By Lucy Harris
I don't think I've ever had a book that was given to me that I loved this much. I absolutely adored this book. I couldn't put it down. I kept finding myself so preoccupied in the book that I seldom forgot the time of the day. Yes, I was that immersed which really is saying something because a lot of things causes me to lose concentration. I kept telling myself that I would stop reading after I finished the current chapter, and by force of circumstances, when I got to the end of the chapter, I just kept right on going.
Marissa, the main character of the story, was unexpectedly found on a visually impaired village, the outlying districts of Kalyebulag. Her adopted parents took her in and raised her as their own. Marissa sooner found out that the people of Kalyebulag were born blind and were somehow exiled from their families. The villagers were together and are living harmoniously, but when the night falls, Zimiria, an evil witch, haunts all the villages of the mountain. Marissa is eager to know about where she came from, how Kalyebulag came to be and is inquisitive about why she isn’t blind. She asks herself and ponders if there is some way, she can rescue the villages from the grasp of Zimiria.
I can honestly say that this book is so well-crafted and well-executed. That being said, the story is simple, yet intriguing. The premise of this book just thrilled me to my core. I truly enjoy Ramos' writing style. It's devour-able. She creates the most fascinating worlds with believable characters. I can’t explain the many ways that I simply love this book. It is enchanting and mysterious and there are moments of utterance that amaze me each time I read its pages. I thought it was a very powerful book, and very worth a read, especially for the young adult audience. I can tell that this book is one that's going to stay with me for a long time. It's definitely one of my favorites so far.