Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Light Up the Dark is my first Suki Fleet read and it was one that left me torn. There's no denying that the author has a gift when it comes to writing, wielding the written word with such ease and creating an intriguing story about two young men who've experienced what it's like to be broken. Both Nicky and Cai need each other in order to get out of the darkness that's enveloping them in Thorn Hall. They're up against much more than overgrown shrubbery. Cai was so easy to root for, someone who had resilience and determination. On the other hand, Nicky was the way he was due to too many demons, so liking him took time...almost as much time as it did for the story to even begin to try and ensnare me, which was too little too late and I read mostly to simply finish the endeavor.
There was a great deal of promise based on the synopsis alone, which is why I was looking forward to reading this book. I had also read prior reviews the author received for her past work, so I wanted to experience her writing for myself. My main issue was that it felt like it took much longer than it should have to really get to the nitty-gritty of the story. I'm all for building up tension and suspense, but I think, just like the bushes and vines of Thorn Hall, this could have benefited from some trimming. If I were to base my rating on the writing alone, it would be so easy to give Light Up the Dark four stars or higher. But when I read a book, I want to be able to be invested in the characters and how everything will work out for them, something I wasn't able to do here. So this gets three stars. ♥
Date Read: 03 January 2017
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