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Shattered Blue
     

Shattered Blue

4.3 12
by Lauren Bird Horowitz
 

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For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum

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For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

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School Library Journal
11/01/2015
Gr 7 Up—"You're my sun, and I'm your root, and between us orchids grow." The Fae are among us—manipulating our emotions, playing tricks on us, and…attending private boarding school? The first in a planned trilogy, this entry opens with the story of Noa, who is reeling from the recent death of her older sister, Isla. Noa spends her days at Harlow Academy and her evenings with her three-year-old spitfire sister, Sasha, floating in a fog of numbness and poetry. That is, until a mysterious boy named Callum Forsythe joins the school—tall, curly-haired, and Fae. Callum has been banished to Noa's world as punishment for a crime in his Fae world. Only able to subsist on the "Light," or the potential happiness and energy of humans, Callum is doomed to a struggling existence until his troublemaker brother, Judah, chooses to join Callum in his exile. Naturally, Noa is drawn into their tangled web of familial troubles and a Fae civil war, falling for both brothers in the process. An unexpected twist at the end helps assuage the angst of the overtired love triangle prominent in the latter half of the book. VERDICT Recommended for fans of the "Angelfall" series (Amazon) and Twilight.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Atascocita Middle School, Humble, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781503949973
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
09/15/2015
Series:
Light Trilogy Series , #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
725,221
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Shattered Blue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Skyscape for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** Shattered Blue was a wonderfully unique read, especially considering I've not read a book involving fae mythology since I read The Iron King years ago. The story follows a girl named Noa, whose sister recently died. One day at her school, a new guy named Callum comes and she's immediately drawn in by him. The two of them begin to share more secrets and before long he gets taken away, in which his brother, Judah comes along. Will they be able to get Callum back? I adored the fae element to this book. I've not read anything involving fae in a while, as it's a rarity for me in the books I read, which has definitely made this book special in my eyes. However, it was very insta-lovey in the beginning. I know that this bothers a lot of people, but in this case, it didn't actually bother me. I was rooting for Callum and Noa the entire time; I loved them together. This book also involved a love triangle though, which I also know is not everyone's favorite element of young adult literature. To make things a little stranger, the love triangle actually involves two brothers, so I guess it's kind of like Vampire Diaries in that way. However, I didn't much mind it because I just kept rooting for Callum. Saying all that, I can't wait for the sequel to come out!
Lillianne More than 1 year ago
Noa is sixteen and dealing with the tragic loss of her sister. Noa remains close with her bestfriend, Olivia, at school. As she returns to school, she meets an intriguing, mysterious, handsome transfer student, Callum. Sparks fly! Noa finds their relationship to be magical. Noa is has incredible human talents including poetry and survival instincts Then, Noa learns that Callum is truly is out of this world...he is fae. To stay on earth, Callum literally needs Light from humans. Light can come from a touch or...a kiss. After Callum receives Light, he feels energy, but the human feels exhausted. As the book progresses, Noa must decide how and if to use the Light to save Callum. This book is the first of the Light Trilogy. The end of the book is literally shattering, because it leaves the reader hungry to read the rest of the trilogy. I received this book for free as part of the BookSparks University Fall Reading Challenge in exchange for an honest review.
