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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

BLOG TOUR! Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan

Fractured Truth (Fractured Light #3)
Released: 8 April 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort INC.
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At the Other End:
Llona is determined to end the fight with the Vykens once and for all. All she needs is to find and destroy the Shadow—the ultimate source of dark power. But when she makes a startling discovery about someone she loves, Llona has to fight the toughest battle yet in this exciting conclusion to the Fractured Light series.

Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek:

Chapter One
“You have four minutes, Llona,” Liam said through a microphone in my ear. His voice, like the ringing of a great bell, pounded my already aching head.
The small plane’s engine shrieked, a high-pitched sound different from the steady hum of the last twenty minutes. Everyone had boarded a while ago. It was a silent crowd, not one likely to converse with each other.
I shifted my weight in the plane’s cramped closet. I could’ve come out as I’d just turned invisible, but I wanted to wait until the speed of the plane increased, covering any sounds the closet door might make when opened.
It was shortly after Cyrus kidnapped my aunt Sophie from Lucent academy that I taught myself to turn invisible. I’d practiced every day, sometimes for hours, until I could do it without the accompanying paralyzing weakness. And although the pain hadn’t gotten any better, I was able to increase the time I could maintain invisibility to several minutes. I’d accomplished all this in just the few short months since Christian’s death.
Just then the plane lurched forward, picking up speed on the runway. I opened the door and peered into the plane’s small kitchen. Empty. Perfect. I quietly slipped out and closed the door behind me.
The front wheels of the plane bounced. The cabin, as I suspected, was full of Vykens sitting in their seats, their backs to me, as if they were regular passengers. Most of them looked like normal humans, which meant they’d fed on Auran blood recently, but a few were in their purest form— facial features deformed and gray with moldy skin peeling back from their faces.
There was only one different from the rest. Jackson. He sat three rows up to the right of the center aisle.
With the Deific’s help, Liam had finally received a tip on Jackson’s whereabouts. It was the closest we’d come to finding out where Cyrus was keeping Sophie. I glanced to my left, to the emergency exit. By the way the plane was vibrating, it was close to taking off.
A Vyken stood and slid into the aisle. I pressed myself against a seat to keep him from bumping into me. I had yet to learn how to let matter pass through me. That may be a trick only my mother knew.
After the Vyken passed by, I went to Jackson. He was looking down at his bloodied knuckles. How did that happen? Jackson used to be a guardian. He (and a bunch of others who had followed him) had joined the Vykens against the Auras months ago. I’d been training harder than ever to stop them all and restore the Auras to their former strength. The strength only a few knew about.
The plane lifted. Still plenty of time to make my move.

I reached down, careful to avoid touching Jackson, and undid his seat belt. He glanced to his lap, brow twisted together. I smacked the back of his head, hard. He turned around and stared at the Vyken behind him.
“What’s your problem?” Jackson asked.
The Vyken ignored him.
Jackson stood and confronted the Vyken again. “Hey, I’m talking to you!”
The Vyken lifted his gaze from the sports magazine in his hand. “I know Cyrus said we can’t kill you, but he didn’t say we couldn’t hurt you. Sit down, guardian.”
Liam’s voice spoke again in my ear. “Hurry up.”
Several Vykens looked around. His voice, this close to so many of them, must have drawn attention.
Time to pay for your crimes, Jackson.
I drew my fist back and punched Jackson in the face. His hand came up to his bloodied nose. “What the . . . ?”
A few Vykens stood up.
I punched him again. He stumbled back toward the exit, arms outstretched as though to steady himself. Blood ran onto his chin.
“What’s going on?” he yelled.

I answered with a swift kick to his chest. It took just a second for him to recover before he started blindly throwing punches. “Someone help me!”
Vykens looked around as if they didn’t know what to do.
I dodged Jackson’s fist and punched him again. He was in position. I took hold of the emergency latch and pulled it as hard as I could. The door flew open, sucking air from the cabin.
Papers and all kinds of debris flew past me. Jackson scrambled backward, his eyes darting around until he was pressed against the wall separating the kitchen from the cabin.
The others stood alert, some in a fight-ready stance. But who were they going to fight? They couldn’t see me. No one could.
Grabbing Jackson, I spun him around until he was facing the open door; his clothes and hair whipped around violently. He stuttered.
His fear excited me, sending a wave of adrenaline through my blood stream.
I was about to reveal myself to him, just so I could see the surprise in his eyes, but Liam’s voice sounded in my ear. “Get out of there—now!”
Jerking into action, I wrapped my arms around Jackson’s chest and jumped from the plane, spiraling into a black abyss.


Chapter Two
I fell through the darkness, slicing through it like a knife in water. Cold air burned my face, and the force of it made it difficult to breathe.
Jackson’s body was torn from my grip, and he was twisting and writhing as if he could somehow climb his way back into the airplane. He was probably screaming too, but I couldn’t hear over the deafening sound of the wind rushing over me.
I glanced around, my eyes wet from the air. What appeared to be streetlights were growing closer. I’d never done this before, jumped from an airplane, but I wasn’t nervous, although I should be. I wasn’t wearing a parachute.
I squinted my eyes to try to see Jackson, but he wasn’t spread eagle like me so was probably falling faster. The tree line of the forest came into view against the night sky. I was really close now. Maybe fifteen seconds before impact. I began to count.
At twelve, my body jerked as if I had been sucked into a tornado, and I had a difficult time controlling which way my body was twisting. It was like no other sensation I’d ever experienced before, and my lungs tightened and pressure built up in my ear- drums until I thought they might burst. But in no time at all, I was on the ground, my legs unsteady from the whirlwind.
Liam appeared next to me, having shifted back to his human form. It still amazed me whenever he did that.
“You okay?” he asked.
I inhaled deeply. “I think so. What a rush.”

