08 February, 2011

Book Review: Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy

Published: February 2010, OMNIFIC PUBLISHING

Series: The Light series: Book #1
Whisper of Light: Book #2 (Published: October 2010, OMNIFIC PUBLISHING)
Source: Publisher, no compensation given for honest review

From Good Reads:
Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things—disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures—cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.

My Review:
I found myself liking SEERS OF LIGHT from the very beginning. I had been curious about this novel for a while; several blogs that I read featured reviews that seemed fairly full of praise. While I didn't read the reviews in full (I never do, of books that I might read for review later, so as not to influence my experience), I got the message that this book might be something special and unique in the paranormal romance genre.

First off, Lily is a great character. The beginning of the book reads a little bit YA, but it soon becomes clear that Lily is not a teen. Though still young, she has a more responsible outlook, and was raised by her grandparents. Yes, the dead parents is a trope that is used often in paranormal or fantasy novels, but DeLucy also writes in grandparents that are involved in Lily's life. And, most important, they don't disappear after Lily discovers her new "powers". They show up throughout the book, and offer a good sounding-board for a confused young woman, at times.

Even the relationships that Lily forms between Christian and William go beyond the obligatory and sometimes maddening "love triangle". In fact, DeLucy makes it clear that the triangle isn't really a triangle. Christian's feelings are unrequited by Lily. Now we're talking. A plot that doesn't have the girl torn between two guys? A plot that focuses on Lily, not who will she choose? A plot that allows for Lily to discover the power she wields, and shows her development? It's all there, and I was all the more drawn into the story for it.

SEERS OF LIGHT was a magical tale with a very true-to-life heroine. She laughed, she cried, she loved. Lily was a character that I could relate to on more than one occasion. DeLucy has a great writing style that is accessible, and her novel would appeal to older teens and adults alike.

4/5 for plot
4/5 for characters
4/5 for language

My Rating:12/15 (3.5 stars)

Highly Recommend, if you liked:

Awakened by Ednah Walters
Hard Magic by L.A. Gilman

Links for the author and books:

* Website
* Blog
* Twitter
* GoodReads
* Facebook

Purchase at:

* Barnes and Noble
* Omnific Publishing
* Amazon

Available formats: Print (paperback), E-Book

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