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Scintillate (Light Key Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Tracy Clark
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Book Description

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1409 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTDH93Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scintillate 6 Feb. 2014
When Cora was 5 her mother disappeared, and she and her father moved away from Ireland and since then he became overprotective of her. Now, after almost dying from a mysterious illness, Cora has developed the ability to see people's auras and her own which is unique as it is just silver. She is drawn to the Irish exchange student, Finn and they have a whirlwind romance, but then his mother demands he come home. After her father gets too protective and secretive of her and their past Cora decides to go to Ireland to look for her mother and the mystery surrounding her ability.

Scintillate is a likable YA paranormal book, which is a quick, light read. However, I would have liked to have meet Cora before she got her abilities, even if only for a chapter or two, to see how much her life has changed because of it. This is a minor thing but it annoyed me, is that Cora came very close to dying at the beginning of the book and they are not sure what was wrong with her, but they still released her after only spending one night in hospital.

Cora is a kind and likable main character, however, I found her a bit too stubborn and reckless as she ran head long into danger and would not listen to advice or reason. The romance between Cora and Finn happened way too quickly, which meant I could not connect to their relationship, and then there is the love triangle which is really starting to get boring. However, my favourite characters are Cora's best friends, Mari and Dun, as they seemed willing to help her out.

This book ends on a fairly big cliff-hanger and with lots of questions left unanswered. I would recommend Scintillate to people who enjoy Twilight and Evermore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scintillate 24 Feb. 2014
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Waking up in a hospital bed after being so sick with fever it was unsure she'd recover, Cora Sandoval is understandably a little disoriented. This is only exacerbated by the fact she's suddenly seeing strange colours around everyone. Putting it down to lingering symptoms, she leaves the hospital, but the visual anomaly persists.

To add to this worrying development, she suddenly finds herself the centre of hot Irish exchange student, Finn's, attention. It's quite overwhelming, but not at all unwelcome. After all, he's gorgeous, his Irish brogue is so adorable it should be illegal, and he makes her feel things she's never felt before. He also reminds her of her mother's side of the family, since she was also Irish.

Speaking of which, she hasn't seen her mother for 12 years. She disappeared, and the one person who knows why - her father - won't spill the beans. Naturally this causes some resentment between them, and when Finn's exchange period is over, it's not long before she finds herself on a plane to Ireland as well.

From here the book really takes off. There's revelation after revelation, as well as a few shocks and, sadly, a betrayal or two within the pages of SCINTILLATE. And of course, romance! I loved all of the developments and the magic and worldbuilding they were built upon. I also liked the addition of new character, Giovani, at this stage, who has a strong connection to Cora. This brought some interesting conflict for her in the romance department.

Overall I found SCINTILLATE to be a well-paced, interesting read which built to a thrilling and unexpected conclusion. It had a great story line, a sweet romance, interesting magic, and left me wanting to know what will happen next for these characters.

4 Stars! ★★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a book. 23 Feb. 2014
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As soon as I saw the cover I knew I had to give this book my attention. Once I read the blurb I knew my heart was all in.

Cora is your typical teenager. She wants to live her life without the constraints of her father. After Cora gets extremely sick she can see things other people can't. Everyone has a colourful light around them ever changing with their mood. Her's however is silver, always. She's braver than she knows and pretty tough. She is determined to find out what happened to her mother and why her aura is so different. Sometimes she was a little too trusting of strangers.

Finn has something about him. It's like you're instantly drawn to him. For Cora he reminded her of the place she was born, the place her mother disappeared and the place she longed to return to.

Mari and Dun were extremely good friends. I really liked them Dun had this way about him that made you smile.

Giovanni was this interesting stranger who like Cora also had a silver aura. She was instantly drawn to him, knowing that he could know the answers to the questions she fiercely needed. I liked him but I think he's holding something back. There's something he's not telling Cora and I'm intrigued to know what it is.

I had guessed bits of the book before they happened, but I was still shocked by the plot twist. I had olny half guessed it. I had not been prepared for the road it would take. I really enjoyed every page of this book. I devoured it quickly and I honestly cannot wait for the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air 4 Feb. 2014
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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 along.

Amongst 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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Quick and Entertaining. 4 Feb. 2014
By Robin Snyder - Published on
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While this story is guilty 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 going to forgive this. There was also heroine who discovers she has a gift of sorts, the possibility for a love triangle in future books, a quirky friend (actually two) and a near perfect guy that is there to come to the rescue anytime you have a freak out.

That said there were a lot of things I really enjoyed about Scintillate the first being that it moves very quickly. The chapters are short and 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 great one liners throughout that were intelligent and fun like --

- Dad didn’t answer her. He did that – left questions lying on the ground like dirty socks.

There is an introduction to the world that they are in some nice descriptions of a few of the locations in Ireland and the redwoods Cora liked to visit. I really wanted a little more description to some of the things in Ireland but I’m hoping that will come into play more in the future books. Also, I’m a sucker for forbidden romance so this is right up my alley. The author grabbed my attention right away and I liked the role she let the parents play in the story, not perfect but not absentee either.

