Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
As Charlotte steps through the gate, she has a strong feeling that nothing will ever be the same again. Moving back to South Carolina after three years away, Charlotte knows going to have to face people from her past and adjust to a new high school, but she's completely unprepared for what else waits for her in Charleston. Drawn through an old garden gate, Charlotte discovers a hidden world where she meets Calvin, a boy to whom she is inexplicably attracted. As Charlotte is pulled deeper into this hidden world, it's up to her older brother Kevin to rescue her. No matter how hard Kevin tries, the rescue depends upon Charlotte fighting her intense feelings for Calvin while mastering a set of abilities that she has only just discovered she possesses.Beckoning Light is a neat Young Adult fantasy. The story mainly follows Charlotte, a 15 year old high school student relocated from South Carolina to Alaska and back to S.C. again. Charlotte is shy and kind of awkward. She has a star athlete brother, Kevin, who is more of the popular type and he's concerned about Charlotte. When she meets James and begins taking more chances than she used to she ends up making some decisions she may regret later.
While Charlotte grows a lot throughout the book, not only in character but in every way possible, she still isn't my favorite heroine. She seemed to depend on others a lot. I love books with strong female leads and I found her lacking in the "I run this show" department. My favorite character in the book was probably Liam, he's so sweet and awesome.
My main complaint in the book is the "insta-love" found between Charlotte and Calvin. By insta-love I mean that one second they meet, the next *bam* they're in love and can't live apart. And while the author explains why they fall in love so quickly I just found it very hard to believe and hard to feel anything for them. Not to mention I REALLy want Liam and Charlotte together ;)
One thing I really enjoyed about Beckoning Light is the switching of narrators back and forth between Charlotte and her brother Kevin. They are two very different voices and it was refreshing to know what was going on on both sides of the gate.
I liked Beckoning Light. It's a fun and easy to get into fantasy adventure by a very talented author. I'd recommend it to fans of Maria V. Snyder, Rae Carson, and Kristin Cashore.
It's a fascinating plot that was very well done and quite original for me. It reminded me a tiny bit of Rae Carson's Girl of Fire and Thorns and I will say if you liked that one you should give this one a try.