Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Hollowitz Book Review

For 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?

My rating: 5/5

I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.

Your Sister is dead.

Those are the words Noa wakes up to everyday since the accident that took away her sister Isla's life and that broke her family in more ways than one, leaving all of them to seclude in whichever comfort they could get, Noa in her Poetry, her father in his work, her mother... well in anyway she could.

I loved Noa and her resilience, her strenght and will to move forward from a loss so great and keep on living, trying to find the beauty in life.

If Noa had been a different kind of girl, those words might have crushed her, curled her in under dark lines and letters. But every morning, Noa woke up to their sting in her cheeks, their buzz in her cheeks- and got up anyway.

The writing style is absolutely wonderful, it took my breath away more than once with its ability to capture emotions so easily and to put into words something so complex as loss and love. The family relationships were outstanding, the book captured a moment so horrible and was able to show us each perspective, all the pain and the sorrow, the regrets and joys.

Despite her tragic past, Noa enjoys her time at school thanks to her friends who support and love her through everything. But something new happens, another student appears at school, a strange boy who keeps to himself and captures Noa's attention, despite her friends wariness.

The story is told in three different perspectives and I love how the author was able to give each character a voice of their own, each of them dealing with their inner demons as this love story unfurls.

The romance, to be honest I wasn't sure how it would work considering how Callum is at risk of stealing Noa's energy through touch, but it was resolved well enough and I enjoyed their love story; it wasn't insta-love of any kind, and it made sense for this two people to meet and grow to be something more than friends.

However, the book ends on a cliffhanger and, considering how Shattered Blue hasn't been published yet, the waiting for the sequel is going to be excrusiating!

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