Fractured Light

Fractured Light

by Rachel McClellan




Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. But she never felt ready to face them—until now. Defying the Auran Council and everything she's been taught, Llona must learn to use her power over light as a weapon if she wants to survive.

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ISBN-13: 9781599559421
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Fractured Light 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got an eGalley of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. It was describe as a YA fantasy read and I was excited to read it. Unfortunately it really isn't what it was marketed as; this is more of a teen paranormal read. There were a number of things I disliked both about the writing and the story. I read about 40% of the book and then gave up.Llona Reese is an Aura who can manipulate light. Normally her life calling would be to help people and use her light to make people's lives better. Her mother was killed by the Vyken and after that Llona is determined to play it safe and stay alive. She is determined to stay out of the limelight in school and determined to be insignificant so that she can hide what she is.There was a lot I disliked about this book. It is marketed as a fantasy but ends up being a pretty typical YA paranormal fare; there is a lot of high school drama in the book and of course hot guys that Llona is drawn to despite her best efforts. That right there is enough for me to kind of not like that story but there were also a number of technical writing errors in the story.Technical errors can be forgiven somewhat since I read this as an advanced reading copy (ARC). I have to say though, outside of self-published novels, I don't think I have ever read an ARC with so many mistakes. After multiple spelling errors and reading about a lady's high heals (they were supposed to be shoes) I started getting irritated. I mean seriously if you are going to market this book to the masses, the least you can do is make sure spelling and punctuation is not glaringly wrong.I tried to look beyond that but the dialogue between characters was awkward and didn't sound at all natural. Then there were staging errors...let me explain. Llona's best friend would be in up in the bleachers and Llona would be talking to this boy while she was standing on the other side of the gym. Then all of the sudden there is someone else talking with Llona and the boy; who is the mystery person? where did they come from? Ends up it was Llona's best friend, who magically drifted all the way across the gym to join the conversation without the reader even knowing it. Things like this happen a number of times; its like the author isn't exactly sure where her characters are located in the settings. It was confusing and hard to read.So, were the characters engaging? Not really, Llona is your typical whiny girl who is different and has powers but is trying not to stand out. In an effort to not stand out she starts using her powers to make people feel better; which will totally not make you stand out. The boys (I can't even remember their names) are super hot and one of them is really nice to Llona and gives her a lot of attention that she is leery of, yet enjoys immensely.The plot, well I am not sure where it was going. Obviously Llona's life was in danger from some bad people and these bad people were getting closer to discovering Llona. I am not sure if this ends up tying in with a broader story (I hope it does) but it didn't in the first 40% of the book.The only cool thing about this book was that Llona's power follow the cycles of the moon; so at some points she is super powerful and at others she really drags. Think Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (which I definitely recommend over this story) but a longer time cycle.Overall I cannot recommend this book. There are so many great YA paranormal books out there. There are so many technically poor aspects to this book outside of the lackluster story. I would like to repeat that I read an advanced reading copy of thsi book, so the final book may have undergone a massive overall and be great. But what I read wasn't great, it was sloppy, confusing, and not all that engaging. Check out Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes or Nightshade by Andrea Cremer or any other of the millions of great YA paranormal series out there.
NCRainstorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fractured Light is a good first novel from author Rachel McClellan. She uses paranormal power - managing light and its energy - in a refreshing new way. Her villains, the Vyken, are a nice twist on the age old tale of the vampire. A few things detracted a bit from the story. The first part of the book was rather slow, not a lot was going on. The plot point of the main character being an orphan whose parents were killed by the creature who is now stalking her, is overused nowadays, in my opinion. J.K. Rowling did it successfully over 14 years ago, I think it's time for a new idea. Also, the characters of the uncle and aunt were a little flat.Things did pick up in the story, making the reading much more exciting. The suspense built by the Vyken visitations was excellently done. It had me checking my room and I'm no Aura! The relationship between Llona and her guardian was very sweet and kept me rooting for them to be together. I especially appreciated the friendship between Llona and May, they both had to overcome their loner instincts to trust and truly care for each other. Ms. McClellan did a great job introducing several characters without making it confusing for the reader. This kept it from being so easy to pick out the Vyken and ruining the suspense she so cleverly built. I did figure it out, but I was never totally sure, thanks to her writing skills.Fractured Light is an overall entertaining young adult paranormal book. It's definitely worth the time reading it. It's due to be published in February 2012, but go ahead and preorder it. Then you can stand in line with me waiting for the sequel in 2013!
