Mar 25

Review: The Light Who Shines (Bluebell Kildare Series) by Lilo Abernathy

Review:  The Light Who Shines (Bluebell Kildare Series)  by Lilo Abernathy The Light Who Shines Format: eBook
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When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, she uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.

Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows, and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn't enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high and hate crimes are increasing. However, it's her growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.

While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?

Danger lurks in every corner and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.



This book was huge. Sitting at 136k words, I found myself up to my eyeballs in lore, character back history and the current story itself.  It actually took me a few days to get through the whole book, which surprised me because I’m such a fast reader. Abernathy takes her time building up to the climax, so be prepared to hunker down and spend some time wading through a lot of information about the world she’s building. Besides, the ending was so worth it I didn’t mind the lengthy beginning and middle.

Bluebell is a bad ass. No questions asked, no further explanation really needed. She may be only human, but she makes up for it with true grit. And the writing is fantastic. At one point when things got particularly harry for Bluebell, I had to put the book down because it was so graphic. I was actually upset about what was happening to her! “It’s awful!” I cried out. My husband reached over gently, patted my knee and said, “You know it’s just a book, right?” Yeah, the writing was that good.

I’d definitely read book two, even though I was bummed that Bluebell and her sexy boss/love interest Jack didn’t get very far in their relationship. Their buildup was so slow that I can only hope that in the sequel they really reach some milestones to keep us interested. I also wondered what was going on with Gambino and Bluebell. There seems to be some type of unspoken tension there (Perhaps sexual? Sibling? Who knows?) and I would be game to explore it.  Gambino reminds me of the saying, “Still waters run deep.”

In this universe, those who have special powers are called ‘Gifted’. And just like in the real world, there are humans who do not like those that are different from them. It was interesting to see how these ‘breedists’ mimicked the prejudiced people of our own universe and how that related to Bluebell’s own personal history.

Overall, The Light Who Shines is a top notch debut novel. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for someone who’s looking for a fresh new take in Paranormal Romance.


1 comment

  1. Lilo Abernathy

    Alisha, Thank you so much for the honest review. I’m so glad you picked up on and mentioned the underlying theme of prejudice in this book. I really wanted to switch the lens of prejudice off of the normal “race” and “sexual preference” issues we have in our society to provide a way for readers to view it objectively, in a new context. My goal was to interweave it in an enjoyable and entertaining way.

    As for the romance, I wanted to provide a romance that was slow building and real. I want the readers to BELIEVE that they love each other and I want the readers to fall in love too. Blue and Jack will face many trials in the future and their relationship will grow significantly throughout the series.

    I also purposefully wrote this to be more than a one night read. It is not a race. I intended it as a book to savor. The next book however, will be faster paced as much of the initial world building has been done in this book.

    Again, thanks so much for your review.


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