Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tour Stop: Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Fractured Soul, book two in the Fractured Light Series, by Rachel McClellan.  The tour is hosted by AToMR Tours.  My stop today features a review and there is also a tour-wide giveaway going on, which you can enter below.  Please be sure to check out all the other great stops on the tour also.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Fractured Soul
(Fractured Light #2)
by Rachel McClellan
Published February 12, 2013
by Cedar Fort

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!

My Thoughts:   Fractured Soul picks up where Fractured Light leaves off.  Llona and May have arrived at Lucent Academy, the school for Auras and Furies, where they will begin their training.  The recent battle with the Vyken who killed Llona's mother is still fresh in her mind, and the bite she received when she fought him still seems fresh on her neck, though she still hasn't told anyone about it.  Upon arrival at the academy, they are shown to their rooms.  Llona says her room smells like blood, but no one else can smell it, which is very strange.  That night, as Llona looks out her window, she finds herself drawn to the darkness, and she doesn't understand why.  She sneaks outside of the wall surrounding the academy into the forest, where she runs into Jackson, one of the Guardians.  They also run into a Vyken, which she ends up killing, and much to her surprise, Christian, her guardian and boyfriend, shows up, who was supposed to have been assigned elsewhere.  

Llona gradually finds the darkness, the anger, and the desire to kill growing stronger within her, and she doesn't understand it, that is until she meets Liam, who has also been bitten by a Vyken.  Liam helps her understand what she must do to overcome the darkness.  She subsequently finds the diary of the girl who occupied the room she is staying in at the Academy, which provides answers, and even more questions to regarding what is going on.  Meanwhile, she is trying to keep her relationship with Christian on the down low, which is hard.  She is also fearful for his life, and what he will think of her if he finds out what she really is.  As the story progresses, the conspiracy grows, and they soon discover that what is going on is so much bigger than just the school.  As the mystery unravels further, Llona and her friends are shocked to discover the key players that are involved in the conspiracy.  The story culminates in an epic battle between good and evil, and Llona must learn to fight with her light for good, or risk losing herself to the darkness forever.  

This was an action-packed second installment in the Fractured Light Series, and kept my attention from beginning to end.  I really came to love Llona in book one, and even more so in book two.  She is quite the heroine.  She fights many tough battles both within herself and with the Vyken, the greatest battle of all being with the grief and darkness that threatens to overwhelm her after the loss of a loved one.  Llona learns more about the truth surrounding her mother, her family, and her past, and also must find the strength to face an uncertain future.  I loved Christian also and was so glad to see him back in this installment.  The romance between Christian and Llona was sweet and romantic. We also get to see May again, who is growing and learning more about her Fury powers, and we are introduced to some new characters as well.  Tessa is a Lizen, who becomes a good friend to Llona and May, as does Kiera.  Then there is Jackson, a Guardian, who is not what he seems, and Cyrus, who is supposed to be over all the Lucent Academies, but is he on the up and up?  

Fractured Soul is filled with mystery, intrigue, conspiracy, romance, some epic battles, and then there is the paranormal element that Rachel McClellan has created, which is both fresh and creative.  I found the story both entertaining and thrilling, experiencing both joy and sorrow with Llona.  This is a great paranormal series that I have thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend.  I am really looking forward to reading Fractured Truth, the third book in the series.   

Purchase Links:
Fractured Soul - Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble
Fractured Light - Amazon  | Barnes and Noble

Fractured Light
by Rachel McClellan
Published:  February 8, 2012
by Sweetwater Books
I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.

See My Review of Fractured Light here

Author Information:
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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  1. I haven't read the second book but I just recently read the first and enjoyed it. I am glad you liked the second one as well!

    1. It is really good. I am glad you enjoyed the first book.

  2. What gorgeous covers! This series really does seem to be great paranormal reads. Thanks for sharing !

    1. It is a great paranormal series with kind of a thriller feel to it also.

  3. Wonderful review. I have this one, but I didn't realize it was the second book, must find the first one now. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  4. I really like the covers of these books, they are great! I'm a bit burnt out on this genre, but sometimes they work for me and I love them. I maybe have to consider giving these a try!

    1. It is a good series. I hope you enjoy it when you get the time for it.


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