Friday, February 7, 2014

REVIEW - Scintillate by Tracy Clark

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.

This book was excellent. It engages you from the very first sentence and keeps you hanging on in wonder. It's full of mystery and intrigue and so not "Twilighty" like some may suggest. It may have some of the stereotypical YA Fantasy tropes but I didn't mind at all. It's very well written and intriguing. I like the Ireland connection it was very mystic. All of characters were well developed and it kept me guessing.
Cora is a good MC and I like the supporting characters just as much as the leads. While it was a bit on the creepy side how Finn introduced himself I really liked his character, it was obvious he liked Cora but man I wasn't expecting everything that transpired. The whole "auras" thing was pretty cool. And I didn't mind the attraction she had to Finn one bit. I have always thought if "fate" was involved it is what we call instalove. When you know you just know. I mean I met my husband and 8 mos. later we were married and have been for almost 18yrs. now. It exists and I like it in this book Finn is a swoon worthy guy but it was frustrating when the parents came into play, always a complication for the under 18 crowd. It frustrated me that Cora's dad knew things and kept them from her, but it made for some good reading.
I love, love when the scene moves to Ireland I myself have always wanted to visit Emerald Isle so that was a great mental adventure for me!
There was enough action and romantic substance to keep me reading all  night long. I had to know what happened next and oh my good night! Can you say CLIFFHANGER!!! I NEED book 2 like yesterday! Ugh! I feel so tortured!
A very good YA read that I recommend if you love and mystery with a magical element plus lots of adventure to it.

5 of 5 Hearts

Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.
Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.
I received this book from
via NetGalley
This counts towards my #RPRC2014
2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads



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