Publication Date: February 8th, 2012 by Sweetwater Books
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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.
Fractured Light was a book I just kept putting off reading. It's not that I thought it sounded bad or anything, but I kept getting more books and diving right into them.
I totally regret that now.
I finished Fractured Light within a few hours. I think I only stopped to get some water and food once or twice. Fractured Light is something new and refreshing, and even though it had a few problems, they were problems so easily ignored because I enjoyed the book so much.
Llona can maniuplate light. But she's untrained - she doesn't go to the school that could teach her all she needs to know.
Which doesn't really matter. Because Llona wants to learn to use her powers as a weapon. I loved how determined she was, how willing she was to bend the rules and go against the way everything was supposed to be. And even though she was trying to stay alive, trying to learn how to use her powers, she still had feelings. Real feelings that were easy to relate to. Llona was a strong, rebellious character - but she was rebellious for all the right reasons.
Christian is a completely different story. He's a Guardian, and he knows how things are supposed to go. I'm still not really sure how I feel about him. There are times when I absolutely love him, but when I really think about it, there's nothing special about him. Sure, he was a great character, but when I think about it, there isn't anything that sets him apart from all the other male YA characters.
However, I love the relationship between Christian and Llona. It's an expected one, but then again, aren't most relationships so obvious in books these days? The two of them worked well together, in the relationship aspect and everything else.
I thought Fractured Light was pretty original, too. Sure, it was all basically a good-vs-evil story, but I was left wondering - are the good people really that "good"?
Overall: I really just liked the book in general. (I know. Such an uncreative thing to say :P But it's true.) I'm not sure what it was - the action, the suspense, the way everything seemed to fit perfectly in the story - but this book just did it for me. 4 stars.