Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FRACTURED LIGHT by Rachel McClellan

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.

First line:
“Sigmund Freud once said that the goal of all life is death.”

Llona has special powers/secrets that keeps her and her guardian uncle on the move. Whenever something scares or worries Llona, the two pack up and move somewhere else. Why? Because someone, the Vyken, killed her parents and are after her, an Aura.
Llona tries not to make any friends to keep them out of danger. But in this new school she makes a couple of friends who both have secrets of their own.
This story follows Llona and her guardian as they escape danger time and time again.
Llona has to find out how strong she really is to defeat the darkness that stalks her. She wants to learn to fight and protect herself, which is unusual for an Aura. She also has to learn to trust someone other than her uncle.
I figured out who the bad person was but I kept thinking IT had to be a red herring because IT was obvious. So I kept picking other suspects. :)
I wish someone would have helped her from the beginning of the story. A mentor or teacher. I would have liked to see her develop her talents progressively throughout the book, not just at the end. I wanted to see more what Llona could do.

This is a good, clean read.

Rating: PG
L: No
V: Dead animals, blood

Story concept
No love triangle

Not enough Light


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