Expected Publication is February 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen|Expected Number Of Pages: 304
Where I Got It: I got an advanced review copy from Entangled Teen, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way. Promise!
Series: The Light Key Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
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.
I’ve read quite a few paranormal books but Scintillate is definitely one of the more interesting and unique ones I’ve ever read! What makes Scintillate so interesting is that Cora can see auras after ending up in the hospital. Add in her thinking something is wrong but being dismissed by her dad, and you have a girl who is determined to figure out what is wrong with her on her own.
I’ll admit that when her dad dismissed her vision issues, I got annoyed! Your daughter gets out of the hospital and tells you she’s seeing weird things, and you tell her you’ll take her to the doctor in a few days if it doesn’t clear up? I know he’s a scientist and all, but I felt like he wasn’t concerned about it. Which is weird, given how protective he is of his daughter. For a good chunk of the book, it doesn’t fit, but when you find out why she can see auras…I get why he’s protective, but if he had taken her a little more seriously, things might have gone a little differently.
Still, that her going to the hospital and then being able to see auras…I liked that there was something to trigger her ability. And that having a rare aura is dangerous, given there’s another group with a pure white aura who the silver aura people are at odds with. What’s especially different is that those who have a pure white aura are the “bad guys” while having a silver aura means you’re one of the “good guys.” If you were to look at things that way. But it’s different, because it’s not what you’d expect in terms of colors and what they symbolize, but in Scintillate, it actually makes perfect sense.
I really liked how everything is introduced! It felt very natural, and you weren’t overloaded on the bits and pieces of this world. I feel like there’s so much to learn about the world that Cora lives in, and I can’t wait to read the next book so I can learn more about the ability to see auras and everything that goes along with it.
I really liked Cora, and how determined she was to figure everything out. She does seem pretty sheltered, which I can understand, given that her dad’s pretty protective because of her own aura. I also thought Giovanni was interesting, because he knows so much more about this world than Cora does. I’d actually like to see more of her two best friends, because I felt like they were only there to get her to Ireland. And I’d really like to see her grandmother, because of her grandmother’s abilities.
As for Finn…I am not sure what to think of him! He’s cool, and then he’s not, but then he kind of redeems himself, and so my feelings towards him are conflicted and slightly muddled. Hopefully, my feelings toward him will become a bit more clear in the next book.
And speaking of Finn and Giovanni…I’m not sure how I feel about either of them as a romantic interest for Cora. Giovanni, because we don’t see a lot of him, and Finn because of my conflicted feelings. Still, I have the feeling Cora will end up with Finn.
Let’s Rate It:
I really liked Scintillate and how it was all about auras! While I’m not sure about the romance or how Cora’s dad initially dismissed her ability to see auras, I think it’s one of the more interesting and unique paranormal books out there. Scintillate gets 4 stars.