Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Light Tamer by Devyn Dawson

Title:  The Light Tamer
Author:  Devyn Dawson
Source: E-Arc Provided by Author
Publication Date:  April 24, 2012
Rating:  5/5 Stars

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Description:  Jessie moved from New York to North Carolina one week after school let out for summer break. Her newly single mother and Jessie move in with Grandma Gayle. Being a teen in a retirement area is one more thing to add to her 'this sucks' list. It's bad enough to have to move, but even worse her alcoholic father left them as he went on a quest to be an artist in Greece.

Things begin to look up when she is reintroduced to Caleb, the dorky boy that saved her life one summer at the beach. Caleb is no longer scrawny and nerdy; he is now tall, dark and handsome. Caleb is a Light Tamer.

Jessie and Amber become fast friends. Amber is a no frills girl, her snarky comments and sassy attitude will raise a few eyebrows and have you laughing out loud. Amber is rough around the edges, a light tamer with only two years left to find the one she is bound to. Her father's surfing accident left her dad paralyzed and her brother dead.

This paranormal romance will keep you on the edge of your seat with humor, romance, and determination. Fall head over heels for Caleb and Jessie.

My Thoughts:  Jessie Lucente and her mother have has just moved to North Carolina to live with her grandmother after Jessie’s parents split up.  Jessie thinks there could be nothing worse until Ms. Gayle, her really hip grandmother, introduces her to Caleb.  She remembers Caleb as the dorky young boy that she used to go to the beach with when she was a kid, only Caleb is now this super hot hunky guy, and Jessie finds things in North Carolina are starting look up.  When Caleb touches her hand she feels a shock of electricity, with warmth and tingling.  She thinks this is strange, and doesn’t quite understand why all she can think about is wanting him to touch her again.  They end up making plans to go out and things get even weirder when it seems that Caleb knows things she is thinking, which freaks her out, especially when he tells her he wants to talk to her about the reason she wants him to touch her all the time.  Jessie proceeds into “freak out” mode, because, who wants a guy to know what you’re thinking. 

Caleb takes Jessie to the beach, the same beach where he once saved her from a near drowning incident when they were younger, and ends up explaining to her that he is a Light Tamer.  Not only is he a Light Tamer, Jessie is a Light Tamer also, and on top of that they are bonded, or soul mates.    

Caleb introduces Jessie to Amber, who is a bit eccentric and very snarky.  Amber is also a Light Tamer, and Caleb and Amber teach Jessie what they can about Light Tamers.  She also learns that there are Dark Ones, who want to steal their light and abilities. Jessie later finds out that she is special, from the original line that goes all the way back to Artemis, daughter of Zeus, giver of light and healer, and that her gift of light comes directly from her.  Then to top it off, as Fate would have it, she also finds out that Erebus, son of Chaos and the leader of the Dark Ones, has escaped the underworld and he wants her and her abilities.  As destiny and Fate would have it, she has two weeks to resolve things or face losing everything. 

I absolutely loved this book.  I was completed hooked from the beginning.  I absolutely loved Jessie.  She is funny, and the inner dialogue she has going on in her head is hilarious.  Even more hilarious is the fact that Caleb knows what she is thinking most of the time.  Jessie is young, but she is also a very strong person, and accepts her destiny and what she needs to do with much more maturity that her age.  Caleb, oh what can I say, swoon, swoon, and swoon some more.  I think maybe the name Caleb needs to be synonymous with swoon.  He is hot, he is sweet, strong, loves Jessie unconditionally, and would do anything for her.  Amber is also hilarious, and between Jessie’s inner rants and Amber's outer ones, the comic element was amazing.  That combined with the action, the paranormal aspect, the romance, throw in some mythology, fate, and an evil bad guy, and you have one of the best books I have read lately.  Devyn Dawson has done a superb job writing the Light Tamer and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves YA books. 

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  1. I never heard about this book but now I need to read it! Thank you for sharing and I hope to enjoy it too. It's next on the list of books to buy. It's endless! ;)

  2. Thank you for stopping by. I know what you mean about those endless lists of books you want to buy - so many good ones out there :).

  3. Thank you for the wonderful review! I love you site - very bright and inviting. My TBR list is endless too! My next YA book to read will be Before I Fall - by Lauren Oliver. I read her Delirium books and love her style!

    The next book in the Light Tamer Trilogy should be out late summer.

    Thank you again! XOXO Devyn

  4. Goodness gracious, this book sounds REALLY good! Thanks for review it--I'll have to add it to my TBR list immediately!

    And thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. OMG This seems fabulous!! Great review and thanks so much for sharing!! I added it to my TBR list. I'm a new follower and just wanted to drop by and say hi :)

    Feel free to check out my blog & follow too!!

    -Riya (The Teen Book Guru)


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