Thursday, January 3, 2013
Book Review: A Fractured Light
When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.
Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.
A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark's shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga.
The summary says "perfect for fans of Fallen and Hush, Hush." Well, honestly, I should've known. I despised both Fallen and Hush, Hush, so I guess it's no surprise that I didn't like A Fractured Light. Anyway, it's been nearly a year since I read A Beautiful Dark, the first in this series. I rated it three stars, but now that I think about it, it's probably closer to two. To me, this series is very meh and boring. The only good thing is that this book is a very fast read, at least for me - I read it in three hours.
Absolutely nothing happens in this book until the last ten or fifteen pages. Seriously. I kept flipping the pages and wondering when the action would come, and it never did. Skye spends all her time talking and arguing with her family and friends, worrying about what the bad guys will do, and hanging out with Asher. It was so boring. There are a couple cool scenes, like when she actually starts using her new powers, but that's all I liked. This book definitely suffers from "Middle Book Syndrome." Nothing new happened. The plot hardly progressed at all.
I really couldn't stand the characters either. Skye is so indecisive, I just wanted to shake her at times! For most of the book, she thinks she's in love with Asher, but then she thinks he's hiding things from her and manipulating her, and then Devin shows up and she thinks that he's not completely evil. She's just so wishy-washy, and it got on my nerves. I don't like Asher or Devin either; they are very bland, typical YA love interests. The only character I halfway like is Skye's friend Cassie - she's funny and sweet.
But overall, I'm just not a fan of this series. It's not as eye-bleeding as Fallen and Hush, Hush, but it's very mediocre and shallow. If my library gets the final book, I might pick it up just to see how the trilogy ends, but otherwise I'm not terribly interested in reading it. If you're looking for a really good series about angels, try the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand.
My rating: 4 out of 10 (2 stars)
~ The Bookworm