Cora has been protected by her father for most 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 looking 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 go 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 got her killed and why it seems she has been hidden from the world for so long. Cora needs to do it quickly because there is someone following her and some of the people around her are dying of unusual causes.

In 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 to go 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 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. Quotes may differ from final version.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sensory Imagery is AMAZING! 4 Feb. 2014
By Ashley @ Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous - Published on
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I cannot say this enough: the sensory imagery in this book is ridiculously amazing! Only 10 pages in, I had this to say:
I cannot believe how fantastic the sensory imagery is in this book! You can almost physically experience everything she's going through!

Alright y'all. This book is funny, and heartbreaking, and has a fantastic heroine that is willing to travel halfway across the world to figure out who (and what) she is. I'm so glad this book is part of a trilogy, because Cora's journey is far from over!

Poor Cora...there is SO MUCH she doesn't know about herself, or her mother, or her mother's disappearance. The more she learns about who, and what, she is, the more questions that come up! Oftentimes, readers say, "I can't imagine how that character was feeling, dealing with everything that happened to them." But Tracy Clark's ability to put the reader in Cora's shoes is phenomenal! As you read, you will go through the rollercoaster of emotions right along with Cora. It gave me goosebumps! (And made me feel nauseous, giddy, heartbroken, etc.) And even though Scintillate takes place right here, on this very Earth, Clark has created a whole new unseen world right around us.

Cora is SO STRONG! But not unrealistically so. She still struggles with things like indecision, hurt, and anger, especially when it comes to her parents, but she presses on. At first, Cora's new abilities seem pretty cool, even if they do give her a headache. But as Cora struggles to find out more about her abilities, Cora (and the reader) discover that seeing auras is not all it's cracked up to be. In fact, there are groups out there trying to rid the world of people like Cora.

It's obvious from the minute that Cora and Finn spend any real time together that they are falling in love with one another. It comes on fierce, and strong, and you want nothing except for their relationship to work out. But then you find out something you NEVER expected about both of them, and you see their relationship from a WHOLE new perspective...and it makes you question WHY they fell in love so hard, and so fast.

The chemistry between Cora and Finn is undeniable, but now that she's met Giovanni, the young man who has the same silver aura as she does, I wonder if maybe they are meant to be together. I would definitely call Giovanni the underdog in this book, as far as young men in Cora's life goes. But I always have a hard time deciding if nice guys should finish last, or if they should get the girl every once in a while. :) I guess we'll find out in the next two books!

I will end this review the same way I started my Goodreads review:

IT CAN'T END THERE!!!!!!! I need more! When is the next book coming out?!?! This cliffhanger might just kill me!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 4 Feb. 2014
By Brianna - Published on
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Oh my word. This book was amazing. It took physical effort to pull away from it so I could get other stuff done.

Cora was a tough character, but came off as a little too trusting of strangers, especially since her father had been lying to her all those years.

Finn was sweet and caring, maybe a little possessive at times. I noticed that there was just, something wrong with him but didn't think too much on it and my heart was shattered at the end.

Finally, Giovanni. At first, I didn't like him. Then, he started to grow on me and now I'm team Giovanni all the way. Sorry Finn.

Scintillate was an easy read, simple not overbearing on details, the description of the different auras though was beautiful. It made me want to see auras as well, until the Arrazi that is.

Arrazi. Aura sucking beings who hunt the Scintillate because of their silver aura. *shivers* No thank you.

The world-building was quite grand. Instead of thrusting information at the reader all at once, it came in slow trickles, just enough to keep one hooked and still be filled with info. I have a lot of questions, sure, but this was the first book and I expect all, if not most of my questions answered in the next books.

If any of you know me, you know that I don't recommend books often. Of the 421 books I've read only 23 (including this one) has made it to my recommendation shelf. I'm picky like that.

So, I recommend it! This book was so good I just want to sit and re-read it again!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely YA Romance 4 Feb. 2014
By Farrah - Published on
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 more.

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, likable, and a lovely character.

Finn 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 good guy and a total sweetheart. I absolutely adored him.

The 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 together.

Giovanni 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 happens.

The 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 get my hands on book 2. Can't wait!

Scintillate 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 missed.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written YA read 8 Feb. 2014
By Carrie Williams - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was wonderfully written and totally engaging. It was a unique story that had lots of twists and turns. The characters, writing style, and pacing all combined to make a quick and easy to read book that completely sucked me in. As the start of a trilogy, this was a very strong book that left me eager for more.

We dive right into Cora's story without much preamble. She's changing, she can see auras, and she's not sure who to trust. Her friends are hilarious and helpful, earning smiles and laughs from me during almost all of their interactions. Enter hottie Irish exchange student Finn. He's dreamy and wonderfully poetic in his declarations of love and infatuation. The chemistry between them is off the charts! There's a lot of secrets and mystery that keep them from being 100% honest with one another, which only leads to more trouble.

The story travels all over the world and does not give a neat and tidy ending. There's no promised puppies and rainbows to give this book a very happy end for the characters. There are tough roads ahead, but with a trilogy you really should expect there to be a building plot. This book is most definitely worth a read if you're interested in YA romance with a paranormal twist.
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