Friday, May 8, 2015

Savage Light by Janeal Falor

Genres: Young Adult; Fantasy
Pages: 166

Savage Light
Goodreads Description
Marsa has always struggled with the fact she goes unnoticed. Her best friend is the one chosen to rid the world of all evil; the man Marsa loves barely knows she exists; and her sole remaining family member dies at the hand of the last evil man in the world.

When all evil is finally defeated, Marsa thinks she'll at last have the life she wants, even if her mother isn't there to share it with. And maybe she'll discover the love of her life loves her back. Only a new quest is set before her and her friends. By the end of their journey, Marsa will question everything she knows. She'll have to redefine how she wants others to notice her, before their entire world is destroyed
My review

I'm not entirely sure how I want to rate this book, so I guess I'll just leave it unrated for now. From what I understand, Savage Light is basically the author's previous book, Ever Darkening, revamped and told from Marsa's point of view instead of Kaylyn's.

I'll admit that at first I was a bit wary to read it based off the description. The "her best friend is the one chosen to rid the world of all evil" and "when all evil is finally defeated" parts....well, they made it come across as pretty juvenile, which I wasn't exactly in the mood for. While my concerns weren't completely unfounded(there were a few moments of utter cheesiness) I'm still glad I read the book.

If anything, Savage Light scores major points for creativity and uniqueness. What did catch my eye when I was reading the description was who the main character was. Because it's not the girl of whom it has been foretold will defeat all evil--nope. It's her best friend. Kudos to Ms. Falor for that decision, because I thought Marsa made a great narrator for this story and a very relatable protagonist.
The whole mindset everyone carried throughout the book--that everyone is either entirely good or wholly evil--kind of bugged me. But I can only say, without giving away any spoilers, that the ending settled some of my concerns.
What I really wanted more of was character depth. I'm not saying I didn't like the characters, but I feel that, of each person's personality and character, the surface was just barely skimmed and I couldn't really form a deep connection with any of them save Marsa.
It was a fun story, overall. I liked it okay, but I would recommend it namely for younger teens.
Content: Nothing questionable that I can remember; Clean!
**I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  1. Hmm, sounds interesting. I like the idea of a story told from the POV of the hero's BFF, instead of the hero. Just might have to check it out. :)


    1. It was definitely a refreshing change!

  2. I like the cover, but yes the description. You know all evil being defeated seems silly to me. I have been wrong before.

    1. A tad silly, yes. Better for preteens in my opinion :)

  3. I have to say that I'm intrigued with the premise of this book. It would be interesting to read from the best friend's POV. However, I don't think I'm the target audience.

    Great review! Very precise without spoiling anything:)

    1. Thanks, Sunny! Yes, well, it did feel a bit juvenile, but a fun story overall!