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Nora tries to resume her mundane life,
but she is now consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed.
She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin's source, his strength.
Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical proportions. Negativity has allowed all things evil to flourish, the earth is under siege. The fate of creation hinges on the power within her heart. Will she be strong enough to survive?
A gripping tale of unbounded love and ancient power, The Light of Asteria will take you on an epic adventure filled with war, treachery, and demons,
as well as unimaginable delights.
Posted April 11, 2010
The characters in this story have a clear voice and are believable. The plot took many twists and turns, and I found myself staying up later than I should to see what happened. Even though romance is definitely a main theme, the action scenes are engaging and well written, and the underlying message is one of forgiveness,hope, and redemption. I found myself thinking about the characters throughout the day, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves to get lost in a good book!
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Posted August 6, 2012
Gavin and Nora are the "insta-love" type. Nora is a sweet girl who hasn't had the best chances in life; she hasn't been able to go to college, but lives with her kind foster mother. When she meets Gavin, she connects to him perfectly and that connection remains unbroken through the novel. Gavin is charismatic and handsome, he is the typical white knight in modern times. Although the plot is nice enough, their solid relationship was the focal point of the novel for me.
The plot itself is best explained by the Goodreads summary above. I admit that I was sometimes a little confused or had to reread some passages. The fantasy plot line did shine through and I enjoyed the different take on elves. The Dark Fey add a dark, harsh aspect to the book that breaks up the glow of young romance. They are the true antagonists and easy to hate. The author does a terrific job of creating the environment and developing the characters. This plot was definitely romance driven though. The romance was one of the more memorable ones for me in the YA genre. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Posted December 29, 2010
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I loved this book to death! It is my FAVORITE! It has great characters and a great story. Nora is a wonderful person and leaves you wishing you could be more like her. Gavin is a perfect gentleman and is so sweet :) I HIGHLY recommend this book! It was so amazing!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2010
I love this book! It's one of the few books I've read that I still think about. I think every young girl should read this book. It really teaches the power of love and forgiveness, and the action scenes are amazing. I felt like I was there! Now THIS is a story that would make a great movie!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2010
Everyone should pick up a copy of this novel, and read it, then poke Elizabeth to write and get the next one released sooner :D
This is a truly lyrical novel. The words flow over the page and the pacing is wonderful. It also keeps me guessing, feeding me a little information at a time, enough to keep me hungry for more. It provoked many emotions from me, making me laugh, tear up, feel joy, sorrow, and everything else in between.
This is another of the love at first sight, and touch but it has a paranormal element, so that makes it a little better for me. They both have "gifts" and these gifts are amplified concerning one another. I like though that it feels like a pure relationship, there is just something different (good) about the way their interactions are written, be it dialogue or actions.
The love that Nora and Gavin have and develop is something that I long for and that I hope that my own daughter, like Elizabeth's, finds one day. It makes me ache for the purity and the strength of their love even through trials.
The characters are beautifully conveyed. Nora is a great protagonist, she narrates beautifully and she is easy to relate to. Her strength, love and ability to understand and forgive all make her lovely. Gavin is a heart-throb and going on my top 10 literary crushes. He is not a bad boy- he communicates and is emotionally real. He helps Nora to learn that she is valuable- for who she is not what she does and who she is to others. This is a wonderful message and I wish that all women could learn this lesson and have someone so awesome to help teach it to them. They built each other up and help to highlight the best in the other, and encouraged the bettering of themselves too.,
As far as secondary characters, they were amazing as well. Rena is a wonderful addition; funny and the type of best friend that I could only hope to have. Edna is a pleasant surprise, being a strong presence in Nora's life, whereas many YA novels have conveniently absent parents. The way that she cares for and took in Nora is commendable, and I love seeing their relationship played out and the sacrifices they will make for each other. I don't quite understand the purpose of Holly and Kate unless just a way to meet Gavin, but it seems there would be another way. With as close as it made them out to be, they are absent; however the friendship between Nora and Rena that develops is sweet, and completely makes up for it.
Elizabeth writes so that her fantasy world just seems so real to me, and the characters feel so alive. I feel like I am taking part in this awesome story.
I love her message that even though there may be a bit of dark in us all, it is all about how we chose to respond, and how we can love and live and overcome, letting the light shine through. I also appreciate that fighting this darkness is a constant struggle, as it is in real life, but that the struggle itself does not make you bad, the fight can help to make you stronger.
The story has it all- an amazing love story, friendship, the moral that love prevails, good vs evil, magic, and mystery.
I have been thinking about this book ever since I put it down, and I recommend this to anyone and everyone!!
Posted September 8, 2010
Some stories are so good, you want to shout about it's awesomeness from the rooftops for all to hear. Some stories are so amazing, your heart grows in size, just to make room for your new found love of it. That is what happened to me with The Light of Asteria.
I was a bit confused right in the beginning. It starts off in a different world and time, and I didn't fully understand what was happening. But soon it was back in our time, and I met Nora. Nora is one of the best main characters I have read about. She has such a beautiful heart. She has already been through so much at her young age, but refuses to let herself dwell on the past. I could go on and on about how great Nora is. She definitely makes me want to be a better person.
This doesn't happen very often, but I love every character in this story. Gavin's 'family' are all wonderful to read about, especially Rena. I want Rena as a best friend. I absolutely loved Nora's foster mom, Edna. Even when parents are in YA, they usually don't have a very interesting role. I loved reading about Edna's story, and how her past connected to Nora's future. But the one character I loved above all is Gavin.
