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Luminous Hardcover – June 30, 2011
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Consuela finds a lump at the back of her neck and is worried about it. Her mother agrees that Consuela will go to the doctor if it is worse in the morning. Then Consuela finds that she can put her fingers into the lump and actually remove all of her skin; leaving her a glowing Skeleton. She finds she can makes new skins out of things like water and air. While experimenting she ends up meeting other teenagers with strange powers and finds herself part of the Flow. A serial killer is loose in the Flow and Consuela must figure out how to stop the killer, otherwise she may never have the chance to return home.
This was an odd book. It is very creative and has some really neat ideas in it. At times it is beautifully written and has some excellent imagery. At times though there were also things that didn't make sense. Why only teenagers in the Flow? Why was she able to talk to her mother when she got home in the beginning but not later?
The idea of the Flow is interesting, but I have to say it is a bit difficult for the reader to figure out what is going on at the beginning of the book. The reader needs to suspend disbelief and kind of just..well..go with the flow of the story. As the book went on I understood better the kind of "other place" the author was trying to create, but it did take some piecing together to get to that point.
The characters are intriguing. All of them have different powers and complex backgrounds.Read more ›
This was a very interesting concept, it is a nice take on near-death experience. It would be fantastic to change and create skins as Consuela does, so much freedom and adventure. So there are a couple of reasons I had to rate this low. One thing that bugged me was that Dawn Metcalf tends to repeat herself a lot throughout the whole novel. It is an ARC, and maybe all the repeats are cut out in the finished copy, but I doubt it. There just seems to be a tendency to reiterate things that had already been said within the same chapter, page or paragraph. "He wasn't here, yet, but like a shark with blood in the water, Tender could smell betrayal in the Flow. Wish knew--Tender wasn't here, but would be soon. And, like a shark, Tender was made for killing." That sort of thing happened more often than I would have liked. Characters would come to a conclusion and then come to that conclusion a few pages later and so on and so forth.Read more ›
-Repetitive descriptions that manage to miss key points
-Running around as a skeleton is strange and kinda creepy
-The main relationship was weird and...just bland
-Decent story with an interesting concept, you might want to wait for the authors next book though.
Long & Wordy:
Fair warning, there are things in here some people would consider spoilers so just a heads up. That and this is a bit of a jumbled mess, there just isn't a good order to put it all in.
The general idea of this book is that Consuela goes into a coma on Earth and ends up in the Flow which is this between worlds type of place where the 'residents' (about 5 or 6 total, all from English speaking countries, if not just the US...that's never explained but it is a very elite club) anyway these residents are pulled back to Earth on occasion to come and keep us lowly humans from committing suicide. But don't call them angels because they will go back and mock you while getting smashed on alcohol. Consuela can't wait to bust out of this imperfect world so she can go home, and gets the offer...from the one guy trying to destroy the world! But why would he save her? Probably because he can't figure out how to kill a skeleton...
So there are lots of things about this book that I liked and plenty of other things that just rubbed me the wrong way.
Liked: The idea of her being able to change her strengths
Disliked: Her pulling off her skin and running around as a skeleton
Liked: Being able to harness elements
Disliked: The descriptions, they were very wordy about some parts but lets take her air skin for example, she's a SKELETON do you see THROUGH the air to her bones or does she BECOME air?Read more ›
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I had a hard time getting into this one. Luminous was very unique and different which is a plus in a world of young adult books where all too often it is the same story told over... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kathy Habel
I love her books. I first read indelible and fell in love. She's a very good writer. Thank you very much.Published on January 18, 2014 by Taylor Senffner
Luminous is well crafted story and it kept me intrigued the whole way through. This is such a neat concept and Ms. Metcalf executed it so well. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by Brandi Leigh Kosiner
Metcalf's Luminous is one of the most unique reads of the year, from the creative cover art to the outside-of-the-box world of the Flow. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Jennifer @ Sinfully Delicious Reads
I loved *Luminous.* Dawn Metcalf's writing is lyrical and lovely. She created a really cool new mythology -- almost, as another reviewer pointed out, Gaiman-esque, yet definitely... Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Nikki
This book is extraordinary. I mean that in the truest sense of the word. Everything about it--the worldbuilding, the characters, the plot, the prose--is a measure beyond the... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Renee Sweet
Okay, so the first thing that drew me to Luminous was the cover. I mean, what is there not to like about the cover? It's completely gorgeous, original and incredibly eye-catching. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Amanda
This was interesting. It's a story that in all honesty is really hard to grasp. This might sound odd but it sort of reminds of a twisted dream that the author has somehow been... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by P. Eberhardt
Consuela can shed her human skin and make new ones out of organic materials. If you need to re-read that, go ahead. It confused me for a while too. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by ReadingVacation