Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog tour: Fractured Truth (Fractured Light, Book Three) by Rachel McClellan + excerpt, review & giveaway

Welcome! In the U.S. it's Memorial Day and we wish everyone a  great day and express our gratitude to our armed forces for everything they've done and continue to do for us. Reader Girls is ecstatic to bring you a very special tour today for one of our top favorite YA fantasy series, the Fractured Light series by Rachel McClellan. Our tour stop features an except (which happens to be Chapter One so settle back and enjoy), our glowing review and a tour-wide giveaway. Thank you for spending time with us! This tour is hosted by Dark World Books.

Fractured Truth
Series: Fractured Light #3
by Rachel McClellan
YA fantasy
Hardcover/eBook, 339 pages

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. 
Published April 8th 2014

Llona is determined to end the fight with the Vykens once and for all. All she needs is to find and destroy the Shadow–the ultimate source of dark power. But when she makes a startling discovery about someone she loves, Llona has to fight the toughest battle yet in this exciting conclusion to the Fractured Light series.

About Fractured Light (Book #1)

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

About Fractured Soul (Book #2)

Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat.

This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

Chapter One
“You have four minutes, Llona,” Liam said through a microphone in my ear. His voice, like the ringing of a great bell, pounded my already aching head.
The small plane’s engine shrieked, a high-pitched sound different from the steady hum of the last twenty minutes. Everyone had boarded a while ago. It was a silent crowd, not one likely to converse with each other.
I shifted my weight in the plane’s cramped closet. I could’ve come out as I’d just turned invisible, but I wanted to wait until the speed of the plane increased, covering any sounds the closet door might make when opened.
It was shortly after Cyrus kidnapped my aunt Sophie from Lucent academy that I taught myself to turn invisible. I’d practiced every day, sometimes for hours, until I could do it without the accompanying paralyzing weakness. And although the pain hadn’t gotten any better, I was able to increase the time I could maintain invisibility to several minutes. I’d accomplished all this in just the few short months since Christian’s death.
Just then the plane lurched forward, picking up speed on the runway. I opened the door and peered into the plane’s small kitchen. Empty. Perfect. I quietly slipped out and closed the door behind me.
The front wheels of the plane bounced. The cabin, as I suspected, was full of Vykens sitting in their seats, their backs to me, as if they were regular passengers. Most of them looked like normal humans, which meant they’d fed on Auran blood recently, but a few were in their purest form— facial features deformed and gray with moldy skin peeling back from their faces.
There was only one different from the rest. Jackson. He sat three rows up to the right of the center aisle.
With the Deific’s help, Liam had finally received a tip on Jackson’s whereabouts. It was the closest we’d come to finding out where Cyrus was keeping Sophie. I glanced to my left, to the emergency exit. By the way the plane was vibrating, it was close to taking off.
A Vyken stood and slid into the aisle. I pressed myself against a seat to keep him from bumping into me. I had yet to learn how to let matter pass through me. That may be a trick only my mother knew.
After the Vyken passed by, I went to Jackson. He was looking down at his bloodied knuckles. How did that happen? Jackson used to be a guardian. He (and a bunch of others who had followed him) had joined the Vykens against the Auras months ago. I’d been training harder than ever to stop them all and restore the Auras to their former strength. The strength only a few knew about.
The plane lifted. Still plenty of time to make my move.
I reached down, careful to avoid touching Jackson, and undid his seat belt. He glanced to his lap, brow twisted together. I smacked the back of his head, hard. He turned around and stared at the Vyken behind him.
“What’s your problem?” Jackson asked.
The Vyken ignored him.
Jackson stood and confronted the Vyken again. “Hey, I’m talking to you!”
The Vyken lifted his gaze from the sports magazine in his hand. “I know Cyrus said we can’t kill you, but he didn’t say we couldn’t hurt you. Sit down, guardian.”
Liam’s voice spoke again in my ear. “Hurry up.”
Several Vykens looked around. His voice, this close to so many of them, must have drawn attention.
Time to pay for your crimes, Jackson.
I drew my fist back and punched Jackson in the face. His hand came up to his bloodied nose. “What the . . . ?”
A few Vykens stood up.
I punched him again. He stumbled back toward the exit, arms outstretched as though to steady himself. Blood ran onto his chin.
“What’s going on?” he yelled.
I answered with a swift kick to his chest. It took just a second for him to recover before he started blindly throwing punches. “Someone help me!”
Vykens looked around as if they didn’t know what to do.
I dodged Jackson’s fist and punched him again. He was in position. I took hold of the emergency latch and pulled it as hard as I could. The door flew open, sucking air from the cabin.
Papers and all kinds of debris flew past me. Jackson scrambled backward, his eyes darting around until he was pressed against the wall separating the kitchen from the cabin.
The others stood alert, some in a fight-ready stance. But who were they going to fight? They couldn’t see me. No one could.
Grabbing Jackson, I spun him around until he was facing the open door; his clothes and hair whipped around violently. He stuttered.
His fear excited me, sending a wave of adrenaline through my blood stream.
I was about to reveal myself to him, just so I could see the surprise in his eyes, but Liam’s voice sounded in my ear. “Get out of there—now!”
Jerking into action, I wrapped my arms around Jackson’s chest and jumped from the plane, spiraling into a black abyss.
Our reviews: Fractured Light (book one) | Fractured Soul (book two)

