My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Amazon Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
‘Shattered Blue’ was a novel beautifully written with lovely prose and extremely intricate and dynamic characters. It was mysterious, fantastic…and a must-read.
One of the many things that appealed to me was how the main character – Noa – had a depth to her that is often hard to come across after you have read as many books as I have. And that’s quite a lot. Noa was a main character with a well-established personality. She was logical yet irrational, intelligent yet undedicated, driven yet helpless – she was a survivor. She was a best-friend, a girlfriend, a daughter, a niece; yet most importantly she was a sister.
It was Noa’s relationships with her sisters which often enchanted me and tugged at my heart. She loves them…and after soooooooooooooooooo many books with sibling rivalry, a close sibling-hood was nice to see and read. The relationship that I admired the most was Noa’s relationship with Sasha, her 3-year-old sister. Sasha is a tiny spitfire who has a will and a temper to match the hottest fire, yet Noa loves her completely and irrevocably and demonstrates her love in many ways. It is perhaps the brightest highlight in the novel which is often gloomy and sad.
The fae aspect of the story was overused. It felt like another attempt at a reconstruction of the fae/fairy/elf myth; nevertheless, it was a good attempt. The powers of the fae were changed in this novel were changed slightly, too. They were categorized into three groups: the greens, who control emotions; the blues, who control elements; the red, who control minds. This took away the appeal of the powers fae possess that we often so greatly admire. The fae in this novel DID NOT HAVE POINTLY EARS! Which was sad…
The novel’s flaw was the clichés it had. Here is a list of them:
• There was instant love between Noa and Callum, the fae.
• There was a love-triangle between Noa, Callum and Miles, her best-guy-friend who has been in love with her for ages.
• There was a brother vs brother love-triangle between Noa, Callum and Judah, Callum’s younger-by-three-years brother.
(So, yes. There was sibling-rivalry in the book after all.)
• There was a love-square/rectangle/quadrangle????
Like always, I check for grammar, spelling and typos. There was unfortunately a typo where the author missed out on a word in a sentence, making it confusing.
Congratulations to Lauren Bird Horowitz on an excellent debut novel! Can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy.
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!