Scintillate

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A lush and atmospheric debut with a scorching romance and a metaphysical mystery. It had me hooked from the start." —Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program

"Beautifully written. Keep your eye on author Tracy Clark. She's going places!" —Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Crank trilogy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622661459
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Entangled Teen Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 245,841
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Clark grew up a "valley girl" in Southern California but now resides in Nevada with her daughter and son. She is the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work-in-Progress Grant and a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. www.tracyclark.org

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Loved it!!! Amazing

    When is the second one coming out omg!!! I hope soon this book was amazing I really want Cora and Giovanni to be together!!! But seriously when does the next book come out I can't wait!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    There are few new territories in YA, but Scintillate just might

    There are few new territories in YA, but Scintillate just might have forged an original niche with the metaphysical elements. The author is definitely going for the unexpected as the last part of the book is FULL of twists you won't see coming! There's a much larger story here and I expect the author is gearing up to take us on quite a ride with this series. What appears to be insta-love is fully explained at the end in such a way that I can't wait to see where these characters go from here! DYING for the second book! 

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

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    Scintillate is the first book in a trilogy that looks to be prom

    Scintillate is the first book in a trilogy that looks to be promising.  The supernatural aspect is combined with an Irish twist in the form of a hottie named Finn.  Cora, the main character and heroine is not perfect by any means, and  she has a gift that involves seeing auras.  The story line was good, and though there was an insta-love, Scintillate did prove to be an enjoyable read.  I love anything to do with Ireland and Irish Folklore, which was a definite draw to the story for me.  It does have a love triangle theme, something I am not a huge fan of, but there was enough mystery and suspense that it kind of balanced out.  While not blown away by this story, I did find it interesting and plan to read the future installments.  Scintillate is  YA paranormal romance that teenage fans of this genre will enjoy checking out.  

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Every once in a while you come across an outstanding new book, o

    Every once in a while you come across an outstanding new book, one that Wows you from the start. Scintillate is just such a story. To make it even better its part of a trilogy, with Tracy Clark's writing you know you are going to get two more fabulous installments in this series.




    Why did I love Scintillate so much? Besides the marvelous characters that came to life and jumped right off the pages... The story is a completely original premise, but not slowed down by world building. Yes, there is world building and background but its presented in such a way that you learn right along side Cora, the main character.




    Clark brilliantly hits all the emotional triggers, bringing laughter, fun, heart ache, family issues, chemistry, love, and betrayal to this riveting plot. 




    Scintillate is full of unexpected plot twists and turns, a refreshing, magnificent read. I highly recommend you add this story to your must read list. Tracy Clark, you have a new fan.




    I received this ARC copy of Scintillate from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Teen in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication February 4, 2014.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    A really great YA Read with mystery and adventure. A great story

    A really great YA Read with mystery and adventure. A great story of love and an author to be watched!

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley. This book was excellent. It engages you from the very first sentence and keeps you hanging on in wonder. It's full of mystery and intrigue and so not "Twilighty" like some may suggest. It may have some of the stereotypical YA Fantasy tropes but I didn't mind at all. It's very well written and intriguing. I like the Ireland connection it was very mystic. All of characters were well developed and it kept me guessing.

    Cora is a good MC and I like the supporting characters just as much as the leads. While it was a bit on the creepy side how Finn introduced himself I really liked his character, it was obvious he liked Cora but man I wasn't expecting everything that transpired. The whole "auras" thing was pretty cool. And I didn't mind the attraction she had to Finn one bit. I have always thought if "fate" was involved it is what we call instalove. When you know you just know. I mean I met my husband and 8 mos. later we were married and have been for almost 18yrs. now. It exists and I like it in this book Finn is a swoon worthy guy but it was frustrating when the parents came into play, always a complication for the under 18 crowd. It frustrated me that Cora's dad knew things and kept them from her, but it made for some good reading.

    I love, love when the scene moves to Ireland I myself have always wanted to visit Emerald Isle so that was a great mental adventure for me!

    There was enough action and romantic substance to keep me reading all night long. I had to know what happened next and oh my good night! Can you say CLIFFHANGER!!! I NEED book 2 like yesterday! Ugh! I feel so tortured!

    A very good YA read that I recommend if you love and mystery with a magical element plus lots of adventure to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    This book was a pleasant surprise. Based on the blurb, I expecte

    This book was a pleasant surprise. Based on the blurb, I expected intense fantasy/paranormal tropes with some young adult romance thrown in. And yes, it had some of that. But it reads mostly like a realistc adventure/mystery with some fantasy elements thrown in. In some ways this reminds me of Stiefvater's paranormal series, but I must admit I liked this one better.

    I can confidently give this to my adventure-loving students and they will eat it up. (And the teen girls will eat up Finn AND Giovanni. *sigh* Two charming, handsome, international guys to drool over in one book.)

