Saturday, February 22, 2014

Review: Scintillate (The Light Key Trilogy #1) by Tracy Clark

Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.
Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.
As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.
There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.
Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.

I want to mention upfront that Scintillate is getting 4 stars from me solely for the mystery of what's going on with Cora and her new ability to see auras.
The romance in this one is probably going to turn quite a few readers off to the book.
Cora and Finn have an overly dramatic insta-love thing going on, and it bugged me. Also, Finn sounded less like an Irish teenager, and more like an older dude from one of those Highland Romance novels.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the teenage boys in Ireland all talk like old men, but I don't think so.

However, the aura thing was pretty cool.
Cora 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 energy.
Her father seems to refuse to believe her, but Cora can tell that something is off about his reactions to her questioning. 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 now.

The whole 'changing the way we see humanity' mystery, kept me totally glued to the pages. And even when she gets some answers at the end, you can tell that it's only the tip of the iceberg.
I'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 quite an interesting trilogy to follow.
If not?
Well, I have a limit to the amount of goofy teen-drama I can swallow. Untangle your lips and back away, cause there's more important things in life. Really.
Like finding out who's trying to kill you for instance...


Jessica @ Rabid Reads said...

Finding out who is trying to kill you is definitely more important than goofy teen-drama LOL. I have this one in my Kindle pile, and I think I might like it. The aura/mystery thing sounds cool. Great review :)


Thanks, I thought the mysterious aura stuff was pretty cool! Hope you enjoy!

Bookworm Brandee said...

Well, I'm sure Finn speaking like an older man is gonna bother me, as well as the insta-love thing. (although I don't always hate insta-love, but it has to be done right) I'm really, really excited over the aura thing and as well as the mystery. I'm glad those elements kept you interested. I picked up Scintillate a couple of weeks ago, so I'm anxious to read it now. Great review, Anne!


Thanks! I hope you like it!

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