Friday, May 8, 2020

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads

About the Book

Book:  Mortal Sight
Author: Sandra Fernandez Rhoads
Genre:  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: April 14, 2020

When 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?

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My Thoughts:

Mortal Sight was an exciting book that I took great pleasure in reading. The author put great effort into character development, descriptions, and her monsters were awesome. The constant bringing up of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” put a kind of creepiness around the poem. And there are several twists that caught me completely by surprise. Mortal Sight is a wonderful tale full of excitement, danger, and monsters.

This book starts in a modern city where Cera and her mom live in the rundown part of town. Cera’s dad died when she was just a girl. Cera receives a vision every year at her birthday and she and her mom move right after. But when Cera is offered a well paying job she sees it as an opportunity to get a better life and refuses to move. This starts Cera down a path into another world she did not even know existed.

I could definitely tell that this was only the first book in the series and that there would be many more by the way the author wrote the book. I really enjoyed this book and read it a bit slowly to enjoy it longer. The characters were great and so were their relationships with each other.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Reviewed by Bubba

About the Author

Sandra 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

Rebecca Tews, April 30
Mia Reads, May 8
Genesis 5020, May 11
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.


  1. Thank you for the review. The book sounds good.

  2. This sounds like a very intriguing read.

  3. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  4. Thank you for the opportunity to win! The reviews help me to find books I will like