Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1) by Sarah Tarkoff

Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1)

In Grace Luther’s world, morality is physically enforced. Those who are "good" are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences—disfigurement, or even death. When the cleric’s daughter stumbles onto information that proves her world is more complicated than it seems, she finds herself at the center of an epic battle where good and evil are not so easily distinguished. Despite all her efforts to live a normal t...


Details Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1)

TitleSinless (Eye of the Beholder #1)
Author
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy
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Reviews Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1)

  • Ana Florit
    1970-01-01
    If you like a smartly written story that makes you think while at the same time never fails to entertain you, if you like a compelling protagonist with a real arc who actively takes part in the story, I couldn't recommend this book more. It is indeed a page turner that will not stop surpassing you, a very well rounded story and over all just a good read.
  • Crystal Olguin
    1970-01-01
    A brilliantly written, page turning novel that hooks you from the start. Sarah Tarkoff has a way of capturing the reader and reeling them in with relatable characters in a dystopian world that somehow feels so entirely plausible. Short chapters make it easy to read for the young adult (or the busy adult) and I could easily see this being made into a movie or series! Looking forward to her future novels!A+
  • Francais Parker
    1970-01-01
    What a fantastic read! Sarah Tarkoff created a remarkable world in which to tell this story! The details, characters, and twists are astounding!World-building: A++Mythology: A+Suspense: A+++Plot-Twists: A++Girl Power: A+Guy Hero: A+Love Interests: AFeels: A+++For you clean-readers: this one does NOT have mature content.
  • RLR
    1970-01-01
    The world in which being "good" makes one beautiful and being "bad" makes one ugly is fascinating. It has a quick-moving plot, with lots of twists and turns, but also invites you to think about deeper issues of what is good vs. evil. I couldn't put this one down! The only downside is that now I have to wait for the sequel!
  • Jeffrey J
    1970-01-01
    Sinless is so good, it is " Sinful! "I loved the sci-fi elements along with the love story. It was a great blend of the two and I loved every page. I can't wait for the next two!!!!
  • Carolyn O'Doherty
    1970-01-01
    This was a great read - fast paced, with a unique vision of a future world. The story is compelling and, while its an easy and fun read, it also presents the reader with serious moral/ethical questions about the price of peace, organized religion, conformity, and the role of beauty in our judgement of others, Definitely recommend!
  • Ryan Denson
    1970-01-01
    Sinless is a masterfully written, especially considering that this is Tarkoff’s debut novel. It is a refreshingly original take on the dystopian genre, which has become so overused in recent years due to its immense popularity. The characters are well developed and the progression of Grace Luther, the protagonist, through the novel proves to be an insightful story. In describing the world of Sinless, Tarkoff strikes a perfect balance between cr...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    Sinless is complex in its themes, yet felt effortless in its execution. It’s the kind of book you keep thinking about once you’ve finished reading— I already can’t wait to see where the author takes us in the second part of this trilogy!
  • Trav
    1970-01-01
    Sigh. This book had so much potential...Sinless had such a wonderful premise, but it fell short because of its lack of emotional depth and teenage angst. Always the TEENAGE ANGST. I'm so over it.
  • Nicolas Lontel
    1970-01-01
    Bien que Sarah Tarkoff a déjà (co)-scénarisé plusieurs épisodes de télévision (incluant plusieurs de la série Arrow), il s'agit de son premier roman et ce dernier est impressionnant de par sa maîtrise de la plume et on n'a pas l'impression de lire un scénario de série télévisée (comme certain·es auteur·es tendent à faire), mais bel et bien un roman qui utilise les moyens du livre pour communiquer ses idées.La prémisse n'est pas...
  • Scott Harris
    1970-01-01
    Excellent book. The story line and the characters kept me wanting more. I couldn't put the book down. This is a must read for everyone. What an imagination! First time Author "Sarah Tarkoff" is a true talent. I can't wait for book two to come out. 5 stars for "Sinless"Eye of the Beholder......!Scott Harris
  • Guitarguy
    1970-01-01
    It's a fast-paced story set in the near future where good and bad are manifested in a person's looks. It was hard to put down. The concept of this Dystopian world is very intriguing and makes you really think about right and wrong, religion vs. science and to always question your reality. I loved all the twists and turns. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
  • Queen
    1970-01-01
    Snappy writing and short chapters makes this book fly by quickly. Disappointingly, main character is the least interesting element in the narrative.
  • Qwill / The Qwillery
    1970-01-01
    Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff is the first novel in the Eye of the Beholder trilogy. This is a YA novel with very strong adult crossover appeal. The story is told from the point of view of Grace Luther, the teenage daughter of a cleric. The setting is the near future America after the Revelation when the Great Spirit revealed itself to humanity. Belief in the Great Spirit has become universal. All other faiths have faded in the overwhelming onslaught ...
  • AliceAnn
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to really like this book, but in the end, I was put off by the teenage angst, and the girl having to be repeatedly rescued by men, rather than herself. I doubt if I'll be continuing on with the series.
  • Leigh
    1970-01-01
    A compelling tale that grips you from the very first page. Not only is this story fascinating and Grace an endearing character, this is a book that incites high emotions. Faith is expected to be a journey of individuals. Each person finding their own way in a dark, confusing cacophony of swirling religions and beliefs that covers our world. Part of growing up is learning the difference between right and wrong and determining our own sense of just...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book! The concept of good and evil manifesting in physical appearance is fascinating. But this book is much more than teenage angst and young love. Concepts of religion, spirituality, politics, and social class really challenge the reader to ponder their own actions (real and hypothetical) and how they would respond. Do you question teachings or follow along? Do you judge people based on appearances? Are there shades of grey and vary...
  • Leigh
    1970-01-01
    A compelling tale that grips you from the very first page. Not only is this story fascinating and Grace an endearing character, this is a book that incites high emotions. Faith is expected to be a journey of individuals. Each person finding their own way in a dark, confusing cacophony of swirling religions and beliefs that covers our world. Part of growing up is learning the difference between right and wrong and determining our own sense of just...
  • Jennifer Jamieson
    1970-01-01
    Grace barely remembers what life was like before Great Spirit was there to personally ensure every person on earth lived a rightous life. Since Great Spirit let their will be known via the Prophets, the righteous, pious and good are rewarded with beauty and health. Any wrongful act is Punished immediately, and Punishment can consist of everything from just looking a little dull and ill to outright swelling of the skin and death. In this world, yo...
  • Shelley
    1970-01-01
    *Source* Edelweiss*Genre* Young Adult, Dystopian*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Sinless, by author Sarah Tarkoff, is the first installment in what appears to be a trilogy called Eye of the Beholder. Set in the year 2031, where a supposed Revelation took place 7 years before that brought about the arrival of the Great Spirit, Grace Luther’s world is a place where morality is physically enforced. Those who are “good” are blessed with beauty, while thos...
  • Kimberly Read
    1970-01-01
    This book was too much hopeless-teen-girl-saves-the-world. She repeatedly screws up and has to be rescued by men. Gah!
  • Patricia
    1970-01-01
    This book was pushing some sort of agenda... but I'm still not sure what.....
  • Susan Gottfried
    1970-01-01
    I found Sarah Tarkoff via Littsburgh, which celebrates all of us writers and publishing pros with ties to Pittsburgh. And then I read the opening of Sinless, and I was hooked.This is, indeed, beautifully written. Tarkoff is the real deal, there's no doubt about that.So why only three stars? Why am I essentially saying, "Meh," to this book?Because the plot's not fresh enough, even though the concept for the world building is. This ticks off all th...
  • Abby
    1970-01-01
    2 starsIt was a quick read, but sadly I didn't feel much.(view spoiler)[I think that the Prophet was supposed to be "creepy" but all they ever said was that he basically "radiated holiness." *shrug*When someone radiates holiness, they don't exactly give off a creepy vibe. It might be just me, but I didn't think he was all that bad, just weird. Samuel, on the other hand, probably runs the show. He gave off a creepier vibe anyway.Honestly, the firs...
  • Kend
    1970-01-01
    You know, on the one hand, I'm really grateful that somebody wrote a dystopic book which reflects the hyper-religious experience of my own teen years. On the other hand, I'm curious as to whether this will really connect with its ideal audience. After all, the teens who are already disillusioned with their evangelical upbringings will love it, but the teens who would benefit most from parsing Tarkoff's embedded messages about unthinking acquiesce...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    Such an interesting concept, having your good and bad deeds reflected in your appearance! Unlike some of the recent YA, futuristic, dystopian books out there, the concept in this book, especially after the later revel, seems actually plausible. And that is terrifying. That's something I really liked about this book; it was futuristic, but no so much so. The world in the book is some much like ours, that it was easy to put myself in Grace's shoes ...
  • Maddison
    1970-01-01
    This book was really original! Based on the premise that those who sin against Great Spirit turn ugly and get sick. So everyone in this book is trying to do good deeds to stay healthy. Took a little bit to understand, so I was pleased that I was focusing during this book!I like how the MC was relatable, in the way that she always tried her hardest to do good deeds because it was how she was brought up. To me, that's much more relatable than your ...