[Review] Shattered Blue

Friday, August 21, 2015

Title: Shattered Blue

Series: The Light Trilogy #1

Author: Lauren Bird Horowitz

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publishing: September 15, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?
Final thought upon ending: Wow.  

Shattered Blue is a wonderful and mild fantasy story about Noa, a sixteen-year-old who lost her older sister, now living with a wounded family. The only light in her life is her younger sister, Sasha. Now, don't think too negative about my usage of "mild fantasy," as I say it in a way that means it balances between fantasy and "normal world" aka reality. DON'T QUESTION ME, IT MAKES SENSE IN MY HEAD. If done right, like in this story, you get the perfect amount of fantasy-action (shut your mouth), and the perfect amount of downtime to process and slow down from the rush. 

Everything about this book seemed natural and flowed well. The characters were well defined, as well -- their character development fantastically executed. You could literally see the change the characters go through during the length of the story. I found myself falling in love with Judah. God, and I feel his development shined over the others. He's my favorite. He's mine. 

AND THAT TWIST. The author does an astounding job with the twist that happens in the story. I guarantee you won't see it coming. I'm usually pretty good at predicting outcomes, and this never crossed my mind. Kudos to the author. 

In short, this book blew my mind away. It wasn't too fast paced where there was a lot of things missing, nor was it too slow paced where things seemed to drag -- it was absolutely perfect. The surprise twist threw me off and made my jaw drop as I exclaimed "No!" at the page, the characters were well developed, and the story itself was solid. The dialogue was believable and everything was just... as I already stated, natural. I would most certainly tell you guys to buy it! Do it. 

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