Blog Tour: Blind Spot | Laura Ellen | Review | Giveaway

Welcome to our stop on BLIND SPOT tour for Laura Ellen. This tour is hosted by Book Nerd Tours. Today we share our 4 star review and much more.

Blind Spot
Author: Laura Ellen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery
Released: June 10th 2014
Review Source: Blog Tour | HMH Books for Young Readers

There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.

Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer. This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else.

I have to admit, this is not what I was expecting. Blind Spot is not as thrilling as I expected for a mystery book. Yet for some reason, it pulled my attention and I read this in one seat.

In Blind Spot, we meet sixteen-year-old Roz. She is one special kid, with an eye disease. I loved her since the beginning. Roz is strong. She manages to do things without anyone assistance.  She is the type of person that inspires people. I felt fond of her character as the story proceeded. Most of all, I felt protective of her because of one teachers that gave her hell. And even though he was a jerk, Roz didn’t let him bring her down. She stood up to him many times, and I loved it!

Part of her school classes, she must attend this Life Skills course in which she meets her classmate, Tricia. In which later we come to learn she is murder. As Roz being one of the last people to see Tricia before she is dead, Roz becomes the main suspect.

Okay, so this is not as thrilling as I thought it would be, but I loved how Roz struggled to come up with her memory of the night Tricia was killed. It is not easy to be her and is not easy to navigate this world with her disease. She didn’t let this stop her. She wanted justice for her not-so-friend, Tricia. She is one of the few people that wanted justice and she seek for the truth no matter the cost. If we were all like her, then maybe this world would be a better place.

I loved Roz; I loved her not so perfect character. I really enjoyed her story and how this simple girl became a little hero to me. This is a great story with amazing characters.

Laura Ellen writes YA contemporary mysteries and thrillers from her home in Arizona, while also freelancing as a manuscript consultant for aspiring authors. She has a MA in Children’s Literature and began her career as a teacher in both Language Arts and special education. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration as a teen, she drew upon her own experiences with vision loss to write her debut YA thriller Blind Spot, an emotional and suspenseful page-turner. Laura is represented by Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency and is part of the Sleuths, Spies, and Alibis blog crew. Want to know more about Laura Ellen? Go to or catch her on twitter @lauraellenbooks or facebook.

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  1. I read this when it was first released back in Oct. 2012. I really liked it. It was definitely different.

  2. I haven't really seen this one, but it sounds like one I'd enjoy. Thanks for the review!


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