Author: Summer Wier
Series: The Shadow of Light trilogy, book 1
Genre: Sci-fi, Time Travel, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 160 pages, Ebook
Published: September 29th 2015 by REUTS Publications
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.
Or at least, it used to.
Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing— her father.
Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.
If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves…
This book was…. good with an exceptionally awsome concept but it failed to make a lasting impact on me. I guess the romantic aspect bothered me too much but I did enjoy the plot which was laced with suspense and it was quite a thrilling ride.
Kira is a typical teenager who was spending her birthday with her friends when she decides to go swimming in the lake under the starry sky but things turn upside down when a piece of it falls on the lake starting a chain of events. She finds herself in a mirror world and has only a limited amount of time to get back to her world before her star dies and she gets there stuck permanently. But things are not as easy as they sound because first, she has no control over the time travel and second, something far more deeper and dangerous is at play here which might destroy her entire world.
One of the things that I liked about this book was the perfect blend of magic and scientific elements. After Kira gets hit by a star while she is swimming in the lake, it causes her to travel to a different planet, Asulon, where there are people like her from different planets, who are stuck there permanently. I liked the theory of black hole and the mystery about her father was well maintained, though I could guess he was going to play a major factor. Though some of it did happen, I’m intrigued to see how it all plays out. Some parts were a bit confusing, I would have liked a bit more explanation and I’m hoping I’m going to get my answers in the next book.
The characters were okay, I couldn’t emotionally connect with them. I did like Kira, she was a typical teenager living her life surrounded by her friends and her mother. I liked the mother-daughter relationship which we rarely get to see in YA novels. The friendship between Faye and Kira was sweet as well. However I had a major problem with the romance. There was the dreaded love triangle which felt absolutely unnecessary. There was Zane who was Kira’s childhood friend and the relationship between them was slowly evolving into something more and then there’s Evan, whom she met on Asulon. The relationship between them was totally insta-love which I hated because she was the only girl his age he ever met. Basically I didn’t like either of the relationships, there was absolutely no spark or chemistry between them. And I hated Kira’s attitude when it came to the boys, she totally forgot the other guy whenever she was with one of them. It was so annoying.
Overall, Link was a good read. Though I couldn’t connect with the characters much but I enjoyed the plot and the unique concept. The writing was simple and smooth and it was fast paced. I would have loved if some aspects were a bit more simplified but nonetheless I’m interested to see what happens next in this trilogy.
So guys have you read Link yet? Or are you planning to read it? If you’ve already read it, what did you think about it? What were the aspects that you loved or hated the most? Share your thoughts with me!