“Sorry it took me longer than usual to catch you, but Jackson was fighting against me so I had to knock him out. I hope you weren’t scared.”
Jackson was nearby, lying on the ground, his brown hair drenched in sweat. “I wasn’t worried at all.”
“You weren’t?”
“I knew you would catch me.” I went to Jackson and nudged him. “Let’s get him back before he wakes up.”
When Liam didn’t answer, I looked back at him. He was staring at me, his green eyes illuminated by the moonlight. For just a moment I was reminded of his age, over two centuries old. I often forgot this because on the outside he didn’t look much older than me, but in the right light his eyes would betray him, revealing years of inner torment.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“You shouldn’t put so much trust in me.”
“Why? You’ve never let me down.”
He walked over to Jackson, picked him up, and threw him over his shoulder. “Because one day I may not be there for you.”
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Author Bio:

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel's love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was...

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Sum Up:
What an ending! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect book to end such an amazing series.


Behind the 339 Pages
 
NOOOOOOO! I can’t believe it’s all over :’(

Why can’t I have more? Pretty please? With sugar on top?

At least a novella or something!!! Please please please please!!!!!!
This is honestly, one of my favourite series EVER. From the first book, all the way to the last, Llona and the gang completely light up your heart (see what I did there)

Ok, I’m going to be serious now..... And I’ll try not to be too spoiler-y seeing as this is the last book.

There were only two problems with this book. Both are very minor, and one is completely my fault. The first, is that the writing sounded really really formal in some parts. This included the dialogue as well. It felt really weird to me, and in the situation it didn’t really need to be that formal that it actually made me notice it. The second, is my fault. I didn’t get enough time to read the start of the book as I would have liked to. I only had time to read on my lunch break during work (and that was maybe one or two chapters). It was the worst, because I knew I would have gotten into the start of this a whole lot better if I actually had time to sit and read.

I absolutely loved the plot line. I was shocked at a few things, and had a few inklings about some people at different points in the book. But nothing that robbed me from being shocked and surprised when it actually happened.

I love how, in this series, Llona has very realistic flaws. We instantly connect with her and her friends, as well as the battles that she faces about her kind, the Auras. And what I love the most, is that her battles are never easily won. She gets defeated a few times (GASP), but then she always comes back stronger, more mentally powerful, and ready to take on anything. She sometimes wins by the scrape of her teeth, either from her own inner strength or from someone else helping her. But most of all, nothing comes to her easily. She has to work for it, and fight hard for it! That’s what I love about this series!

So, remember my review of Fractured Soul (Book 2), and I was talking about how we didn’t get enough mourning for the loss of Christian? Well, there is a bit more in this book that does continue on from the ending of the second book, but I still would have liked a bit more in the end of the second book. I kind of feel bad, because I took to Liam so easily. I was even cheering for him most of this book! But I kinda figured that this was mostly because of the whole Christian-situation-thing.

There was so much action and drama in this book, that all I can think of is WOW. There wasn’t too much for us to think that, these guys need to slow down and get bored of all the over-action. But there was enough to keep the thrilling pace of the book and not make us slow down, even for a moment.

I think I started mentally hyperventilating when I got close to the end of the book, looking at how many pages/chapters were left with how many things still needed to happen! I’m pretty sure I felt like this twice towards the end. It didn’t go that way at all, now that I’ve completely read the book, it felt like the perfect amount of time to finish without it feeling rushed.

I absolutely love the character struggles we go through with May and Llona. The challenges these two face only make their friendship stronger, as well as themselves. I kind of want to know more about the Lizens, but I guess that’s the point of their abilities and details of their race being a secret. It’s nothing too overbearing, but I feel like, I know how secretive they are, so I know that I wouldn’t have expected to find out everything about them.

The ending. Well firstly, the ending battle. I honestly thought I know how they were going to defeat the Shadow. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and my idea was even used, in a way! I was completely shocked at the ending, but in an awed way. It made me love the characters and the series a whole lot more, because it was given one of the best closing battle scenes. A few deaths were simply stated after it all happened, so again, hardly anything was given to those deaths of characters that we were familiar with. I want to find out what happens with Llona and May at the end!! I think it would be a brilliant ending novella, just to see how their last little journey goes, that we don’t get to see.


Other than that, it was a fantastic ending to a beloved trilogy. This series is definitely going to be re-read many many times. This is a world that I have loved being in, from start to finish.


What's Next:
Fractured Light (Fractured Light #1)
Behind 312 Pages
Released: 8 February 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort INC
At the Other End:
I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

Read my ARC review of Fractured Light!

Fractured Soul (Fractured Light #2)
Released: 12 February 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort INC.
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

Read my review of Fractured Soul!

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This novel was received for review via the author, Rachel McClellan. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And I had those awesome bookmarks printed! I'll send you a picture soon. :)

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    1. Thanks lovely! haha you know how much I absolutely LOVE this trilogy. YAY! Can't wait to see them :)

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