*I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Title: Shattered Blue
Author: Lauren Bird Horowitz
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
Shattered Blue is the first book in The Light Trilogy by Lauren Bird Horowitz. It’s been a while since I’ve great a good story about fae and Horowitz’s novel was light, action-packed, and easy to ready. The story drew me in from the very beginning with a terrible tragedy that’s left Noe and her family reeling. Now, they are just trying to get their lives back on track. Noe’s life changes when a new boy shows up in her classes, keeping his distance, but inexplicably drawing her in.
Noa comes to learn of the existence of Fae. Their world exists outside of the human realm. In the human world the Fae can only exist by drawing power from humans. The portal between worlds requires a sacrifice to remain open. The Faes’ presence in the human world is a deadly and life-threatening scenario. Noa has already lost so much, but now she stands to lose even more. As people begin to disappear and strange events begin to take place, the characters must search for a way to right the balance.
I really liked Noa as a character. She’s puts her family first and she’s quick to act to protect the ones she loves. She’s a bit wishy-washy in the love department, her feelings not securely fixed on one boy. But she’s a genuine characters who looks out for the best interests of others. I love her relationship with her little sister. She cares for the toddler in a compassionate and self-less way, knowing that her sister trusts her completely.
If you’re looking for a new YA series full of faeries and magic, I’d definitely recommend this one. Horowitz’s world is thrilling and expansive. There is so much more to explore in future books. I can’t wait to see what comes next!