When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run; and she vows to catch the killer. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimoire that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.
Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn't enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high, and hate crimes are increasing. However, it's Blue’s growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her sexy Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.
While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?
Danger lurks in every corner, and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.
RATING: R; a few scenes contain graphic violence and explicit sex; recommended for 17+ years
PRIMARY GENRES: urban fantasy / paranormal romance / mystery (solid blend)
TENSE: first person present tense / dual perspectives
UNDERLYING THEME: There are some deeper aspects to this story as the characters begin to explore the nature of good and evil. The main societal conflict present in this world is prejudice and hate. It is in fact the primary underlying theme for the book as the author attempts to show its destructive nature.
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Absolutely love this book!
- Emmi Kivimäki
Love this book!
First off, I should say that this Audibles version of "The Light Who Shines" is my third copy. I first bought it in paper back, & read through it in a short time. I then bought the Kindle version through the app on my phone, both to support the author, & to have a more 'travel friendly' option. I bought the whispersync audible a day or two after it came out, then killed the rest of my data for the month downloading it (Wi-Fi wasn't cooperating, & I really wanted to listen). I love this books, it sucks you in from beginning to end, without reprieve. The writing has an easy flow, & the story has lots of twists and turns. I'm a fan of character driven writing, & the characters here are fantastic. Maude is my absolute favorite (I wish she were my neighbor) Blue is relatable & realistic. Jack is more than just 'eye candy.' & of course, one must love Varge the wolf, & wonder what the rest if his story is. Father O'Brennen is also a favorite. He is exactly what a Christian should be (whether or not you are one). The bad guys are easy to hate (perhaps too easy?). This book will be on my shelf forever, & I can't wait to see where the author takes the characters next (there is definitely more story to tell).
As for the Lilo Abernathy herself, I can't say enough good things about her. She's a very hard worker, promoting her work tirelessly with humble enthusiasm. She really cares about her readers (& listeners, as the case may be). She takes criticism with grace, just as well as the praise (you given your heart & soul to the public, & you're bound to get both). Definitely follow her in Twitter & Facebook!
As for the narration, I was blown away. Ms. Klett has so many voices inside of her, & each character gets one so unique, that you can tell who's speaking, without 'said so & so' following the dialogue. I hope she will be used throughout the rest of the series.
Note: "The Light Who Shines" is a book for adults. There is both language & sensuality, as well as graphic violent descriptions, so I would recommend headphones if children are present.
- Jennifer Zamboni