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Blind the Eyes

(Threads of Dreams #1)

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  93 reviews
When hope kills and dreams are deadly, your only shot at survival is to shut it all down.

In the Towers of Refuge, regulation dictates every aspect of life.

Haunted 17-year-old Cole would do anything to shake her reputation as a failure. The only way to survive the nightmarish Mara is absolute obedience, and she's down to her last chance.

But when a charismatic stranger shows
Published June 1st 2018
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- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
. : ☾⋆ — 3 ★

arc provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Snowmelt & Stumps!!)


this is one strange little book.

Blind The Eyes follows our main character Cole—a probation worker in a dystopian society called Refuge which is haunted by dream-eating monsters as Cole herself is haunted by a ghost named Cadence. Cole harbors a very odd obsession with death, which blooms into bizarre visions of dead people’s past. as the death
Mel (Epic Reading)
Blind the Eyes is a very unique book and one that requires a lot of patience. I was quite confused throughout the entire book up until the last 75% or so. There are many odd things happening to our lead gal and it's difficult to determine what is actually happened, what might just be her perception or imagination. It's the problem (and yet fun) of an unreliable narrator.

Like I said above don't expect to really follow along with much. What you will know quickly is that there is a gal and she
It was such a wonderful concept that was executed poorly. I wanted to love it really, I even pushed myself to finish it but still ended up not working. I feel awful.
Faith M ✨
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Divergent and This Savage Song
Actual rating: 4.5

I received a digital review copy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is in no way influenced by the author, publisher, or distributor.

For fans of Divergent and This Savage Song, Blind the Eyes is a fantasy dystopian post-apocalyptic adventure of dreams, choice, and desire, and the nightmares that feed on us.

It had been a dream, and dreams lie. Dreams cannot be trusted. Dreams lure you in with promises of your heart's desire, of everything you ho
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

It's not that I didn't enjoy the book, I found it very complicated not really explained well enough. The world is completely obscure and definitely not like ours and I read a lot of high fantasy and this is actually described as an urban fantasy and I can tell you now it's not.

I think a lot of people could potentially really like this. I would describe
S.E. Anderson
DNF at 60%

I really wanted to enjoy this book... I knew from the very first page that I would like it, the author's style was so unique, the premise so strange and surreal... but I just couldn't get into it.

Actually, no, I could get into it - at first. I read the first 35% in one sitting. But then when I picked it back up there was nothing to keep me drawn in. My main issue was that it was so gosh darn confusing. I'm never sure who's perspective I'm following, where or whom Cole is, and it bounc
Sharon Read
I gave up at 65% I am not sure what this story is about, and although its well written, I just didnt get it

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Complicated, mysterious and kind of creepy.
Let the Mara give you some nightmares and may you not dream.
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Okay there a very few times where books scream “problematic” to me and this one starts right off yelling it at the top of its lungs.

Having a main character with a skin discoloration and calling the spots a vivid stain on a could be perfect face is a Big No in my book. And then the character saying their face is an offense is yet another No. I don’t know if all the characters have spots (one of the officers is mentioned to have lighter spots around the eyes) on their skins o
Bobbi Wagner
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author, I highly suggest reading it. I enjoyed how she took a paranormal story and add some humor to it among a few other things. I also enjoyed the different characters and the journey of twists and turns they took me on. This book is about hopes and dreams and things not being as they seem. About secrets being exposed that could change things. The characters come alive in nightmares and fight to survive in them. They kept the story engaging and reading.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
This author has built an amazing world. When you step into this world, you feel that it is completely real. The Mara that inhabit the place will give you nightmares. Do nothing to get their attention. They were very well done. I just couldn't like the main character, Cole so I really didn't care what happened to her. She had plenty of guidance, but chose to ignore it. Candace tried to tell her what to do, but she ignored her.
DarkRaven Reviews
I love the premise of this book and I feel the storyline is amazing and I loved the characters. However, I have a few small issues that prevent me from giving it any more stars. In my opinion whilst reading it I felt dis-attached from the storyline. Sometimes I had to read a passage a few times in order to understand what is going on. The writing to me feels older than what the intended audience is. I am not saying it is a bad book, far from it. I really enjoyed reading it. I do however feel as ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars-

This book is a great idea- the world is interesting and although the beginning is really confusing, it clears up after a bit. The writing is great and the characters are intriguing- except for Cole. I really dislike the main character and I don't think she smartens up enough for me. Sadly, this colors everything. But if you like the main character, you will LOVE this book. I was still happy to read until the end
Milian Glafira
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual type of read but very enjoyable!
Dont read this book if you easily get nightmares.....
Its a twisty story that makes you stay up all night to finish it.
Liked it very much and can't wait to see more from this author!

Kei • fiction court •
I was so excited for this one but the flowery writing made me re-read the first few pages so many times that I lost count. I have no idea what is happening, and I have no intention of re-reading my way through this book.
May 29, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
ARCs are available for request here: [closed - other review opportunities found here] ...more
Blind the Eyes (Threads of Dreams #1) by K.A. Wiggins was a unique, twist dystopian that had me hooked from start to finish.

