Friday, 9 October 2015

Review: Link by Summer Wier!

For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.

Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that's missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.

Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.
Available now from Amazon, and other retailers.

My review

A captivating YA sci-fi read!

I knew I'd have to read this as soon as I saw the blurb. I love fantasy, sci-fi and alternative universes, and this book delivered on all the things I love in speculative fiction. I was thrilled to get a review copy!

Kira is a relatable teen and her reactions are realistic throughout the story, even when dealing with the unknown. I really liked her close relationship with her mother, something you don't see often in YA. The characters and the world are so well-written, I was completely engrossed in the story. The sci-fi part is well done without becoming too overwhelmed in details, and I was fascinated by the captivating - and rather scary! - portrayal of alternative worlds. There are enough twists and secrets to keep you turning the pages to find out the next surprise. I was hooked from beginning to end!

The story stands alone and has a satisfying ending, but it's the first in a trilogy. I'll definitely be signing up for more!

5 stars.

Summer Wier is an MBA toting accountant, undercover writer, and all around jack-of-all-trades.  Link is her debut novel and the first in The Shadow of Light series. She has three short stories appearing in Fairly Twisted Tales For A Horribly Ever After and co-authors the Splinter web serial. When she’s not digging through spreadsheets or playing mom, you can find her reading/writing, cooking, or dreaming of the mountains in Montana.

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  1. Great review! Link sounds like such a wonderfully unique book. I must admit, I'm especially intrigued by Kira's relationship with her mother. You definitely don't see enough of that kind of dynamic in YA!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing, Emma!

  3. Sounds like a great book and you did a great job on the review!