It's finally my day for the Link blog tour, and I feel like I've waited forever and a day to share my love for this book. BUT before I get onto my review, let's find out a little more about Link first.
For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.
Or at least, it used to.
Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that's missing—her father.
Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.
If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.
Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.
About Summer Wier:
Summer Wier is an MBA toting accountant, undercover writer, and all around jack-of-all-trades. Link is her debut novel and the first in The Shadow of Light series. She has three short stories appearing in Fairly Twisted Tales For A Horribly Ever After and co-authors the Splinter web serial. When she’s not digging through spreadsheets or playing mom, you can find her reading/writing, cooking, or dreaming of the mountains in Montana.
Anyone who knows me understands my love of romance books, mainly of the contemporary variety. But, because I want to spread my wings and explore new genres, I decided that this book would totally do that for me. Besides that, Summer is a fantastic person, so I wanted to support her in anyway I could. (Especially since this is her debut novel.)
What I'm getting at here is that I picked up Link thinking, sci-fi? Not my typical go-to book, but the premise sounded great. What I didn't expect though, was to fall in love with it like I did. And we're not talking mediocre love here, we're talking OMG THIS BOOK IS FABULOUS love.
This is the story of Kira, a seventeen year old typical girl. She's spunky and fun, sweet and shy, the exact kind of heroine I adore in my YA books. The thing about Kira is, she's not exactly who she thinks she is. After getting hit by a burst of light (AKA an actual star) one night in the lake, Kira is transferred to another realm far from her planet and world. There she comes face to face with a group of strangers who have experienced the very same thing that she has. The only thing is, Kira is able to travel between her home and this other realm. A place where her missing father might actually be.
Sounds complicated, right? Well, it's not. You see, Summer has this way of writing that I can't even describe. It's poetic, a natural, gorgeous flow of words where she takes you on a journey, rather than just telling you a story instead. I felt everything Kira felt, experiencing her fear and joy along the way, all while praying she found answers and her way back home to her mother and friends. The descriptions, the setting, the heartbreak, the tension...everything sucked me in to the point where I could not go to sleep at night.
So, should you read this? Yes. Absolutely. Sci-fi fan or not, I promise you will not be disappointed.