_staceykym_ More than 1 year ago
ARC kindly provided by Amazon Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review ‘Shattered Blue’ was a novel beautifully written with lovely prose and extremely intricate and dynamic characters. It was mysterious, fantastic…and a must-read. One of the many things that appealed to me was how the main character – Noa – had a depth to her that is often hard to come across after you have read as many books as I have. And that’s quite a lot. Noa was a main character with a well-established personality. She was logical yet irrational, intelligent yet undedicated, driven yet helpless – she was a survivor. She was a best-friend, a girlfriend, a daughter, a niece; yet most importantly she was a sister. It was Noa’s relationships with her sisters which often enchanted me and tugged at my heart. She loves them…and after soooooooooooooooooo many books with sibling rivalry, a close sibling-hood was nice to see and read. The relationship that I admired the most was Noa’s relationship with Sasha, her 3-year-old sister. Sasha is a tiny spitfire who has a will and a temper to match the hottest fire, yet Noa loves her completely and irrevocably and demonstrates her love in many ways. It is perhaps the brightest highlight in the novel which is often gloomy and sad. The fae aspect of the story was overused. It felt like another attempt at a reconstruction of the fae/fairy/elf myth; nevertheless, it was a good attempt. The powers of the fae were changed in this novel were changed slightly, too. They were categorized into three groups: the greens, who control emotions; the blues, who control elements; the red, who control minds. This took away the appeal of the powers fae possess that we often so greatly admire. The fae in this novel DID NOT HAVE POINTLY EARS! Which was sad… The novel’s flaw was the clichés it had. Here is a list of them: • There was instant love between Noa and Callum, the fae. • There was a love-triangle between Noa, Callum and Miles, her best-guy-friend who has been in love with her for ages. • There was a brother vs brother love-triangle between Noa, Callum and Judah, Callum’s younger-by-three-years brother. (So, yes. There was sibling-rivalry in the book after all.) • There was a love-square/rectangle/quadrangle???? Like always, I check for grammar, spelling and typos. There was unfortunately a typo where the author missed out on a word in a sentence, making it confusing. Congratulations to Lauren Bird Horowitz on an excellent debut novel! Can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy. Rating Plan 1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking. 2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me. 3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea. 4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting. 5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
I've never heard of this author before, but the description sounded good, so I took a chance on it. It was a very good decision. The book was all sorts of awesome! Shattered Blue starts out with the narration of Noa, the female heroine in this story. Right away, I knew this author was talented. Noa was a writer and a poet. She had a way with words, and the complexity of her character was portrayed through her point of view. Everything about this author's writing for this POV, was told eloquently, as if through a writer/poets eyes. She was spot on. Even the flow of this book was surprisingly well thought out. There are three parts to Shattered Blue: Noa, Callum, Judah. The first point was told from Noa's point of view. Then, in part two, the narrative splits to Noa's and Callum's points of view. From there, it builds. Judah's voice is added in part three. The setup of the way the story was told had been brilliant. The only pitfall about the point of view, is that the author added narrative from characters sporadically, such as Miles, Olivia, Thorn, etc. I really would have liked to see the author stick to the characters she had so masterfully built up in the three parts of the book. The story didn't lag at any point, and I was glued to the pages until the final one. Yes, there is a love triangle, but it was done in such a way, that it sneaks up on you. I really enjoy a good love triangle, myself. They keep the story interesting. There were so many twists and turns in the plot, I thought they all moved the story along at a steady pace. I didn't see many of them coming at all. The ending, oh the ending. It is a cliffhanger. Friends, family, and the guys are all blended into those final moments. Now, I'm waiting for the next book, and this one hasn't even been released yet! This author has now become one of my top ones to watch. I couldn't really find fault with this book, so it gets five glittery stars for being a phenomenal read. P.S. (When I read about the author in the back of the book, I realized why the story was so brilliantly written. She studied writing at Harvard and mentored with a famous author. She already has several awards under her belt, and is part of the Writer's Guild. In other words, talented as well as educated in the art of crafting stories.)
