Title: Fractured Light
Series: Fractured Light #1
Author: Rachel McClellan
Publisher: Cedar Fort Books
From the Publisher: 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 has the ability to manipulate light and harness its energy. This is the power the Vykens are after. This is what the Guardians are trained to protect. Christian has been waiting his whole life for the opportunity to fulfill his destiny as a Guardian, but Llona has other plans for him. Going against everything that she's been taught and defying the Auran Council, Llona convinces Christian to teach her how to use her power as a weapon. It may be her only hope of survival.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. The paranormal aspects of the story, while reminiscent of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, are largely original and refreshing. Llona Reese is an Aura – someone in whom the Light lives, giving her extra power and abilities. She has chosen to live separate from the other Auras after the death of her parents, and this makes her very different from the others.
Llona is a strong heroine who is ready to think for herself instead of blindly following the path that has been laid before her feet. My favorite kind of heroine. Instead of backing down and letting her Guardian fight for her, Llona chooses to learn to fight with him. May, Llona’s best friend, is also different – but she doesn’t know what she is. Only that she has a special ability. I loved May – and I’m very excited to see the interactions between May and Llona in the next installment.
There is a romance subplot – but it does not overshadow the rest of the story. Relationships between Auras and Guardians are forbidden, but Llona hardly follows the rules. The pairing of Llona and Christian is one of my favorite pairings among YA series. I can’t wait to see where they go.
Teaser: “Of all the new changes that had occurred, Christian was the one I couldn’t do without. He’d become like my favorite pair of jeans. I didn’t mind wearing other pants, but whenever I wore them, I always found myself wishing I was wearing my perfect-in-every-way jeans. This was my Christian.”
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