Book Chat | Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz



For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.
But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

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My Review:


Hello bookworms and welcome back! Today I am finally bringing you a book review. I feel like it’s been an age since I last did one of these, so I apologize if I’m a little rusty! 

I’d like to thank the publishers and Netgalley for giving me the great privilege to read and review this book.

Today, I will be doing a review of the new novel by Lauren Bird Horowitz: Shattered Blue.  Shattered Blue is a new contemporary fantasy/paranormal novel that explores a bright new approach to the Fae concept.


For the most part, I enjoyed Shattered Blue. I love this novel for it’s new approach to the Fae concept and the inclusion of complex and lovable characters such as Judah and Sasha. However, it took some time to get to know this book for me to fully appreciate it. Me and Shattered Blue have a pretty slow-burn relationship. This was a potential DNF, thanks to the slow and somewhat action-less first half of the novel, however, after sticking around past the half-way mark, things really begin to pick up. 

With all it’s positives, there are also negatives. Sadly. I was extremely unconvinced with the romance, which was a terrible case of insta-love (in my opinion), and at times, dialogue seemed slightly awkward. The plot was indeed fast-paced but sometimes it felt as though all the events didn’t do a good job of blending together and adding up seamlessly. Overall, I enjoyed this book for the most part, so if you’d like to know more, keep on reading my precious bookworms! 

You all know I love to talk about my characters first. So let’s do that! Our main protagonist in Shattered Blue is Noa. She recently lost her sister, an event that haunts her and has put her mother into a state of depression. Yet, Noa finds comfort in the poems she writes and in her younger sister, Sasha. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect emotionally to Noa’s character. Even after finishing the novel, I feel like I still don’t know much about her as a person. And yet, not feeling an emotional connection to the main protagonist didn’t make me want to quit the novel, because other characters made up for this. 

Sasha is Noa’s little sister, the sister in which Noa describes as a wild creature, a girl of pure intensity that was full of joy and love. And that is exactly what she is. I adored Sasha just as much as Noa did, and enjoyed most scenes with her in it. She’s a sweetheart, innocent and such a pure little girl. 

Callum, Noa’s love interest and Fae, is an interesting one but yet again, I could not find any emotional connection to his character either. I felt like his character was slightly underdone. There was potential for him to be complex, with the hint of a balance of good and also dark parts of him, but I never found out anything in depth about him. Many of his actions  which were later explained, just did not seem justified to me. 

But here’s where everything changes. When Judah enters the scene. Judah, Callum’s little brother who I found to be incredibly complex and wonderful. After finishing this novel, I find myself infatuated with him and I don’t know why! Honestly, Judah was the only upside in terms of characters here. I think Lauren Horowitz really did a marvelous job in writing his character, because I enjoyed and savored every moment of his POV. He’s snarky and mischievous (honestly this might be the only reason I love him. Gosh, I seriously love the snarky bad-boy types, don’t I?), but yet, there’s this dark side to him that takes a toll on his heart. He’s bitter over family issues and experiences and over guilt and I love this part of him because it adds to the depth of his character. He’s probably the character I know the most and the only character I’m attached to right now.

The plot was easy to follow, yet, it was slightly shaky. The first half of the book was a huge let down for me. Nothing seemed to happen and I was very tempted to give up and read something ‘more worth my time’. But alas, I stuck with it and was full of glee when the pace finally picked up. It was like, once I got past 50%, the intensity and pace of the plot just kept building and building up until the crescendo at the end, which surprisingly, made me crave for the next book! 

I felt as though, although the plot was fine, the events that occurred over the course of the novel just didn’t seem to blend in with each other well. It felt detached. The romance between Noa and Callum was pure insta-love. They went out together for one day and it was like suddenly they knew they were star-crossed lovers. Sometimes insta-love doesn’t bother me, but this one just made me feel uncomfortable. It felt wrong and unnecessary. This was further proven when I read on and near the end, began to ship Noa with a different character altogether. (Seriously, I ship them and I wish I could talk about it, but I wont. But… UGH, JUST KNOW I SHIP NOA WITH SOMEONE WHO IS NOT CALLUM)

The writing style within Shattered Blue is fairly average and does a lot more telling than it does showing. At times I felt as though it was quite clumsy and it made reading the book a little harder. In addition, the dialogue within the novel made me feel awkward at moments. The characters saying “‘rents” instead of “parents” made me feel very weird. Slang such as that doesn’t sit well with me and in this novel it just felt very forced and not natural.

However, with all it’s flaws, Shattered Blue was an entertaining read that presents a very different concept of Fae which was constructed well and the ending was full of so many twists and action that I’m very excited for the next book in the series! If anything, I would say, read this book to meet Judah. I adore Judah. (okay, I should stop now, right?)

Do you think you will pick this book up?

Or have you read Shattered Blue? If so, tell me your thoughts in the comments!


34 responses to “Book Chat | Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz”

  1. Nerdybirdy @ Daydreaming Books Avatar
    Nerdybirdy @ Daydreaming Books

    Great review! I so agree with you. The slow pace and the lack of action bothered me as well. And yeeesh I loved Sasha and Judah, these two are the only reason that I want to read book two in this series.

