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Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Shattered Dark by Sandy WIlliams

-Book Review-

McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…
McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war among the fae.
With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. 

-My review:

Did you read the first book like I told you to readers? If you didn't, then shoo. I don't approve of spoilers and this will definitely have a few.

For those who took my advice, take a seat and kick back. Last time we left the series, we had our still frustrated Mckenzie diving into her feelings for the hot rebel Aren, (who unlike Kyol, is not afraid to tell a girl he cares) and the palace coup just completed. Be aware readers, Edarratae flies around in this sequel to The Shadow reader and there are several twists you just won't expect. As a sequel to the first, I give this +3 stars, despite the fact that Lena is queen and Kelia is dead.

If you were expecting a light and fluffy everybody loves each other now and we should all make peace kind of book...Sorry. From the first page, the action is packed in and just like Mckenzie you won't get a break. You'd think her and Aren would get a few minutes to kiss and relax, but clearly Sandy Williams did not get that memo. Right away, Mckenzie has 15 minutes to pack as remnants could show up any minute.

Right so the last book had rebels, but the rebels kicked ass, took names and now we have remnants, who are all those official court fae upset that their king got killed. Add in the fact that Paige (the upset bestie) is missing, Aren is working his little fae tale off keeping Lena and co safe, and Mckenzie is having to try to save and help everybody at once, this book will not put you to sleep.

The biggest twist lies waiting for you at the end of the book. And by twist, I mean something besides the plotting, blood shedding and other small twists you come across in this book.

Personally this book and the series has become a favorite for me. It's not just a good author taking the Fae and Human stereotypes we've come to know over hundreds of years of myths and giving them a delightful breath of air. It's the honest feel of the fact that Mckenzie can't seem to catch a break.

To me, a truly good fantasy book shouldn't just skim the alternate worlds it presents to us, but should give us an honest view of how the regular human stuck in that world is doing. And not only do we the readers get a feel, we get the adrenaline rushes, the honest confusion and the sense that just when we thought we had a handle, we were no where close to the surface of the problems Mckenzie faces.

So, again delightful readers, just assume I ordered you to go get this book and read it. Because I can't wait until the sequel comes out December 31st. Just for you though, I'll give you a sneak peek ahead of time. Something I missed out on these two reviews.

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