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I am a reader. When I say “I am a reader”, what I really mean is that I am an inhale a good book, give up sleep to finish a book, breeze through a book in less than 48 hours kinda gal. I love, love, LOVE to read.
But I’m picky. I like the authors I like, and the genre of book I like, and I don’t like to diverge and try new authors or genres. My husband has been trying for AGES to get me to read his favorite author and I just can’t get into the fantasy genre to enjoy them, so I give up after one chapter, head to the library, and find a book that fits me better. I’m running out of options, to be honest.
Recently, I got the chance to receive an advance copy of Chuck Black’s “The Cloak of the Light“. Doing this review was a scary prospect for me, because once I had committed, I knew I needed to finish this book so that I could write about it, regardless of whether or not I cared for the story line, the writing style, or the content. I don’t say yes to book reviews very often (actually, this is the first), for this very reason- they’re scary to me because nothing is worse than having to finish a book you hate. It’s like a horrible flashback to my freshman year of college and being forced to read a biology textbook I had no. interest. in.
Anyway, I digress. “The Cloak of the Light”. Here is a brief synopsis from the publisher’s Web site:
“Drew is caught in a world of light – just inches away from the dark
What if…there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if…our world wasn’t beyond their influence?
Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.
As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?
With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?”
As I read reviews for this book, they promised that the story was similar to some Frank Peretti novels that I had read that explored the supernatural realm in which angels and demons exist, and suggest that these supernatural forces are a part of our everyday life even though we are pretty unaware…I totally believe this to be the case, by the way. As this novel is targeted at young adults, I knew that it wouldn’t be as intense as a Peretti story, which is aimed at adults, however, I had high hopes. I was not disappointed. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. I finished this book loving it, and simultaneously hating it because now I have to wait for the next book in the series! Agh! Any reader of series understands where I’m coming from when I say this: waiting for the next book in a storyline that is enjoyable is the WORST! There were definitely parts of this story that dragged: there is a lot (and I mean a LOT) of back story that is covered in the first third of the book. Getting through that content was rough. I had the promise of a storyline I knew I would enjoy from past experiences with similar stories, and I was having to wade through a hundred pages of back story to get there…not super fun, but obviously important to character development. Overall, however, I found the plot engaging (by the end, I was giving up sleep because I was craving resolution), the writing style easy to get through, and the characters relatable, and those three elements make for a great read in my book!