(Fractured Light, #1)
by Rachel McClellan
Released |February 8th 2012 by Sweetwater Books|
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.I have to say, I did not know what to expect going into this book. It was unexpected amazing read! Ratings: 4.5 stars :) This was a quick, and exciting read that left me really anxious for the next book in the series.
I really liked the characters in this book. Llona was a really exciting leading female. When I first started reading this book, I wondered what elements she would bring to the story. She really surprised me as the book progressed and I really started liking her more and more. I love the fact that she can manipulate light! That was so exciting :) The whole story of the Auras and Vykens were really amazing!
When Chris came into the pictured I liked him from the start. Even though he had a secretive demeanor, I really thought he was a fantastic character! I really hope more would have developed between Chris and Llona because their chemistry was off the charts!
This book was fast paced, with tons of action going on that left you wanting more. Once the story started going, I couldn't put it down. It was a definite page turner.
The only bad thing I have to say about the book is that I guess who the Vyken was which was really disappointing. I really like when I'm steal clueless about the villain in the end of a book. It was still exciting to see how it all unfolded, but still...Oh, I really like May too :) I can't wait to see how things turn out for her.
That ending left a huge cliff hanger and I can't wait to find out to what happens in the next installment.
A wonderful read and I recommend this book those who love these kinds of stories :) If the book interest you, pick it up! I am really glad to be a part of the blog tour for this book!
1. Where is the current place you reside and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I recently moved to Rhode Island and I love how centrally located it is to all things cool: the ocean, NYC, Boston, Salem, MA.
I am married with four young children. Together we go on many adventures (okay, I’ll admit it—I ditch them a lot, too.) I love writing, but it wouldn’t be what it is without the adventures I’ve gone on. They are essential to making my writing stronger. Without the adventures, my writing would probably read more like a boring biography of a lone frog stuck on a lilly pad his whole life.
Some adventures I’ve been on: skydiving, getting detained by military police (it wasn’t because of something I did, I promise), leaned over the Cliffs of Moor in Ireland, walked the flooded streets of Venice, Italy, and many, many more!
2. Is Fractured Light your first complete book you have written and how long did it take to write it?
Before Fractured Light I completed two novels that may one day be published after some major editing-love. They were excellent practice, giving me the technical know-how to complete Fractured Light. Other novels I’ve written include the sequel to Fractured Light, Fractured Soul, and Confessions of a Cereal Mother, a humorous memoire. Both books will be released next year. Each novel I write takes about six months to write.
3. Do you take any part in creating your book covers?
My publisher has artists they contract with for any book design projects. Periodically, they’ll send me images of the cover, asking for input, which I really appreciate. I’m lucky my publisher has such amazingly talented artists.
4. If you found out today that you could manipulate and use light, what would be your reaction?
I would drive to the fabric store, buy some black shiny leather, discreetly hire a seamstress to sew me a sweet, and hopefully, flattering costume, then become a bad-A vigilante.
5. Which do you prefer: Stand Alone or Series when it comes to books?
I love reading series, but I haven’t made up my mind yet on if I like writing them. It’s fun to hang out with my characters into sequels, but too often another character, unrelated to my current project, appears and demands to be heard. Sometimes it can be hard to shut him up long enough to complete a series.
6. Do you have any advice for writers out there who want to become authors?
Good writers are ones who learn all they can by reading books on writing, joining critique groups, attending conferences, studying other author books, and who write something, even if it’s a sentence (because a sentence always turns into more) every single day. Writing is a passion. Be prepared to devoting your mind and soul to it. And learn to laugh in discouragement’s face.
7. Do you have any websites? (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, etc.)
Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/rachel.mcclellan.33
Author Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorRachelMcClellan
I have a great blog where I talk about writing and occasionally my life at http://blackbirdinmywindow.blogspot.com/
There will also be a big giveaway on Dark Mind Blog Tour Site, throughout the whole tour. The items up for grabs are a surprise, so you'll have to follow the tour to find out :P This is international, and you're all welcome to join! Link: http://darkmindbooktours.blogspot.com/