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4.1 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Light Key Trilogy Series

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"Beautifully written. Keep your eye on author, Tracy Clark. She's going places!" - Ellen Hopkins, New York Times Bestselling Author of the CRANK trilogy.

"A lush and atmospheric debut with a scorching romance and a metaphysical mystery. It had me hooked from the start." -Suzanne Young, author of THE PROGRAM.

"A lush and atmospheric debut with a scorching romance and a metaphysical mystery. It had me hooked from the start." —Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program

"Beautifully written. Keep your eye on author Tracy Clark. She's going places!" —Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Crank trilogy

"Clark's novel is laden with standard tropes: a bookish, unpopular heroine; a family secret; and, of course, a rakish, mysterious boy inexplicably drawn to the heroine. Yet these all provide a foundation for an intense story that expands on aspects of real history and mythology. Cora's personality and deadpan humor pop off the page, as do the novel's evocative, emotionally charged descriptions of people and places...Clark's novel is a powerful, heart-wrenching adventure." —Kirkus Reviews

"...Clark's novel is a powerful, heart-wrenching adventure." Kirkus Reviews

"VERDICT - YA fans of urban fantasy and paranormal fiction such as Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer or Maggie Stiefvater's "The Raven Cycle" (Scholastic) will love this series." School Library Journal

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A mighty flame follows a tiny spark

Cora Sandoval's mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself―instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal―but her father disapproves, and Finn's mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he's fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries―one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: Light Key Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen; 1st edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622661451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622661459
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While this story is guilty of a few of the most popular YA tropes it was still a fun one. There is the insta love between two characters and an attraction that they couldn’t explain, although I loved the explanation of this later in the book, so I’m going to forgive this. There was also heroine who discovers she has a gift of sorts, the possibility for a love triangle in future books, a quirky friend (actually two) and a near perfect guy that is there to come to the rescue anytime you have a freak out.

That said there were a lot of things I really enjoyed about Scintillate the first being that it moves very quickly. The chapters are short and fast paced. There isn’t a lot of time spent with anything that isn’t specifically driving the story forward. There are also a lot of great one liners throughout that were intelligent and fun like --

- Dad didn’t answer her. He did that – left questions lying on the ground like dirty socks.

There is an introduction to the world that they are in some nice descriptions of a few of the locations in Ireland and the redwoods Cora liked to visit. I really wanted a little more description to some of the things in Ireland but I’m hoping that will come into play more in the future books. Also, I’m a sucker for forbidden romance so this is right up my alley. The author grabbed my attention right away and I liked the role she let the parents play in the story, not perfect but not absentee either.

Cora has been protected by her father for most of her life. After her mother left when she was five in Ireland her dad put her in a protective bubble and never let her out. She hasn’t exactly tried to break out of that bubble until now.
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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.
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By Brianna on February 4, 2014
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Oh my word. This book was amazing. It took physical effort to pull away from it so I could get other stuff done.

Cora was a tough character, but came off as a little too trusting of strangers, especially since her father had been lying to her all those years.

Finn was sweet and caring, maybe a little possessive at times. I noticed that there was just, something wrong with him but didn't think too much on it and my heart was shattered at the end.

Finally, Giovanni. At first, I didn't like him. Then, he started to grow on me and now I'm team Giovanni all the way. Sorry Finn.

Scintillate was an easy read, simple not overbearing on details, the description of the different auras though was beautiful. It made me want to see auras as well, until the Arrazi that is.

Arrazi. Aura sucking beings who hunt the Scintillate because of their silver aura. *shivers* No thank you.

The world-building was quite grand. Instead of thrusting information at the reader all at once, it came in slow trickles, just enough to keep one hooked and still be filled with info. I have a lot of questions, sure, but this was the first book and I expect all, if not most of my questions answered in the next books.

If any of you know me, you know that I don't recommend books often. Of the 421 books I've read only 23 (including this one) has made it to my recommendation shelf. I'm picky like that.

So, I recommend it! This book was so good I just want to sit and re-read it again!
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