Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Review: Shattered Blue (The Light Trilogy #1) by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Shattered Blue 
(The Light Trilogy #1) 
Lauren Bird Horowitz
Published September 15th 2015 
by Skyscape 
ARC for Review 

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?

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Something Bigger Remains Hidden
This was an okay read for me nothing that I regret reading but also not something that I had a good connection with either. I’m coming off of a five star hangover so hopefully that doesn’t have anything to do with my opinion. I will say there were portions that had poetry and this was by far my favorite aspect of this read. Shattered Blue was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading but I did not lose any sleep. There is somewhat of a love triangle but its really different than anything I’ve ever read. This book is broken down into three parts. Our lead girl and the two major love interests unfortunately I felt as though the flow was a bit choppy almost pieced together? Does that even make sense? There is buckets and buckets of potential so I’m going to keep an eye out on the next installment and hopefully the flow improves and the characters show major development.

The Story,
so its about banished Fae and a girl. Noa is your above average with grades average and slightly below average with everything else in an elite school. Noa finds Callum and there is a strong pull between these two. Callum goes as far as making a very important personal sacrifice for her. Though the beginning was a bit slow I enjoyed these two falling in love. Once the story starts to pick up it gets much more twisted and complicated. I’m jumping back with the whole it felt kind of choppy. One minute there was a raging fire and the next it would be time to tuck Noa’s kid sister to bed. Suddenly Judah shows up and he and Noa get thrown together. Ahem what about Callum? A lot of things happen pretty quickly after that but like I said it wasn’t smooth. One sec the characters are screaming whilst madness ensues and the next they are riding a cab to sneak back home. There is something incredibly devastating taking place through the other side of the portal and all the Fae are preparing for the worst.

The Characters,
I really enjoyed Noa and Callum falling in love I thought it was very sweet. Unfortunately their romance is short lived and rather than trusting Noa Callum goes behind her back to protect her however what he really does is set off a chain of events that will forever change everyone. Introducing Judah was tricky because Callum really felt like the one, however by the end the reader learns there is WAY MORE to this story than what meets the eye. This is why I’m pretty curious about what comes next. Noa’s sister who passed away was present throughout the entire book but she isn’t explained. I imagine we will find out more soon enough.

The End,
talk about secrets…wow get ready for a pretty awesome twist that once revealed makes everything just click into place. There is a pretty serious cliffhanger at the end. I’m not sure if the author is going to pursue the same angle of writing or not I just hope the flow is smoother. As I mentioned before this was an okay read for me. I’m not here to pick apart all the nuances but hopefully by the next it will be different.

My Rating
2.5 School, Funeral, Club, BFF, Boyfriend, Float, Fire, Wipe, Brother, Hunter, Ring, Portal, Tether, Light, Soul, Cab Rides Galore, Its way to hard to pick a side…especially the liar liar pants on fire side.

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About the Author
Lauren – or ‘Bird’ as she is often known – is a screenwriter and novelist lucky enough to call both Los Angeles and Kauai home. Bird also counts herself lucky that writing exists as a profession—how else could she share the crazy, fantastic worlds in her head? Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.


  1. Damn, that's a lot of hair on the cover. Well, it sounds like the 2nd book has potential with the way this one ended. Hopefully it'll pull through.

    1. ARG yea I wanted to love this one but we'll have to see when the next comes out :)

  2. A shame that you weren't able to connect to this one Ria. The romance sounds good, but I like to be kept entertained from start to finish. Nice review.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    1. There were bunches of great elements it just felt like parts of the story were missing...arg
      Thanks luv!!

  3. It's too bad you didn't like it more. I love the cover and would consider it but I don't have time for just okay.

    1. I know how you feel! Hopefully the next is better!

    2. I know how you feel! Hopefully the next is better!


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