Book Review: Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan


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.

Age Range: 12 and up  
Hardcover: 312 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (February 14, 2012)

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.

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My Thoughts:
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The premise was good, and I really enjoyed the idea of Light and Auras. The first half of the book was formulaic and predictable. The bad guy was obvious from the start.  The second half was better.

The characters are generic, but Christian has potential, as does May.  The romance is very light and very clean, which is refreshing. I like the way Christian and Llona spend a lot of time together and get to know each other well before anything happens between them.

The book is okay. Don’t love it, don’t hate it. I plan on reading the sequel.

Content: Clean.  This is a good book if you are looking for clean, paranormal young adult book without all the violence and steamy scenes.  Kindle version is $2.99.

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