29 January 2010

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: For the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen--terrified, but intrigued--is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.
For the longest time, this novel was my favorite of urban fantasy. I read it some time ago but for the first time ever, the moment I finished reading, I wanted to read it again. And that rarely happens. I can still remember the feeling it gave me.

The romance is exhilarating, the thought behind the plot, brilliant.  The idea is original and the story moves along without lacking a single bit.  Helen is such a fun character and the interaction between she and James is fascinating.  It's very grounded yet heartbreaking.

An absolute fabulous story.  It's a shame it's rather on the short side.  I would have been overjoyed if it had been a four-hundred plus page book.  I would have taken my time with it.  But if I have nothing else to do, I can finish it in a day. (I know, because I have.)

Overall a fantastic read.  Strong romance, believable and enjoyable characters and a riveting plot.  You'll want to stay up extra late for this one.

Book Info

  • pages - paperback, 282
  • published - September 2005
  • publisher - Houghton Harcourt Books for Young Readers
  • genre - fantasy
  • rating - 5/5
  • series - Light
    • A Certain Slant of Light
    • Under the Light