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
Shattered Blue* is yet another book in a line of "I'm not going to read the blurb, because spoilers" I've read lately, and boy was I in for a ride! I had no idea what the premise was about (well, until I saw a spoiler on Goodreads, actually, but even then all I saw was that three-letter word and I got outa there ASAP). Having started this not knowing much, I felt SB started out a teensy bit slow, but that didn't last long. Also, I did feel a bit of a Twilight-esque thing going on at the beginning (which I've seen others say, too), but as the world began to build and more characters came into the mix, that feeling went away. (Probably because the loss in Noa's and her family's life was so different from the Twilight storyline.) I don't really know how to say a whole lot more without spoiling things. As Callum's need to keep Noa safe escalates and Callum does what he has to to make it happen, you're going to feel like you know what's going on. However. There is a bigger picture that begins to unfold during the last quarter. The reader's going to think they're invested in one resolution, when things suddenly go off-kilter, and the plot's basically thrown. I think that and the inclusion of some characters playing larger, unexpected roles is what led to the culmination of why I enjoyed Shattered Blue so much. (Oh and, yeah, the end is a whopper of a cliffhanger. Just so you know.) "Should I read it", you ask? Yes. For romance. For loss. For the love of family. For the love of words. And for the love of that word I'm not going to say, because maybe you'll skip the blurb, too, somehow, and enjoy the surprise like me. This book builds and builds and builds. It's fun. It takes place in Monterey. And if that's not enough reasons, well, the title's pretty darn clever and that alone should make you intrigued enough to pick it up. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Silk-Serif More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually one for novels about Fae because faeries have never really interested me. I took a risk reading Shattered Blue and I was pleasantly surprised! Horowitz is an extremely lyrical writer with a gift for beautiful poetry. Noa's poems are actually my favourite part of this book because they are so well written. Horowitz's poems actually reminded of the poems I was taught to memorize in grade school: simple, colorful and concise with deep meaning through imagery. Nomad girls are Lost Ones too, with leaves at foot and crown; they too seek shelter in the trees, drink Red and Gold and Brown. their circlets made of steam and rain, their lashes powdered ash, they’re firelight, they’re fox’s kill, they’re blood and sweat and scratch. Shattered Blue was a well written, beautiful story about Noa: the girl with the dead sister, the living twin, the survivor. While struggling to come to grips with the death of her twin sister, Noa falls for the mysterious Callum; a fae who needs human Light to survive. Callum's secrets overflow into Noa's life causing her understanding of reality to change forever. Shattered Blue is a masterpiece of well written young adult literature with gorgeous poetry and strong familial bonds. Horowitz takes fae lore and makes it her own with war, elected royalty and familial betrayal. She creates types of fae powers that are identified by color codes which was really interesting. Red fae can read minds, Blue can heal and alter elements, Green alter emotions and Clear fae are a unique and exciting plot twist I can't discuss without giving away some of the fun of reading Shattered Blue. I loved how faes all had their own abilities, but also how each type of fae can be born to any family regardless of their parent's color! The lore of the Fae realm was incredibly exciting and well thought out. I think the only part of the novel that I really disliked was the love triangle. I hate novels with love triangles and they often ruin what are otherwise amazing novels. I mean, if the main character can't decide they should let go of both love interests instead of hurting those they "love". I have quit series or avoided reading certain novels because of love triangles. Unfortunately, Shattered Blue is sneaky about developing the love triangle so I didn't see it coming until I was well invested. Although Noa fights her feelings, there is the inevitable "I love them both!" scene that makes me want to punch things or throw my e-reader. The love triangle involves brothers which makes it somehow worse than a regular love triangle. To be fair, if you enjoy or don't mind love triangles then you'll be pleased by how well it's executed. I just hate love triangles. I really enjoyed Shattered Blue because of the flowing writing style, strong characters (other than the deplorable love triangle) and the use of poetry to further develop the plot. The cliffhanger ending has me intrigued for book two. Seriously, this could actually become a new bestselling young adult romance novel. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy young adult romance novels, books featuring the fae, brother love triangles and paranormal. Be ready for some cliche relationships and some insta-love with some really unique fae lore. Received via NetGalley and Skyscape in exchange for an completely unbiased review. Also posted on Silk & Serif
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie... half the reason I requested this galley from NetGalley was because of the location of the story. It takes place in the Monterey Bay area, one of my former stomping ground in my former soldier life. I love the area and I was happy to read a book that took me back there, even just for a little while. And to make it even better, the story was engaging and I am ready for the next book in the series! The Fae mythology in this book is of the darker variety, which I enjoy so much. The fae in this story are not Disneyfied, but live in their own world with their own strife and struggles. Humans are generally nothing more than an energy source, than cattle. In fact, the human reality is often used as almost a prison for wayward fae. Struggles in the fae world have come into the human world amd the story unfolds. The story is told in three parts: Noa, Callum, and Jonah. What I found interesting was the way the POVs were written throughout the book. In the first part, the POV is strictly Noa's and we learn so much about who she is as a person through her own eyes. The second part, although Callum's part, is told through both Noa's and Callum's POVs. The final part was told, at different points, from all three POVs. Here and there, there was also a bit of narrative from some of the other characters adding their voices. It was a truly interesting way to present the story. Noa is a fantastic female protagonist. Life for her has been hard. She has been through some terrible times and she is still struggling to find her way and her place in the aftermath. Sadly, her family has kind of checked out and it is her little sister that seems to be her lifeline. Callum is more than a little mysterious, blowing hot and cold for Noa for reasons that are just as mysterious. And then there is Jonah, cast as the bad boy... but is he really? I loved the anticipation that never lagged throughout the book. There were so many twists and turns that kept me turning the pages. And some of the twists came out of nowhere and I love to be surprised! My Recommendation: This was truly an engaging story! I love fae stories and especially those that use a darker mythology, like this one. This is a book that I highly recommend! This review was originally posted on my blog, The Caffeinated Diva reads.
