Ooking for some answers But the people who hold the truth don t want to tell her anything Maybe it s better for the heavy secrets to ride on the shoulders of those who are strong enough to carry them Cora is ready to break out of that cage her father has built around her whether he wants her to or not But the true catalyst for change is Finn A boy from Ireland Cora s birthplace is inexplicitly drawn to her It s odd but once they meet Cora feels something is pulling them together and she can t explain it she can t explain how he affects her Aaaah Love and Lightning Mari said with dramatic pause She tucked he straight hair behind her ear and winked at me They both can strike sudden and hot Finn also taken aback by how fast things are moving between them leaves to o back to Ireland with little explanation Cora might be a little heartbroken but she also has bigger mysteries to solve than just her heart She needs to know why she shines differently than all those around her She wants to find what her mother was looking for in Ireland that might have New Directions in American Intellectual History got her killed and why it seems she has been hidden from the world for so long Cora needs to do it uickly because there is someone following her and some of the people around her are dying of unusual causesIn Ireland she finds someone just like her and also that boy that left her behind Now with the help of Giovanni a and Finn she might find out just what her mother was after but it will lead to places she never meant too and betrayal she never saw coming Cora will make discoveries about herself but the costs will be higher than she was willing to pay Choices luv We either regret the experiences we have or the ones we were too scared to have I ll be interested to see where the story African Immigrant Families in the United States: Transnational Lives and Schooling goes in the next book and I pretty sure there are a few characters that we haven t seen the last of At least I hope ARC provided by Entangled Publishing LLC via Netgalley for an unbiased review uotes may differ from final version Sometimes theirl can be so Unwise that it drives me nuts But the story line is really really cool and uniue I loved reading and trying to put the pieces together I m on team Giovanni but for some reason it feels like it s not working out that way Hopefully she will realize Or maybe my mind will change who knows 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 is tired old recycled tripe I can t even hate it because the author does such a The House of Saulx-Tavanes: Versailles and Burgundy, 1700-1830 good 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 that 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 eyedirl 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 The Bodhisattva's Brain : Buddhism Naturalized 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 Dark Tapestry (Colin and Leora Mysteries) 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 elseBecause fuck DNA right Fuck the fact that every single one of us is different Fuck 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 " brown almost black and wild as if it had been wound thick tree branches every night Tree branches huh You don t say So here s a irl 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 big reen eyes and spider lashes I remembered etting 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 He lanced up at me then uickly back down at his lass It s always 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 uy 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 popular irls in school The GI Bride go after Finn Including Serena the stunningly beautiful ueen Bee Serena eyed Finn with a predatorylint following his aze to where I sat She sauntered over to where he was set up leaned in boob razingly close and whispered something in his ear But fuck bitches fuck em all Even Finn says so Finn stopped Shut your ob 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 a uy who calls another Ratscalibur 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. 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. Every once in a while you come across an outstanding new book one that Wows you from the start Scintillate is just such a story To make it even better its part of a trilogy with Tracy Clark s writing you know you are The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, going toet two fabulous installments in this seriesWhy did I love Scintillate so much Besides the marvelous characters that came to life and jumped right off the pages The story is a completely original premise but not slowed down by world building Yes there is world building and background but its presented in such a way that you learn right along side Cora the main characterClark brilliantly hits all the emotional triggers bringing laughter fun heart ache family issues chemistry love and betrayal to this riveting plot Scintillate is full of unexpected plot twists and turns a refreshing magnificent read I highly recommend you add this story to your must read list Tracy Clark you have a new fanI received this ARC copy of Scintillate from Entangled Publishing LLC Entangled Teen in exchange for a honest review This book is set for publication February 4 2014Written by Tracy ClarkSeries The Light Key TrilogySeuence in Series 1Paperback 304 pagesPublisher Entangled Teen Publication Date February 4 2014ISBN 10 1622661451ISBN 13 978 1622661459Rating 5 Stars FAVORITEGenre Science Fiction Young Adult Romance FantasyFind this book on Barnes Noble Scintillate came as a real surprise for me I didn t expect anything of it I thought the premise sounded interesting and just decided to The Selected Poems give it a try But wow though I had a few issues with the novel it was actually veryood and I m very much looking forward to reading the seuel hopefully soon The concept of seeing auras was brilliant and the world building very round and fulfilling in my eyes There was no infodumping at all it all flows very smoothly along with the plot Here we meet young Cora who has lived a pretty uneventful life until she ends up in hospital with a mysterious illness and suddenly sees a bright light around people They each A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent glow with different colors according to their moods personalities secrets they keep love they share and so on First Cora s afraid something might be wrong with her She shares her fear and her confusing new ability with her father who is the ever present overprotective constant in her life But he only comes up with lame excuses and doesn t take her seriously It takes a while until Cora figures out what s really wrong with her vision While Cora discovers that there is a whole new world waiting for her to be discovered she also meets Finn As you can read in the blurb it s a severe case of insta attraction if not even insta love at least from Finn s side BUT this is perfectly well explained by the end of the novel I found it a little bit disturbing most of the time which is also my only issue with the book Finn was a little bit creepy It s absolutely comprehendible that Cora falls for him as she s so inexperienced when it comes touys But hey wait until you ve met his mother Then you know where all the creepiness comes from I d sort of hoped that she wouldn t see him ever again but I already knew when she went to Ireland that all hope would be in vainI thought Giovanni was much swoon worthy even though he seems to carry a few secrets of his own just like everybody else With the appearance of Giovanni who becomes a very important person for Cora and her personal uest in Ireland the story speeds up again There wasn t a boring moment in this book it s full of twists and turns and keeps you on the edge wanting to find out what happens nextI would love to read about Dun and Mari in the next book Cora s best friends and characters who seem to have much to offer than their role in Scintillate Also Cora s My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA grandma Tulki seems to be uite an interesting character and I m sure she ll be thoroughly introduced in the seuelI have to add that I really liked Clark s writing it was simply and easy to read but still beautiful His certainty irritated me How do you know Do you know where she is The words dropped from my lips like petals Fragile Easily crushed I held my breath I can only recommend this book to all YA lovers as it is already one of my biggest book surprises of 2014 It uestions the definition of humanity and tells the story of airl who needs to cope with her role in the The Book of Leviathan greater scheme of the world learning how to make her own decisions I hope Scintillate and Tracy Clark willet a lot of attention because this book definitely deserves it So there remains only one uestion when will the seuel be released I ve had the privilege of advance reading this selection and readers you are in for a treat Steamy romance a uniue premise and a charming heroine makes for an intriguing read I m trying to figure out why people love it What might have been once successful with Edward and Bella as pure wish fulfillment of teenage unicorns and dragons dreams might still work for pre pubescent Nine Ghosts girls Publishers sure think like that but I can t believe that 14 year olds still fall for that crap Mary Sue MC slut shaming insta love paired up with totally unrealistic creepy sugary dialogue followed by love triangle including sparks flying literally and a lot of magic at work Those eyes connected with mine and every atom in the room crackled with delight Plain Janeets not only the hot Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia guy but two of them The hot Irish exchange student who can sing and shit and the blond blue eyed Italian Giovanni who is just like her sparkling and shit What is with all theuys panting after her It s implied several times that our MC is plain socially inapt but of course the two hottest شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى guys on earth insta sea how super special she is PHHHLEEEASEEE spare me Of course the main character in this Twilight fanfic is not only super special but also super dumb When someone tells you to not tell other people about your super specia 35 StarsWhile this story isuilty of a few of the most popular YA tropes it was still a fun one There is the insta love between two characters and an attraction that they couldn t explain although I loved the explanation of this later in the book so I m The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) going to forgive this There was also heroine who discovers she has aift of sorts the possibility for a love triangle in future books a uirky friend actually two and a near perfect uy that is there to come to the rescue anytime you have a freak outThat said there were a lot of things I really enjoyed about Scintillate
the first being that it moves very uickly The chapters are short first being that it moves very uickly The chapters are short fast paced There isn t a lot of time spent with anything that isn t specifically driving the story forward There are also a lot of reat one liners throughout that were intelligent and fun like Dad didn t answer her He did that left uestions lying on the round like dirty socks There is an introduction to the world that
"they are in some nice descriptions of a few of the "are in some nice descriptions of a few of the in Ireland and the redwoods Cora liked to visit I really wanted a little description to some of the things in Ireland but I m hoping that will come into play in the future books Also I m a sucker for forbidden romance so this is right up my alley The author rabbed my attention right away and I liked the role she let the parents play in the story
not perfect but not absentee eitherCora has been protected by her father for perfect but not absentee eitherCora has been protected by her father for of her life After her mother left when she was five in Ireland her dad put her in a protective bubble and never let her out She hasn t exactly tried to break out of that bubble until now After being deathly ill she starts to see colors around everyone even herself but the aura surrounding her looks different than everyone else Cora knows her dad is keeping secrets from her about who she is and why her mother disappeared and now she is ready to start 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. ,
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 and rinned 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 Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students 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 ILLERAMMA Kathalu guy sotta be a blond right But also mysterious LET S MAKE HIM A BLOND DANISH ITALIAN He s also American Literature Student Text got a heavy Italian accent shh just believe it Giovanni smiled andave 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 s father 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 Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance 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 The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems good 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 theround 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 clone I received a digital arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewAlrightyI want to mention upfront that Scintillate is etting 4 stars from me solely for the mystery of what s Black Wings of Cthulhu going on with Cora and her new ability to see aurasThe romance in this one is probablyoing to turn uite a few readers off to the bookCora and Finn have an overly dramatic insta love thing Girl on the Verge going 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 coolCoraets 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 totally Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow Revised Edition glued to the pages And even when sheets 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 of oofy 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 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 hert a confrontation kind of person but neither would she let herself be a doormat And if she set her to something nothing would stop her I really liked her I thought she was strong 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 uy 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 be togetherGiovanni was 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 to et 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 Cora Sandoval s mother has "a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Cora Sandoval s mother has 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 th. 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. .