I love finding books that are out of the box rare, and different. Right from the opening I was drawn in by the weird grey world and dark tones. There was a lifelessness to it that sparked my attention and pulled me in. Cole, our MC, does a fantastic job at setting the stage for one of the best reads of the year.

I'm a little stuck and what to write, the plot is complex and
Annette Jordan
Initially drawn to this book by its intriguing premise of a dystopian future world where being different is frowned upon and mysterious beings known as the Mara feed upon the hopes, dreams and desires of people. Only the Refuge is safe, but life there is strictly controlled and tightly monitored. The protagonist of the book, Cole, is a probationer in one of the monitoring centres, but is struggling with the demands of homogeneity.
Unfortunately this book is beyond confusing to read, it is not unt
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Snowmelt & Stumps through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

This books was… strange to say the least. Strange and confusing and all over the place. Based on the description I had such high hopes for it, it had such potential to be great, but it fell completely flat and left me more annoyed than anything else. I almost DNF’d at about 40% but I pushed myself to finish it and I kind of wish I hadn’t bothered.

B.A. Bellec
4 Stars

BLIND THE EYES is the first entry in the THREADS OF DREAMS series. The story follows a female protagonist named Cole as she interacts with bizarre, Lovecraftian beings blending dreams and reality. The plot is a bit tough to follow at times, and this is an outside-the-box story.

So…how is a book with a tough to decipher plot 4 stars?

K.A. writes like sugar!

She has this way of describing things that overwhelms your senses. I frequently found myself lost for a few pages only for K.A. to drop a
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind The Eyes
By K. A. Wiggins
4 stars

First of I have to say I absolutely love the cover for this book! There is just something about it that drew me to it straight away. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I couldn’t help myself with this one! This is the first book that I have read by this author and I will admit it’s not my usual genre but I thought I would give it a read. I cannot fault the writing, the way in which the author wrote this book was just beautiful. Her words flowe
This book was just confusing!
It sounded so promising but after a quarter of the book I still didn’t get what it was about and what was happening at all. The descriptions were blurry and the reader is thrown into a imaginary world that isn’t explained in any way.

The characters weren’t relatable, the plot was confusing for me and I felt like rushing from page to page without getting to know through which story I rushed here.
Sadly I don’t like that book at all.
Jun 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

**Review Coming Soon**
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: intriguing
An intriguing style of book that had me hooked from the beginning. Cole’s life isn’t easy and she has to figure out how to change things Ready for the next one.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I don’t hate my job. Hate is dangerous. Hate is a wish for change. A wish is a dream that can draw down the Mara.”

I have not had the pleasure of reading K.A. Wiggins before and this was a nice introduction. There was a lot of intense and vivid imagery that built up this dystopian world of Vancouver. I enjoyed the obvious amounts of effort that went into the details that made it so realistic and stand out on its own amongst a sea of young adult dystopian novels.

There was also a lot of time put i
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
To start off - I had no idea going into this book that it was a Part I of a series! Now I have to wait until next year to read the next installment which I most certainly will be doing.

When I first started reading this book I had a really hard time grasping onto what was taking place. Wiggins writes the entire story in a "dream-like" descriptive state. You'll understand why here in a moment. There is very little description about the surroundings, with most of the emphasis on thoughts, feelings
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok so about a couple chapters in I had to stop and go check the reviews for this book and found that unfortunately I shared their complaints. First off let me say it was a really kool story, original and captivating and in spite of my gripes the book kept me turning pages long into the night. The writing was beautiful and descriptive, but I do feel there was a missed opportunity to expand upon the traditional myth of the Baku who were mentioned briefly.

Now the complaints. The story was really c
Amna Ikhlaq
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for sending me a digital Advanced Readers Copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is set in a Dystopian future where monsters called the Mara feed off desires and dreams. The remaining human population is largely defenseless against them. The book follows Cole who is a somewhat self aware “drone” or worker in a place called Refuge, an organization which protects people by making them more complacent, so to speak, and removing irregular
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an e-ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. All the views expressed in this review are my own.

The blurb sold this to me. I went in expecting exactly the kind of unique magic system, characters and vivid worldbuilding that the blurb promised. I was disappointed.

Let's address those three points one by one. The magic system was the most confusing part. The overly flowery writing veiled about 70% of whatever concrete was said about the
Caitlin Farley
I normally wouldn’t review a book I didn’t finish (DNF at pg 134/275), but Blind the Eyes deserves to be an exception to this rule.

Wiggins prose is stunning: simply phrased but evocative. The plot moves fast and successfully conveys world building and raises questions as Cole finds herself in one sticky situation after the next. Wiggins’ twists and turns, even early on, are unpredictable. The contrast between the grey world of Refuge and the punk rave decadence of Freedom is surreal. It felt a l
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K.A. Wiggins is a Vancouver-born Canadian speculative fiction writer, speaker, and creative writing coach. Her work explores social movements, environmental crises, and identity issues through intricate, dreamlike tales of monsters and magic.

Her debut, Blind the Eyes, was shortlisted in the Page Turner Awards 2020 eBook Awards category and a Barnes & Noble Press pick for "20 Favorite Indie Books o

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Threads of Dreams (2 books)
  • Black the Tides (Threads of Dreams, #2)

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