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    1. Thank you! Sasha and Judah are definitely the highlight of this book.

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  2. […] I managed to read one eARC: Shattered Blue which turned out to be quite a unique twist on the Fae concept with a fast-paced ending but a conventional and rather boring beginning. It was an average book to which I gave three stars, but the ending definitely made me want to continue on to the sequel! (Check out my review by clicking here) […]


  3. I like the set up you have for this post. It’s a good idea for when you don’t want to write a full review for something. I might steal the idea haha and link back to you of course 😉 Great job!

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    1. Oh yes, feel free to steal my idea! Hehe, I’m totally fine with that! 😀 Thank you so much! *hugs*


      1. Also I just saw your spotlight feature and that looks pretty cool too. So many great ideas!!

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  4. I do not like insta- love!!! But it is not supposed to be realistic either. Great chat, thank you;)

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    1. I don’t think any of us bookworms like insta-love! When will it stop being a feature in romance in books?

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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      1. I thin it’s because a lot of the time the author only has so much time to create a relationship. I still don’t like it, but I feel like that’s the reason. Seems like an excuse.

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  5. Love the graphics—as usual. How much time do you regularly spend on making them? Anyways, I HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE LOVE. Love-at-first-sight, well, heck no. I don’t do insta-love. For some reason it always seems fake and corny. Do you enjoy love-at-first-sight, have you read any books where this was portrayed nicely? Love the review, very detailed and eliciting.

    Love and books,

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    1. Thank you my darling!
      I usually spend about 10-20 minutes on making all of the graphics. I just love making them!
      I feel like I need a book that deals with insta-love in a way that DOESN’T seem so cheesy or makes me roll my eyes.

      I’m so glad you liked it Veda!

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  6. INSTA LOVE? SLOW PACED? That would be definitely a NO NO for me. I already have my doubts with it and i’m glad to know that I wasn’t wrong. Great Review BTW! 😀

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    1. I know, the first half was excruciating!
      Thank you so much Raven! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  7. I haven’t actually heard about this book before, but reading your review has made me extremely curious. I am a huge fan of Fae mythology in books, the Iron Fey series is one of my all time favorites (I recommend it if you haven’t read it yet).

    This was a lovely review by the way ❤ I love how you do the layouts.

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    1. You should definitely try it out! Try to stick through until about halfway and you’ll really enjoy it. Shattered Blue gives a really new take on the Fae mythology.

      The Iron Fey series has been on my TBR for a while! I’ll definitely get to it!

      And thank you Samantha. *hugs*

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      1. *hugs back* You’re welcome ❤️ you have to read Iron Fey, it’s amazing. I recently made my roommate read them and she’s been in love ever since.

        I’ll try to get my hands on a copy at the library : D now I’m excited !

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  8. Great review! I’m glad that you at least enjoyed it even if it wasn’t as much as you hoped (and I hoped, lol). Also, I ship Noa with the other too. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Ashley! Trust me, the last part of the book was so good my heart was pounding! I definitely can’t wait for the next book, and I’m glad we both ship Noa with the same person! Yay! 💗

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  9. Great review, Josie! So sad that you didn’t feel connected to the characters, it’s honestly so bothering when that happens in a story. Hopefully, you’ll get more Judah in the next book! 🙂
    I’m not sure if I will add this book to my TBR, I have to think about it…but well, you certainly got me intrigued about this Judah, sounds like a character I could love 🙂

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    1. Thank you Marie! Yes it’s so frustrating not being connected to the central characters. Ugh.
      But I hope to see more Judah indeed! It’s a tough one, so I don’t mind if you don’t put it on your TBR. It’s hard to get into but Judah is definitely a light in the darkness, at least, for me he was!

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  10. Maybe Lauren Horowitz will realise the same thing and make more of the sequel from Judah’s point of view. It’s always a little frustrating to be more invested in side characters than the protagonist.

    Is it terrible that I’ve started to roll my eyes as soon as I see ‘family tragedy’ in a blurb? It’s like the only way authors know how to make a character complex any more is through grief. I understand the need to get rid of parents – it’s difficult to have an adventure when you also have a bed time – but seriously! It is getting to be a little much for me.

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    1. I hope so. I really like Judah! It is the most frustrating thing. Especially when it seems that the side characters have more colour than the main characters.

      It’s not terrible at all! I think that its used a lot, and possibly its getting overused. I really want to see more books with parents that are present and actually care what their kids do on a daily basis!

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      1. I agree. The relationship you have with parents goes on to inform so much of the person that you become. Their relative absence in YA really doesn’t make any sense!

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  11. This sounds a leetle beet like a Lost Girl gender swap.

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  12. I had to take a break from this book. First was the insta-love thing and now that Judah appeared I’m pretty sure that a love triangle is coming. But maybe I will like it better when I pick it up again because I stop right where you say it gets better. Let’s see how it goes

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    1. I totally understand. It was almost unbearable for me to continue. And I just KNEW that a love triangle was forming and now, after finishing it, there’s definitely a love triangle. And I can feel the frustration that will come with it. However, I want to read on with the series just to see what happens to Judah!

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      1. As soon as Judah appeared the love triangle was so obvious. It was like “let’s bring the bad boy who happens to be the main love interest brother”.

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