Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Rachel McClellan’s YA debut novel Fractured Light is about the fight of good vs. evil and light vs. dark. Specifically Auras (light) vs. Vykens (dark) as Auras are being hunted by Vykens. The protaganist Llona (pronounced Ee-ona) has known her whole life about Auras and Vykens as it was the only bedtime story her mother would ever tell her no matter how many times she pleaded for a different story. Llona became very frustrated throughout her childhood with her mom’s resolve to always repeat the same story night after night after night. Later she finds herself feeling grateful to her mom for making sure she knew all about their shared Aura history, but Llona wasn’t told all of it.
After both her parents are killed, Llona and her uncle and legal guardian Jake move quite often in an attempt for Llona to stay (and feel) safe. After they settle into Bountiful, Utah Llona starts to feel like she could stay here long term especially after meeting May and Christian. At first glances Christian and Llona seem to make an unlikely pair who then appear to be a “perfect couple”, but there is a catch.
She learns that there is a Vyken after her who knows more about her parents death than first meets the eye. And her off-putting yet well-meaning aunt Sophie wants her to begin studying at the academy that she runs specifically for those young people with ‘gifts’ such as Llona’s.
Add into the mix teenage homones, romances Aunt Sophie’s rules and pressure to join her school, and the physical changes that wax and wane with the moon make this to be a very fun and entertaining read! I very much enjoyed reading Fractured Light and very much hope for a sequel. I noticed on the author’s blog that a book entitled Fractured Dark is scheduled to be released in February 2013 and hope that this is indeed a sequel.
Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan is scheduled to be released on February 8, 2012.
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Review: Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan”