Book Review: Scintillate, Tracy Clark

Today I have another fabulous book for you – and the best part is, it releases TODAY! So after I rave about how much I loved it, you can run on out and grab your own copy to love 🙂 I received a copy of Scintillate from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a fair review, and here it is:

scintillateGoodreads Summary: 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.

Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.

Review: I started this book several days ago, thinking I would just read a little bit at a time since there is so much going on right now and I don’t have time to sit and read a book straight through.

Too bad for me, because that’s exactly what I did. I sat without moving for two hours and read the entire thing. The energy of the story is great. Clark does an excellent job of keeping the story moving, of letting characters have their moments but never at the expense of the plot. There’s a sense of desperation right from the opening pages as Cora falls violently ill and struggles to figure out what’s happened to her. The romance between Cora and Finn is very sweet – and despite my dislike for characters falling in love, I think Clark did two things that made it work from the get go for me. 1) She was pretty clear that they weren’t necessarily falling in love, but rather in lust. It was a very apparent physical attraction that made them obviously do things out of the ordinary, and when the situation did grow darker and they made other choices later, I felt they had the longer relationship that provided the foundation for those decisions. 2) I can’t say much so as not to give spoilers, but given the discoveries made about Cora and Finn as the book progresses, their attraction is also shored up by plausible explanation.

The two things I loved most about this book were 1) the connections to family. While not overdone, both Cora and Finn’s families play roles in the story, and I felt the parents were realistic and given a fair shake – Clark didn’t try to make them best friends, but neither did anyone absolutely hate anyone else. 2) There’s a twist! As I’ve mentioned before I’ve read probably a thousand books in my life, and sometimes I can see right through a set up to the truth. But this twist surprised me, and I’m incredibly excited to see where this series goes!

tracy clarkThe Author: Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.
Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.

There now – go find yourself a copy and tell me what you think!


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