's eyes out. LOL I loved the twists and turns that the story took. There were a few intense moments when I couldn't turn the pages fast enough but overal
Melanie Adkins
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lysandra Blake is sixteen and has a desire to pluck people's eyes out of their head. No one knows why she has this compulsion. Doctors have no answers. The best guess is she'd been exposed to a drug called Pop. Lysandra just wants the desire to stop. She injured her own mother and can't look at anyone without the overwhelming desire taking over. Then a doctor approaches her father and tells him he can help her. He does some brief tests and decides to take Lysandra to his facility. Once there sh ...more
Lehua Parker
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: jolly-fish-press
Jo Ann Schneider’s debut novel New Sight, is a little hard to pin down. Not knowing much about it when I began it, after the first few chapters I thought, “Ah-ha! Sci-fi!” and settled down for thriller about futuristic drugs and big brother. 16 year old Lys Blake has an uncontrollable urge to rip people’s eyes out and a new club drug is suspected. Cool. But the plot soon turned and I found myself reading a lot of exposition about magic powers, technology, and cartels out to suppresses and contro ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am giving this four stars because I know the author, and because of all the crazy plot twists at the end. This book started out a bit slow for me and I was afraid the references to "the Need" were going to drive me up the wall, but I ended up really liking it. I thought the characters were interesting, I liked how plot points were revealed as the story continued. After I finished, I went back and read the beginning and everything made more sense. It was fun to read a book written by a friend. ...more
Lisa Dess
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
What an amazing book! I was completely consumed by the story starting at page 1. The characters were easy to relate to and each one brought something to the story. Jo's writing is superb; a nice balance between emotion and action. The ending was bittersweet and makes me eager to read the next one. I highly recommend this book. ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
So, this was a gift.
It is written by someone that someone else I know knows.
The author never met a simile she didn't like.

The premise requires an extreme suspension of disbelief. Extreme.
The main character feels compelled to rip out the eyes of others.
Then, suddenly, she doesn't.

Sarah Boucher
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An imaginative take on magic! Personally, I find creating a magical world daunting. But Jo weaves an interesting tale of adolescence and addiction. The story is filled with fight scenes, fabulous action, and plenty of suspense. A thoroughly entertaining read! And it's just the beginning. ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Thought it would be sci-fi, turned out to be urban fantasy. The magic system was interesting. The "technology bad" and "environmentalists crazy" talk was pretty off-putting, and gave the impression the author had no idea what technology was. ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Review coming soon.
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed New Sight. The character goes through a lot but is never annoying or whiny. I liked the twist on how magic works in the world and makes the characters with magic much more interesting.
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
31/2 stars. Very interesting story. It kept me curious and turning pages eagerly. Full review coming to both blogs soon.
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