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Llona is unique. She has been running most of her life from the evil that is stalking her. She has an ability to manipulate light. It came from her mother, who was murdered for her abilities. Every night as a child her mother would tell her the history of the women who came from Light.Llona is in her senior year of high school trying to stay under the radar. She lives with her uncle, both of her parents are deceased. She tries not to make friends, because her life is so complicated. She doesn't know who can be trusted and if they will discover her secret. It is a lonely life that she is leading.Christian is a new boy at school and knows way more than he should. Can she trust him? Her instincts say yes, but her mind says no.I really enjoyed this story. It is compelling and I felt well written. There is enough romance and action to keep interest.
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the concept of Auras and Vykens. I admire authors who come up with new abilities for people with supernatural powers. And even if elemental powers isn't something new, Rachel McClellan comes up with her own lore and concepts for Auras. I have mixed feelings about the characters. At first, Llona wants to blend in, but she tries out for the basketball team although she can only play for half the month and is too weak to play for the other and when she otherwise tries not to stand out at school. Then, all of a sudden, her uncle decides to change his life, and she decides to stop trying to blend in--when she's spent most of her life trying to do the opposite. I don't think her habits of trying to hide for years could change so quickly. I do like how Llona decides to fight later. I love kickass heroines who taken action. Christian was also confusing. It is obvious that he has feelings for Llona and is trying to protect her. However, he is harsh with her at times and nice other times. He isn't honest with her, yet expects her to listen to him. As someone interested in her well-being, he doesn't do a great job of it, though things get better later. Personally, I like Matt better (not that there was a love triangle there to begin with). Smart, cute guys that are knowledgeable about literature? Win. I did like the mystery of the murders and the shadow outside Llona's window. It was interesting and had me anticipating the appearance of the culprit, and the pace picks up later with Llona deciding to fight. Llona and Christian are still growing. With everything that has come out of the events of the novel, Fractured Light has set the foundation for the possibility of much more. I will be looking forward to the sequel.
SupaGurlbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5x5I had the chance to read this through Net Galley and I am so glad I did! This was a great unique adventure. Llona she knows she is different and she keeps herself seperated from everyone because she doesn't want to draw attention. She is a great character, her and her Bestie I really enjoyed both girls. Mystery boy ... YUMMM I fell for him and his charming, weirdness. There is a great story line here! You have all the great elements and they all fit together perfectly! There is mystery, You really won't know who is the bad guy till it's too late! Action, and romance all rolled into a Great Read!
l_manning on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Llona has a tragic past. Her mother and father died tragically at different times in her youth. Her mother was also very special; she was a Aura. Auras can use the Light to help people, and this ability has been passed on to Llona. Llona is trying to hide as much as possible though to try and avoid her mother's fate. Her mother was killed by a Vyken, a being of pure evil who can feed off of Auras. The minute Llona decides to relax some, horrible things begin happening. Llona will have to face the fact that someone is after her, but she will also find allies she didn't expect. Now all she has to do to survive is learn to fight back.I thought this was a really interesting book. Llona was a character that took some getting used to. She was just so dreary in the beginning. I understand why, but that doesn't make her any more enjoyable initially. As she began to let loose and take charge of her life, she became much more interesting and enjoyable to read about. Also, I saw the reveal of the bad guy coming a mile away. That wasn't that surprising. Those things aside, I found it to be an enjoyable book. I became fairly absorbed in the book after the beginning, and I was able to read the book in one day. I found myself wanting desperately to know how it ended. Even though I knew who the bad guy was early on, there were some very interesting things and some twists I didn't quite see coming. So there was still some mystery for me.Overall, I enjoyed the unique aspect of this book. I really wanted to learn more about Llona's abilities. I hope we get a sequel with Llona's post-graduation education. I also loved her friends, especially May and Christian. I found Christian's waffling back and forth between friend zone and relationship zone a tiny bit sudden, although it was explained. I ended up not wanting the book to end, and I definitely look forward to reading more about Llona. Fans of YA who like unique paranormal books with some romance and adventure will enjoy this book.Book provided for review.
