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Likable and a lovely characterFinn was complicated For most of the book he was super sweet and clever and devoted to Cora But then we find out something that changes everything Yet Finn still proved himself to be a truly ood At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture guy and a total sweetheart I absolutely adored himThe romance was lovely Cora and Finn were very sweet together A revelation near the end of the book complicated matters for them but I m still hoping they find a way to be togetherGiovanni was an important character in the book so I just want to mention him He was clever strong sweet and I really liked him There s a potential for another love interest in him but we ll see what happensThe plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through There were tons of thrills secrets and surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious to find out what happens next I m dying toet my hands on book 2 Can t waitScintillate was a fantastic YA paranormal romance I absolutely loved this book From the romance to the secrets to the thrills this book was wonderful YA romance lovers this is a book not to be missedI received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I received a digital arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewAlrightyI want to mention upfront that Scintillate is Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity getting 4 stars from me solely for the mystery of what soing on with Cora and her new ability to see aurasThe romance in this one is probably Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism going to turn uite a few readers off to the bookCora and Finn have an overly dramatic insta love thingoing on and it bugged me Also Finn sounded less like an Irish teenager and like an older dude from one of those Highland Romance novelsMaybe I m wrong Maybe the teenage boys in Ireland all talk like old men but I don t think soHowever the aura thing was pretty coolCora Boggs: A Comedy of Values gets sick runs a super high fever and ends up in the hospital When she wakes up she finds that she can see colors around everyone including herself At first she thinks that she has brain damage or something but after a little research realizes that she s seeing people s emotions and energyHer father seems to refuse to believe her but Cora can tell that something is off about his reactions to her uestioning After some poking around she discovers that her mother s disappearance years ago may have had something to do with the same thing Cora is experiencing nowThe whole changing the way we see humanity mystery kept me totallylued to the pages And even when she Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago gets some answers at the end you can tell that it s only the tip of the icebergI m hoping that the next book will tone down the star crossed lovers theme and focus on the mystery If it does I think this will be uite an interesting trilogy to followIf notWell I have a limit to the amount ofoofy teen drama I can swallow Untangle your lips and back away cause there s important things in life Really Like finding out who s trying to kill you for instance Not only was he a danger to me physically he was dangerous to my heart And now I had a new worry how many innocent people did I condemn to death because I saved his life This book is teenaged wish fulfillment at its most
Insipid It Is Banal It It is banal it tired old recycled tripe I can t even hate it because the author does such a ood job of catering to a very specific audience so well It is a Twilight clone of the highest order and of the lowest ualityDo you want a lesson on unoriginality Read this book This book will sell and I predict that it sells well because it captures everything Read this book This book will sell and I predict that it sells well because it captures everything an audience with a taste for a starry eyed love affair will ever want More discerning readers will want to stay away because this book is fantasy driven xerox of a million other Young Adult Twilight clonesHow do you write an YA fantasy that caters solely to a starry eyed irl s fantasies You take everything that is bad everything that is a trope a clich in YA paranormal and fantasy and you put it together in one neat packageThere is nothing original about this book The romance is of the insta love sort There is no courtship there is no building of relationships There is however1 A moonlit fantasy of a romance with adamant declarations of eternal love before 14 of the book is through2 A love triangle between a plain but really beautiful Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago girl who upon discovering that she is different captures the heart of two vastly different astoundingly handsome young menThe Tropes1 The Different Girl You re different from them Story of my life I d always been different never fit in but he had no idea how different I felt lately That s probably not a compliment but I ll take it as one Did you hear that That s the sound of me rolling my eyes Yes ladies andentlemen we have another special Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) girl on our hand Cora The oneirl who has always felt somehow that she is DIFFERENT from everyone elseBecause fuck DNA right Fuck the fact that every single one of us is different Fuck the fact that every single one of us is individual to the very strands of our building blocksI hate it when characters label themselves as different You are not Claiming you are different is meaningless and to me it loudly declares I AM A SPECIAL FUCKING SNOWFLAKEGet the fuck over yourself2 The Beautiful Girl Who Doesn t See It All I inherited from my mother was my fair Irish complexion My curvy figure was pure Chileno as was my hair deep brown almost black and wild as if it had been wound around thick tree branches every night Tree branches huh You don t say So here s a Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture girl with pale beautiful flawless skin curvy in just the right places hair that s beautifully enviably thickand she thinks she s just freakin ordinary y allOh and her lashes They re just too fucking long LONG EYELASHES ARE SOOOOOO UGLY It was me in the picture without a doubt The same wild hair the same bigreen eyes and spider lashes I remembered One Touch of Scandal getting in huge trouble for cutting them one day because a boy at the park told me they looked like spider s legs Give me a break3 The Attractive Aura There s something different about you that draws people to you Grace was like that Helanced up at me then uickly back down at his Bulletproof Feathers glass It s On to believe that someone is hunting and killing people like her if there are any others like her who are still aliveWhile investigating the danger associated with these auras Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn aorgeous Irish exchange student Their attraction is instant magnetic and primal but her father disapproves and Finn’s mother abruptly orders him back to Ireland As mysteries add up Cora realizes. .
