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Book 1 of 2 in the Raven Chronicles Series

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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 (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,697,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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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.
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~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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