StressedRach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fractured light was a fantastic YA novel, which kept me gripped completely till the end, there was the high school element, as well as a love interest, a school girl crush, friendships, fantasy and a bad person.This is a book that was hard to put down once opened, There was never a dull moment. It really got my imagination flowing, which is always a good point with books. I am hoping there will be a sequel to it.It is so good my teenage daughter is now reading it too and she is thoroughly enjoying it.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Fractured Lights had a lot of potential, but ultimately it falls short. The characters are okay, and have their own special quirks. Plot is good, original up to some point – I liked the Auras and Vykens. But the writing was ‘blah’ and needs to be improved. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this book did not live up to what I would have expected. I don't give half stars, but if I did I would probably give it 2.5 stars. So I'm torn between a 2 and 3 here on Goodreads. The premise of this book had lots of potential but I feel the execution was fairly poor. Blurb from Goodreads: 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. If you know me, you know I love my covers. So it's not surprise that I was totally drawn in by this one. I love the look of it, how it shows the light which is so important to the story. But I have to say that the cover, while beautiful, was rather a misleading draw into the book. The lead character, Llona, carries light within her because she's an Aura. This "power" basically gives her more strength than others. It is more prominent during a full moon. I thought Llona would be a strong, independent character who basically kept to herself. But she wasn't strong at all. As a matter of fact, I found her to be rather dependent and a bit on the whiny side. I have to say that she annoyed me more than anything else during this book. Had she really been keen on learning what her power was for and how to use it, I think I would have liked her much better. But she spent most of the book pining after a boy and telling us how private she was but doing things like joining the basketball team. She was contradictory and just made no sense to me. Christian was the love interest. While I liked him for the most part, he drove me a bit batty as well. He was strong and rather silent, but he seemed like he had a lot of loyalty towards Llona. However, he had this push and pull to him that drove me bonkers. He sent total mixed signals to Llona and it annoyed me to no end. I wanted to shake him and tell him to make up his mind. His character could have been so much better fleshed out than it was, so he wouldn't be so typical and arrogant. The secondary characters really leant no support to the story. May, Llona's best friend, is around but we really learn nothing about her. And she just doesn't seem like a great best friend, one who would support Llona. As for the execution, ugh, it was very underdeveloped. The author did so much telling and hardly showed us anything. There was paragraph upon paragraph of Llona narrating what was going on. I would have liked to see her interact more with the other characters. The book does get better as it goes on but for me I need to be hooked from the beginning. It took me quite a while to read this book as I kept having to put it down! As for world building, I'm still not 100% sure what the auras do. They have light in them, and it's used to calm others, but when is this supposed to happen? And why? As for the "bad guys", besides wanting to use the Auras to increase their power, there was nothing else about them in the story. Suddenly we just know about them, but what is the history of the Auras and the Vykens? I didn't feel these characters were based on any type of mythology at all. I have no issue with the author making up her own powers and such, but there was just no background to support it. When it comes down to it, for me, this book was rather boring for the first 1/2 to 3/4 and followed very typical characters ARCs. The story line was very predictable. I easily guessed Christian's roll before it was revealed and I knew who the bad guy was from pretty much the start. There were times when I felt like nothing significant was happening the what the author was writing was just something to fill the space until the next scene happens. I hate being bored in books and this one just didn't hit home with me until the very end. I am surprised I even pushed through it. I do think it will grab many readers, especially if they want a bit of a different and unique plot
