|Title: Fractured Light
Author: Rachel McClellan
Series: Untitled Series #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Reviewed by: Julia
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.
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.