27 February, 2012

Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan

Fractured Light

Pages: 312.
Publication: 8th February 2012/Sweetwater Books.
Rating: ½
Buy It: Amazon | Kennys

"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."

Fractured Light revolves around Llona Reese. She is an Aura who has the ability to control light and use it for good. She is also a target for Vykens because of this. Llona moves around the country and avoids making friends; she stays invisible. However, she finds herself targeted by a Vyken who has ruined her life one too many times and with the chance of actually making her friends and maybe even a boyfriend, she is ready too stand up and be seen.

Llona was a character I liked but with whom I did not connect. She is smart and quick witted. She is also serious, since she has had mature at a very young age. She has survived more than anyone should ever have to go through.
Christian as a character did absoultely nothing for me. He was just there and believe me, he IS always there. I found the secondary characters a lot more interesting. I would love to read more about May, who had a secret of her own. Also, Matt, Llona's book club friend seemed like a better character than Christian, in my opinion.

I found the relationship between Christian and Llona a little strenuous. One minute Llona believed Christian was a full on stalker and next she trusted him with her life. It was unrealistic. It was also a very back and forth relationship. Llona pushes forward, Christian retreats back and vice versa.What did irk me while reading the book is Llona's obliviousness to Christian and his strangeness in part of the books. It was so obvious something was up with him.

I found the ending both surprising and predictable. I know from the start that there was something up with who turned out to be the antagonist, but did I know he was going to be the antagonist? No.

The real disappointing aspect of the Fractured Light was the writing which is stuck between the simplicity aimed at the younger tween audience and the more mature feel for young adult readers. In some places, I felt like I was reading an evaluation someone had written. There was one sentence which I cannot completely remember but it went something like "...I felt my confidence increasing." It did not feel like I was reading a story but rather an article.

Final thought.
Give it a go. Then writing degrades the story, but it is an interesting story nonetheless.

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