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This Raging Light by Estelle Laure - Review

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Where did I get it? I bought it on Kindle in March, when it was just 99p. I can't remember if someone on Twitter recommended it or if it just appealed to me. 

What's it about? Lucille's mum has gone on vacation and not come back, and somehow Lucille knows she won't come back and that she has to look after her sister Wren. Their dad has also recently left the family, for reasons that I won't spoil. Lucille is scared that if she lets anyone know that her mum is gone too, they'll take Wren away and the two will be split up. So she decides to get a job and do her best to keep the two of them together.

Meanwhile, she confides in her best friend Eden, who agrees to help her. Lucille has also started to notice Eden's twin, Digby, and is dealing with a crush on him on top of everything else. 

The novel is really short and not overly complex to read. I felt like it could have been much better, but I did like it and I thought Lucille and a lot of the people around her were really good characters

What age range is it for? 14+

Are any main characters LGBTQ+? No 

Are any main characters people of colour? No

Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Yeah, trigger warning for some violence here 

Is there any sex stuff? No

Are drugs mentioned or used? I don't think so?

Is there any talk of death? Yes, and some of it is quite violent so be careful

Are there swear words? A few 

What criticisms do I have? I felt like the book could have gone deeper into stuff, especially some of Lucille's family history. I also felt like there was a lack of confrontation in the book, and not enough conflict.

Would I recommend the book? Kind of? It's not the best book you'll ever read but it's not terrible either. 

Why did I choose to read it at this point in life? Again, I was just scrolling through the carousel on my Kindle app. 

What other books is it like? It reminded me a lot of When We Collided by Emery Lord, only not as good. 

How many stars? Seven out of ten. It was a decent enough read for the end of my holiday and the journey home.

That concludes all the books i read on holiday. I was really happy to read three books - while also doing stuff and cross-stitching on a lot of my downtime - and they were three really excellent summer reads.

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