Monday, 3 February 2014

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Book Review: Scintillate by Tracy Clark

Scintillate (The Light Key Trilogy, #1)
Title: Scintillate
Author: Tracy Clark
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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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.

My Review:

Scintillate, by Tracy Clark, centers on the adventures of Cora, a girl with the ability to see people’s auras. When a man begins to follow her and wreak havoc in his wake, she realizes that there is more to her gift than she thought. Suspecting her long missing mother’s involvement somehow, she flees to her hometown in Ireland to find her and get answers to questions she has about her abilities. She begins to piece together these hidden mysteries with the help of love interest, Finn, and traveling companion, Giovanni.

The first part of the book is very slow. One of the things that kept me reading was the anticipation of Cora’s to arrival in Ireland. As soon as she arrives, things become more interesting. The pace of the plot speeds up, the descriptive writing becomes colourful, and the characters begin to jump off the page. However, it takes a very long time to get to that point. When she arrives in Ireland, the first thing I thought was that I could have started reading at that point and I would have still understood what was happening. I actually debated whether or not I should continue. However, I kept reading because I wanted to read Clark’s description of Ireland and I wanted to find out the mystery behind Cora’s ability.

While the pace of the story at the beginning of the book is slow, the relationship between Cora and Finn becomes very serious very quickly. Because it is so instant, to me it comes across as irrational and even a little comical at places. I had a hard time getting invested in the romance and in Finn’s role in the story. However, Giovanni’s characterization really grabbed me. His back story is really interesting because he lost his parents at a very young age and was on his own for the majority of his life. I’m happy he appears often closer to the ending, although, I wish he was in more scenes throughout the book.

Overall, I thought this book could have been more interesting. The pace was very slow. The only action happens at the end, which is by far the best part of the book. I found the plot twist and overall outcome to be predictable, which was a downer. There could have been more elaboration on some of the characters, especially the villain. I didn’t really understand what the enemy is trying to achieve and why. Perhaps this will be addressed in the next two books. However, as of now, I think I will have to pass on reading future installments.

I give Scintillate, by Tracy Clark, 2 out of 5 stars.

(I received an advance copy from Entangled Teen through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

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