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Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan
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Jan 06, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: e-books, netgalley, teen
Read from January 13 to 16, 2012

Before I start thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

Llona is an Aura, meaning she has abilities that affect or use light. Her race is fighting for survival against the Vykens. She has been on the run ever since they killed her parents. She hides her abilities by being a loner in school. But in her senior year she starts to break out of her shell. In large part because of Christian, the new boy in school. She also starts to practice using her abilities more actively. That’s a good thing because the Vyken that killed her parents is close on her trail.

This was an interesting concept. Unfortunately, I just read Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout, which also features characters that could affect light and this one did not stack up as well. The sense of the Aura culture and society was hazy, and information was doled out just enough to move the plot along. Llona hardly uses her abilities, which was disappointing.

The other big problem I had was the writing style. Much of the action is told not shown. Possibly because of this, the romance felt forced. Many of their interactions are summarized instead of us witnessing them. The we can't be together because of a rule lead to a lot of drama and angst and felt pretty cliche . There is also a lot of foreshadowing, like “little did I know how badly the evening would turn out.” That’s not a technique I like, because it takes away the element of surprise. It’s like a big sign saying the bad guys catch up to me tonight. I personally like to be caught by surprise. It wasn’t actually a bad book. There was just nothing to make more than an average teen paranormal. That being said, I don't think I will bother picking up the sequel.

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