Series: Book 1
Genre: YA - Paranormal
Publication: 04.10.2012 by CreateSpace
Source: These Paper Worlds
Synopsis: Jessie's moved from New York to North Carolina one week after school lets out for summer break. Being a teen in a retirement area, is one more thing to add to her 'this sucks' list. It's bad enough to have to move, but even worse her alcoholic father left them as he went on a quest to be an artist in Greece.
Things begin to look up when she is reintroduced to Caleb, the dorky boy that saved her life one summer at the beach. Caleb is no longer scrawny and nerdy, he is now tall, dark and handsome. Caleb is a Light Tamer. Now, Jessie and Caleb must learn how to control the light...before they lose each other forever.
Jessie and Amber become fast friends. Amber is a no frills girl, her snarky comments and sassy attitude will raise a few eyebrows and have you laughing out loud. Amber is rough around the edges, a light tamer with only two years left to find the one she is bound to. Her father's surfing accident left her dad paralyzed and her brother dead.
This paranormal romance will keep you on the edge of your seat with humor, romance, and determination. Fall head over heels for Caleb and Jessie
Thoughts: When I agreed to read The Light Tamer for review, I was taking yet another chance at a new indie author. The reviews were great on Goodreads, but I found that I didn't like The Light Tamer and whilst I was able to finish it, I was left pretty disappointed.
There were a few problems I had with the book. First of all, I had a hard time liking Jessie, the protagonist. She is a teenager, but her thoughts, dialogue and actions were pretty immature and quite unrealistic. I didn't care for her because there was no real way for me to connect with her. I also did not find Caleb swoon-worthy, although he was pretty sweet at times. Their interactions were okay, but sort of predictable and not very interesting, even though he could read her mind. I found the secondary characters a bit...annoying. Jessie's grandma acted like a teenager, their friend Amber is a little punk with an attitude, but sort of mehh, and everyone else isn't really too important.
What drew me to this book was the concept. The idea of light tamers and their abilities is pretty neat, but the way the it was executed and explained in the book was rushed and sort of fell flat. Jessie's reactions to everything was unrealistic, and when the Shadows (the villains) were introduced in the plot, I knew where the story was going and wanted to quickly finish the book. The conclusion bothered me quite a bit, because it felt rushed but was also solved ridiculously simple. There was plenty of build up for what was going to happen and then, not much exciting or surprising did actually happen.
There were several flaws in the grammar and spelling, as well as in the e-version of the book itself. The font was really mixed up and looked like this half the time, but then would change back in the middle of sentences or paragraphs. It annoyed me, but I would have been able to look past it if I had enjoyed the book more.
Overall: I think The Light Tamer has a lot of potential and can definitely be fixed up. I did read an e-ARC of the book so the author might have edited the book some, but I have to sadly say though that at this time and the way it is, I did not like it. Perhaps others might enjoy it more and I do recommend you giving it a shot if it sounds like something you might enjoy, but it was not for me.