Title: Fractured Light
Author: Rachel McClellan
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Pub Date: 02/07/2012
Genre: Young adult/adult urban fantasy
If you haven't watched the video yet, you should before reading my review. This is a fan-made book trailer but it truly captures the feel of the book and the characters.
I loved Fractured Light. It is one of my top 20 books I've read in 2011. The unique abilities that main character Llona has, truly makes this story original and different from what is out there. As the book description said, Llona has the ability to manipulate light and harness it's energy. As an Aura, she is supposed to only use this "gift" for good and not evil. But with a Vyken after her, wanting her dead like her mother, Llona starts learning ways to protect herself and fight back.
Llona is not a wimpy heroine that needs a man to take care of her. Even though she is drop-dead gorgeous, she is not self-centered where she thinks the world revolves around her. Llona is wanting a normal life, but she and her Uncle have been on the run ever since Llona's parents were killed. You can feel the tension, as you find they have been hiding from the Vykens in order to protect Llona's life.
The story becomes interesting early on as Llona meets a new, very good looking, kid at her school. Christian is the kind of guy that all of the girls want. The interesting thing is that he only has eyes for Llona. Their relationship is up and down throughout the story. He is also pretty obsessed with protecting her and making sure that she takes care of herself and not do anything risky. You start to wonder who Christian really is and what his intentions are. There are many other key players in the plot that make you question if they are good or bad guys. Even Llona's best friend is strange and has unique abilities of her own.
Fractured Light has fantastic action, a moving storyline, great plot and well written characters. The cover is beautiful and the book does come to somewhat of a conclusion at the end. This first book is truly set up to head right into the second book. There is so much to this world of Auras' and Vykens' that need to be explored. I hope that Rachel in book two expands even more about the history and the interaction between these two races. I of course want more romance between our couple.
I read this book quickly once I started and had a hard time stopping to sleep. I know you will like this book and I highly recommend Fractured Light. I know that I will be anxiously waiting for book two to come out. The sad part is, book one isn't officially released until Feb. 2012, so I think I have somewhat of a wait in store. I can tell you already though, it will be worth the wait.
Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel's love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was...
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