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I really like fictional stories that play off of real legends, and apparently this is one. The whole history of Bragg's legend was really interesting to me, and I liked the paranormal/ghost story twist that the author used.
In typical YA fashion, we meet the heroine as she's adapting to a major life change. Then cute boys are throw in. THEN, the story gets interesting when they start to explore the mysteries of the Light. I thought the use of the Granny character was really smart, giving the author a way to tell some history stories without drawing away from the present setting. Then the use of the diary to really flesh out the backstory made me go "Oh!" as a whole new layer was added. That's when the book really picked up for me and I got sucked into the mystery of figuring out what the Light was all about and why Lily was connected.
However, there were a few hiccups for me. The weird love triangle where Lily quickly falls for her soon-to-be step-brother really was a little off-putting for me. It seems to me that it would've worked just fine for them to develop a brother-sister relationship (which could have been quite touching too, if in a different way). She could've just as easily developed feelings for Owen, and THAT turns out to be forbidden too... I don't know. I'm usually pretty picky about how any romance is used in a story, but this was a little weird for me.
I also found the mother character very lacking. She and Tom (the soon-to-be step-father) are barely present in the story, which is something you see all too often in YA, I think. Her mom seems like kind a flake, even working through her daughter's 16th birthday when this poor girl clearly needs time with her mom. So there's that.
Also, Lily is often put in the place of a girly, weak, helpless damsel. It happens over and over and over again. Sometimes she stands up for herself and insists that the boys include her or take her seriously. Sometimes she realizes she's acting childish. But most of the time, she is the girl with the girl jobs; they are the boys who are strong and in charge.
BUT, it is a quick, fun read. The writing itself is very YA -- not too complicated, with simple language used. There's certainly enough romance to keep readers of Lily's age engrossed. I think adults will also like this if you're looking for a lot of mystery to figure out, and the action sections are very entertaining. It's a very well-edited book, so that helps a lot in feeling like the book is of good, objective quality.
Definitely worth a read if you're looking for a quick, YA ghost story.
I felt the flow of the story was very well written. The descriptive passages brought great imagery.
Hall has brought a interesting, fast paced read to the table with this book and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
The only things I could say on the con side of this book is that I wished for a bit more information on the characters ability to see these shadows...more info on this would have lent more richness to the character and answers some questions for me. Other than that I had trouble swallowing the fact that she so quickly fell for her future step brother. Despite these two small, in my opinion, issues ...the book read well. I found the whole story; mystery, old lost loves, spooky lights on a dark back road, ghosts, lore and history attention holding ,and a delight to read.
The Legend of the Light Keeper even brought some real history and lore about that area which I found very refreshing and it lent a very believable quality to the book.
I loved the granny character and the diary brought a depth to the book that intrigued me.
Well written and well built :-) ! Good Job Kelly Hall, I will be reading the rest of this story for sure!
By Jennifer Deese~ Author
One thing made the story a bit less enjoyable, and that was the whole love triangle thing. Lily is seeing the boy who will soon be her step-brother, while at the same time dodging a cousin who's about head-over-heels in love with her. Love triangles can be tricky enough, but having family relationships tangled in them as well made it even more sticky, and less believable.
The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.
i would highly recommend this author and this series. after finishing books 1-3, i panicked. i can't wait until book four is published..oh please hurry
The 30% paranormal part revolves around the legends, ghost stories, and history of an abandoned town. Lily's arrival to this area is the catalyst of heightened paranormal activity as she and the boys in her life uncover dark secrets and startling connections that tie the past to the present in dangerous ways.
I enjoyed this quick read and all of the twists along the way.
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