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Posted September 25, 2012
Overall: For me this book started out with a bang. We get to witness Essallie go through a very traumatizing experience when a demon kills her boyfriend. She tries to move on but then the demon shows up in her new life - and won't leave her alone. Once the demon loses all trace of the scariness and evilness - I began to lose interest in this book and it drifted into becoming just another paranormal romance novel. I had very high hopes for this book after reading the first couple chapters. I thought that the rest of the novel would continue along a darker path than typical of the genre. Nope.
Characters: What a shame that my favorite character in the beginning lost quite a bit of appeal by the end of the story. I liked Kayden, the scary demon, until he became a love-sick puppy, who did nothing but stalk Essallie. I connected more to Ursula, the succubus who has to eat her lovers to survive, than to the leading lady. Essallie pissed me off with her reluctance to just go along with the program and with her treating Kayden like crap. Just because he shredded Essallie's ex like Parmesan cheese, doesn't mean that she has to blow him off for over half the novel.
Plot: Essallie goes to a party with her boyfriend. He tries selling her soul to a demon in exchange for immortality - but she's immune to the demon's powers and so the demon kills her boyfriend. Essallie moves and then goes to a party with her new classmates - demon shows up. Demon introduces himself as Kayden and then proceeds to stalk Essallie while Essallie experiences some not so normal teenage hormonal shifts to her body. This was a different twist to angel/demons, but I wish that Essallie wasn't so damn stubborn in refusing to believe Kayden.
Ending: I did love this ending. I was definitely ready to pass up on this series until about 80% into this book. The ending had the scare and danger found in the beginning of the book. It made this book climb from a so-so book to a pretty good book. Basically, I liked the beginning and the end because it felt more like a horror novel. The middle felt like a paranormal romance novel. I wish that the genre was consistent throughout the novel.
*I received a copy of this book for review from the author.
Posted August 17, 2012
This was a quick easy read for me. I loved that this book gave me good
excitement and adventure. What I enjoyed most about this book is the
plot. I love a fast plot that unfolds with secrets upon secrets. From
the start, I am sure that Essallie is not all who she seems. The author
leaves the impression that there is more to this girl. Once the plot
began to unfold, I was anxious to see exactly what she is hiding. My
only beef with this book, is that at time, I could not connect with
Essalie. The plot made it easy for me to get into the book but Essalie
is character I found myself shaking my head at. There were times where I
think I could like her but then I again, she do something and that idea
is down the drain. Overall, I liked this book most when the plot is
moving. I liked the back round history to who Essalie is as well as why
the demon is after her. Kayden quickly grew my growing interest and the
ending is good. Illumine is an exciting story. Despite the characters,
the plot is intriguing and well thought out. Illumine creates it's own
identity with great action.
Posted August 6, 2012
Worthy of development - 3.6 stars
Plot: 3/5 stars
I have, once again, stepped out of my comfort zone and read something I don't normally read. I have read and enjoyed YA before but only a select few: Harry Potter and Twilight, for example. I actually really enjoyed the plot but deducted two stars from this portion of the review for the following reasons: First, I felt like the plot was a sapling compared to what it could be. I saw so much potential in it that I ached for further development and, as a result, a thicker book. It felt very rushed like the author had a general idea but didn't let it marinade quite enough ... this plot is a fine wine that needed to age just a bit longer. The second star was deducted because, in the end, it seemed like more people in this story knew about the paranormal or were themselves paranormal than not. The main character became the lost puppy and everyone knew who and what she was except her. This works in a story like Harry Potter where the character is completely transported to a different culture but didn't work as well here.
Characters: 4/5 stars
The characters are unique from other books but had a tendency to share the same personality flaws which left them feeling a bit one note and lost this portion a star. It seemed like the females were all prone to sudden explosions of strong emotion and outburst while the males were generally level-headed, patient, calm, and endearing. Character development and individuality is, perhaps, one of the most difficult things for an author to achieve and this is something that, I think, will come with practice for this author.
Writing: 4/5 stars
~Narrative: When it comes to unique similes this author has a niche market all her own. She has a way of putting things that made me just stop, think for a minute, and then nod my head and say `wow, I've never heard that before and it's kinda strange but it works'.
~Dialogue: I'm deducting one star for the dialogue because the characters often "sounded" a lot alike and sometimes it was even hard to tell which female was quipping off in any given conversation.
Editing/Formatting: 2/5 stars (kindle)
It's unfortunate that this book didn't undergo more editing and formatting as this rating, though honest, will likely affect the book's overall rating. I read the Kindle version and removed 1 star for a plethora of typos and mistakes, 1 star for a lack of page breaks & chapter emphasis, and 1 star because (and this really broke my heart) there were some page breaks at odd places like in the middle of a paragraph or even a sentence.
