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Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles) Paperback – December 24, 2012
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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
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First of all, I have to give it up to Entangled Teen for picking another winner. I was still on the high of the last amazing book I read (Greta and the Goblin King) and I was worried my next read wouldn't live up to my expectations. But, that was pretty much impossible when you have such a fantastic concept set in a futuristic world! I had a feeling that Luminosity would be a hit from the first page and I was not disappointed!
Beatrice has is blessed with the `sight'. Like all Seers, she was taken from her parents at a young age and placed in a very cruel and strict institution that uses Seers for their own protection. The institute is a very strict place and Bea is lonely and unhappy. When she has visions that start becoming true and lead to the execution of a young girl, Bea starts to question the real purpose of the institute. But when other Seers start to have visions of the city's destruction, she must also question her own visions and find out who she can trust.
I loved the world that Stephanie created in Luminosity but the one thing that fell a little flat for me was the romance (which is weird because Entangled Teen is so popular for their hot romance). Although I have no problems with love triangles (when done right), I wasn't really feeling this one. We have Gabe who has been Bea's best friend since forever, and she has started to develop feelings for him. But, it was hard to tell if Gabe liked Bea too or if he was just playing the role of best friend. The best friend romance is by far one of my favorites, but ONLY when the main character ends up with the best friend! I hate when they bring in a best friend into the mix if he is just going to be overshadowed by some other guy. If you are going to do the best friend thing, please do it right. Otherwise the friendship also gets messed up in the process. (Rant over). Then we have Echo, who is a Dreamcatcher and visits Bea in her dreams. (Whoa, another guy who can invade dreams! Adrian, Isaac and Echo need to start a club. And someone please tell them where I live!) Bea must keep her interactions with Echo a secret because he is the enemy and Bea's life could be in jeopardy if anyone find out about them. Although they had some good moments, I felt kind of meh over their relationship. I would much rather prefer Bea to get together with Gabe.
Although I wasn't wowed by the romance, the amazing concept of Seers and Dreamcatchers overpowered it and I ended up really liking this book! The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger and one that will definitely keep me on the lookout for the next book in this series. With a fresh and unique twist on dystopias, Luminosity is an action-packed story set in a cruel yet fascinating world. One that is not to be missed!
4 out of 5 sparkly stars!
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