This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

raginglightThis Raging Light – Estelle Laure
Expected publication: December 22nd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: e-galley via Netgalley from HMH Books for Young Readers

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page


I was excited for this one because the premise sounds like something right up my alley when it comes to contemporary. Dysfunctional families are a weakness of mine. That sounds so terrible, I know, but I can’t help it. I get all feely about it and stuff. But… I couldn’t love this book.

I did enjoy Laure’s writing style, and I would definitely read more from her in the future, but I found it hard to love these characters. In the beginning it was easy to feel sorry for Lucille, but as it went on it was hard for me to actually like her. I have to hand it to her, she deals with the situation of both her parents abandoning her to take care of her kid sister all by herself the best way she knows how, but some of the choices she made or the things she said just had me eye rolling into oblivion. However, she goes through a lot of shit, so a lot of it can be justifiable. I really started to take star off when the love interest, Digby, was lacking in the desirable book boyfriend department. I can understand why Lucille would fall for him, but I feel like it’s hard for the reader to, and to me that’s important in a contemporary romance.

Then there’s the end; or lack of ending. Usually when I’m reading a book and I turn the page only to find out it’s the end I’m sad, or craving more like ASAP. But when I got to the end here I was just confused. Like I actually thought I accidentally scrolled to the end. I understand there’s a thing called cliffhangers, but this left absolutely nothing resolved. After going on Goodreads and looking up the author, I found that she has a 2017 release called These Mighty Forces, that sounds like a sequel to me, but it doesn’t actually say. So if that’s the case, then fine, things will get resolved, but if it’s not a sequel then I don’t even know what to say about this ending.

I didn’t hate the book. I did enjoy it, but only small parts of it and really the only character I liked was Wren, the younger sister. I’m definitely going to continue reading Estelle Laure’s books. Because I enjoyed her writing style, and especially if These Mighty Forces is a sequel then I can get some answers. So I gave it 2.5 stars. I hope that this book can find it’s fanbase, I’ve seen some people online who are really enjoying it, so that definitely makes me happy.

Thanks to HMH Books For Young Readers and Netgalley for letting me read this book early for an honest review.

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