Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan
Age Range: 13 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (February 12, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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:
There are a few things about me you must know. First, I love ranch
dressing, the homemade kind. It makes everything taste better. Coming in
a close second are Mayo and real butter. Second, I want to buy Willy
Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and turn it into a sauce factory using the
items I mentioned above. And I’d keep the Oompa-Loompas. I can tell by
looking at them that they like the sauces as much as I do. Third, I
would bring to life some of my favorite literature characters, such as
Odd Thomas, Dr. Jekyll (Hyde can come too), Frankenstein, Elizabeth
Bennett, and Sherlock Holmes (because someone’s sure to die in this
crowd), to break bread and dip the pieces into my Oompa-Loompa sauces.
A few other random things you may or may not want to know: I’m a member
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, aka Mormon. I love
to run. I love music just as much, dark, moody stuff. I love my TV
shows, dark, moody stuff. I currently live in the New England area and
am obsessed with its forests and cemeteries. I am married and have four
young children. They are just as strange as I am, but they love the
sauces, so we get along. I like sports. I especially love to play
volleyball and racquetball. One day I’d like to get back into theater.
And run for President. Of the world. But above all…
I love to write.
Wow. I have to admit that after the first book, I wasn’t sure I would like this one. Boy, was I wrong. This book was action packed and had a LOT happening. It reminded me a bit of Harry Potter (in a good way). I loved the setting of the all-girl Aura school. I really enjoyed the new characters that were added for this installment, and I liked the developments in the characters that remained the same.
I especially enjoyed the challenges that Llona went through and the way she learned to deal with them. The ending was a surprise. I was not really prepared for it, but it definitely has me hooked to see how the next book wraps up.
There were a few things that continued to bug me, and some things that I didn’t find believable. But all in all, I enjoyed this book a ton.
Content: Some violence but still clean
You can read my review of Fractured Light here: http://batchofbooks.com/2013/03/30/book-review-fractured-light-by-rache/