Thursday, August 13, 2015


Series:  Light Keeper #1
Author:  Kelly Hall
Publish Date:   03.04.2015
Publisher:  Booktrope
Category /Genre:  YA, paranormal mystery
Recommended for:  young adults (12-18)
Received from:  x (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 08.07.15

Description from the publisher:
After a hurricane destroys her home, Lily Jordan is ready for life to get back to normal. That would be easy if her mother’s recent engagement hadn’t landed her in a house along Southeast Texas’ most haunted ghost road. The secluded scenic road is steeped in rich history and legends, but when Lily is given an old diary on her birthday, will she find that those legends hold more for her future than she’s bargained for?

With the help of new friends, Hunter and Owen, and forbidden love, Talon, will she uncover dark secrets from the past and find the key to her own gifts? Is it fate or circumstance that brought Lily to her new home? Normal gives way to the paranormal in book one of the Light Keeper series where mystery and suspense keeps you guessing until the very last page.

This is the first book in the Light Keeper series.  They will need to be read in order.

Twice a year, Aug 13th and Dec 13th, I choose a YA book to read in remembrance of Camille Vilar  (her last day and her birthday).  The daughter of my best friend, she called me “other mother.”  She was taken from us by the evil Hurricane Charley.  I almost passed up this book when I read the blurb and saw the first line.  I am so very glad that I saw it as a positive sign instead of fearing the words to be held within.

The hurricane mentioned is the catalyst to bring Lily and her mother to their new home in an area that used to be known as Bragg, TX.  Legends have investigators and thrill-seekers searching the area at times, but most of the time is it is a quiet little area in the woods.  Lily and Talon are now living far from the beaches where they grew up, but have made friends with the only other teenagers in their three-home sub-division. 

The characters are all well-developed and each is unique.  During my time spent reading this story, I felt myself to be part of the hot and humid days of summer in a small Texas back woods and loved every minute of it.  Based on a legend that does exist in S.E. Texas, the ghosts and legends are only part of this deep, yet fun, story.

I don’t usually read other reviews, but this time I did.  To my mind there is no ick-factor in Lily and Talon’s relationship.  They are not siblings.  Also, some have complained that Lily’s mother is an absentee parent.  No sixteen-year old needs a helicopter parent.  I found her mother’s involvement level to be spot on with what is appropriate and true.

Seriously?  This is Kelly Hall’s first release?  I hope she’ll keep on providing her unique voice to the literary world.

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

The Light Keeper series:
  1. The Legend of the Light Keeper
  2. The Secret of Strange Waters

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