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Fractured Light

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  792 ratings  ·  207 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Sweetwater Books
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
1.5 star

I hate being lied to as much as the next person. The book description on Netgalley led me to believe that Fractured Light is a YA fantasy book, and the cover also looks like something you’d see on a fantasy novel. I was really excited when I first got it, but once I figured out what I was reading (which took all of five pages), I went from excited to angry in 2 seconds or less.
Fractured Light is just another YA paranormal, with a lot of whining and high school boy drama. Our heroine, Ll
Genuinely torn as to what rating to give this book. So much hate for the execution of such an awesome idea and a heroine that still made me want to punch her in the face on most pages. I will have to sleep on it and think about what I'm going to say.

This book gets better the more you read. I truly hated the first hundred or so pages and would only give them one star. The next hundred pages were so poor they only deserve two stars. But by the time I got to the end, Llona partially redeemed hersel
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-owned, 2012, reviewed

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.

My Thoughts:

I was not expecting such a fantastic read! Almost instantly, you fall in love with Llona and are thirsty to find out more about her and her abilities. Of course
"Fractured Light" portrays the struggles of a young woman with special abilities trying to live a normal life, all while shouldering the tragedies that have occurred in her family's past. However, not everything that Llona knows is as it seems, and the truth comes across in more jarring tones than she expects.

Llona is an Aura - she has the ability to manipulate light in many forms. She doesn't embrace her power, however - even seems to loathe it in spurts as she struggles to control it. Her pare
Crystal Miles
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookclub
So I tried to go into this book with an open mind, because although I don't know the author personally, I know a lot of people who do. It's hard to believe someone in your neighborhood can write a book, I mean, aren't great authors supposed to be hermits that live in the woods, from big cities, or have horrible childhoods? Well, this book proves that none of these things are necessary to write an amazing book. I loved this book. The characters were well drawn, the plot was engaging and intense, ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan incorporates both mystery and paranormal genres into one book that makes for a fairly enticing premise.

When we're first introduced to Llona, our protagonist, you don't understand exactly what her power is until later when we slowly piece together what's going on. What I liked about this was the fact that Rachel didn't dump all this information on you within the first few chapters; she gave y
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I've been looking forward to reading Fractured Light since I read the synopsis. It sounds like an intriguing read and who doesn't love a butt kicking heroine. I definitely do. I really liked the unique mythology in Fractured Light. I feel it adds something new to the YA paranormal/urban fantasy genre. But I've really struggled with my review for Fractured Light, because I'm really torn on my feelings with the book. I had a hard time getting into the first part of the book, I felt the middle part ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I didn't really care for Llona, her love interest(s) or the plot. No rating for this because I didn't advance past page 100.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Ednah Walters
Originally posted at A Bookalicious Story.

*4.5 stars*
The first thing that came to me after I read the The End was: Perfect. Actually no, scratch that. The first thing that came were actually incoherent "WOWOWOWOWOWOW" then came the finality of "Perfect". I think that this book is definitely well-deserving of that adjective. And shortly after that came the shoutings (still in my head, of course) demanding the sequel for FRACTURED LIGHT.

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Alicia Huxtable
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

I absolutely loved this book and found it hard to put down, so lucky it was my day off. The characters were fantastic and I spent at least half the book thinking the lead make character was the villain. Hahaha, you'll have to read it to find out which half made me think that. Fantastic book that I highly recommend
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
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.

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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 trap
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fractured Light pulls you in right from the beginning of the story and the action pulses all the way through. It's unique, captivating, thrilling, yet such a beautiful story that I cannot wait to get more of.

We start off with Llona who lives with her uncle Jake after losing both of her parents. Llona is special though, she is an Aura which means she can manipulate light, as her mother could. But, she must constantly keep her guard up because there are those who wish to kill her for her light...
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Llona remembers what was said to her at her father’s funeral, “that the goal of all life is death.” Llona is determined to live a long productive life despite the fact that Aurans seem to attract death early in life. Llona determines to blend into to society and not attract attention to herself!

Two years have passed since the funeral of Llona’s father, two years and four moves around the country. Llona and Uncle Jack are now living in Bountiful, Utah and Llona
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing

“Once upon a time, thousands of years ago, Light lived among man as intelligent beings. Their presence brought equality and harmony to the humans, and their world was at peace. There was no sadness, pity, or pride; it seemed the righteousness of the people banned evil from the earth. But when an older prince became jealous of his father’s love for his younger brother, he murdered the young prince in cold blood. This deliberate evil brought the once forbidden darkness to the prince’s heart where
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Reviewed on Alexa Loves Books

What a novel! Though it started a bit slow for me, I ended up really enjoying Fractured Light.

