Review: Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan

February 10, 2012 Review 4 ★★★★

 

Fractured Light Title: Fractured Light
AuthorRachel McClellan
Series: Untitled Series #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt: No
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Reviewed by: Julia

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.; February 14, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1599559420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559421

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Sexual Content:

Kissing.


Rating:


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Description

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. But she never felt ready to face them—until now. Defying the Auran Council and everything she’s been taught, Llona must learn to use her power over light as a weapon if she wants to survive.

Review

Though Paranormal YA abounds with magical teens in special boarding schools, Rachel McClellan takes a different tact.  In FRACTURED LIGHT we meet her heroine while Llona is still in her cocoon, hiding her powers amidst the anonymity of high school and struggling to define her future.

Though that fresh twist on a familiar trope drew me in, it was the characters and plot that swept me away.  Like tea steeping, McClellan takes the time to let her characters bloom and the mythology deepen.  Though Llona goes through some drastic changes over the course of this book (in a predictably dramatic, teenage fashion), McClellan takes the time to explore each transition before moving forward.  The result is one of the best paced Paranormal YA novels I’ve read in quite some time.  FRACTURED LIGHT isn’t drastically different for the genre, but it is a great example of how engrossing and fun paranormal YA can be when done right.

FRACTURED LIGHT is a rare series books manages to stand up beautifully on it’s own while still me hungry for more of the same great story.  Solid dialogue (with some laugh out loud moments) coupled with interesting teenagers (who were plausibly dramatic without making me crazy) made for a book that I really didn’t want to end. Though 2012 has barely started I’m already excited for 2013; I will definitely be pre-ordering FRACTURED TRUTH.

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4 Responses to “Review: Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan”

  1. Bibliotropic

    I got a copy of this a while ago, for review, but I never did get around to reading it. No reason I can't do so shortly, though. I'm getting a bit weary of YA fiction that seems to nearly all be a rehash of the same old thing, but to hear that this book is a fresh take on an old idea is heartening. Hopefully I'll enjoy it!

  2. Julia

    Biblio – You'll definitely see familiar notes (magical legacy, handsome dude, evil villains, teenage angst), but I loved how McClellan approached things. I really think the amount of time McClellan devoted to each transition is what made this one stand out for me. Every time the story seemed like it was slipping into the familiar Paranormal YA rut she's explore the space so thoroughly that I'd find something new… Hope you like it, be sure to pop back (or find me on Goodreads) and let me know how it turns out.

  3. Abigail

    Sounds really interesting. Love it when authors reinvent something that feels too familiar (magical boarding school).

  4. Julia

    I couldn't give too many details without wandering into spoiler country, but it definitely comes up in this book and I enjoyed how McClellan handled it. FRACTURED TRUTH looks like it will be the true test of how the series deals with that trope… and I'm really looking forward to it.