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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
Expected Publication Date: March 6th, 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Page Count: 531
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.
As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?
Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.

I first featured Illuminate in my WoW a while ago. I was first drawn to this book because of the gorgeous cover and the mysterious synopsis. It isn’t even until you’re halfway through the book that you really figure out what’s going on with Haven. I absolutely fell in love with this story and the characters, and I can’t wait to see what happens next! The only issue I really have is that the book is so long that it made it difficult for me to sit down and really immerse myself in it.

The characters are all really fantastic, especially Haven! I loved her character and I really connected with her! She’s incredibly bookish, keeps to herself, but she doesn’t mess around. When it comes down to it she has a lot of confidence in herself and her abilities and she has such a back bone! Her two counterparts, Lance and Dante were great also! I loved Lance, he’s so shy and cute, and Dante is such a loud mouth! He made me crack up! There is a love triangle of a sort, involving the gorgeous Lucian, who turns out to be not so gorgeous. Either way, everyone is incredibly well written!

The story itself is really intriguing, I never really knew what was going to happen next, and the mystery of what’s happening in the hotel is never fully revealed until the end. Agresti has a gorgeous writing style, everything is very elegant and her descriptions are fantastic! Typically, I’m not a fan of long descriptive paragraphs, but these really grabbed me! The only complaint I have is that the book is so long! I had a bit of a hard time getting through it in a good amount of time, but sometimes I need to read long books.

Illuminate is a fantastic read, and I definitely recommend it to lovers of mystery, romance and intrigue! If you have a good amount of time available to sit down and read this masterpiece then you definitely need to! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one and find out what’s going to happen with Haven next!

19 comments:

  1. oh man Lance, seriously, loved him! the characters and the way they acted together felt honest and true, not forced. Perfect!

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    1. Hahah I know!! But I liked Lucian too!!! I couldn't pick, even though he was kinda bad, he was good in the end!

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  2. I loved Illuminate! The writing and the plot were so well done and they just completely sucked me in and I ended up finishing the book faster than I thought I would. I loved Haven and Lance and Dante and even at the end of the book I was still intrigued by Lucian. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Great review :)

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    1. I know right?! I'm so excited to see where she's going with this one!! It's going to be great no matter what :D

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  3. interesting. i think i have this on my tbr :) nice review!

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  4. Ooh yay! This is the first review I read on this actually! So now I'm excited to read it! I can see it'd be easy for me to relate to Haven too! Bookish people FTW!

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  5. Great review! I so need to check this one out - thank you for sharing! :)

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  6. This sounds terrific. I was already excited about the cover, glad to hear it sounds like the contents of the book are just as good. :)

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  7. For some reason this book wasn't on my tbr list. Fixed that! Thanks for the review! :)

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  8. I've been seeing mixed reviews for this one, but your review makes it sound like one that I should pick up!

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  9. Great review! I haven't heard much about this book but it sounds really good. I love a good mystery and its good to hear that its unpredictable. Wow 531 pages sounds like a lot though. But I will definitely have to check this one out!

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  10. I'm not a huge fan of overly descriptive paragraphs (I can't read many of the classics because I feel they do this too much...) But I think I need to give Illuminate a try, it sounds just wonderful.

    I love the Character names too! I think I'll have to give this a try, even at over 500 pages!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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  11. I'm glad to hear there's an awesome book with such a gorgeous cover! :D Can't wait for this one to release. Awesome review.

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  12. Great review! I've seen this one around and it sounds really interesting. you're right though 500 some pages is really long for a YA book.


    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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    1. It was definitely pretty long, but there was nothing in it that would have been unnecessary so it worked out well

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  13. Hmmph since my phone just would NOT let me reply earlier...even when I had a really good comment going on! I agree with your review, Anna. I think we've squee'ed over this one together. It was long, I'll give you that, which took me by surprise, yet it never felt like it should have ended before it did. And like you, I loved the boys. Dante was fabulous, Lucian was so wibbly and tormented, and Lance... *SWOONS* Aimee did a really really amazing job at fleshing out the characters and making them all seem real.

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    1. YES! I seriously understood the characters and I LOVED IT!!! :D

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  14. I seriously love the design with the title of the book. A lot. It sounds pretty good too. Dante sounds fun... :)

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