Going by the premise, I was afraid Gavin would be the cliche mysterious bad boy. He wasn't like that at all. He was a gentlemen. He was kind and truly concerned for Nora's well being. He treated Edna with so much respect. And, my God, he is one the most sexiest creatures I have ever read about. Gavin is all out swoon worthy. Let's just say that my thoughts of Gavin are not the purest of intent. The relationship between Nora and Gavin is a truly beautiful one. They didn't feel thrown together by the author. It made sense for them to be together. Their love was real and you cannot doubt it.
This world of Kailmeyra that Isaacs has created is truly breathtaking. It's one of the most beautiful places I have ever read about. It's how the world was meant to be. I would pick up and move there in a second if it was possible. Isaac's describes it in a way that you feel like you are standing right in Nora's shoes. One of my favorite aspects of Kailmeyra is everything has to do with your intent. This really made me think. Do we ever stop to think about our intentions? I know I have been thinking about mine more since reading The Light of Asteria.
This is an excellent story in every way. The writing, the scenes, the plot, the romance, the characters... they all outdid my expectations. I wanted to reread it as soon as I finished. I am not telling you that you need to read The Light of Asteria. I am telling you that you HAVE to read The Light of Asteria. I am so thankful to my friend, Jenn who told me I HAVE to read it. She was right. It's a book that I will be reading over and over again. I never want to let this world go. And you can count on me reading the sequel the second I can get my hands on it.
Posted June 4, 2010
I want the next one now please!! You left me with so much to wonder about at the end of this one. I want to know more about the characters and what is to come. The suspense that you left at the end of this book has left me with much to think about. This will be the type of book that once you have read the first one the entire series must be completed within a weekend. I'm not sure if I can wait until Fall 2011!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Outstanding! Sensual and utterly original, The Light of Asteria has something for every reader. The characters are distinct in voice and personality, and the heroine, Nora, is a believable character that seems to rise above every situation she is in. I found myself thinking about the characters throughout my day. Truly, this is the next great teen novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2010
Let me just start by saying THANK YOU to Jennifer S. for recommending this book! It was not even what I was expecting. The cover and synopsis kind of threw me off and I wasn't that interested in reading it, but I am so glad I did.
I also want to say a big THANK YOU to the author, Ms.Isaacs for writing such a wonderful story. I feel like a better person for reading this.
The Light of Asteria was the MOST emotional book I have ever read, hands down. I was choked-up or crying for at least 2/3 of the book. Happy tears, sad tears, so-much-love-tears, so-much-despair-tears, I was a wreck!
This is a story of love, hope, understanding, and learning to better yourself. It is set in an amazing world full of fantastical creatures and wonderful characters. The characters are so real I felt like I knew them, and how they would react to the situations they found themselves in.
I cannot express how much I think everyone else will enjoy this. You need to go out and read it right now, you'll thank me when you do.
I'm very pleased to say that there is going to be a sequel and I CANNOT wait for that to come out.
Posted May 17, 2010
I just saw the movie Letters to Juliet, which was wonderful - but not really my point, part of Sophie's letter to Claire goes something like this..."What and If are two of the most unassuming worlds in the English language, however when you put them together, What If? they transform themselves into one of the most powerful questions in the English language." What If? Don't we all ask ourselves this this question, sometimes daily, with these tiny seemingly unassuming words, that transcend when put together into a question that, sometimes is bigger than we are.
The Light of Asteria: Kailmeyra's Last Hope by Elizabeth Isaacs' could have become one of my "what if's" - and I might not have never known it...honestly, I am humbled by the fact that I had never heard of this book, I like to think I put in my time researching new authors, I guess not. Elizabeth emailed me about her book, thankfully.
The Light of Asteria, is not as out there as a lot of books, with a new author and a smaller publishing house, it's tough to break in and space on shelves is at a premium, only being filled with those more popular books. However, I have to say, I will do everything in my power to get this one better coverage...not because I get anything for it...but because The Light of Asteria, is beautiful yet real, elegant yet powerful and wise yet graceful...it holds secrets that ebb and flow into you like a tide, it holds a peacefulness that is matched only by that of the perfect sunset, after a perfect day.
I now, am honored to say that I have not only had the pleasure to read The Light of Asteria, but I have also had the immense pleasure to have been changed by it. I shall take a little slice of Nora herself with me, daily.
I am sure you have read before on this blog where I mention feeling as though the story was revealing itself, as maybe a movie might or a dream. This one, not so much, I felt deeper, I felt as though I was Nora, I felt her thoughts, her love and her passion...I felt I, understood her and clung to that feeling like one might to a blanket. I am in aww of her. Her strength and courage, as well as her power, and wisdom which is beyond her years. I found strength in the messages that Nora speaks, Love in her daily struggle to overcome what she sees as her faults, and Devotion in the way that she creates home and peace no matter where she is.
She's a character I will not soon, if ever forget, and The Light of Asteria, though I had to wait for AGES to figure out why it holds this name, is a book I can NOT wait to read again, and I struggle to know how I will wait until the next book is published.
I am sure you have heard the saying, "Still waters run deep," and sometimes those still waters are alarmingly deceptive, when your sure that even though you've heard and understand this old adage, you happen upon an unsuspecting "water" and for whatever reason are convinced that you can almost see this bottom in this "still water."
That's kind of how I felt before reading Elizabeth Isaacs' The Light of Asteria: Kailmeyra's Last Hope, this book if you look at it, is unassuming, it almost blends in, though the purple is powerful, I am not at all sure the cover strikes me enough to pick it up (though once I had read it, it makes so much sense)...until I read the synopsis....
If Nora Johnson hadn't been on campus that day she would have never known her true destiny. Helping he