Girl with three eyes
Author : Priya Ardis
Genre : MG/YA Fantasy
Publisher : Vulcan Ink
Release date : 1st July 2020
Sixteen-year-old Kira puts on a show about having empathic abilities, but she miraculously wakes a highborn boy from a coma after a near-fatal accident on mountainous slopes. When his father threatens to expose her “magic” to the queen, she attends the kingdom’s most elite academy as a bodyguard.
Soon, she’s immersed in a strange new life—one of being a simple student trying out for the school’s skyboarding team. Her fake life becomes the life she’s always wanted, but Kira cannot escape who she truly is. Nothing in the court of the Raj is as it seems…
Will she risk her freedom to unmask a killer before the crown falls?
Girl with Three Eyes was a perfectly entertaining book, that I enjoyed and finished pretty quickly ! Set in a close-ish future, the story follows Kira, a teen who has a Third Eye, and can read people’s emotions and decode their thoughts. After an encounter with nobles from the City, Kira gets involved in a mystery including the noble’s son, a gorgeous prince, and an old rebellion against the royal family. All she has to do is protect Trace, the noble’s son, but it soon becomes bigger than that.
First of all, I must mention how much I loved the world building. The setting is somewhat contemporary so I had no difficulty picturing myself in the City, and I especially loved imagining how the Academy where Kira goes to follow Trace. Following an adventure in such a setting is delightful !
Kira’s talent is great, and even though it’s not really explained what brings it to life after years of not being active, it is interesting to read about. How cool is it to be able to read people’s feelings with just a touch ? I’ll tell you : very cool.
The plot uses her power perfectly, and we get inside Kira’s head, here and there, without it being too much. The mystery unravels at a perfect pace, and we get frequent changes of scenery, such that the reader never grows too bored. You just never knows what’s about to happen and what secrets people hold. I’m giving the plot a bonus point because I didn’t see the final plot twist coming !
I’m very sensitive when it comes to characters, so I was thrilled to find my favorite kind of character trope in this book : teenagers that band together, become friends and work together to solve a mystery. Yeah, that’s pretty specific, but I love it. Trace gets a nice development, and he grows a lot during the story. I also liked Prince Ajay a lot. He’s super sassy, smart and caring; a perfect teenage prince. My favorite character was Sarita. She’s Kira’s first friend at the Academy, after she’s moved to the City, and OMG that girl is precious. She is always looking out for her group of friends, has an adorable crush on Trace, and is constantly trying to be the best person possible. I love her so much ! Overall, Kira’s whole group of friends is adorable and sticks together, no matter how much they can bicker. I’m all in for this kind of friendship ! Yay !
I’m not rating this book 5 stars because sometimes, the writing style was a little cliché and repetitive. I don’t know how many times the author expressed that Kira had “big eyes” when she first arrived in the city, but it was enough to bother me a little. We also get some psychic clichés from time to time that I felt were unnecessary and made me roll my eyes a little. Other than that, I can only tell you Girl with Three Eyes reads really easily, fast, and keeps you entertained for its whole duration. That’s definitely a good read to get you 15 y.o cousin/sister, whatever, and young adults !
I’ve been really busy this week, and haven’t posted much. This will likely remain that way for a good while, unless I get less lazy haha ! This is due to the fact that I managed to keep my end of Master year internship, and am now working all week. Since my hours change sometimes, my work schedule can be irregular sometimes (even though this week has been okay) and it definitely takes a toll on my motivation to write when I come back home.
I will try to write about my internship every week, if I can ! It’s in a publishing house, so I’m glad to discover the other side of books 🙂
Thanks for reading,
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