In a world where eye color may determine your future, Leya is born with one green and one blue eye Will this diminish her potential or provide the exceptional opportunity to become a Double Vision Mistress Even if she fulfills her gifts, Leya must learn to control her impulsiveness and quick temper or she will be stripped of her powers in a painful and crippling ritual Unfortunately, Zendra, a devious Novice knows exactly how to raise Leya s anger But the Mistresses, struggling with significant problems of their own, seem blind to Leya s dilemma How much should she risk in pursuit of power, prestige, and wealth This book was formerly titled Desiccate and has gone through another editingLearn about this book on the author s websitehttp bonnieferrante 4 StarIn a world with supernatural powers that can do good as well as evil This story also brings normal problems that everyone faces at some point in life insecurity, loneliness, family, and trying to balance study with play The characters are well developed with each character having a different distinct personality.As their is no build up of the villains, you do lose a lot of the anticipation you would expect to find in this story Also, as the story is over a span of 12 years, I felt thei 4 StarIn a world with supernatural powers that can do good as well as evil This story also brings normal problems that everyone faces at some point in life insecurity, loneliness, family, and trying to balance study with play The characters are well developed with each character having a different distinct personality.As their is no build up of the villains, you do lose a lot of the anticipation you would expect to find in this story Also, as the story is over a span of 12 years, I felt their was a lot of information that was skipped over The story does have a good plot, although, there is not a lot of action The story does move along at a good pace, so you don t get bored or loose interest at any point You can find me KARLEIGH READSI was given an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review And honest it shall be.First off, I just want to say that I seriously hate giving bad reviews to books but this needs to be said I had some strong feelings towards this book and not in a good way.Might as well rip the band aid off and get right into it.This book is not YA, no matter what category the publishers or author claim it to be in The subject matter is not YA This should be listed as You can find me KARLEIGH READSI was given an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review And honest it shall be.First off, I just want to say that I seriously hate giving bad reviews to books but this needs to be said I had some strong feelings towards this book and not in a good way.Might as well rip the band aid off and get right into it.This book is not YA, no matter what category the publishers or author claim it to be in The subject matter is not YA This should be listed as New Adult.The main character in this book was very annoying and really hard to connect with For someone who is seeking to please her family and have a better life, who is use to hard work because of her place in society You would think that she wouldn t give up so easily As soon, anything in the school was the least bit difficult she would run the other way That didn t make any sense to me when in the first chapter she talked about how much she wanted to learn, how much she wanted to change, and how much she wanted to do for her family I just found her very annoying, bratty, and just not someone I wanted to have as a main character in the book.Now for the part that really made me angry The fat shaming in this book is DISGUSTING Now I understand that they are part of a school, and girls are mean but this was terrible Books for me are a place to take me away, live another life, and enjoy myself But the fat shaming got to a point where I was angry Good thing, whispered Zendra as she passed the table As big as you are, I don t imagine you ll have many suitors Where s Lumpy asked Zendra as she walked in front of us I can t believe she is going to be late for a meal Zendra snorted Great, so we ll all be as fat as Lumpy There areinstances in the book, but these were the ones I highlighted I just think if younger girls are reading this since it is listed as YA that not only are they being told in in the media, and at school that being fat is wrong but now their place to escape their books are telling them that as well I was disgusted over the fat shaming and it really turned me off the book There was no need for it, it had no impact on the story, it would have been excellent without it.I felt the story jumped around a lot and missed big chunks of things One minute Leya was in school working on her studies and the next she was graduating One minute she was getting married and the next she was a widow.Sadly, there are only really two things I liked about this book, the world building was amazing, I loved the area that author created for us I also really liked the idea behind the book and how your powers all depend on the colour of your eyes which ranged from Silver, to purple and pink, to blue and green That was a pretty awesome idea, it could have gone a completely different way and made an amazing high fantasy novel.I am giving this book a 2 out of 5 because in my opinion it doesn t deserve anything higher Like I said above I hate down rating books but this is the first time I was so angry about the content in the book.I still want to thank the author for letting me read it 4.5 stars I loved that this story felt exactly like you were in the head of the main character For the first half or so, that meant being