Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review for Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

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?

publication: September 15th 2015 by Skyscape

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I've never heard of this author before, but the description sounded good, so I took a chance on it. It was a very good decision. The book was all sorts of awesome!

Shattered Blue starts out with the narration of Noa, the female heroine in this story. Right away, I knew this author was talented. Noa was a writer and a poet. She had a way with words, and the complexity of her character was portrayed through her point of view. Everything about this author's writing for this POV, was told eloquently, as if through a writer/poets eyes. She was spot on.  

Even the flow of this book was surprisingly well thought out. There are three parts to Shattered Blue: Noa, Callum, Judah. The first point was told from Noa's point of view. Then, in part two, the narrative splits to Noa's and Callum's  points of view. From there, it builds. Judah's voice is added in part three. The setup of the way the story was told had been brilliant. 

The only pitfall about the  point of view, is that the author added narrative from characters sporadically, such as Miles, Olivia, Thorn, etc. I really would have liked to see the author stick to the characters she had so masterfully built up in the three parts of the book.

The story didn't lag at any point, and I was glued to the pages until the final one. Yes, there is a love triangle, but it was done in such a way, that it sneaks up on you. I really enjoy a good love triangle, myself. They keep the story interesting.  

There were so many twists and turns in the plot, I thought they all moved the story along at a steady pace. I didn't see many of them coming at all.

The ending, oh the ending. It is a cliffhanger. Friends, family, and the guys are all blended into those final moments. Now, I'm waiting for the next book, and this one hasn't even been released yet! 

This author has now become one of my top ones to watch. I couldn't really find fault with this book, so it gets five glittery stars for being a phenomenal read.

P.S. (When I read about the author in the back of the book, I realized why the story was so brilliantly written. She studied writing at Harvard and mentored with a famous author. She already has several awards under her belt, and is part of the Writer's Guild. In other words, talented as well as educated in the art of crafting stories.)


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