Goodreads rating: 4.09
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Sweetwater Books
Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. But she never felt ready to face them---until now. Defying the Auran Council and everything she's been taught, Llona must learn to use her power over light as a weapon if she wants to survive.
This was an interesting twist on an extremely overused mythical creature. But telling you which one would ruin it. Looking at the girl on the cover, I don't see Llona (pronounced Eona). Llona is careful and has to tak care of her depressed unce Jake, but she's also young and while she knows she has the Light, she has no idea how powerful she can really be. I'll be interested to see how McClellan expands the world of the Light and Vykens. I feel like the Light counsel are holding a lot back from everyone else. Llona's aunt, whom she doesn't particularly like but is the only one that can teach her about who she is, is on the counsel. She's been trying to convince Llona to come to the school specifically for those with the Light. But her parents had always kept that world from her, and she's used to taking care of herself. I read in a few reviews that this book was cliche. And it was. The villain was utterly predictable, and you knew who Christian really was even before he told Llona. But sometimes cliche is a nice break from authors trying to be "different" and failing.
The romance was pretty cliche as well. Llona meets Christian, a new guy at school, and of course she's attracted to him, although he did sound hot. And he's protective, but she can't understand why. When she tries to make a move on him though, he doesn't respond. He says he just wants to be friends, which devastates Llona. But when the Vyken that killed her parents starts stalking her, she decides that she wants to fight back. And she needs Christian's help with that, for a reason that you'll have to find out when you read the book. One thing I actually really liked about Llona was that she participated in school sports. Not only did it make her different from other people with Light (since they frown upon trying to be better than everyone else), but it also made her a more likable character. It also made Christian like her more as well, to see the fight in her. She really was like no one he had ever met. Too bad he stuck to his responsible guns for so long.
I did really enjoy this book, more than I thought I would. There were more cliche moments than others, but I loved the other characters. I felt like even the minor characters were at least beginning to be delved into enough. But now Llona won't be near them anymore, except maybe her best friend. She's going to be meeting all new people, and although she's changed slightly and has begun to trust people more, she still has that mindset of only looking out for herself. I just hope she doesn't change into some super girly character all of a sudden, and lose her fire. I also hope her and Christian can find some way to be together. There's a lot of things keeping them apart.
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