Book Review: Link (The Shadow of Light #1) by Summer Wier
(The Shadow of Light #1)
Published September 29th 2015
by REUTS Publications
ARC for Review
For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.
Or at least, it used to.
Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that's missing—her father.
Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.
If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.
Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.
Just Cross the Barrier Already
I really really really wanted to like this but I can’t honestly say I did. I thought every part of this story had holes. HEY that may just be me. I will say that I found some enjoyment in different aspects. There were several underlying themes I enjoyed. I don’t review books to criticize I review books to share the things I enjoyed about them. It is this trait that makes books go through a pretty strict approval process. I abhor negativity so all I will say is I could not connect with the characters and the main story was a bit choppy. Unfortunately unless the synopsis blows my mind I don’t think I will pick up the next.
The Story, our main girl has lived her life looking through a veil that her mother continues to perpetuate. If you have ever seen Star Dust(I have) you will realize shocking similarities. I LOVED Star Dust but it had to do with magic and realms. If we are talking about magic and the conscience can place you on another planet…cool sign me up…but if we are talking science and the sub conscience places you on an actual other planet…my brain starts arguing with itself and the only thing that registers is “does not compute” “does not compute” any who…the other planet was very interesting. I hope this isn’t too spoilery but the people on the mysterious “planet” are all tied to different planets. There is a looming danger but the explanation was minimal. I wish the author would have explored these inhabitants further and more detail were provided in the who and how.
The Characters, our main girl’s life is interrupted by something bigger. She has a life with friends and a crush. On the precipice of becoming an adult she is presented with the opportunity to save her loved ones. She has to figure out what she should do. She is also torn between 2 people though she says she's not. Her life long love at home makes her feel safe but the new charismatic person she keep running into on the other planet makes her feel things she hasn't felt before. Everyone else feels like a side character there isn't another leading person but if I absolutely had to pick someone I would say it was the professor. He isn't what he seems and he plays a crucial part in the development of the plot.
The End, certain things are revealed and our leading lady finds herself alone. Again. Though now she is armed with knowledge that she didn't have before. She is determined to protect the light and figure out what everything means. I want to know more about the professor and his parents. Something was said during the story that piqued my interest about finding out more. If I pick up the next installment I really hope the author delves more into that because it seems really interesting.
3.0 You should never go swimming in a lake in the dark, Protect what light, What does any of this even mean, I just want to go to academy and get married, Why me love filled stars!!
About the Author Summer Wier grew up spending Saturdays with a maxed out library card and her nose in a book. But as much as she loved reading, and even writing, both took the back seat when it came to career choices. With her sights set on law school, corporate greatness, and even a hankering to become the first female president, she set off to conquer the world. As life would have it, though, she didn't attend law school, nor did she become president (although, one day, your vote may be appreciated), finding her strengths, instead, in accounting and business management. After finishing her MBA, she revived her love for reading and began writing with dreams of finishing a book of her own. When Summer isn't working, reading, or writing, she's trying to keep up with two energetic girls and her husband, and dreaming of the mountains of Montana.