Originality: 5/5 stars
Originality is in the bag on this one and I can't even say too much about why because it would ruin the story so you're just going to have to take my word for it (or read it yourself, which I would recommend) that when it comes to a collection of uniqueness and an embrace of fearless creativity (and rightfully so) ... this author deserves an Oscar.
~Copy provided for review purposes
Posted August 5, 2012
I received this book from the author to give an honest review.
I truly enjoyed reading this book, with the demons and Nephilim and the mystery behind the characters I was truly impressed. This is a fast-paced story that will leave you turning the pages and wanting more.
The story behind Essallie and what she is had me wanting to read more. I do have some questions on some of the other characters such as Leo and Abigail I hope that in the next book it becomes clearer as what their part is.
Now Kayden had me because he was very mysterious, but at the same time of him being evil there seem to be a bit of charm to him. I wonder what his intentions are because he is a demon and as we all know demons are not known to be the nicest.
Illumine starts off with Essallie going to a party with her best friend. While she is there she comes to realize there is more to her boyfriend and best friend than meets the eye. Pretty much they deal with demons, and it traumatize her to where she has to move and goes to live with her brother. While in a new place the demon that her ex-boyfriend and best friend tried to give her too ends up showing up. Essallie soon learns that she is something more than human and the demon Kayden wants to help her. Before she ends up dying.
If you enjoy a book about the paranormal,then you should give Illumine a read.
Posted July 19, 2012
Fast paced, but the plot flowed well and it is very detailed. Ellie is a strong heroin with a sarcastic and witty personality. Kayden is sporadic and not very predictable, which i also liked.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2012
This story definitely wastes no time getting started. From the beginning it is very fast paced.
You can't help but feel sorry for Essie. She is betrayed and doesn't know how she should feel about the events that just took place. The graphic nature of the scenes in this book, could prove to be a little much for some, but I personally thought it proved to add to the actual vividness of the story.
Kayden was by far my favorite character. I mean seriously, he was just so incredibly charming in his own demonic way. ; )
I love that while there is a cliffhanger of sorts letting you know that more is coming, it was not one of those ones that leaves you literally hanging with a HUGE question in your mind.
I really think Alivia Anders shows great promise. I will definitely be reading more from her, starting with book #2 in this series!
Posted April 16, 2012
Alivia did a wonderful job with this book, it’s fast paced, exciting and it defiantly left me wanting to know what happens next. Essallie is learning things all throughout this book, what she is & learning about her father. Essallie really goes on an amazing journey to find out about herself and what she is capable of.
Essallie goes to a party that her boyfriend, Chase is hosting. She was unaware that he had plans to offer her soul to a demon, named Kayden. When Chase summons the Demon, everything goes to hell for him they don’t work out as planned Essallie gets away. After that she moves back to her hometown to start over. Essie finds out she has powers she had no clue she had. She just wants to be accepted at school and not treated as an outcast. Then she starts seeing the Demon where ever she goes he follows and will not leave her be, he even has her thinking she’s starting to go nuts. But as secrets begin unraveling, it could change Essallie's and everyone else life around her forever.
Posted March 23, 2012
I really enjoyed the story, but now I want to read more. Wonderfully done, suspensefull, and clinging to each page for what happens next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2012
Posted February 22, 2012
Essie goes to a party that her boyfriend, Chase is hosting. She was unaware that he had plans to offer her soul to a demon, named Kayden. Kayden consumes Chase’s entire body and leaves her to the horror of what has happened, he was unable to take her soul into him. Essie has powers she is completely unaware of as she moves away to start anew. She just wants to be accepted at school and not treated as an outcast but rumors have flown that are making that hard for her to accomplish. The demon follows her wherever she goes and she can’t get rid of him. She is becoming in tune to her powers and learning about her father and what she is. The story takes you places that involve the understanding of what Essie is to become in her life. She meets people that have major impact on her. I truly enjoyed the writing of Ms. Anders as she kept me interested through this story and wanting more. This is surely to have a sequel that I myself will be looking forward to reading. Wonderful job!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2012
Read this in a couple of hours was very good. The editing wasn't the best but if you can look past it the story is good and tells a good tale.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2012
Enjoyable read! Essallie lives in New York and things get a little crazy at a party where she later meets a demon and ends up having a pretty traumatizing experience. Then she moves to Maine to live with her brother to get away from it all, or so she thinks. She learns of her ability to conjure fire, a little more about her mom who had ended up in a psyche ward during her childhood, another world of people kinda like her, and a lot about demons! The whole time I was wondering who her "watcher" would be and I didn't see it coming! I will definitely be reading the next book in the series to find out more!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2012
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