Archive for February, 2013

Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan


Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Welcome to my first book tour of 2013! Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of participating in the book tour for YA author Rachel McClellan’s debut novel, Fractured Light (you can read my review HERE). So when I received an invitation to join the tour for its sequel, I quickly and excitedly responded that I was in fact very interested!

Fractured Soul centers around Llona (pronounced Ee-ona) and begins not long after where Fractured Light left off. Like in the first book, the main plot is the ongoing fight between good (Auras) and evil (Vykens). Yet lines between good and evil have become even more blurred as things are almost never as clear as black and white, but more like various shades of gray. Llona and close friend May are the newest students at Lucent academy which is the school Llona’s Aunt Sophie runs. But once again trouble seems to follow Llona no matter where she goes including the one place in North America that is supposed to be safe for Auras!

Llona, like her mother, is an Aura and as such is told she is only a being of ‘light’ and as such is not supposed to want to be able to fight and defend herself. But Llona is ANYTHING, BUT typical or ordinary. In this next part of the story, Llona learns quite a bit more about how and why she has very different capabilities compared to the other Auras studying at Lucent Academy.

One of the main reasons that I gave Fractured Soul 4.5 stars (and not 5) is because there was a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of the novel. I was very annoyed that soooo very much was left unresolved. And of course the third novel more than likely will be unavailable for at least a year!

I very much look forward to the next book in this series as I’ve really enjoyed Rachel McClellan’s Fractured series.

*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my media kit for more information.

Update – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Yes, I know I’m a bit late in posting that, but as you know this is my first post of 2013. I realize its been way too long since I last posted, but I will be trying to post much more regularly. About the time I last posted, I was still trying to convince my doctors to put me on a course of IV antibiotics for my IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) as I had started to flare in September and hadn’t started improving. Finally about the middle of December my ID (Infectious Disease) doctor agreed to put me on IV antibiotics the following week. I had figured due to the holidays that things were delayed but was dismayed to find out the beginning of January that I wasn’t going to actually receive this treatment. To make a long story short after speaking with that doctor again he agreed to 2 weeks (which I didn’t think was long enough but better than nothing) which started the very next day!

Right after I finished I thought my symptoms were improving, but now I’m now so sure. Will just have to wait and see and hope that the IV antibiotics along with a higher dose of the medication I take for maintenance will be enough to coax my GI system back into at least a semi-remission. Aside from this there have been other changes in the last couple weeks including that I have started to drive again (albeit only locally so far). At least where I for physical therapy is only a five minute drive away and I can now schedule for whatever time I prefer to go instead of scheduling around my wonderful little sister.

Also a week from Tuesday marks another milestone in my life. Each of us has that one day a year that signifies the start of another year of their life and February 19th is mine. I think it will take me time to get used to this one as I will be turning 30!

Crazy, I know! I’m the oldest of the cousins in my family so I was the first to be Bat (or Bar) Mitzvah’d. The first to turn 21 and of course now the first to turn 30. And with the exception of one of my best friends (you know who you are), I’m the oldest of my friends as well.

Why don’t birthdays feel quite as fun and exciting as they did as a child/teen? My youngest cousin just turned 11 and the excitement was quite evident when we talked. Even though she is only in the 5th grade, she reads at a significantly higher level and as it turns out her favorite genre YA dystopian is one of my favorites as well. It is ironic to me that despite our age difference we prefer reading the same books.

In fact she highly recommended Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series and Before I fall to me. But I am glad that we have at least that one shared interest in common as it gives me something to be able to relate to her with since I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like. Although I am hoping to be able to spend sometime with her in the spring/summer so we can get to know each other much better. I believe that having a love for reading develop early is a huge advantage for high school, college, and beyond. I didn’t really love reading until fifth or sixth grade. I remember starting to like it better in fourth grade, but I know that was partly due to my amazing teacher that year.

Anyways, I have so many products and books to review and share with you in the coming weeks and I very much look forward to sharing all of those with you! And if you have any books or products you recommend please share those with me!

Wishing you a very (belated) happy, healthy, and joyous New Year!


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