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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan (Book Review)

Title: Fractured Light
Author: Rachel McClellan
Publisher: Cedar Fort

About the book: I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.

My thoughts:  I really enjoyed this YA novel.  Something about Llona drew me in from the beginning.  She is living with her Uncle as her parents were killed (at different times) by a Vyken.  A Vyken hunts Auras because if they drink the blood of an Aura then they can walk in day light.  Problem is, you don't really know who they are.  All that Llona knows is that she thinks one has found her, probably the one that killed her parents, and she is tired of running.

All the way through this novel I kept asking myself - is it him? or is it him?  It wasn't until the very end that we find out for sure who the Vyken is that is after her.  But upon learning that secret, we also learn another secret - one that I don't think Llona really processed at the end of this story, but I am sure will show up in the next book. 

I really liked Christian and Llona's relationship too.  It would be so hard to hold back from a first love, especially when you are sure they have feelings for you too.  I like the way that they learned about each other and from each other.  I have a feeling that Christian will show up in another book as well.

Llona could do some very creative and interesting things as she learns to manipulate her Light.  I can't wait to see what she will do in the future!  One of the things that I really liked about this book is that it really kept me guessing.  I sort of knew who the Vyken was, but had no idea what he was going to do next.  I didn't see the ending coming at all - but it was pretty cool!  I have already told my daughter that I have a book that I want her to read over Christmas break.  I will let you know whether she does and if she likes it or not!

When is the next book coming out????!!!

~I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Cedar Fort in exchange for my unbiased review.~

Some great places to meet up with the author, the publisher, and learn more about Fractured Light:
Publisher Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/cedarfortbooks
Publisher GoodReads http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4202252-cedar-fort

Fractured Light
Publisher/Publication Date: Cedar Fort, Feb 8, 2012
ISBN: 978-1599559421
312 pages


Kimberly Krey said...

Interesting review; I may just have to check this one out myself. Great site you have here! Can't wait to take a look around! :)

Rachel said...

Thank you so much for the great review! I really appreciate it.


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