The Light that Shines Book Cover The Light that Shines
Bluebell Kildare Series Book 1
Lilo Abernathy
January 15, 2014


The Light who Shines

So, I had seen this book on Amazon for a while but I ignored it. The reason; I based the book on its cover (we all know not to do that!) and I assumed it was a YA book. I wasn’t in the mood to read it.

The second reason was based on the description; which didn’t pull me in enough to read the whole thing. I am thinking I will go back and read it just to see if it would.

So what made me finally read it? Well, I kept seeing the book and I like the wolf and was finally in the mood to read what I “thought” would be a YA book; of course then I read the over 17 disclaimer which further got me to wondering.

The heroine is Bluebell “call me Blue” who is (as self described) the weakest member of her unit of the ‘Supernatural Homicide Investigation Unit’. As such, one would think that she wouldn’t work alone as much as she does. Then again, a wolf adopts her, so she really doesn’t work alone so much.

Over all I really enjoyed this book. Of course, you might not think that when I go over things I didn’t like about the book.

First, there were a lot of repetitive descriptions for the characters. Perhaps the author didn’t realize that she was doing that; but as an aggressive reader (just coined that term for the number of books I really do read) it got to be annoying.

Second, Varg (he is the wolf on the front of the book) was very protective and loyal for 90% of the book; as in would NOT leave Blue’s side. In order for a plot line to move forward, the wolf had to be moved totally out of character. It would have been better if the wolf had stayed in character and been (for lack of a better term) distracted in a way that was much more true to what the author had been writing previously.

The rest of the characters are well written and stay true to form throughout the book with little to no growth. (Good? Bad? Fine for this book, the next one will have to show growth imho.)

Finally, the last thing was that the writing didn’t flow well especially in the beginning of the book. I can’t really explain this more except you would have to read it and see how sometimes it just kinda stilts out.

Having said all that – IF you can look beyond those things. It really is a good story and worth the read if you can over-look the above mentioned items. I really enjoyed some of the quirkiness of the characters (Go Maud) as they allowed enough humor to lighten what could have been an otherwise dark story; ( a violent murder of a teenager.) There is a definite line between who is a good guy and who is a bad guy. Even though some of the good guys are vampires. You are also dealing with other supernatural (or gifted) people and prejudices which seem to mostly originate from the “norms” (people who aren’t gifted) – though this makes the story line have a lot of growing room.

There is really only one “sex” scene in the book and it was written well enough to not even border on erotica.

I think if the author had someone to edit it for consistency and offer up a few change suggestions this book would have been a 5 star book for me. Still, I easily recommend it.

For more reviews of this book from other authors go here.

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