Cora Sandoval s mother has been missing for 12 years she vanished without a trace when Cora was 5 and they where living in Ireland Since then Cora and her father moved to the US and her father s become overbearingly overprotective and Cora s beginning to want to rebel After a serious illness Cora miraculously survives but weird things start to happen Cora can now see strange coloured lights surrounding people and a strange silver light surrounding her Cora fast realizes that she is seeing people s aura s but she can t work out why hers is silver and never changes colours Upon finding some secret documents of her father s it becomes apparent Cora s mother didn t abandon her like she s thought all these years she was working on something very dangerous and knew there was a chance she might vanish Cora fast begins to realize she might be in danger and her father has known all alongAmongst these discoveries Cora finds herself drawn to the Irish exchange student at the school Finn He makes her feel safe and their attraction to each other is instant inescapable and powerful However Cora s father disapproves mostly because he s Irish from the land that Cora has ties to and where her mother was caught up in something dangerous Once Finn s mother learns he s fallen in love she immediately orders him to come back to Ireland never to see Cora again After a monumental fight with her father about what really happened to her mother and the aura s she see s not to mention her lack of freedom Cora hops on a plane to Ireland with the hope of seeing Finn but mostly to look for her missing mother and other s like her Once in Ireland Cora meets Giovanni another person like her a silver aura d person He tells her that they are what s known as Scintilla and the man Cora has seen with the white aura killing people by sucking their arua s out is what s known as an Arrazi Scintilla are potent to them the best food to feed their survival and they will kill the both of them Cora and G decide to work together to figure out who exactly they are and what is Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store going on and when they find Cora s mother s journal in a library the danger to them becomes clear as well as things they never knew about themselves They learn that the baduys have a plan for them a plan that will change the world and end their lives When she finds Finn something s not uite right with him or his parents After a devastating accident Cora is kidnapped by someone close to her and Finn someone she trusted and she finally finds her motherbut at what cost What do they want with her And what does her father mean about dark energy Scintillate is the first book I ve read and reviewed in a while that has actually wowed me and made me excited in a long time I went in with trepidation about being let down as I have so many times recently only to have my expectations surpassed The world created is truly astounding in scale and I really Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 got a feel for Ireland and a clear picture in my mind from Clark s prose I was encased in to the world and didn t want to leave The characters themselves where so well written with depth and many sides to them the inner strength in Cora was inspirational and all of the characters jumped off the page Clark is the first author to be able to use UKIrish slang words and swear words and not throw them in everytime the character speaks I reallyrew to love the characters purely from how well they where written and how relateable and humanised they where The world building is concise but powerful and the background is presented in an interesting and engaging way and we learn everything as Cora does The pace of the book is fast an interesting and engaging way and we learn everything as Cora does The pace of the book is fast flows smoothly from location to location and plot point to plot point The mythology that is the main point of Scintillate is uniue and unlike anything else in the YA Chameleon Hours genre and truly drew me and intrigued me I wanted to know everything about it and we learned the mythology at the same time Cora does as sheoes along we learnt and you have all the same uestions as Cora does This prevented the book from having pages laying out the mythology hurriedly or in excruciating detail We learned everything uickly concisely and it didn t upset the flow or bore you to death Scintillate is however truly heart breaking in places You never see any of the plot twists coming you never know what s Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) going to happen next and everything is a shock Theround has been laid for what