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Fractured Light is the first book in the series. I liked it. Last year I had read Fractured Soul the second book in Fractured Light series and like it. I am going to read it again so I am ready for Fractured Truth the last book in the series I believe. Fractured Light is a young adult book that is centered around Llona Reese. She is a senior in high school. Llona has lived her life on the run hiding from the killer who killed her mom. Llona lives with her Uncle after her dad died. Llona ia a Aura like her mom. Aura can manipulate light and the Vyken want to kill Auras and take their power. Most Aura are at a special place to get trained. Llona wants to finish at a regular high school. She is learning a little about her power but not much. When the moon is full Llona has lots more power and is faster and stronger. When the moon is a sliver she can hardly do anything. Llona really likes Christian. May is a friend of Llona. May has lots of friends but she gets close to none. Where Llona has stayed alone but this year she has decided to be more outgoing. Christian is a football player sometimes he acts like he really likes Llona and cares about her. He is always watching and being protective of her. Jake is her Uncle that she lives with. Since her father died he mainly plays video games. He has mourned his brother. He is not much of adult for Llona to rely on. He has no job. Llona's father has left her plenty of money to live on. When she thinks they need to move for safety they do. She picked the house in UT. This time she does not want to run away she wants to finish high school where she is at. So when scary things happen around her she hides them from everyone. The setting for this book is Salt Lake City, UT. and Wasatch mountains. Lots of high school drama on top of super natural powers. Llona is not the only one who is different. I like the characters and I want to see where they go from here. I bought the book on Amazon
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
Yeah. What a fun, exhilarating series! I really liked this one cause it was different! There is the whole Aura thing, romance, and a bestie with powers as well. Rachel McClellan tells an INCREDIBLE story that keeps you on the edge of your seat through the whole book just waiting to see what who the Vyken is (and if you guess before the end than you are GOOD!) The story was really well written and really pulls you in. I really loved the book and found it to be a really fast, totally engaging page turner.  I don’t want to say too much about either one, cause I’m afraid I’ll give away the story, but this one is one that you will enjoy! It really has such an other wordless to it that I can’t describe. I have to say something about the covers to, they what totally pulled me in and made me want to read the books! They are beautiful and totally evoke the mood of the book!
book4children More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The premise was good, and I really enjoyed the idea of Light and Auras. The first half of the book was formulaic and predictable. The bad guy was obvious from the start. The second half was better. The characters are generic, but Christian has potential, as does May. The romance is very light and very clean, which is refreshing. I like the way Christian and Llona spend a lot of time together and get to know each other well before anything happens between them. The book is okay. Don't love it, don't hate it. I plan on reading the sequel. Content: Clean. This is a good book if you are looking for clean, paranormal young adult book without all the violence and steamy scenes. Kindle version is $2.99.
KaribbeanIsland1 More than 1 year ago
**4 Stars** I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of a blog tour. MY OVERVIEW: Wow. What a rollercoaster of a book. It was a great read and I breezed through it.  PROS: Llona was written beautifully. Her struggles with who she is seemed so real. I loved seeing how she progressed through the book, and especially once Christian came into the picture. (Another great character) CONS: There is a lot that is still confusing. One big question that hasn’t gotten answered is what Jake has to do with all this. Does he/did he hold the same position Llona’s father did? Also, who the Vyken is, isn’t that big of a stretch. Kinda saw it coming.  MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I really look forward to reading the next book in the series. The book left off with a big enough cliff-hanger to where you want to keep going, but at the same time, a small enough one that if there wasn’t another book, you would be ok.