I love the Fractured Light series and have been a fangirl since book one. Author Rachel McClellan has created such an intriguing, cool, and unique world filled with Auras-females who can wield The Light for good purposes and do incredible feats like heal, soothe, convey and when necessary, defend. Llona is the main character and she is also my favorite type of heroine: a Katniss-like young woman thrust into a world she was unaware of and forced to either submit to its ways or create her own. In true Llona fashion, she has made her own path, doing what she believes is right. In the first two books, she has struggled with many things in her life from her increasing feelings for her guardian, Christian, to accepting who she is and trying to inform the others at Lucent Academy that their dreaded foes, the Vykens, mean them all harm. Vykens are horrible beings who thrive on the blood of the aurans.

I adored Fractured Truth, loved everything about it from its brutal action scenes (which the series has certainly led up to), the tension between Liam and Llona, May's acceptance of her fury-ness and discovering more about her original parents, I even liked the lycans who are brought in to help out, and readers get to meet the witches and learn about the shadow. There is so much going on and Llona is usually at the center of it all. Llona has certainly grown and matured over the series, faced losses, gained new-found knowledge, abilities, and friendships, and has continued to show steadfast loyalty to her school, its teachers, and students. She is not the young girl we met in the first book. She has become so much more.
And yet despite all of her strength, Llona has moments of weakness which truly reveal her character. I loved the tender moments between her and Liam, especially when she admits how he makes her feel inside. They have a fantastic chemistry and share a loyal friendship. Llona struggles daily with her duality-she has Vyken blood in her and figures out how to embrace the warmth and guidance of The Light when needed to ground her. I also felt for May as she struggled when a revelation about her parentage was discovered. She has always remained a true friend to Llona but she suddenly faces an identity crisis which impacts their friendship. 
Whether she's fighting up in the sky or on the ground, Llona always keeps me riveted to the page with her tactics, her quick thinking, her snark, and her grim determination. She is far from perfect and I wouldn't expect her to be any other way. This time she is trying to inform the school that complacency will get the aurans killed. Cyrus is out there plotting their demise and they must learn to defend themselves instead of relying on others as they have in the past. Change is not always welcomed and Llona is met with animosity from some of the teachers as well as some students. Readers know when Llona is set to do something, she will and in this installment she does a lot.
Llona is kick ass, brave, not afraid to make or label her mistakes, and has a big heart. She is a true YA heroine and with the conclusion of Fractured Truth, I am sad to see her series end. Still, the conclusion to her series is thrilling, quick paced, emotional and addicting. I read Fractured Truth in one sitting and still revel in its greatness. What a satisfying, deep read. I've become a Rachel McClellan fangirl as well and eagerly wait to see what she comes up with for her readers next.
Rating: 5 LOVED IT!!!

Cover comment:
Love the art for this series. So glad they used the same model and show Ilona in different times of her life as an auran.
Book source:
I received a promotional copy.

About the author

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel’s love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was…

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There is an International tour-wide giveaway and the prizes up for grabs are:
GRAND PRIZE: $25 Amazon Gift Card and a printed copy of Fractured Truth
Runner-up 1: Printed copy of Fractured Truth
Runner-up 2: Ebook copy of Fractured Truth
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