Renegade Red is the second book in the Light series by Lauren Bird Horowitz. The story started in the first book of the series, Shattered Blue which introduced us to Noa. She and her family were just coming to terms with the death of Noa’s older sister Isla. Her mother was barely hanging on and locked herself in her room quite often and her father was trying to return to work. That left Noa often caring for her 3 year old sister Sasha.
When a new student showed up at the school it was instant sparks between Noa and Callum. The sparks though were not what they seemed, Callum is Fae and he needs “Light” from humans which is taken through a touch or kiss. Noa and Callum grew closer as she found out they shared a similar background in which they had just both lost a sibling but Callum was afraid of hurting Noa. Things seemed to be going well until the arrival of Callum’s brother Judah.
Renegade Red picked up right after the huge cliffhanger ending of Shattered Blue in which Noa, Callum and Judah entered a portal to the Fae world in an attempt to save young Sasha. As the three fight to survive in the Fae world they also need to come to terms with their feelings for one another and discover the secrets that each had been hiding.
As with the first book in this series I found the writing to be wonderful and the story quite engaging. Shattered Blue certainly was full of twists and turns and plot twists I never saw coming and in Renegade Red that continued on but also in this installment we get a bit more into the magic and abilities with the story being set in the Fae realm as opposed to the first book taking place in the real world.
I certainly have enjoyed this series so far but I would warn to others that there is instant love and a love triangle with the brothers involved as those are sometimes huge turnoffs. With this story though I found that somehow these things just work well in the plot and before you can blink there is another twist to make you question what you know.
Overall, 4.5 stars for this installment, definitely a young adult fantasy series that is worth checking out. Looking forward to seeing where the story heads in book three.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.