A YA urban fantasy that combines modern drama with classic themes of addiction and suspense. New Sight reinvents the underlying factor in all fantasy novels: magic. However, instead of being wondrous and innocent, magic is treacherous, self-gratifying and extremely dangerous. Comparable to Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart.
After succumbing to the sudden and terrifying urge to rip people’s eyes out of their sockets, 16-year-old Lysandra Blake ﬁnds herself tied down in a psych ward, convinced she’s crazy. The doctors have no answers, and Lys is ready to give up when the mysterious Jeremiah Mason appears, telling Lys that she’s not insane—she’s addicted to a rare and deadly drug that she has no recollection of using. Mr. Mason offers to take her to his facility where he can treat her. Desperate yet suspicious, Lys agrees to go with Mr. Mason to his facility where she meets with a fellow addict, the tall and handsome Kamau. Together they discover that Mr. Mason may not have told them the truth about their condition—they’re thrown headﬁrst into a world of daunting powers that are not only unbelievable, they are dangerous.
You don't often think about the idea that magic could be similar to a drug? But what if it was? Well, if magic was a real thing. This book looks at that! It's a new take on an amazing area of fiction- magic. We all love magic, the mystery, the power, the allure, and this books does a fabulous job of taking what we love about magic and turning the gentleness and powerful allure into an addiction!
I never would have thought about dealing with magic like that.
I'm a big character person. They have to be real for me to get into a book. This book had characters that were great, even if they had a few rough spots in development. I was still able to want to know more about them and their lives.
The world that Jo creates is an awesome one where magic is real and it's a real problem; where characters deal with real-life issues, like addiction; and where things can change on you in an instant.
This is a great read for those that love magic books and like to see new takes on this. This is Jo's debut book.
Something most people don’t know about me.
There is a distinct downfall to being chatty. My life is an open book. The bit about me that normally raises people’s eyebrows is that I have a Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo. I’m short, I’m blond, I’m overly round and despise running. I just kept going back to class until I earned a belt that matched my black shoes. But that’s on my blog page and in my author bio, so now everyone knows that.
The other tidbit of info I wow people with is that I write novels. Not a big shock to anyone here at this point.
So that leaves me to be creative.
I also love to travel, and only those that travel with me know this little secret.
I’m all about being organized on vacations. I’ve used the same list of stuff to take for ten years, and my carry-on is always a back pack with a little pouch purse stuffed inside with the snacks, writing stuff and the change of underwear. You won’t find liquids or weapons. Unless you like those square Keebler crackers with cheese between them, my bag is like boringville.
BUT, that rarely stops me from getting “randomly” searched.
The first time I took a plane trip after 9/11 I was sitting at the gate with my friend and her whole family, waiting to board the plane to California. Disney Land, here we come!
I hear my name over the paging system. Panic starts my heart racing, because I bought my tickets only a few weeks before. I prayed that there weren’t any problems.
Oh no, no problems with the tickets. I just happened to get “randomly” chosen to be searched. At a table next to the gate. Where everyone watched. My friends pointed and laughed—which I only mildly blamed them for.
As my reward, I got to board the plane first. Oh joy. Because I just love sitting on those seats for longer than I have to.
I thought this was just a fluke, but over the next four or five years, I got searched in California (twice), Peru, Ireland, England, Russia, New York, Alaska and Florida. Twice.
My family took a Caribbean cruise a few years back. My oldest sister and I ended up being the last of the family to go through the walkways to get to the boat. I’d gotten through ALL of the checkpoints so far without incident. I literally turned to gloat to my sister and revel in the smooth check-in process, when two crew members jumped out of a side hallway and planted themselves between my sister and I. A woman in uniform asked, “Are you two together?”
I tried to give my sister the, “Leave me to die” look, but she didn’t catch it. She foolishly said, “Yes.”
We both got searched.
The moral of the story is, don’t travel with me. Or if you do, leave a healthy distance between us during security.
The only trip I didn’t get stopped on was when I went to Israel. Which means they’d probably pulled my profile and seen the previous incidents of overly packed suitcases full of cheap souvenirs and books.
JO SCHNEIDER lives in Bountiful, Utah, but she has spent countless hours traveling all over the world. Her goal is to visit all seven continents, and she's nearly ﬁnished. Being a geek at heart, Schneider has always been drawn to science ﬁction and fantasy; she writes both.
Based on her travels and her experience obtaining a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, Schneider's works feature authentic, impressive settings and extraordinary action sequences.