in the head of a fourteen year old girl as she interacted with other teenage girls, and all of the friendships, backstabbing, jealousies, rivalries, etc felt completely real from what I remember of adolescence To me, the strongest element of this book is the characterization of these girls They feel very, very real and believable, despite their supernatur 4.5 stars I loved that this story felt exactly like you were in the head of the main character For the first half or so, that meant being in the head of a fourteen year old girl as she interacted with other teenage girls, and all of the friendships, backstabbing, jealousies, rivalries, etc felt completely real from what I remember of adolescence To me, the strongest element of this book is the characterization of these girls They feel very, very real and believable, despite their supernatural magical quirks.There s a pleasant, creative depth going on here too What exactly is the Sphere of Visions The story jumps right in as if we know, and from Leya s excitement and through her eager eyes wink we piece together the necessary answers The author seems to have thought through a wide world with many peoples, cultures, and lands, but we only see what we need to know about it, which again works well as we see from a fourteen year old girl s somewhat self involved perspective The very interesting uniqueness of this story is this a gifted person s eye color determines what their gifts are Blue can mean water Brown wood Green for growth Red for fire or maybe tomatoes It s a very clever supernatural magical setup and simple enough to follow without being too obviously predictable I enjoyed the internal struggles Leya experienced as she left her family, learned in this school, and beyond The tension between using her gifts to serve vs using her gifts to suit her own desires was present all the way through the book, from adolescence to adulthood I always find it refreshing when a main character isn t perfect but can grow and learn instead Leya IS a little frustrating from time to time, however, and I had moments where I kind of wanted to slap her Beyond Leya, the other characters also fail and succeed in doing the right thing, and the varying shades between the good guys and bad guys made the labels complicated so that you really tried to understand where each character was coming from I won t give too much of the plot away, but Leya, Safia, Caari, Zendra, etc spend the first portion of the book learning from the Mistresses, who have mastered their gifts and live kind of like nuns at a convent school Then, the story jumps a few years into Leya s life, then a fewyears I thought this worked pretty well, but the middle portion seemed REALLY fast to me Considering this is when some seriously troubling, emotional things happen, I felt liketime could have been spent here But, when everything falls into place for the last portion, I was ready and kind of sensed what was coming, so it was good setup The end felt natural, well done, and clearly sets the stage forbooks to come.All in all, the book is very well written with imaginative descriptions A great story for maturing young readers, this book certainly has a good message about controlling yourself for the benefit of others The story, the characters, and the interesting supernatural magical elements are unique enough that I m curious to see where the story goes next Leya Truelong lives in a world unlike our own At the age of fourteen, each child is tested to see if they possess a vision a great power that they can one day learn to control.Brought to the island that houses the Sphere of Vision, a sanctuary where experienced Mistresses teach the young novices to harvest their abilities, Leya begins to make friends and enemies alike.I felt for a teenage Leya, leaving her large loving family behind to pursue her vision and bring fortune to her struggling vill Leya Truelong lives in a world unlike our own At the age of fourteen, each child is tested to see if they possess a vision a great power that they can one day learn to control.Brought to the island that houses the Sphere of Vision, a sanctuary where experienced Mistresses teach the young novices to harvest their abilities, Leya begins to make friends and enemies alike.I felt for a teenage Leya, leaving her large loving family behind to pursue her vision and bring fortune to her struggling village Not only must she develop her powers, she must learn to deal with the difficult Zendra, another novice whose bullying tears apart the girls at the Sphere Her continued struggles brought me both up and down with each unexpected turn in her life.Bonnie Ferrante does a wonderful job in bringing modern problems that young girls face insecurity, loneliness, family, balancing study with play, and puts them into the surreal setting of a world with supernatural powers that can do good as well as evil.I found myself fascinated by the visions that the characters possessed, and kept reading to find out what those powers meant to each one Especially Leya, our tormented heroine Her immaturity slowly leaves her as tragic events unfold, turning her into a strong woman Although, at times I did want to shake her for being so stubborn, but aren t all girls that way at times The Sphere of Vision series has started out wonderfully, and I am eager to see what s next for Leya and her friends Perfect for young readers who love fantasy think Lorien Legacies for girls or older readers alike I kept comparing it to George RR Martin s Game of Thrones books which I loved, only a less violent,teen friendly version.I m planning on passing on the name of this author to my 14 year old niece who will love this book