Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan: Review and Giveaway

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop in the AToMR Tours-sponsored tour of Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan.  Today, I have my review of book one in the series, Fractured Light, the synopsis for book two, Fractured Soul and a giveaway.  Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog and if you would like to check out the other stops on the tour, just click here. Happy Wednesday to you 🙂

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages Published: February 8, 2012 by Sweetwater Books  ISBN:  1599559420 (ISBN13: 9781599559421) Edition language: English Series: Fractured Light #1
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Published: February 8, 2012 by Sweetwater Books
ISBN: 1599559420 (ISBN13: 9781599559421)
Edition language: English
Series: Fractured Light #1

Fractured Light Synopsis:

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.

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

Llona is not a daredevil, she never intentionally puts herself at risk, and she does not ever, under any circumstances draw attention to herself.  Flying under the radar is what has allowed Llona to live as long as she has and if she keeps to her routine, she may even live long enough to attend her own high school graduation.  On the outside, Llona looks like every other teenager but looks, as we all know can be quite deceiving.  Llona is an Aura, a being not quite human with the ability to bring comfort, happiness, beauty, and light into the world.  While this may sound like a super-awesome super-power, Llona’s gifts and abilities have also marked her for death.Over the centuries Auras like Llona have been tracked, stalked, hunted and killed by the Vyken, a vicious and deadly race of night walkers who can only ever walk in the light after having consumed the blood of an Aura.  Since the effects of an Auras’ blood are only temporary, they have been hunted almost to the point of extinction.  Determined not to be yet another casualty in the Aura/Vyken war, Llona has spent her life on the run with her uncle and never allows herself to become too close to anyone.  Two of the many disadvantages to this lifestyle are Llona’s inability to interact with other Auras and her serious lack of knowledge regarding her gifts and the limits she can take her talents too.  Sadly, Llona knows just enough to be dangerous.  Everything changes quickly however when Llona’s life is threatened and she is forced to decide how she wants to address the threat.  Follow the plan and run or stand and fight?

In spite of her better judgment, Llona has actually made a few friends and determines that if she is ever to have a normal life with real friends, she has to quit running.  Among her friends are May, the quirky, fits-in-everywhere friend with a secret talent of her own, Matt the über-smart guy who shares Llona’s love of literature, and Christian, the hot, overly-protective and rather mysterious guy.  Christian is an enigma for Llona: she is drawn to him; she knows he is drawn to her; he always seems to be around when she is in trouble; he seems to (inexplicably) know things about Llona’s talents and; he makes it very clear they can never, ever be anything more than friends.  Well, that sucks!!  Even with all the confusion about Llona and Christian and how they feel about one another, Llona knows when push comes to shove she can count on Christian absolutely.

As Llona begins to learn more about herself, her powers, and Auras in general she comes to believe she (and all other Auras) can use their powers to defend themselves rather than simply spreading warm fuzzy feelings around.  Llona begins teaching herself how to manipulate her light while Christian teaches her how to manipulate her body and fight.  Through her training, Llona discovers she is powerful and can access her light at any time, calling on it to protect her and those she cares for.  She also discovers Christian’s true role in her life and the reasons for his separating himself from her emotionally.  Incidentally and awesomely, the information about Christian applies to Llona’s past and helps explain what really happened to her mother and father.  Oooohhh, I love it when the past and present come together like this J  As you have already guessed, all of the training pays off when Llona is forced to confront the Vyken who has been threatening her life.  The final battle is high drama and high action with a sprinkling of surprise thrown into the mix.

The Bottom Line:  Overall, I wasn’t blown away by Fractured Light but I think this is because there are a few too many slow moments for me.  With this being said, I very much enjoyed the plot line and the characters are well-developed and relatable.  I like Llona’s determination and resilience, May’s quirkiness and cool power, and Christian’s determination to do the right thing no matter his personal feelings.  Each of the characters work well together and within the overall plot line and I am looking forward to seeing what fate and McClellan has in store for their respective futures.

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages Published: February 12, 2013 by Cedar Fort (first published February 2013)  ISBN:  1462111807 (ISBN13: 9781462111800) Edition language: English Series: Fractured Light #2
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Published: February 12, 2013 by Cedar Fort (first published February 2013)
ISBN: 1462111807 (ISBN13: 9781462111800)
Edition language: English
Series: Fractured Light #2

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Fractured Soul Synopsis:

Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

About the author and where to find her:

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Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel’s love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was…

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Last but certainly not least, thanks to Julie and Autumn at AToMR Tours for hosting and organizing this tour.

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