Christiewriting More than 1 year ago
Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan¿¿¿¿¿ Llona lost her parents at a young age and had been living with her Uncle Jake ever since. She was forced to be the adult since Jake was still in a depressed state. Llona was special and had to hide what she was and refused to go to the school that promised people like her. She didn’t have any friends other than May and kept everyone at arms' length... until Christian came into her life. She learned to let people in, and she learned more about herself and the power she held inside. This book was awesome, and I really enjoyed it. It took me a bit to get introduced to the story and learn the names of things; but once I got used to it, it was a fast, fun read. I enjoyed the characters and the subtle hints that were thrown my way. The book kept me guessing, but I got my AHA moment near the end. The characters felt real, and I really enjoyed seeing Llona change and the relationships grow between her and her new friends -- especially May and Christian. The author had a very nice writing style that I found fluid and kept me wanting to read more. When she ended a chapter, it was difficult to stop with how they left off, which propelled me to continue reading more. I met the author a year ago when she was at a book event at my college in Maine. I had seen Fractured Light around the blogging world and had already been interested in reading it, so I had to buy it when I saw her at the event. I love autographed books, of course. I actually had to leave the event, but she told me she was doing another event at Books-A-Million so I went to that one after, purchased her book, and got it autographed. My fiancé was with me and so was my friend Katie, and we ended up hanging out with her for the entire event and talking with her. I arrived at Books-A-Million before she did and, at the time, knew a lot of the employees because they were previous Borders employees. They somehow had communication issues and didn’t know about the event; so luckily, I asked and they were able to get something set up for her. I wish there had been more awareness for her because she was a ton of fun to talk to (well, maybe I don't feel too bad since I was able to talk to her as much as I did), and now I know that her books are awesome.  It took me a while to begin reading it because this year has been crazy, but receiving the ARC of Fractured Soul so I could be a part of the blog tour was great incentive and at least this way I can start reading Fractured Soul right away. I would definitely recommend this book to Fantasy readers. I’m really excited to start Fractured Soul and also look forward to reading more of Rachel’s work.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. When I read the blurb, I thought it sounded interesting, but I was so pleasantly surprised at just how good this book really is. Llona Reese is an Aura, which means she can manipulate light. This is a powerful thing, and a very dangerous thing. There are evil beings called Vyken who want nothing more than to drain the Auras and steal their light for their own pleasure and power. With both of Llona's parents dead, all she wants to do is stay alive. She has wrapped herself in a cocoon, trying to remain as invisible as possible to the world around her. It's her senior year at high school, and she wants nothing more than to make it through unscathed and unnoticed, only there are some kinks she didn't count on, interfering with her plan. One of those kinks is the hottie Christian, who is new at school and has taken quite the interest in Llona. Despite trying to talk herself out of it, Llona finds herself very interested in him to, which is quite strange, as she has never been interested in anyone before. Then there is her mysterious and smoking hot teacher, Mr. Steele, and she just goes into a complete brain fog when she is around him, having to consciously force herself to remain focused. As her powers begin to develop, strange things begin to happen. Suddenly Llona seems to be in danger, Christian is always showing up every time she's in danger,the people she thinks she knows are not who they seem, and Llona isn't sure who she can trust. Determined to survive she begins to take her destiny into her own hands, and she is determined to fight for it. I liked Llona. She was snarky and funny, even though she tried to remain low-profile. I especially loved Christian, though I did get rather frustrated with him "following the rules" for so long. I was really anxious for he and Llona to move past those barriers. I enjoyed all the secondary characters in the book also. The story captured my attention in the first chapter and kept me turning the pages throughout the whole book. There is quite a bit of action and mystery, and Rachel McClellan keeps you guessing with the twists and turns she has written. The romance was sweet, though I really would like to see a little more action between Llona and Christian. The plot was also imaginative and creative. If you love YA paranormal romance, with some action, combined with a little mythology and mystery, then this is one book you will want to check out. I thoroughly enjoyed Fractured Light and I am looking forward to the next book in in the series.