looks to be the continuation of a rich mythology and plot as well as what could be an intriguing and complex plot Scintillate has a story all of it s own with a point to make as well as setting up the next book but setting up the next book is merely an undercurrent and not the main focus of the book as it is with so many first books Scintillate is the book that has Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide given me hope for the YA Supernaturalenre when I was despairing of everything being the same Scintillate is a refreshing and uniue read truly uniue to the enre with read truly uniue to the enre with and intriguing mythology woven in to a complex mystery of a plot Scintillate will make you laugh make you cry make you Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 go aaww and make you mad the hallmarks of a truly brilliant author are all present when you find yourself so invested in the characters of the book and unable to put it down as I was I didn t want it to end I wanted to know everything and I ve found myselfutted by the wait until the next book And that s the Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More good news folksthis is the first in a trilogy soet ready because Scintillate is the first installment of a trilogy which promises to be a roller coaster ride of emotion full of intrigue and potentially one of the best trilogies of the year You don t want to miss out I m off to mourn the wait for the next book and try to find a book to match up to thisI think that will be impossible A thrilling YA romance that kept me on the edge of my seat Scintillate was a wonderful read I absolutely loved this book It had sweet romance dark secrets and an ending that left me wanting Cora was a wonderful heroine She wasn t a confrontation kind of person but neither would she let herself be a doormat And if she set her mind to something nothing would stop her I really liked her I thought she was strong. A mighty flame follows a tiny sparkCora Sandoval lives an insulated unexciting life Mostly she blames her dad Her mother disappeared from Ireland when she was five and he’s been a human handcuff ever since Cora’s life suddenly propels into the extraordinary when she begins to see colorful lights around people Everyone that is except herself instead she lows only a brilliant luminous silver Cora has reas. Lways been this way When you were little it was animals Any stray thing would follow you home No sooner would I take you to a park than a bunch of kids would be trailing after you Even adults they d stare I m sorry Cora is your other name The Pied Piper4 The OTHER Aura Cora is special we ve established that but not only is she different not only is she special without knowing it not only is she beautiful without knowing it she also has the ability to see aurasAnd she has an aura herselfOne that nobody else hasA silver aura All morning long I had floundered in my classes distracted by the subtle haze surrounding my classmates and teachers and the radations of the colors around themIt was confusing and rather than forging a connection to people it made me feel different and alone than ever Especially because the only color I ever saw radiating from myself was bright silver It never variedNot once did I see another person with a silver shadow like mine Well tarnation Even her aura is special So special you can say it smythological Like a fucking unicorn I ve read about it or heard about it I can t remember which But I do remember this silver ones are very rare Almost mythological So rare they re thought to be wiped from the earth I say Neigh5 Mysterious Dark Handsome Young Trope Lover We have in one corner the darkly handsome Irishman Finn The sexy Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) guy with the Irish accent that you can hardly tell it s there because wellit s not Just accept the fact that he has an accent And that it s sexyNaturally all the most popularirls in school Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools go after Finn Including Serena the stunningly beautiful ueen Bee Serena eyed Finn with a predatorylint following his Common People: The History of An English Family gaze to where I sat She sauntered over to where he was set up leaned in boobrazingly close and whispered something in his ear But fuck bitches fuck em all Even Finn says so Finn stopped Shut your Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare gob you thundering bitch OH WHAT A FUCKING GENTLEMAN YOU ARE YOU CALLED ANOTHER GIRL A BITCH JUST FOR ME DON T I FEEL SO FUCKING SPECIAL NOWBecause NOTHING turns me on than auy who calls another conquest and community:the afterlife of