I am so thrilled to post today, you have no idea! Why? Two simple words: Fractured Soul! I reviewed Fractured Light, the first book in the series (find my review here) for her blog tour a little over a year ago, and have not been able to get the story out of my head. So, when they started looking for people to host the blog tour for Fractured Soul, I jumped right in. I didn’t want to do just a review though, and when I asked, Rachel agreed to do a guest post for me about heroes. I’m thrilled to introduce you to the author with this amazing post and hope that you enjoy the story as much as I do=)
Part 1: Guest Post
If You were a Character in a Novel, What Role would you Play?
Part Two – The Hero
(*Part one can be found here – “The Author”)
When trying to determine if you are the hero in your story, you need to ask yourself these two questions: Do you talk about making a difference while choosing actions that only make you look good? Or are you doing small things that no one notices, but really do make a difference?
Every person wants to feel love and accepted. It’s a basic need we all have. Sometimes that need causes us to do or say things to make us look better to the people around us. We’ll say anything to gain the acceptance of others.
But a true hero is only true to himself. Often times that can be a lonely road. No one may notice the sacrifices he’s making, but more importantly he doesn’t realize he’s making a sacrifice. He simply wants to make the lives of those around him better.
Athlete Arthur Ashe said, “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
A hero is also willing to make hard decisions, even when the likely outcome is grim. This can take courage, a key characteristic of a hero, but it’s important to note that if you don’t have fear then you don’t need courage. Actually, the courageous one is the person who is afraid. Fortunately, I’m afraid of a lot of things. 🙂
Who is someone in your life that you consider a hero?
To read part three, “The Sidekick”, go to the Paranormal Lounge on February 19th.
*I couldn’t find the direct link to this, so if someone does find it, please let me know!
Part 2: The Review
About Fractured Soul:
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!
What a fun ride! It’s rare that you come across a second book that’s just as good or better than the first, but Rachel McClellan did just that. Llona was just as lonely in this book as she was in the first and you could feel every bit of it. Lucky she still had her heart-throb of a boyfriend and best friend at this new school with her for support. The characters revealed a few new complexities, especially Llona, and the reveals had me gasping. The story was rich and full and had a few unexpected twists. I definitely recommend this book! Four Stars!!
What others are saying:
“I love these books! A kick-butt heroine and a hottie love interest, with a refreshingly original concept. Be prepared—once you start, these are hard to put down.”
—Paula Cotton, book reviewer at ReadingLark.blogspot.com
“Fractured Soul is a brilliant sequel, exceeding even the remarkable first book in the series. It will haunt your every waking moment between the times you’re reading it, and it will stay with you long after you’ve finished. It’s an amazingly well written and engrossing story that I highly recommend—after you’ve read the first one, of course.”
—Cindy Bennett, bestselling author of Geek Girl and Rapunzel Untangled
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…