Being on vacation is doing really really good things to my reading count. As it is, I am writing this post a week in advance. I’ve written FOUR blogs today (which for you guys in the future is actually Tuesday Sept 8), and I don’t go back to work for another week! I am going to be sooooooo far ahead holy crap.
This would be a really great time to read something super long like Crime & Punishment…but this is vacation after all. Who wants to read Russian lit on vacation? NOT ME.
Instead, I’ll stick to things like Shattered Blue. This was a cute little YA fantasy that took absolutely no time to read at all. We are talking an hour and a half, tops.
Noa recently lost her sister in an accident, and now has to face her boarding school without her. It’s awkward, and she hates how everyone looks at her. There’s a new boy, though, who takes a fascination with her, and they bond over poetry. There’s something so different about Callum–and after a very weird incident with a tree, he tells her he is Fae. Not the cute, dusty, winged kind either…his world is a scary one, in the middle of a civil war, and his family is right in the center of it.
I have a feeling this will be a popular one among YA fans. It rings the same bells as Twilight, which, while I didn’t read that whole series, I’ve read enough to know this follows the same kind of mystical patterns. Callum reminds me a lot of Edward–that seems great on the surface, but maybe the relationship isn’t all that healthy–kind of thing going on. And then there’s his brother Judah, who is very much the tough guy, very troubled, but doesn’t turn out exactly what you expect at first. Definite love triangle here, obviously.
I really liked the concept of the story–it had some Fae themes that I’ve seen before: the Fae needing to consume light from humans in order to survive, different species of Fae fighting against each other. However, I feel like maybe this story just isn’t quite there yet. I can’t tell you exactly what is missing–I’m not sure myself what it is. Maybe the whole Isla storyline–I didn’t really understand why her ghost kept coming back, it seemed unnecessary and awkward–either do something more with it, or let her stay dead, or maybe just remove her altogether. I also didn’t see why the mother needed to “steal” Noa’s poetry to make it Isla’s, again, that whole part of the book was just strange. This is one of those books that I read where I just think it needs a bit more work before the final release. It has potential, it just hasn’t been realized yet.
NetGalley provided this ARC for an unbiased review. Releases September 15.