essvagon More than 1 year ago
Book Review: Faeries are real and are out to take over the earthly realm; at least they are in Shattered Blue of the Light Trilogy. Shattered Blue Book One of the Light Trilogy By Lauren Bird Horowitz First we meet 16 year-old Noa as she copes with the death of her 17 year-old sister, Isla. She returns to Monterey’s Harlow Academy, “California’s answer to elite East Coast boarding schools,” after her sister’s funeral. Then we meet Callum Forsythe as the transfer student; only he isn’t as he seems. This Y/A novel is a twist on the supernatural teen romance where the mysterious boy is new to town and meets up with our troubled heroine amid danger and adventure. Instead of supernatural vampires or werewolves, Callum comes from another plane of existence altogether. He comes from a realm where his father is king of the fae; a realm where the fae are divided by colorlines which relate to their respective talents. These aren’t the cute Disney-esque fairies. This realm has been at war due to the hierarchy of talents. Under his father’s command, Callum led many warriors into fierce battles to retain the order of that hierarchy; until now. Callum finds comfort by Noa’s side as they both have lost someone dear to them. Only Callum has also lost his home. His father banished him to our side of the earthly plane as his punishment for the death of his little sister. As the adventure continues, Callum finds out he isn’t the only one from his home that is here. To survive on this side he has to absorb light which is taken from human energy. He inadvertently takes some from Noa and it scares him. He doesn’t want to injure her or any other human in any way. We then meet Callum’s younger brother, Judah, just as trouble begins to stir up once again when he comes to our side to bring his brother home. Callum is the responsible older brother that took care of Judah and their baby sister. Judah is the rebellious brother that wanted to fight against their tyrannical father’s rule. Family dynamics is an important theme that runs throughout the story, both in Callum’s family and in Noa’s. This story is filled with twists and turns as the reader tries to figure out who really is the “bad guy.” Of course, it also twists for who really is the “good guy.” When the line between what is done with good intentions and what is done for selfish gain blurs, the reader is taken on a whirlwind throughout both realms. Will history repeat itself and will all of those involved learn their lesson to bring peace to everyone? Can they all overcome their grief without blame? This first installment of the trilogy leaves the reader with many questions but overall is a most entertaining read. The surprises at the end definitely leave a cliff hanger making the reader want more. I’m eager to learn more as the next book hopefully will explore the other realm in more detail. To learn when the next installment comes out and take a “What fae colorline are you?” quiz, visit her website http://laurenbirdhorowitz.com/ FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by Net Galley for review purposes only. No other compensation was awarded.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars (liked it a lot) Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free I wanted to read Shattered Blue because it sounds like an emotional story and I also like the sound of the forbidden romance. He sounds like a good guy but being able to steal Light makes a romantic relationship complicated. Noa's sister died, they were very close, and it has completely changed most everything about her life. Instead of living at the boarding school and sharing a room with Isla, the sister, she now commutes and lives at home. Her mom has always been absent emotionally and even though she lives there, Noa is more of a caretaker to her than anything. She also does a lot of taking care of her younger sister Sasha. I knew I would be getting the forbidden romance from the start, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed. It was an instant attraction, and they were in pretty deep from the start. But his touch I think did have something to do with it, making their touches literally electric. The depth of the backstory was well done. We got pieces of the story slowly and they felt natural, not at all like info dumps. The action brought new characters in, each one bringing something new to the story. Noa's family is dysfunctional, but I loved the bond between her and her little sister Sasha. I liked seeing her dad try even though its not perfect, as well as the involvement of Noa's aunt. Her mom did come out of her shell some due in part to Noa's sacrifice to her mom, and I was glad that it brought her some peace, but also that she realized the truth. Callum brought his own Fae and family history into it, and we unexpectedly get to know some of his family. His character was well done for me, him fighting his nature because he really likes Noa, and denying himself even though he made a jerk of himself at a few points, he really was trying to stay away. The ending was pretty surprising, and I can't wait to see how the mistakes will be undone, and what will happen with the raging feelings in this one. Bottom Line: Worth the read.