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A Fractured Light – Jocelyn Davies

A Fractured Light coverA Fractured Light
By Jocelyn Davies
A Beautiful Dark – Book 2

There are spoilers in this description and review! Have you read the first book in this series? I also wrote a review of A Beautiful Dark.

Description:
When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It’s not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she’ll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she’s capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can’t forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.

This Blonde’s Review:
If you’ve read the first book in this series then you’re already familiar with Skye’s story and you know what happened between her and the boys that both claimed to love her. She could have joined the Order or the Rebellion, but has trouble doing either. When the two sides are heading for war she knows she needs to choose, but she still has trouble doing so.

While she recovered from the injuries she sustained at the end of the first book Skye found herself in a secluded cabin. The things she learns there open her eyes to many things. There are also more questions she doesn’t know the answer to. When she goes home things have changed. This is something she clearly should have expected, but the changes in her friends made it seem like she’d been gone longer.

With everyone treating her differently without her secret even being out yet, she has to do her best to understand where they’re coming from. She can’t tell them everything with consequences so she can only hope for the best. The sudden influx of the Order and Rebellion in her school make everything even more complicated, since she can’t seem to escape the one being she wishes she’d never have to see again.

Watching Skye this time was a little easier than in the first book, since in this one she isn’t as invovld in a love triangle. She’s still being torn by Asher’s desire for her to join the Rebellion and her inability to commit herself to their cause, but at least this time it’s less about her choosing a boy than about her figuring out what’s in her heart.

When Raven shows up on scene and starts shaking the fragile peace she’s managed to build for herself she knows it can’t get better. When Raven pushes a situation far enough that choices have to be made they’ll all be surprised with the choices of some of our characters. I’m always looking for the twist so I wasn’t entirely shocked by what happened, but it was still a good surprise.

Skye is a much more enjoyable character in this book and I have to wonder how her perceptions of the other characters, including the boys, will change with the choices that are made and the secrets that come out in this one. Luckily for Skye she is surrounded by some fantastic friends who are there for her even in the light of unbelievable things.

If you enjoyed he first book you’re going to want to get your hands on this one. If a battle between two factions of angels with a girl with the powers of both caught in between sounds like your type of book then get your hands on the first book in this series so you’re be ready when this one comes out in October.

 

The Hunt – Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt coverThe Hunt
By Andrew Fukuda
The Hunt – Book One
Available May 2012

Description:
Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

This Blonde’s Review:
People aren’t humans. People are the ones who eat humans, who can’t stand the light, who crave blood. Humans are not the intelligent and dominant species on the planet. People are. Humans are a delicacy.

Gene grew up knowing his life would end if anyone ever found out he was human. Instead he pretended to be one of them. He lost his mother and sister when he was young and his father later. All he can do is continue trying to survive.

Against the odds he’s chosen to attend a human hunt and he has no choice but to act as though he wants it. Surrounded by people who want nothing more than to devour any human they can reach and the girl he’s drawn to against his will, he has to try not to be found out. He has to figure out how to survive until the hunt and what he’ll do once the hunt starts.

This book was fascinating. Clearly this is a vampire book, but never once are they referred to as vampires. The people in this book have many misconceptions about humans, making it easier for humans to survive among them if they don’t screw up.

Gene is doing what it takes to survive. When you hide who and what you are for too long you learn to hate it. It’s strange but somehow expected that Gene wouldn’t understand what it’s like to be human. He has spent so much time with people that he doesn’t know what it means to be human or seem to understand that other humans would be similar to him. When he meets the humans he’s supposed to hunt or sacrifice to save himself, he’ll learn more than he expected.

Learning how to be human and have feelings in the midst of a pack of hunters isn’t the safest thing for Gene, but it might be his only hope.

I really enjoyed this one. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it as I watched where it seemed to be heading. There were several parts I thought would be the end but weren’t. I was actually surprised to find out that this book is part of a series. I was unaware of that going into the book, but the ending was the kind of cliffhanger that made it clear there was another book to follow. I’m eager to see where the author is going to take it, since he set this world up in such a way that it seems impossible for them to have a happy ending. Clearly we’re hoping it’s possible for them somehow.

If you enjoy the idea of a world where humans aren’t the top of the food chain and a human boy is struggling to survive since giving up isn’t an option, then you’ll want to read Gene’s story.

 

Of Poseidon – Anna Banks

Of Poseidon coverOf Poseidon
By Anna Banks
Of Poseidon – Book One
Available May 2012

Description:
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .

