Shattered Blue

Shattered Blue

By:  Lauren Bird Horowitz
Published:  2015
# of pages:  336
Series:  The Light Trilogy (#1)
Challenges:  Full House (fantasy)


Goodreads description: 

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?

My opinion:  This book started out with some moments of deja vu.  I was taken right back to Twilight when Bella and Edward meet in a high school.  The male character, Callum, acts almost identically to Edward by seeming drawn to the female character (Noa) but also trying to initially avoid a relationship.  I was feeling a little disappointed at the similarity to the Twilight series and the teenage high school angst, but thankfully Shattered Blue picks up the pace and changes course just enough that I enjoyed the reading experience.  I’m actually surprised this book isn’t more popular.

The story is about Noa, a 16 year old high school student who isn’t new to her school, but is new to being a commuter student instead of a boarding student due to a family tragedy.  Noa feels lost as she returns to school after the tragedy and the only thing holding her together is her little sister Sasha.  However, she meets Callum and her life drastically changes.

Callum is from the Fae realm and has been banished to the humans’ realm.  The world he comes from is complicated and Callum also feels lost as he navigates a new world with new rules in addition to dealing with his own family’s tragedy.  Soon, Noa discovers that Callum isn’t the only Fae in town and their lives are further complicated as they face danger on several fronts.  Nothing is simple and Noa finds her confidence crumbling yet again as she works to discover the truth and save the lives of her friends and family.

I was impressed with the writing style and the poetic descriptions that felt natural instead of forced or out of place.  Sure, there are things I took issue with (Like seriously, why would you send kids to boarding school when you live within commuting distance!? If Noa’s family was that rich you’d think it would come up, but we are supposed to think that’s normal apparently.  End rant.)  The book is definitely geared towards young adults, but even adult fans of YA fantasy will enjoy this story.

Why I gave this book 4/5 stars:  Fun book with interesting story lines and characters, a little immature at times and some characters were slightly annoying.


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