Review: Trapped by Light and Shadow by J.R. Burnett

April 18, 2014 Lindsay's reviews 0

Review: Trapped by Light and Shadow by J.R. BurnettTrapped by Light and Shadow by J.R. Burnett
on January 7th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Milky white eyes stared at him from the undergrowth....

At twenty one, Adam Moore had already dropped out of art school, bounced around between temp jobs, and more than fulfilled his parents’ expectation of failure. All he wanted was a fresh start--a new city, new friends, a new direction in life--and things started looking up when he met Krissi. What he didn't foresee was the day they ran into the creatures in the woods.... One moment changed his life forever.

This is one of those books where the synopsis doesn’t do the book justice. Sure, it’s mysterious, but part of me was expecting Shifters. Animals in the woods? That’s all your giving me to go on? Well, let me clear this up right now. There are no shifters. There is, however, magic and fantasy. Adam has lived his life believing that he was just your average failure.  But Krissi is about to prove him wrong. Now he has the chance to become an extraordinary failure!

Whenever an author takes on a whole world rebuild, there is always the danger of a major info dump. We’re getting a lot of new information blasted at us. I want to be able to follow the plot, but still be able to immerse myself in a believable world. Burnett did a great job at spacing out all the details, along with character development and action scenes. Never once did I feel like the story was dragging, and the plot wasn’t full of holes.

The characters were pretty generic, but that didn’t make them any less intriguing. My one complaint would be that Adam took the whole thing a little too well. He didn’t seem to question the magic abilities he just learned he had, or the magic in the world around him. There wasn’t a lot of skepticism, but I think that if there had been, while it would have been more realistic, it would have slowed the pace of the story. Krissi’s ability is fire, and she lives up to her talent. She is ferocious and volatile, and I loved her. She was a great foil for Adam. I never knew whether I could trust her or not, but I suppose that’s part of her charm. Erik is the one that had me scratching my chin. He is Adam’s reluctant mentor. I am so curious about how his character came to be in his position!

This brings me to the question of a sequel. According to Goodreads, this isn’t part of a series. YET. The story doesn’t feel complete to me. I still have so many questions! I would love to see more from this author in the near future. 😀

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