Title: A Fractured Light
Author: Jocelyn Davies
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: Sept 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. But 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.
It is very hard to find a good angel book in YA, I don’t know why that is but that just always seems to be the case for so many YA readers. I’m happy to say that I can say this is an angel series worth reading!
In the first book, A Beautiful Dark, I did enjoy everything that was going on but I wasn’t completely taken away with any of it quite yet. I guess I was keeping most of my feelings bottled up with the first book so that I could see where the second book went. I’m happy that I stuck with this series because I honestly feel the second book brought some major things together. The characters grew up in this novel and I found that to be a wonderful thing. I always love to watch YA characters grow up and learn some responsibility and who they are in life. There are so many great lessons for teens to learn and I loved watching Skye take on both the light and dark sides of her life. She realized exactly who she needed to be and I know this may sound weird but I’m proud of her! She really grew into the heroine she needed to be, she became so much stronger and she is certainly a character now that will forever stand out in my mind.
Aside from the characters, the plot in this story was a bit slow. It did sort of fall into the sequel book category where not much really happens. Come on you all know the type of sequel I’m talking about, the one that while it is interesting to read it just doesn’t change the advancement of the storyline all that much. I felt this book was the between book where Skye needed to take time to figure out who she needed to be and to prepare for the war between light and dark. So while there was no big war yet in this book it did set things up for what will happen in the next book. So this book did the job of being a filler book.
Overall, I have to say my favorite things about this book had to be Skye growing up and the fact that the style of writing was rather beautiful. There were several passages where I was just fully wrapped up in the scene the author was painting in my mind, Davies did an awesome job of slowing things down in this book to give readers those picture perfect imaginations of the plot. So all in all the downside was that the plot didn’t move many things along but Skye growing up was something that needed to happen. Plus it was fun to watch her grow into a stunning silver beauty.