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Luminous Hardcover – June 30, 2011

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About the Author

Dawn Metcalf lives in Connecticut with her family. This is her first novel.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525422471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525422471
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawn Metcalf has no good excuse for the way she writes. She lived in a normal, loving, suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies, and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, she has clearly been corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humour, and graphic novels. As a result, she writes dark, quirky, and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was drawn to this book by the beautiful cover and then read the synopsis and found it intriguing. I actually received an Advanced Reading Copy of it through Librarything's Early Reviewer Program. It was a very creative book and has some intriguing ideas in it; although at points the writing is a bit hard to follow.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on September 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Know Thyself" Consuela hears these words whispered out to her from a changing room mirror. This is when her life starts to change. She goes home to take a bath and when she wakes up everything it different. She finds herself in a place called the Flow. Here are people that are somewhere between life and death and are called upon to save others from death. Consuela finds that to help with her saving people, she can remove her own skin and make a new one out of practically anything; fire, feathers, air, all become her wardrobe. Everyone in the Flow is happy and helpful, and though she misses home, she doesn't totally mind being in the Flow. Then the murders start and everything spins into chaos. No one knows what is happening or who is doing it. If they aren't stopped though, the Flow could be completely destroyed along with everyone in it.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Figment Review on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
by Axie

Luminous is all kinds of weird. It's also extremely ambitious in its genre-defying, maddeningly original setting and story line. It's fantasy, murder mystery, and coming-of-age. It's grotesque, and yet, sometimes even beautiful. It's not for the faint of heart.

In Luminous, Consuela Chavez gets mysteriously transported to the Flow, a realm "layered over our own," with its own rules of time and space. In the Flow she gains the ability to shed her skin, becoming a skeleton, and create and wear the skins of organic materials, like water, fire, and butterflies (see cover). She also meets men and women in the Flow, who, like herself, have strange and extraordinary powers. Sissy the Watcher can detach her body parts and use them as scouts, V can travel through mirrors, and Joseph Crow can turn into a crow. Yet even as Consuela learns about the Flow and its inhabitants, finding joy and confidence in her new abilities as well as friendship and romance, a dangerous evil lurks in this new world. When people in the Flow begin to get murdered, one by one, it is up to Consuela, a Game-Changer, to stop the menace and save the new world she has come to love, as well as the old world she longs to return to.

I'll be honest with you, it took me awhile to get into this book, and I found myself making faces at the text for the first 150 pages or so. Because, within these beginning pages of setup and world-building, the reader is pretty much bombarded with vague explanations of the Flow from a multitude of transient characters, appearing and disappearing like prairie dogs. What's it like, Consuela, the pull of the Flow? Oh, it's you know ... "vague" ... and ... "indescribable." I'll try to describe it, I guess. It's immutable, ever changing, connected to Earth, but not. What?
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