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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blog Tour/Book Review: Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan

We're the next stop in the month long Fractured Light Blog Tour, hosted by Cedar Fort Books. Be sure to click on the link to find the list of featured blogs whom have all shared their reviews for the upcoming release on Rachel's debut, Fractured Light.

Published by: Cedar Fort Books
To Be Released on: February 8th, 2012
Source: ARC from publisher to review
3 star: It's a Good Read
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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 -quoted from Goodreads

I've been looking forward to reading Fractured Light since I read the synopsis. It sounds like an intriguing read and who doesn't love a butt kicking heroine. I definitely do. I really liked the unique mythology in Fractured Light. I feel it adds something new to the YA paranormal/urban fantasy genre. But I've really struggled with my review for Fractured Light, because I'm really torn on my feelings with the book. I had a hard time getting into the first part of the book, I felt the middle part was okay, but I LOVED the way the story ended.

I felt this book was too predictable for me, and I had some issues with the execution of the story line. I took me a good third of the book to really get into it. I felt like there was something missing with the writing and the first part of the book had one too many cliches written into that I almost put the book down. Since I read the ARC, this may be edited before the final book is released, but regardless of that, I'm really glad I kept reading, because the story line picks up, and I found myself more invested in the mythology, I wanted to learn more about Llona's abilities.

The other thing I'm torn on is the main character Llona. I had such a hard time connecting with her and liking her character through out the first part of the book, which surprised me because, I love a strong heroine. I just didn't feel like Llona was that strong of heroine I excepted her to be. I sympathized with her and understood her need to want to shut everyone out of her life, but I also felt that made her vulnerable, and she comes across as uncaring and it made it hard to get to know her at that point. It wasn't till I was little more than half way into the story did Llona really grow into the character I was hoping she'd become. I wanted to yell yes and high five her. It's during this time that she embraces who she is and really grows into a strong, butt kicking heroine. I admire the growth she makes during this part of her story.

The ending really made the story for me. I felt like everything came together and moved into the direction I hoped it would. As I said before, I'm really glad I kept reading Llona's story. Not only does Llona grow into a character I want to know more about, but I want to know what is going to happen to her after the turn of events that play out at then of Fractured Light, I want to know more about her friend May and what may or may not happen with the love interest Christian. I'm glad I didn't put this book down, and I continued reading it. I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel.

You can read about this series by visiting the Fractured Light website.

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