Review: 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?
Publishes in US: September 15th 2015 by Skyscape
Genre: ya fantasy
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free
Series? The Light Trilogy #1
Untitled (The Light Trilogy #2) and #3 unknown publication dates
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I wanted to read Shattered Blue because it sounds like an emotional story and I also like the sound of the forbidden romance. He sounds like a good guy but being able to steal Light makes a romantic relationship complicated.
Noa's sister died, they were very close, and it has completely changed most everything about her life. Instead of living at the boarding school and sharing a room with Isla, the sister, she now commutes and lives at home. Her mom has always been absent emotionally and even though she lives there, Noa is more of a caretaker to her than anything. She also does a lot of taking care of her younger sister Sasha.
I knew I would be getting the forbidden romance from the start, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed. It was an instant attraction, and they were in pretty deep from the start. But his touch I think did have something to do with it, making their touches literally electric.
The depth of the backstory was well done. We got pieces of the story slowly and they felt natural, not at all like info dumps. The action brought new characters in, each one bringing something new to the story. Noa's family is dysfunctional, but I loved the bond between her and her little sister Sasha. I liked seeing her dad try even though its not perfect, as well as the involvement of Noa's aunt. Her mom did come out of her shell some due in part to Noa's sacrifice to her mom, and I was glad that it brought her some peace, but also that she realized the truth.
Callum brought his own Fae and family history into it, and we unexpectedly get to know some of his family. His character was well done for me, him fighting his nature because he really likes Noa, and denying himself even though he made a jerk of himself at a few points, he really was trying to stay away.
The ending was pretty surprising, and I can't wait to see how the mistakes will be undone, and what will happen with the raging feelings in this one.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Could you face banishment for a sibling?