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Noa is 15. Her sister Isla is dead. Every morning she realizes it, even after 3 months. More and more Noa seemed to be seeing Isla's ghost. Callum is a new boy at school. He and Noa seem to be drawn to each other. The plot and overall story were good as were the characters, especially considering I"m not too into books about the Fae, but this story captivated me to finish it. Each couple of pages typically spoke of something new. Noa, who had never especially been noticed by many. Callum wasn't human, but portrayed one. The characters really made the story. I recommend it to anyone who likes this genre. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
Holly More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley.com in exchange for a honest review. Shattered Blue is about a girl named Noa, who is struggling from day to day from losing her older sister, Isla. Her family is torn apart from her mother not wanting to do anything to Noa who is taking care of everything including her younger sister, Sasha. When Callum comes along who is a fairy, Noa falls for him especially after he tells her what he is. After a weird fire at the boarding school, Callum discovers his brother Judah who is also a fairy, is there running from their past. The brothers look alike but they are different in the sense that they have different powers. When the hunter that comes after them for what happened in their world, they discover they needed each other more than they thought they did and when all the secrets come out at the end of the book, it sets the stage for what is to come. I'm not much for fantasy books but this one after reading just a couple of pages, it caught my attention and now I can't wait to see how this book series ends up. From reading Noa's heartbreak of losing her sister to the excitement of the battle between the hunters and the brothers, this is a must read this fall and I can't wait until the next book comes out!!! Thank You to Lauren Horowitz for turning a non reader of Fantasy to someone who can't wait to read more of!!!
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Shattered Blue follows the story of Noa and Callum. Upon the very first meeting, Noa senses that their is something different about Callum. Callum intrigues her. There’s just something about him that is pulling her to him; making her want to know more. Callum is hiding something; something big. That very thing will bind them together. Callum is a Fae. But not just any fae. Callum an only survive on human light. When Callum is taken, Noa will start asking questions. Will she give up everything just to save him? Only one way to find out……. You know, I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet. One of the first things that pulled me into this story was the cover. From the moment I saw that cover, I knew I had to find out more. Now, I don’t read too many YA books anymore, which is a shame, but I couldn’t stop myself from reading this one. I’m so glad that I did. Shattered Blue is well written and told from multiple points of view. I loved the writing style; the poetry pulling me in. This book is a great example as to why I love and miss reading this genre. The story-line is really unique and refreshing. Shattered Blue was a really great read. It had it all: romance, drama, action, excellent paranormal/fantasy aspects and some really great twists. I loved the twists! They were so good. Some of them, I didn’t even see coming. I will warn you that this book does end on a cliffhanger, and let me tell you, it definitely has me excited to see what will happen next. I think this series is off to a really great start. I am captivated and curious to see where this story will go. Lauren Bird Horowitz is a new author to me, and I for one can not wait to read more from this author in the future! *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*