Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway!

Fractured Soul
(Fractured Light, #2)
by Rachel McClellan
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Published by: Cedar Fort
Formats Available: eBook, Hardcover ~335 pages

Book Blurb:
Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat.

This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

***Warning - If you have not read the first book in the series, Fractured Light, then you should not read this review as it has some major spoilers from book one!!***

Llona and May are now at Lucent Academy, a school for Auras and the few Furies left. Despite her previous adamant refusals to attend, she realized there was so much that she didn't know about herself and her powers as an Aura. But Lucent isn't what she expected. Lucent only teaches Auras how to stay safe and hide from the world. They believe that all Auras are equal and there should be no competition or anything that could lead to hurt feelings. (The P.E. class scenes were ridiculous!)  They also believe that they are never to defend themselves, that a guardian should fight for them. So now Llona has to attend a school with pampered princesses who instantly dislike her and she flaunts the rules at every turn. She desperately needs to get away so she climbs out of her window and runs through the woods surrounding the school where she finds more trouble...and Christian who was supposed to be in Oregon.

Then there is the fact that she killed the Vyken who murdered her mother with her light (and got bit during the fight), but she doesn't understand why it is such a big deal to the council. Or why their history books only go back to the 1930's. And there are more things that Llona doesn't understand: why is she drawn to the darkness, why does she crave violence, and why is her temper and anger so flammable? She can't go to her aunt Sophie who has made it clear that she is just like her mother and will end up dead. (I really disliked Sophie!) After another run throughout the woods she meets Liam, who was also bitten by a Vyken, and helps her learn to suppress the darkness and learn what she has become. Then she learns that the council has been infiltrated and that there are things happening that will bring about a huge battle, one that in order to win, she will need more help than  she knows.

After reading the first book Fractured Light, I was intrigued. This was a new concept, was exciting and captivating. I knew I wanted to read the second book to see where it was going to go, but I had no idea that I would love Fractured Soul so much more than the first book. I don't use this word very much, but the ending was epic. I love Llona's character. She is spunky and courageous - if not a tad impulsive - and is very relatable. She has been through so much with loosing both her parents and friends and when she finally has something solid, she fights with everything she has to not let it go. I like that all the characters are fully formed and not just wallpaper. The romance is sweet and agonizing and I really liked Christian and Llona's chemistry. Thankfully, there is not a love triangle and between the two books the relationship blossoms, but is not the main focus.

Rachel McClellan's writing is engaging and she was able to pull you into Llona's world seamlessly. She is able to draw out emotion and make you feel everything Llona feels. I do wish though that the various types of beings were more elaborated upon, I really like the various species that are introduced; they are not the typical fantasy/paranormal/supernatural creatures. There is so much going on in Fractured Soul and I was never bored. The plot builds up at a steady speed and there is something happening at every juncture. I was so engrossed in the story that I had to know what was going to happen and read until I could no longer keep my eyes open. Book three needs to be out tomorrow!
5 Brightly Lit Candles for Fractured Soul!

FTC Advisory: I was given an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review as part of a blog tour. No backroom deals or whispered promises were made.

Check the first book in the series: Fractured Light
Fractured Light (Fractured Light, #1)

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel's love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was...

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