May 11, 2012

Review: The Light Within Me by Carly Fall

Title: The Light Within Me
Author: Carly Fall
Series: Six Saviours #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Westward Publishing
Format: eBook
Release Date: December 31, 2011
Pages: 261
Source: Provided by Author

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Overall Rating: 3.5 Bad Boys – Enjoyed It!!!!
Reviewer: Kat

Author Summary
When Abby and Noah meet, there is an explosive attraction between them that neither can deny...

As a shy, awkward, social misfit, Abby has gone her whole life feeling as though she's different from everyone else and she simply doesn't fit in well with society as a whole. She longs to feel a real connection with someone, and she finally does when she meets Noah.

Unbeknownst to Abby, Noah is from another world and his sole purpose is to hunt down the evil of his people that was unleashed on Earth hundreds of years ago. He's certain he isn't going to be able to return to his home, and anger and the need for revenge are his constant companions. His focus has been eradicating the evil and making them pay for taking his life on his world away from him.

Noah tries desperately to fight his attraction to Abby so he can keep his focus on his mission. But when Abby gets dragged into the evil and mayhem from Noah's world, he realizes that maybe with Abby he can find a home here on Earth...if he can save her in time.

My Thoughts

The Light Within Me is the first novel in Carly Fall’s Paranormal Romance series, Six Saviours.  Fall has created a very intriguing story of otherworlders living here on Earth.  She delivers a well-structured novel that excites with action and conflict, and captivates with steamy romance. The main characters in this story are true-to-life and there’s an array of supporting characters that suggests lots of promise for future novels.

I’m going to do what I haven’t yet as a reviewer and rate this novel at 3 ½ stars. I enjoyed the story and the world building, loved the characters, and parts of the novel really resonated with me. However, there were a few unanswered questions and a shortage of dialogue that I found a little too off-putting for me to give it a full 4 star rating.

That said, this is still a very good story and I will definitely be reading the next one, Finding My Faith, which came out in March 2012.  This series has a lot of potential and it reminds me a lot of the Midnight Breed series - which is a very good thing in my point of view.

About the story…

Criminals on planet SR44 are banished from society and sent to live out their days on ‘The Colony’ - a very cold, gray and desolate place where nothing grows from lack of sunlight.  There is no rehabilitation strategies or integration back into society for the Colonists. Once you are found guilty of a crime, that’s it. You are exiled and never allowed to return. The people of SR44 believe in making criminals as miserable as possible just as the victim’s families live in misery. These strict rules keep crime to a minimum and there are never more than 100 at a time on the Colony.

Twelve of these hardcore criminals hijacked a cargo ship and escaped.  Ashamed of their failure, SR44’s military chose six of their best warriors to go in search of the escapees and kill them.  The warriors are not allowed back on SR44 or permitted any contact with anyone there until all twelve of the escapees are found and dealt with (and any possible offspring). The group arrogantly figured the mission would be an easy ‘in and out’, however, the Colonists proved to be more wily than they thought. After 200 years on Earth, the warriors still have 6 left to find and kill.  

About the Characters…

Noah is one of six warriors sent to Earth on this mission.  Disenchanted by the ‘less than stellar’ performance of the mission, missing his home and his old life, Noah has been feeling stress more than usual. Hopelessness and excessive drinking has driven him to become reclusive.  Unlike the other warriors, Noah has not taken a human lover while on Earth and his loneliness is unrelenting.  Until he meets Abby. 

Abby is also disenchanted with life. She’s always felt different from everyone else and has never fit in.  Unhappy in her job and tired of unfulfilling relationships, she’s looking for something exciting to happen in her life. When she meets Noah, she knows instantly her life is going to change.  

Noah and Abby have great chemistry and despite the turmoil surrounding them and the obstacles they must overcome, their relationship is a pure and loving one.  They are well suited and complement each other nicely. 

We are briefly introduced to the other warriors.  Each has his own special power or skill that made him a choice for the mission.  While Noah, as leader, is more reserved, the others seem more mischievous.  I’m looking forward to reading their stories.

Bottom Line

The author has created an excellent story world, interesting plot and compelling characters in her first novel of the series. There were a couple of things that I found a little puzzling and it resulted in a 3 ½ instead of a 4 star rating.  Regardless, I fully intend to read the next in the series, Finding My Faith, which just came out in March this year.

Happy Reading!!

3.5 Bad Boys – Enjoyed It!!!!


  1. I've been seeing this stockphoto around... anyway I hope the series gets some traction come book 2.