Book Review: Shattered Blue

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Title: Shattered Blue
Author: Lauren Bird Horowitz
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

 

 

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?

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Shattered Blue is a love story between two teenagers that go through heartbreak and electric excitement as well as face their physical and mental limitations. With touches of paranormal we dive into the hidden world of the Fae. The novel is divided into three parts: Noa, Callum, and Judah.

Noa is dealing with the death of her older sister, Isla, when she returns to her private school that she use to board at until Isls died, now she has to commute. She gets stares of pity and what was once her home away from home feels weird now that she doesn’t live there anymore. Things at home aren’t any better. Her father runs off to work leaving her to take care of her younger sister, Sasha. Her mother is in a catatonic state walking around the house like a zombie, because her daughter that she barely knew died before she got a chance to try to get to know her better.

Noa was completely opposite of her sister. Noa the academic, secret poet starts a downward spiral. Her studies fall as she loses interest in everything. That’s until a new kid arrives at Harlow. Callum. Callum is secretive and refuses to touch…anyone. But Noa catches a glimpse of what happens when he does touch someone. A spark. Noa seen crazier things like the ghost of her dead sister who shows up here and there.

A connection between Noa and Callum grows stronger and stronger. While Noa opens up to Callum by telling things that she wouldn’t ususally tell anyone else, Callum pushes her further away by ignoring her or bluntly telling her to go away.

It’s when Noa’s dead sister, Isla urges her to follow her instructions that Noa finds out what really is making Callum be so distant. Callum is Fae. He has been banished from Aurora, his home ‘realm’ as punishment for taking the blame something his brother did. He was sent to the earth realm, but Fae need light to possess their ‘powers’. The only way a banished Fae can get light is to steal it from humans.

Every time Callum touches a human he steals light and depending how he touches them determines how much is taken. The light humans possess is their happiness, so if he drains Noa he’ll be stealing all of her potential happy moments leaving her the empty shell instead him. The Fae in him wants to drain all humans even Noa, but the love crazed boy in him wants to surpress the Fae to be with Noa. Therefore, he tracked down more Fae to help him live here on Earth without taking light.

Things get even more interesting when Callum’s brother slips through the portal to find him. What he doesn’t mention is that he stole a ring from their power hungry father before he left. A ring that he claims is more his and his mother’s than his father’s, who is planning on giving to his new wife. Where Judah goes trouble follows. Judah may look very similar to his brother, but he’s more mischievous and loves playing tricks. Tricks aside Judah has to keep the balance of magic within the portal and since he slipped out without ‘balancing’ it, he has to feed humans into the portal so he can stay on Earth…so he doesn’t get sucked into the In-Betweens. A awful place between Earth and his magical home, Aurora.

Noa is scared of him and sick of his jokes which are not funny, but after Callum is abducted by a hunter that’s in search of Judah the two come together. And of course a partial love triangle has to occur…right. But the bigger shock of the story is the cliffhanger ending that puts a major twist on the story. The definitely thickened when secrets were spilled bringing the character together full circle. I’ll admit it, I cried and yet was anxious for more.

Overall, the story was a little slow in the beginning for me personally. The whole supernatural being falling love with a mortal and the whole I want to be with you but shouldn’t because I’ll hurt you thing put me off. However, and I recommend this to all potential readers of Shattered Blue, to continue reading because you won’t be disappointed.

4 STARS

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