Destinyisntfree More than 1 year ago
It is rare to find a book that catches me by surprise, but that is precisely what happened with Fractured Light. I had not previously heard of the author and did not know what to expect, but it definitely was not what I found. When I sat down to begin reading this novel, I did not expect to finish it in less than 48 hours. I did not expect to be so sucked into the story that life around me would cease to exist. And I definitely did not expect to be so drawn to the characters that I would feel as though I was experiencing everything with them. You quickly find that everything around Llona is not as she thought it was going to be. Life takes many unexpected turns for her and you will find yourself unable to walk away. I am writing this at four o'clock in the morning as I have finished reading this novel because sleep seemed unimportant as the pages flowed out before me. I just had to keep reading. I had to know where the story was going to go next. There were many unexpected surprises in this novel that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end. Throughout the ebook text, I found some minor grammatical errors and misspellings, but am willing to chalk that up to the typesetting portion of the process and they in no way detracted from the story at all. The characters were believable and the "good guys" were likable. The bad guys are the kind you love to hate, but have to almost feel sorry for. Overall, this was an excellent read, and I cannot wait for book two in the series, Titled Fractured Soul. Maybe the author will chime in and tell us when we can purchase that one as well!
TomWinshipTW More than 1 year ago
I don’t read many YA novels, but Rachel McClellan’s “Fractured Light” came highly recommended, so I gave it a proverbial spin. McClellan does a great job in helping the reader visualize her world. The settings and the scenery are well described, but not overdone. She also does a great job with her characters; especially the main character, Llona, a damaged and vulnerable young lady who maintains a high level of compassion for others even as she faces ever-increasing danger. McClellan introduces readers to Auras, Furies, and Vykens (similar to vampires), while doling out bits and pieces of a long, shared history that is both intriguing and promising. Of course, the reader knows there’s much more to the story—to all the stories, that is—than they’ll ever receive in this installment … so we’ll forgive McClellan for toying with our innate curiosity because the main story in “Fractured Light” offers enjoyment enough. And thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms. McClellan, for avoiding that dreadful YA staple—the love triangle. I admit that I full expected two things upon meeting Matt and Christian: 1) that they’d vie for Llona’s heart; and 2) that I’d vomit in my mouth when they did (not because the love triangle wouldn’t be thrilling and oh-so-romantic, but because it’s just something I like to do while reading!). I was pleasantly surprised that the former didn’t occur and pleasantly relieved that the latter didn’t, either. With that said, I would’ve welcomed somehow working a love angle with Mr. Steele into the mix—a risky proposition in the YA world, I admit, but there was so much obvious chemistry … Nevertheless, McClellan’s readers will thoroughly enjoy this tale. The characters are compelling, the settings are appealing, and the storyline is intriguing. I highly recommend “Fractured Light” to YA and paranormal fans.
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
First, lemme just say I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I wanted to read this book. So when I was offered to take part in the blog tour, I jumped right on it! It’s considered YA paranormal, but I also consider it urban fantasy as well. Let me explain a little bit. An Aura is not really a witch, but kinda, as they can harness energy from themselves and the things around them to produce powers, which they call “the light”. Sure, some things like literal light can be manipulated, but things like strength, and appearance changes, and other powers are included. You do have to read this to understand, but you at least get a gist of something. Llona is a scared, and in hiding, appearing timid, girl. She isn’t actually timid, she just wants to appear to be, to keep herself in hiding. She knows that one day, the bad guys will find her, and she’ll be dead, as she could never fight them to survive. But in all this, she finds out her best friend, her crush, and her teacher, are all “special” like her, just a different kind of special. And she is learning to come of her shell, and learning a whole lot of other things as well. Secrets from her past, and her future are literally pounding on her. Even through all of these things, Llona learns and grows. Now sometimes this can make a book boring, but I didn’t have any trouble reading this book in one sitting, and I will say it’s a fun, face paced read. I really cannot wait for book 2 to come out! and the characters!!! Everyone knows I love secondary characters. This book is just filled with great side kicks LOL Well, Christian is just yummy! I lurvs him!! And her friend May, I can’t tell you how much I wanna meet her! She even has this cool uncle that I think would be my perfect boyfriend! Now I will give you this, the first book does not include any actual scenes at Lucent academy, but the whole process of going there for different reasons, and I am dying to see how May and Llona are gunna do once they get there! Please hurry and gimme gimme book 2!! 5 PAWS!! I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review!