This Blonde’s Review:
When Emma runs into Galen when on vacation with her best friend we think we know exactly where this is going. Clumsy girl and extremely hot guy, instant attraction. Fiesty best friend there to push the shy main character to go after the guy. And in some ways, we’re right. In others, Anna Banks throws us for a loop.

Meeting Emma is eye opening for Galen, since he never expected to sense someone like her on land. She doesn’t look like the Syrena and she doesn’t act like them either. Since Syrena can’t sense each other on land, being able to sense her shocks Galen. He is drawn to her even while he doesn’t want to believe what his senses are telling him. When Galen sees proof that she is Syrena and has the gift of Poseidon he knows he can’t ignore Emma’s existence.

In a move that is only possible with the help of humans and lots of ready cash, Galen follows her home and starts attending the same classes she does. Luckily for us Emma doesn’t want to fall into Galen’s arms the way the rest of the girls in school do. When she finds out he isn’t human and that she isn’t as normal as she thought, Emma still wants to stand on her own without him.

Galen isn’t willing to admit what he feels for Emma since he knows her abilities make her destined for someone else. All they can do is hope to find an answer before anyone else finds out about her.

I enjoyed Emma. I love that even though Galen is supposed to be the hottest of the hot she still won’t fall all over him. She won’t listen to his demands or back down from him. Galen is such a foolish boy I can’t help but love him and want to smack him. He’s used to keeping his own counsel and doesn’t tell his sister, his best friend, or Emma any of the information that could be useful to them.

I loved the secondary characters in this one too. The temperamental sister, the lovable best friend, the caring but stubborn mother, and the rest. They all showcase different elements of our main characters and can guide them in unique ways. Each character had distinct impacts on the storyline and weren’t pointless additions to the story. Often I forget several of the characters because they seem to have little to no use in the story except to say that the main character had a friend/sister/etc. That isn’t the case here.

I have so many other comments I wanted to make about this story, but most of them pertain to information I don’t want to spoil for you. There were a few things that were obvious to me from the beginning, but it may not be obvious to everyone since the author wasn’t in our faces with the information. The twist doesn’t come out of no where so readers who don’t see few details coming from early in the story will find it easy to look back and recognize the signs.

I really look forward to reading the next book in this series. I would love to see more development of the world Anna Banks is creating, it’s a fascinating one. I also can’t wait to see where Emma will end up. Will she be on land or with the Syrena? With Galen, someone else, or alone? And I can’t wait to find out what happens with the last part of the book. It could go so many directions that I wish I had the second book right in front of me to find out.

If books about Mermaids and a girl who finds out she’s a mermaid with above average powers, then you’ll want to know Emma and the world of the Syrena. The cover didn’t appeal to me, but this is a case of don’t judge a book by the cover.

 

The Calling – Kelley Armstrong

The Calling coverThe Calling
By Kelley Armstrong
Darkness Rising – Book Two
Available Now

This description does contain spoilers.

Description:
Maya and her friends–all of whom have supernatural powers–have been kidnapped after fleeing from a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set, and after a terrifying helicopter crash they find themselves pursued by evildoers in the Vancouver Island wilderness.

This Blonde’s Review:
In the first book we’re introduced to Maya, Daniel, Rafe, and the other teens. In book two we are dropped into the middle of the action from the first book. This is a book you will be too lost to read if you haven’t read the first book. If you have you’ll want a refresher or a good memory.

After the forest fire forces the group of teens to flee they find their helicopter crash landing miles from civilization. Maya leads her friends through the forest in search of safety. It can’t be too easy for them, since they’re also trying to avoid the strange men who are after them.

Maya knows about her abilities, even if she hasn’t fully accepted them. She’s still miles ahead of her friends, including Daniel, who don’t know about the powers they have. As they travel through the wilderness together they will learn to rely on the powers they didn’t know they had. They have to trust each other to survive.

Maya was a character I enjoyed getting to know in the first book and I enjoyed getting back into her story. In book one we were able to see her close friendship to Daniel and wonder if their relationship was one that could move to the next level. In this book we get a stronger image of the type of friendship they have. He’s been portrayed as the strong, moral, supportive friend and he doesn’t disappoint in this book either. He’s one we can love and want great things for.

The Calling felt like a middle book in the series. It gave us more information about our characters and gave us many more questions we’d want the answers to. We’ve been set up to want the third book right away so we can get those answers and get to the real action Right Now.

If reading a book set in the modern day world filled with teens who aren’t as average as they believe sounds interesting you’ll like the characters you find in The Calling. If watching what they’ll do to survive and make their way home despite the odds against them sounds like your idea of a good book then you should pick this one up today.