CJ Reviews Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

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Shattered Blue 1Title: Shattered Blue
Author: Lauren Bird Horowitz
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Format: Electronic Advanced Reader Copy
Rating: 3.75 stars

Everything in Noa’s world has changed. Her older sister Isla is gone. Her mother has sealed herself off, consumed with grief and at school Noa has become the girl with the dead sister. Only Noa’s three-year-old sister seems mostly unaffected by the tragedy. Then Noa meets Callum, the new boy at school, whom she seems drawn to, despite his attempts to keep distance between them. The more Noa gets to know Callum and his brother Judah the further she’s drawn into a world of magic and Faerie that she had only imagined.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed it. It was a really fast read, and I read through it in just two days. Anyone who enjoys YA Fantasy/Romance will probably love this book. I liked Noa; she felt like a well-developed and complex character. She was still grieving the loss of her sister, but she is a strong, independent girl who goes after what she wants, and she loves and sacrifices a lot for her family.

I also liked the depiction of the Faeries in this novel. Horowitz’s Fae mythology involves each Faerie being born with a certain ability: Blue Fae control elements, Red Fae can read and control thoughts, Green Fae control emotions, and Clear Fae have no powers of their own. This segregation of power leads to a more complex backstory in Callum and Judah’s home world, which I’m sure will be explored even further in the series.

My issues with this book are with the brothers themselves; one light, one dark, one good, one bad. On earth the Faeries have to consume something from humans called Light in order to maintain their strength and powers. Callum struggles with this, Judah is rather nonchalant about using humans. After Judah shows up, he starts to fall in love with his brother’s girl. Is this sounding familiar to anyone else? The story of the brothers is basically that of Stefan and Damon Salvatore, for anyone who has read The Vampire Diaries. (Or, Ren and Kishan for those have read the more recent Tiger’s Curse series; this was one of the more disappointing aspects of that series as well.) While I enjoyed the book overall, it frustrated me that the storyline so closely follows series that have come before it and isn’t more original. Even the Fae’s need to absorb humans’ Light, and each brother’s attitude towards that, screams of vampires and Salvatores.

I enjoyed the aspects of the book that felt original, and the ending left me hanging just enough that I will likely look for the next book when it comes out, I just wish that it didn’t parallel The Vampire Diaries so much. That’s all I could think of for the entire second half of the book, so I wasn’t surprised with anything that was happening. There was one little detail that made the ending – and the love triangle – a little more interesting; I just hope it plays out and isn’t forgotten.

If you enjoy YA fantasy, and don’t mind overused storylines then you’ll probably enjoy this book. It wasn’t badly written or anything, and for the most part I enjoyed it. I’m hoping the rest of the series becomes more original and doesn’t follow the YA stereotype too closely.

I received this eARC from Amazon Publishing/Skyscape via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Shattered Blue
 was read as part of ARC August hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. To see what other ARCs I am reading this month check out my initial post here

5 thoughts on “CJ Reviews Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

    Kelsey Bogan said:
    August 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I read this one and liked it, I actually didn’t realize there was going to be a love triangle based on the description so that came a bit of a surprise to me. Im not really a fan of that trope. I never read the other books who you say have similar brotherly love triangle-type plot lines so I didn’t realize that was overdone lol! I also felt ok about the book, but then when the end gave us some pretty good twists I liked it a bit more. i think the next one shows a lot more promise, based on those twists

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      August 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      I think I would have been able to enjoy it a lot more if I hadn’t read the other series I mentioned. And I didn’t see the final twist in the end coming, and it was an interesting twist. I’ll definitely being reading the next book because as you pointed out, it has a lot of potential.

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    torieeab said:
    August 26, 2015 at 10:58 am

    After Twilight (and books inspired by Twilight), I’m always terrified to read YA Fiction because so many seem to follow this “love triangle” trope. I hate it so much. There are so many great series out there that can be ruined by with a bad romance 😕 But at least this one was still enjoyable to read!

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      August 26, 2015 at 11:04 am

      So very true. I actually took a break from YA for a while for that very reason, until a friend convinced me to give Throne of Glass a chance. I loved the way the romance was handled in there. I also really liked the originality of The Mortal Instruments series. But all too often it’s just the same repetition of similar plots when it comes to the romance and that drives me nuts.

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        torieeab said:
        August 26, 2015 at 11:09 am

        Throne of Glass was amazing. The romance in the Divergent series wasn’t bad either, because there was no triangle – it was just the volatile relationship of two teenagers. I have a few series in my TBR that I’m hesitant to read because I’m afraid it’ll just be another bad romance for kids.

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