thesmboyce More than 1 year ago
There are some chilling images that left me writing in all caps, I was so excited. McClellan sets up the chilling images pretty well. Imagery is really her thing, and she took us to some great locations throughout the book. Setting up the background and the sense of "where" is not easy, but she does it with grace. The story itself was interesting, and while I was lost in parts just learning all the rules of this new world, I was still curious to learn more. There were plenty of moments that induced chuckles. There were jokes littered throughout the book, and they caught me at the right moments. I have notes of where I laughed throughout the book. There are also great details, especially in the beginning of the book, that describe Llona as an outcast. I liked the main character, which is frankly rare for me when it comes to first person narrations. I usually can't relate, but I liked Llona's spunk. Llona did have a stupid moment or two, which I'll touch on later, but all in all she discovers the joy of truly living and just wants a chance to have a full life. I can definitely stand behind that and, consequently, was rooting for her. She's sarcastic, which I also love, and often hides nerves or other emotional messes behind quips and laughter. I can definitely relate to that. She had some BA moments where she just took control, and I adore her for that. She is a good heroine (most of the time) and a strong role model (usually). The other characters were pretty believable, too. The love interest was an adorable roller coaster, one which I honestly wasn't expecting, so I enjoyed that. The friendships Llona creates when she breaks out of her shell are wonderful to see and really shape her as a person, rather than a character, which made me love her. So yes, characters get bonus points in my book. The drawback to characters was the villain. I just...I hate to admit it, but I totally called it from the first time we meet this particular character. It was too easy, in my opinion, and we even got a monologue at the end. While monologues are great for explaining what's going on, it makes the villain look like a cliche hunk of wood. The villain was fearsome until that moment, and then I kind of balked. The way evil is portrayed here and earlier in the novel is just too cookie cutter for my taste. Evil is evil and that's that sort of thing. I made a couple notes along the way to the tune of, "so that's how evil works, huh?" The climax itself had a Twilight too-stupid-to-live twist (you'll see what I mean when you read it, because I still recommend this book even though I'm being hard on it). While I like Llona's growing spunk and spark, I just thought she was smarter than that. I was writing angry notes to her telling her, in so many colorful words, just exactly what I thought of her at that moment. The perk is this led to a pretty great climax scene, one which differentiated this novel from Twilight in a distinct manner. Spinning off that, I thought the ending was great. It had the perfect balance of resolution and tension for subsequent novels.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
The first emotion that I felt when I started reading Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan was…sadness. From the very opening of the story, I felt sad. I could feel the sorrow and sense of loss that main character Llona Reese goes through at the funeral/cemetery. It was at this point that I knew that this was going to be a promising read. If the author is already able to conjure up this emotion in a matter of a few pages, I knew that there was only more to come. I really enjoyed how McClellan introduces the characters in Fracture Light. Their interactions with each other were so addictive to follow. You could already see the budding relationships forming, which is always exciting to watch unfold. And of course, a Young Adult book is never complete without at least ONE character to hate…enter Brian. I mean, what a jerk! How he talks to Llana made me clench my teeth. Again, another sign that this was going to be a great read. EMOTIONS! McClellan does such a great job developing her characters throughout the book. You could really imagine them all as real people, not just an imaginary person in a book. Love, love her writing style. I found that McClellan’s concept of “light” very interesting and that it reminded me just a little bit of Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s “sister” Dawn, who was “the key” disguised as a human. For those of you who were die hard Buffy fans, you’ll understand what I mean once you read the book. I love those stories of “you can’t always see what’s staring you in the face” type stories. My mind went on different tangents throughout the book trying to decipher who knew what/who Llana was…like I