Review: “Link” (Shadow of Light #1) by Summer Wier

"Link” (Shadow of Light #1) by Summer Wier A review by Amanda.

Kira is celebrating her seventeenth birthday with three of her closest friends, camping at a local lake, when an impossible accident rocks her world. Something has fallen from the sky and knocked Kira unconscious. She wakes to an unfamiliar face in a strange place, a patchwork world of gypsies, carnivals, and a farmhouse. A boy near her age introduces himself as Evan and acts as her guide, while managing to dodge her questions. The more people she meets, the more her confusion builds, until she falls asleep and wakes up in a hospital room back in her own world. Somehow, a link has been created between one world and the next, and Kira has more than one mystery on her hands.

Kira was a likeable, if fairly typical teenager. Her focus was on her friends and her plans for the future, with some romantic interests thrown in. She had a strong relationship with her mother although they clashed over some things, such as the truth Kira’s father, who left before she was born. Her friends, Faye and Fischer, were fun, and quirky in different ways, but I would have liked to see more depth from each of them. Romance played a generous part in the story, and Kira’s childhood friend Zane was sweet, supportive, and absolutely swoon-worthy. Evan was a bit more mysterious and I can understand why Kira was drawn to him, even though his motives were unclear. I loved the world-building in this book. There were several surprises mixed in with a unique sci-fi story, and I will definitely read the next book in this series.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

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