The enticing combination of the paranormal combined with a teen's reality and a hint of romance was enough to spark my interest. And this book is definitely one of the releases I think everyone should look out for!

This book combines three things that I've always believed are elements of a great story: a strong mythology, well-defined characters and an interesting plot.

The my
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 3-stars
My review will posted Tuesday, December 13th as part of the Fractured Light blog tour. Please check back to read my review then :)


Fractured Light, the first novel in Rachel McClellan’s new paranormal series, is perfect for young adults. It’s unique, entertaining, and well written.

McClellan’s debut novel, Fractured Light, puts a new and interesting spin on good v. evil. Auras are good, gentle and caring; they repre
It's really not that bad. I actually liked it that I am convinced to read the sequel. Yeay! :)

At first I was life "what the heck am I reading?" I can't put my mind into it. Too many things going on at the same time and was hardly able to focus on one thing. But that what brings the story more to life.

I was thinking: Not again. Another lonesome new-girl with special ability and a popular, good-looking young man. Really? Doesn't things get more cliché? But no, that doesn't even stop there. I was
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
In Fractured Light, Llona Reese finds herself backed into a corner when the creatures that killed her parents set their sights on her, specifically on her blood. Llona is an Aura, which means that she was born with the ability to control and harness the energy of light. It is because of this ability that she is assigned a protector, Christian, who has some very different ideas from the Auras that Llona knows, and he urges her to learn to use her light as a weapon.
This was one of those books wh
Aanchal (Book Flame)
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 in ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 th ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’ll start by saying that the cover art for Fractured Light is amazing and fits very well with the mystery and magic within the pages. The WOW factor doesn’t stop with the cover but instead flows through every page and gives the characters a memorable appeal that will stay with the reader long after reading the final page.

Llona is an Aura. She can manipulate light and use it in the most extraordinary ways. Her ability is a secret kept guarded by what’s left of her family and one close friend tha
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Though Paranormal YA abounds with magical teens in special boarding schools, Rachel McClellan takes a different tact. In FRACTURED LIGHT we meet her heroine while Llona is still in her cocoon, hiding her powers amidst the anonymity of high school and struggling to define her future.

Though that fresh twist on a familiar trope drew me in, it was the characters and plot that swept me away. Like tea steeping, McClellan takes the time to let her characters bloom and the mythology deepen. Though Llona
Stephanie Redwine
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One word, Awesome! I had the privilege of reading this through netgalley and I loved it.
This story is about a girl, Llona, who has lost both of her parents and is living with her young uncle. She is an Aura, which means she has light within her that she can manipulate. She is constantly moving around to keep the Vykens, vampire-like creatures, from discovering and killing her. She meets a lot of new students at her school and is smitten with an athlete named Christian. Their relationship is ver
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: could-not-finish
I was really invested in this story in the first 30 or so pages. But soon, the story got predictable, it became boring, and the characters were static. None of them developed. Llona remained the same whiny teenager, and Christian was a purely two dimensional character. I didn't have many expectations going into this book, so I wasn't entirely let down.

By the cover and the synopsis, I was really intrigued. It sounded like a different take on the paranormal genre, but it ended up being a stereotyp
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Take every cheesy YA series you've read and at least 5 of them are in this book (and not the good ones). While reading I kept saying to myself "this is just like..." I'm very annoyed that the description at the back of the book is misleading and tricks you into thinking this book is a fantasy YA/Adult novel. To my surprise, I was reading about a whiny teenage girl in high school having boy woes and making stupid decisions. So this book is nothing special and you wouldn't be missing out on anythi ...more
Heather Robbins
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I 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 r
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I simply couldn't put it down! The twists and turns kept me turning the pages. Llona, an Aura, is being pursued by an evil Vyken, but who is he? Is it Christian, the hot new boy at school who seems to know Llona? I can't wait for this to be published so that I can order it for my high school library.
Book Review originally published here:

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.
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read the manuscript and it was awesome!! How did I get the manuscript you ask? She's my sistuh fer real. ;) It's a must read so pre-order it today!!
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Rachel lives in New Hampshire, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four children. Her 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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