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My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight, an ability to see into the future. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution, where all Seers are raised and trained. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning the mark of the raven’s wings tattooed by my eyes. And when I turned seventeen, one of my Visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution now depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemies, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m keeping a secret from everyone. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me…

About the Author

Stephanie Thomas has been writing since she could put letters together to form words. She used to present self-made newspapers to her mother every morning. Her full-time job is being an English teacher, but she writes every day after school. She is married to an awesome husband, and they have one puppy named Sailor.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Raven Chronicles
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (December 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620611279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620611272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,291,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master's in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more.

Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she's a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they've been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle@Book Briefs on November 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Luminosity is a crazy adventure from the first page until the last. I loved the concept of seers v. dreamcatchers. I thought that was pretty unique. Plus, I know this doesn't matter much content wise, but I loved the font on the cover. I feel like it fits perfectly with the story.

Bea is a seer, and because of this she is taken from her family from birth and raised in the institution, which is where all seers go to learn their craft so they can protect the city if need be. And according to seer Beatrice's visions, (that is how they address all the seers in the book. I thought it made them sound like some kind of royals, which is what I think the Keeper was going for.) they are going to need to protect someone or something because a war is coming. And it is going to be seer v. dreamcatcher.

Dreamcatchers sounded like awful people. They can control dreams, which sounds peaceful but in order to live they need to take the life out of humans. At least, that is what the seers are taught at the institution. I thought stephanie Thomas did an amazing job giving the background of how the institution came about, and what the seers role in society is but I would have a liked a little bit more about the dreamcatchers. And I would have liked it through Echo, because I can't trust a single thing the Keeper tells the Seers.

Luminosity is not just really cool action scenes. There is a cute little love story going on. Actually it is a bit of a strange love triangle. One that I didn't love all that much. There is Gabe and Echo. I loved Gabe and I didn't really know too much about Echo. Bea felt comfortable with him and drawn to him but we didn't get to know him and I didn't even really know why she felt all that drawn to him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook on December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
~Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for this eARC!~

I have said it before, and I'll say it again: Nothing frustrates me like a book that has awesome potential but fails to deliver.

Sadly, Luminosity was just another one of those.

When I requested this book, I thought it sounded so ridiculously awesome. I began to worry a little bit when the first chapter was really info-dumpy, but I calmed down as I kept reading. The world in which Beatrice, or Bea, lives is really neat, even if at times it seems very vaguely defined. (Yes, I know: info-dumpy and vague in the same paragraph. Trust me, I have no idea how that works any better than you do and I read the book.)

The idea was SO COOL. There are these Seers who protect ordinary Citizens, but only some Seers have really clear visions. Bea has seen the coming attack of the Dreamcatchers, people who can see into the past and see peoples' intentions. Oh yeah, and Dreamcatchers can, with a single touch, kill a person and take their energy. The Seers are taken away from their families as young children and brought to live in something called the Institute where they are trained in everything from weaponry to art class. Bea is considered a hero, because she originally Saw the Dreamcatcher attack coming, but then a Dreamcatcher named Echo starts entering her dreams and telling her that they need to save each other, not kill each other.

Oh yeah, and Bea can't decide if she's in love with him or her long time friend Gabriel. Love triangle alert. *headdesk*

See, for me, Bea is where all the awesomeness started breaking down. The first thing is that, from the second she starts having her dreams with Echo, she is totally in love with Gabe while she's awake and Echo while she's asleep.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on November 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. I've never read anything quite like it, actually. The idea of the Seers and the Dreamcatcher is pretty unique and awesome. The cover is absolutely spot on for this book. I love when a book cover represents a book so perfectly so well done Entangled!

Like nearly every YA book, there is a love triangle in Luminosity and one I didn't really care for. I understand why it's there but really, I didn't find Echo to be interesting one bit. Is he good looking? Absolutely! But that's about where the attractive qualities of him ended. I don't know exactly what it is about him that I don't like but I felt no connection with him whatsoever. I actually liked the character, Mirage, a lot more than him and he wasn't even around that long. (Mirage is not a love interest or even a big character...) Maybe I will see something in him that apparently Bea see's but for now, I'm absolutely happy to report I am fully on Team Gabe. He is extremely swoon-worthy. I may have drooled over him...slightly...

Beatrice is pretty awesome. She's not a weak girl, in fact, she's one of the fiercest girls in the Institution and she's popular in the sense that she's important and exceeded expectations of those Seers her own age. She goes through a lot of tough situations on her own through most of this book because she's either not sure who to trust or doesn't want to put some of her closest friends lives in jeopardy.

The idea of Seers and how they see future events and are, in a sense, the protectors of the citizens is cool. However, it makes the citizens look weak and helpless which kind of sucks. Especially if they have no way to protect themselves against the Dreamcatchers who are really, their only threat.
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