was playing detective, but one who didn’t finger the right culprit. Good thing I’m not really a detective! Reading about the “dark figure” was totally creeping me out! There aren’t that many books out there anymore that can creep me out, but Fractured Light was among the few that did. It probably didn’t help that I’m home alone most nights, up wayyyy late reading in the almost dark, alone…hearing noises…feeling eyes watching me…eep! McClellan is such great story teller. She provides the reader with such vivid descriptions of this shadow creeper, that this book was seriously giving me a complex. I really felt like something or someone was watching me! This is such a fantastic, suspenseful read! Each chapter will keep you guessing until the very end, when everything you’ve been questioning is finally revealed. I encourage everyone who loves a good paranormal suspense read to give Fractured Light a read. You won’t be disappointed, and maybe…JUST maybe, you’ll be looking over your shoulder every so often, or peeking at your window for a shadowy creeper… like I was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just say her talk about her book freakin awesome
Haddy More than 1 year ago
Amazing storyline and characters that had me so swept up in the suspense that I couldn't book the book down! Can't wait for the next one, Fractured Soul.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
Llona's character is the main draw to this novel. She is brave, strong, and determined in the face of adversity. Llona is an Aura and can control light's energy. She has not had it easy at all, her parents were slaughtered by the Vykens and have made it clear that Llona is next on their hit-list. She tries to protect herself and ends up in trouble more often than not because of it. When she finally runs into Christian, who tells her he is her Guardian, and that he can teach her how to weaponize her light. Christian's character will be appreciated by the reader. He is protective and caring towards Llona. The reader knows that he truly cares for her. Their relationship is a little rocky at times. Christian does not know what he wants from Llona besides protecting her and Llona has a clear idea in mind. The other characters are not as focused upon, but they are fun to get to know, for the most part. This book is fast-paced. The reader will find her/himself turning page after page to find out what happens in the next chapter. Llona prepares for the final fight between her and the Vykens with Christian as a mentor. The reader will enjoy the tension and action that is literally palpable throughout the novel. This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Bookishluv More than 1 year ago
I found myself reading Fractured Light late into the middle of the night, telling myself I'm almost finished just a few more pages. I really enjoyed this book despite the fact that it followed your typical Paranormal YA story line of where there is a girl who has powers but is hiding it, a guy who falls in love with her and she with him but they are forbidden to be together and of course the dangerous enemy. I loved the uniqueness of the Auras, the characters were very likable and it was all incredibly fast paced that I couldn't help but love Fractured Light. I loved Llona's character especially when she burst out of her shell and refused to be weak and scared of the Vyken and took control of her life. I really found the Light to be very interesting and am interested to see what more Llona learns about the Light and how her powers will grow in the upcoming book. Another person I really loved was May I thought it was pretty awesome how McClellan made Llona's closest friend an undiscovered fury. I can't wait for the second book to see how their friendship develop and really hope we get to see more of what May can do as well. I also liked Christian, I wasn't a fan of the mixed signals he gave Llona but at the same time I can see why he was so conflicted. I 'm interested to see how things develop with the two. Another thing that I found very predictable was knowing who the Vyken was. It was very obvious from the moment the character appeared although I wanted to think otherwise because I figured it couldn't be that simple. Nonetheless it didn't take away from the plot for me in a twisted way I actually was interested to read how the antagonist toyed with Llona. There was one scene that I did not see coming though, a character who I was growing to like got killed but I can see why it had to happen. Overall this was a fast paced and exciting debut novel. And I can't wait to buy the second in the series when it comes out because I have a feeling that all that happened in this book is just the beginning with many more secrets still waiting to be revealed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago