Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies
Release Date – September 5, 2012
Publisher Website - Harper Collins
Publisher Social Media - Twitter/Facebook/SavvyReader
Pages - 352 pages
My Rating- 3/5
**obtained from publisher via BEA for an honest review**

Here is the Goodreads synopsis

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.

Romance, family secrets and angels. A Fractured Light continues Skye's journey into the angel world. Luckily for those of us who have read A Beautiful Dark that cliff hanger ending is taken care of immediately. The romance is steamier, and secrets are revealed in this fun second novel.

The choice between Asher and Devin for Skye is not as simple as selecting the angel of her dreams. It is also making a choice between the Rebellion and the Order. The question of whether she can date one of the angels and not belong to his faction is explored. The idea of not letting your love of someone dictate the path you take is a worthy message and is handled rather well.

I like that neither Asher or Devin is the better choice. Each is keeping secrets, each may be using her to benefit their faction. The one who holds a larger part of Skye's heart is obvious, especially after this novel, but the angels quickly find themselves on much more equal playing field at the end of the novel. I enjoy triangles that are not obvious. If you are going to have one, make it seem like either choice is a valid option. Jocelyn ends this novel doing exactly that. Having said that, Asher is the more appealing choice, in my opinion. This is mainly because I find Devin too rigid.

The Order and the Rebellion are both becoming more developed and explained. We start to have a better understanding of Skye's powers and how she will factor into the battle that is already being fought around her. The immense pressure she is under is staggering and this point was expressed rather well. I enjoy Skye for the most part. She seems like a typical teenager caught in the middle of something she's not prepared for.I enjoy that her Aunt was a much more permanent fixture in her life and was behaving like an actual parental figure. She noticed things more this time around as she was actually present.

This novel's only downside, for me, was that it felt like a middle book. A lot of it is a variation on what happens in the first novel. Skye is torn between Asher and Devin, she is learning to use her powers and learning more about this dangerous world she is now apart of. The only major difference is she knows more than she did in the first novel. The pacing is a little off with a lot of the novel's action taking place in the second half. It reads like a bridge novel between the first and second, more than an extension of the story.

Secrets are revealed, and with another shocking cliffhanger Jocelyn Davies will leave you wanting the next book immediately. While I found this book very much a "bridge" novel between the first and last  in the series it was enjoyable and really picked up the pace at the end.

1 comment:

  1. Shame to hear this has the middle book syndrome. I enjoyed the first book, but I was hoping for... more this time around. Still, since I liked A Beautiful Dark enough to want to continue, I'll probably feel similarly to you on this. Except... BOO. Devin. Go away :P Like you, I find Asher much more appealing and am definitely cheering for his win.

    Very intrigued by the secrets and shocking cliffhanger you speak of. Fantastic review, Kathy!!


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