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Review and Giveaway: Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads May 11, 2020

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:23 pm
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About the Book

Book:  Mortal Sight

Author: Sandra Fernandez Rhoads

Genre:  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Release Date: April 14, 2020

Mortal-Sight-201x300.jpgWhen Worlds Collide, Shadow Wrestles Light

Seventeen-year-old Cera Marlowe wants a normal life; one where she and her mom can stop skipping town every time a disturbing vision strikes. But when a girl she knows is murdered by a monster she can’t explain, Cera’s world turns upside down.

Suddenly thrown into an ancient supernatural battle, Cera discovers she’s not alone in her gifting and vows to use her visions to save lives. But why does John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost keep interrupting her thoughts?

In a race against time and a war against unearthly creatures, will decoding messages embedded in the works of classic literature be enough to stop the bloodshed and protect those she loves?

Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Sandra-Rhoads-fullsizeoutput_245-221x300.jpegSandra Fernandez Rhoads is a Cuban-Colombian born in Queens, New York but currently lives in Dallas, Texas. Her previous experience includes earning a M.A. in her 17th century crush, John Milton, writing scripts and performance pieces, directing theater, acting, and running an employment consulting and marketing company. As an AFA-NIET National Finalist in Public Speaking, she welcomes an audience and dreams of playing the theme to Jurassic Park on her cello, named Lysander. Mortal Sight is her debut novel.


More from Sandra

I am so excited to share this story. The original story seed for Mortal Sight came from the premise: what if someone never felt like they belonged in this world because they really didn’t? They were born for a place they didn’t know existed, an unseen realm. And if so, what things in our everyday world would shout out this truth, point to this other world, and try to get their attention to let them know that the restlessness is intentional and they were called to something bigger than themselves. The use of art and literature throughout the story comes from my own love for art and the artist community. The unique way artists look at the world could point to this other realm. I chose Milton’s Paradise Lost, in particular because the poem speaks of things invisible and unseen wars. I have a deep love for artists and the creative community and love encouraging others to tell stories through art, whether it’s visual, music, poetry, dance, writing, etc. It’s in art’s narrative that we see broken pieces of ourselves. This story came from the idea that art could create common ground, kickstart community, and maybe even change the way we see ourselves, others or even the world.

Blog Stops

deb’s Book Review, April 30

Rebecca Tews, April 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 1

A Reader’s Brain, May 2

Blogging With Carol, May 2

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 3

For the Love of Literature, May 4

Wishful Endings, May 4

Texas Book-aholic, May 5

Inklings and notions, May 6

April Hayman, Author, May 6

For Him and My Family, May 7

Pause for Tales, May 8

Mia Reads, May 8

Through the Fire Blogs, May 9

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 10

Genesis 5020, May 11

Artistic Nobody, May 12

Emily Yager, May 13


To celebrate her tour, Sandra is giving away the grand prize package of Mortal Sight hardback with exclusive signed bookplate, plus bookmark/Sticker/Button, $30 Amazon gift card, hardback copy of Paradise Lost, and writing Journal of Pierre Auguste Cot’s The Storm!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My thoughts:

I really liked this book and I am pleasantly surprised.

I requested to review this book a long time ago and as happens often once it comes time to review the book, but before I read it, I wonder if I made a mistake.

I did not. This is a YA novel, but I tend to enjoy those (Harry Potter, Hunger Games) and this one is so interesting. It doesn’t actually talk about Jesus but a Christian reading this can appreciate the spiritual realm that is represented and how it relates to us as believers. Which actually makes this is great book for teens to read and parents to engage them in conversations about this other realm, which I believe does exist.

No matter your age, if you enjoy Frank Peretti type books I think this is one you appreciate.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.comor your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 


8 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads”

  1. anxious58 Says:

    Nice cover, sounds good.

  2. Rita Wray Says:

    Sounds good.

  3. Deana Says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book.

  4. Debbie P Says:

    This sounds like a very intriguing read.

  5. Emma Says:

    This sounds quite interesting–like an allegory?

  6. James Robert Says:

    I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  7. carylkane Says:

    Wonderful review, Melissa! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Thanks for the review, I enjoyed it and I like the cover.

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