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!