warrior saint ghazi miyan girl a bitch Are you fucking serious You sorry excuse of a manThey fall in love so rapidly so astonishingly fast In one moment they re just talking the next moment she s sobbing her heart out to him as he holds her still in the next he looks lovingly into her eyes as he reassures her that she is his love eternal They re practically soul mates by the time the book is 13 of the way through His mouth moved softly against my neck Since I met you nothing else exists No one has ever touched me the way you do You re like a fookin hypnotist I don t know what you do to me Cora Sandoval but I can t stay away from you He released me and stood back I can t I m here standing in front of you because I can t He cocked his head blinked andrinned You re radiant Cora It s the only word I can think of You have a special light about you People try so hard to shine You do nothing and you eclipse them all 6 Mysterious Golden Handsome Young Trope LoverWhat s better than having one Composition and Literature: Bridging the Gap guy in love with you That s right Having TWOuys in love with you for no fucking reason at all Since Finn is all like dark and mysterious and stuff the other Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity guy sotta be a blond right But also mysterious LET S MAKE HIM A BLOND DANISH ITALIAN He s also ot a heavy Italian Accent Shh Just Believe It shh just believe it smiled and ave a slight nod My mother she was Danish I take after her a bit on the outside But on the inside I m pure Italian He sure was Mix a young Nordic Viking with a Roman emperor and you d have Giovanni Teso And there you have it your teenaged love triangle fantasy come true Fan fucking tastic7 The Star Crossed Lovers Naturally their families don t want them to hook up It s less Romeo and Juliet and Twilight She smoothed her tightly drawn hair against her scalp I had hoped Finn was simply being melodramatic about his affections toward you I had hoped it was merely a crush as he is too young for any serious involvement But I see it s too late I d never before heard someone use the word hope like a spear Their families have Secrets That Must Not Be Revealed8 Speaking of Secrets We have secrets aplenty It s fucking dumb It is a fact that the you conceal from your kids the they will try to discover the fucking secret It s another fact that if it s your kid s life on the line you should fucking inform them Especially when it s the fate of the world at stakeI would like to find Finn
S Mother And Cora Smother and Cora s and sterilize them both9 Let s Run Away and Trust My Life To The Guy I ve Known for All of 5 Minutes Ireland It is a long way from California Half a world away I am a Contingent Lives: Fertility, Time, and Aging in West Africa grown ass woman my parents would be concerned if I were to all of a sudden run away to Ireland Cora is 17 year oldirl who really really fucking easily runs away to Ireland without any conseuences at allAnd Finn s mom Man it s not like it s a criminal matter with serious legal conseuences to hide a teenaged runaway or anything Let s just let her stay in your enormous beautiful Irish mansion by the seaOf course it s a fucking mansion by the sea Like Cora would ever be forced to stay in something so fucking unglamorous as a youth hostel when she runs away from homeChrist on a crackerTHE WRITING I wouldn t say it s full of purple prosebut it s not ood There is a tremendous amount of really really weird metaphors and figures of speeches that are just plain stupid Dad didn t answer her He did that left uestions lying on the round like dirty socks And Thanks Seriously though your mouth is talking fashion Mari said leveling her aze at me but you look like you were just visited by a clown carrying a doll with slasher music playing And let s not forget the illustrious rock and roll teddy bear hugging maddeningly handsome Finn He looked like a rock star poet all the dark temptation of a rebel mixed with a sweetness like maybe his biggest secret was the teddy bear under his pillowThat messy blue black hair the scruff of beard the spiral tattoo peeking out of his collar that teased me with mysteries carved in stones in the fog drenched moss of Ireland Just stick to Twilight really if you are into this stuff Why read a clon. That the small life she’s always known was a lie On the run from a supernatural killer she flees to Ireland to look for her missing mother and learn the truth about herself There she meets another silver haloed person and amidst threats and danger discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries one that could change mankind foreverif it doesn’t kill her firs.