Oriana's Eyes (Great Oak Trilogy #1) by Celeste Simone

Format: Paperback
Pages: 268
Published: 24th Feb 2010
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Source: Author
Genre: YA Fantasy

As a pure-blood Winglet, Oriana isn't supposed to look at a half-blood much less speak to one. Half-bloods are the lowest of all races at Odon's University, because they are half Winglet and half Finlet. But when a half-blood, Dorian, locks eyes with her in the hallway, Oriana can't help but be intrigued by his daring nature. After sneaking out to the garden in the middle of the night to talk to him, Oriana knows she can't let her feelings go. She fears not following Odon's rules, but the more she sees Dorian the more she wants to break them all. When Oriana's idea of perfection crumbles she seeks a way out of the imprisoning University that threatens not only her happiness, but her very life. Dorian promises he has a plan to take her far away, but Oriana doubts they can escape Odon's all-seeing eye. Oriana isn't sure what she fears more, being stuck in the University or finding out what lies beyond its walls.

Living in a world that goes against everything you believe in, is difficult for anyone.  Oriana knows something is just not right, and the struggle she faces in this book, is nothing short of heart wrenching. With every setback she encounters from the mysterious Odon holding her back, it takes the true love from an unexpected source to make her realise that life doesn't always go the way you expect it to.

Reading this book, I felt compelled to shout at Oriana both to warn her of the dangers ahead, and, to make her see that she wasn't alone. It did take a while to get into, but once i did it was nothing short of amazing.  The highs and lows faced by the characters, bring out the emotional turmoil that everyone faces in their daily lives, reminding them that there is that light at the end of the tunnel.

I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone, and everyone. In the times of today where people lose sight of the most important things, this book is a true reminder that everything can be overcome by faith and determination.

Rate: 4/5

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