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Blind the Eyes

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  54 reviews
In a world where hope kills and dreams are deadly, obedience is the only way to survive. But when one girl learns her society's absolute control and guarantee of safety are both illusions, she risks her hard-won status, her home and her life to rebel and expose its lies.

When haunted teen Cole discovers the state's guarantee of safety from the nightmarish Mara in exchange f
Published June 1st 2018
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- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
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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 de
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.
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 or
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.
Amanda Williams
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
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.
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!

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
Kei • lovelypagesreviews •
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]
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
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
Katherine Hinton
I received this book from NetGalley as an E-ARC. I was sent this book to write an honest review. This review is in no way biased. This book was very different from many other books I have read before. I found that the idea for the book was very interesting, but the story was not utilized to its full potential. The story had a very complicated idea, but I don't think that it was explained very well. Therefore, during the story I found myself having to guess about certain things in the story or pa ...more
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**
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
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
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
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 O'Connor
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
Katherine Paschal
In a world devoid of color, personality, individualism, and creative thinking, Cole lives every day just as everyone else, keeping her head down and performing her menial job. But she is not like everyone else- she talks to a snarky girl named Cadence who nobody else can see. After a strange encounter with a boy and then a dead body, Cole finds her carefully structured life crumbling around her.

I like to jump into books without knowing a ton about it and without reading reviews to sway my opinio
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Distraction is Destruction”

That is the first line that totally caught my attention in this story. “Distraction is destruction” can be true in so many different ways. Including in BLIND THE EYES.

There are a lot of characters in this story, there is a lot of world building and layers going on all at the same time. I read it in a weird cadence – there is a lot of punctuation so it helped with the cadence – I read it almost as if I was rushing through the phrases, like slam poetry. If you don’t kno
Laura Furuta
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blind the Eyes (Threads of Dreams Book 1)
By: K. A. Wiggins
5 out of 5 stars

The story Blind the Eyes (Threads of Dreams Book 1) by K.A. Wiggins is a YA/fantasy book. It is the first book I have read by the author and I enjoyed it. It has a storyline that hooks you in from the start and I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the last page. The book is well-written and has parts where I was quickly turning pages to find out what happened next. I enjoyed reading about the character of Cole. Th
Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.

Thank you to NetGalley, K.A. Wiggins, and Snowmelt & Stumps for this free ARC all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is someone's creative baby and I will do everything I can to be honest and kind at the same time.

The world building was phenomenal. The descriptions came to life as I read and like another reviewer pointed out: it fits perfectly within the realm of a video game like Fallout. Colors, or lack thereof, lots of post-apo
Kerry Baker
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind The Eyes by K.A. Wiggins is the first book in the Threads of Dreams series. A great combination of YA and sci-fi this book is a must if you are a fan of either genre
Cole knows her place. She knows she has to keep her head down and follow the rules otherwise she will find herself dead. However things go slightly awry when she comes into contact with a rebel.
Cole soon discovers that the authorities aren’t all they are made out to be and that more is going on then people realise. It is up to
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind the Eyes (Threads of Dreams Book 1) by K.A. Wiggins

4 Stars

I started this book in the evening and realized not too far in that that was a mistake so I put it down and decided to read it the next morning. I just knew if I kept going I would not be able to sleep, Im not normally prone to nightmares but this one worried me so I didn't take the chance.

This is my first book by this author and I would like to read more from her but not so sure about this particular genre and that is purely a pers
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K.A. Wiggins writes YA Fantasy with an edge for ages 14 and up.

Expect more blood than kissing. #monstersandmagic

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Kaie has been creating urban legends about witches in the back wood and fairies in the snow melt since she was seven years old. She write
“Failure. An echo of the Mara’s voice—or maybe it’s my own—hisses in my ear. No. Not a failure, but . . . not quite finished. I am enough—for now. But I could be more. I want to be more.” 2 likes
“Too many children have suffered. Too many families have been broken. Too many girls have grown up alone. Or not at all. I won’t let them ruin anyone else.” 1 likes
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