ARC Review: Shattered Blue-Lauren Bird Horowitz


Shattered BlueGoodreads/Amazon

synFor 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?

review4.5/5 Stars

***I recieved this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Skyscape.

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re alive and breathing, if you’re a ghost, animal, vegetable, mineral…read it. P.S. It’s available on KindleU and on Amazon only $3.99. Worth every penny.
  • You love dark stories bursting with hope in unexpected places.
  • Fae. Fae galore and in a new way.

PROS:

  • This was probably the most cruel, vicious, and explosive book ending I’ve EVER read. Mouth-hanging open, shocked and heartbroken as each new revelation spiraled out of control, I could barely process let alone grieve. Wow. Stunning. Mind-blowing. 
  • I love fae. Sadistic fae, violent fae, predatory fae, loving fae but I’ve never experienced fae like this. Each faery is represented by a color that signifies their unique powers. Red, Blue, Green, and Clear, each faery has incredible abilities that are as lethal as they are compelling. 
  • Every single character is memorable, no matter how fleeting and leaves an impression.
  • Noa is a poet. She’s in tune with her feelings in a way that is uplifting and magical. The poetry included in the story is mesmerizing and beautiful. If you’re a fan of Jandy Nelson’s style, Emily Dickinson, or bewitched by the dark depth of Poe, pick this up. 
  • Judah. Holy hotness. He’s jaded, mischievous, a little evil at times but good grief he’s magnetic in the same way Draco Malfoy was. The brokeness inside him, his ferocious desire to prove himself, his heartache, the way he looks at Sasha and sacrifices…it’s almost too easy to overlook his past transgressions. He evolves and grows and there’s something breathtaking about watching it happen. 
  • Loss and memory are everything in this story and funnel through pure love. The tragic loss of Isla is coupled with the little things that echo in absence of the person who once filled up a space within Noa and her family’s heart.
  • Every emotion, good and bad shoots off the pages. The feels. It’s brutal and eye-opening.

CONS:

  • Callum and Noa’s romance was insanely fast. Almost to fast to build the emotions necessary to ship them. Their scenes together are light and playful one moment and harrowing and emotional the next. They pour their hearts out to each other and yet, when it comes down to it, the thread that connects them is fragile because it almost feels compounded. 

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Keep reading,

Jordan

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