Review: ‘Shattered Blue’ by Lauren Bird Horowitz

25953603For 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?

[From Goodreads]

Book details

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Light Trilogy, #1

Publisher: Skyskape

ISBN: 9781503949973

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Review

I received an advance reading copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion on the novel or its author. {Previously reviewed on my old blog.}

The first few pages of this book were like finding the rabbit hole that leads to Wonderland – tremendously exciting. I was so blinded by anticipation of what I might find at the end that I didn’t stop to check that my expectations were realistic. I dove straight in.

Then, just like falling through the White Rabbit’s massive dark hole, it began a downwards spiral. Not in a good way. The fall was long and boring – until big things, like chairs and tables, started randomly springing up and knocking the wind out of me as I tumbled through the air with nothing to cling to. And suddenly – BAM – I hit the bottom of the rabbit hole.

But I realised it wasn’t Wonderland. Instead, I was sitting in a dark cave with piles of broken climaxes and snapped plot twists lying all over the place. And there was a funny smell in the air. Like rot and instalove.

I can understand why so many people love this novel as much as they do. Horowitz is a lovely writer, and her talent for world-building is exceptional – I really enjoyed the way she painted a vision of Aurora, the Fae world, without ever actually having her characters take the reader there. The way she developed Colour Fae and Clear Fae was intriguing, and such a creative twist on the faery legend. I was also mesmerized for the whole of Part One, drinking in Noa’s beautiful poetry and wanting to linger in her mind forever.

But when Callum entered the scene, things seemed to fall apart.

The first issue I had was that Noa seemed to fall in love with Callum mere seconds after meeting him. They literally had that horrid clichéd moment where their eyes meet and they fall into some love-trance. Not only that, but as soon as Noa enters Callum’s presence, she immediately becomes a damsel in distress. For somebody who showed such potential as a strong, fierce superhero at the beginning of her story, she really let me down.

This wouldn’t have put me off so much, except that things only got worse as the story progressed. Significantly less plotting seemed to go into the second half of the book, and then suddenly the author tore up her entire story at the end as if even she didn’t like the explanations she’d come up with in the middle. Everything was hastily torn apart and thrown back together in a single, clumsy final chapter, only to be destroyed once again in the epilogue. I had to read the last two chapters three times before anything made sense.

I would recommend giving Shattered Blue a chance, because there really are some charming aspects to it. But if you get itchy in the presence of love triangles, shaky plot twists, instalove and weak heroines, beware.

3 stars

Rating: 3/5

Recommended to: Readers of Wings by Aprilynne Pike, and lovers of badass fairies.

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The Last Word

**Spoiler Alert**

I don’t hate love triangles. After reading The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, I’ve made my peace with them, because sometimes it can actually add to the overall feeling of tension and excitement in a novel.

But love triangles between brothers?

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That is so not okay. Firstly, if you picked the older one first but later decide you have feelings for the younger one, tough luck. I don’t care how desperately in love you are with both of them – you stick by the older one and don’t even touch the younger brother, because you will cause some massive family feud (especially if there are already some massive unsolved issues regarding unrequited love in that family), which could potentially result in the end of your world, if you’re Noa.

I don’t even want to know who she’s going to end up with. I can’t deal with that amount of stress in my life right now.

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