    *ARC from NetGalley

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    Wow! I really enjoyed Scintillate. I'm usually pretty leery abo

    Wow! I really enjoyed Scintillate. I'm usually pretty leery about reading some YA books, especially if there is a slight chance that there will be a love triangle involved. However, I am such a sucker for Irish folklore (and hot Irish guys), that I knew that I had to give Scintillate a shot. I'm so glad that I decided to read it! It grabbed my attention from the very beginning.


    The story begins with seventeen year old, Cora, battling an unusually high fever. While she is battling her sickness, she hears her dad and step-mother talking about her mother who has been missing for twelve years, and becomes alarmed when her dad (a research scientist) draws some of her blood to study. Cora also sees a strange, creepy man watching her and making her feel lethargic, even from a distance. She later discovers various colored lights that surround the people she comes in contact with. After having these strange things happen to her, she decides to do some of her own research to find answers.


    I liked Cora's character. Although smart and intuitive, she could also be pretty impulsive, and tended to jump into things without fully thinking of the consequences. She was definitely determined young lady. I have to say, I fell in love with Finn from the get-go. He was very sweet and compassionate...and a musician to boot! I thought that there was something fishy about their instant attraction, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. The author really managed to surprise me, which isn't something that is easy to do these days.


    I was so stoked that part of this story took place in Ireland! I loved hearing about the pubs and the scenery. One of my dreams is to go to Ireland, and this book made me want to travel there even more badly.



    The Scintaillate and the Arrazi are a new concept for me, and I found them to be very interesting and intriguing! I'm really looking forward to reading more about them. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I definitely need more Finn, and I do believe Giovanni may have some more explaining to do.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

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    This book while good, didn't quite grab me the way I had hoped i

    This book while good, didn't quite grab me the way I had hoped it would. I loved the idea of Cora seeing auras and the mystery element of this, but the romance aspect kind of got to me after a while. The strong point of this book is definitely the storyline had the romance not overtaken it so often. I did find myself intrigued and wanting to know why the things that happen in the story were happening and how everything tied together. Though I figured out some things, other things were still a mystery. I like it when I am not totally sure where things are going.

    Cora was a bit of a dumb character to me. She makes some really stupid decisions that made me wonder what in the world she was doing. I understand that she was confused, frustrated, and wanted to find the truth, but she still annoyed me at times. If someone tells you not to tell anyone something because it is dangerous, you probably shouldn't rush out and tell two people pretty much right away. And if you've been over protected and sheltered for your whole life, rushing off to Ireland is probably a really dumb decision. She constantly throws herself into these bad situations over and over again. I didn't hate her or anything, but it was hard to really connect with her or like her that much.

    Finn was a bit too much to handle. He was so intense and too into Cora almost instantly. I know that they have this draw to each other and a connection, but he was so intent on wanting to be with her every second. He did say some charming things, but it was bordering on cheesy. He is also kind of a pushover which I didn't like. He goes from not knowing Cora exists, to her being his everything. It was a bit overdone I think.

    So the story, besides the romance, was great! Not that I hated the romance, I just think it overshadowed the rest of the story and was a bit too present. I liked the idea of the different auras and how scintilla are rare and there are people after them. It was interesting to see Cora follow the clues to find out what happened to her mother and discover things about herself. I wish we had learned a bit more about the scintilla that she met up with, but hopefully in the next book we will get more. In the end there was a lot of lingering questions, but that's not a bad thing. I will definitely continue this series to see where it goes from here.

    *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    Let me tell you, Ms. Tracy Clark doesn't play around in this boo

    Let me tell you, Ms. Tracy Clark doesn't play around in this book! The storyline moves very rapidly and there's not a lot of fluff (other than the romance of course hehe).

    I LOVE FIN! He is so sexy and lovable and squeezable and dreeeeaammy and I just LOVE HIM!

    So this is what the book is about: Auras

    And how Cora gains the ability to sense these auras and the fight against evil people who want to suck the life out of her...literally.

    Btw, I very much enjoy insta-love. There's just something so darn soulmatey and downright swoony about the whole thing.

    Though it was nice that the story progressed quickly, it was almost like a speeding train with no brakes and I was a little bit....worn out? Not sure if that's the proper feeling because I wasn't tired of the story, just that there was really no place to take a break and absorb all the information and new turn of events. I think the novel would have produced a better result for me if it slowed down just a bit, explained things a little earlier in the book, then had Finn and Cora working together to accomplish a goal rather than having Cora hamming her way through the entire thing until the end, still not understanding the gravity of the situation until like...90% through because by then, it's just the story wrapping up and hitting a brick wall.

    All in all, an easy read and I didn't feel like tearing out my hair for once due to poor editing or lack thereof. Just a bit of content issue for me.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    I cannot say this enough: the sensory imagery in this book is ri

    I cannot say this enough: the sensory imagery in this book is ridiculously amazing!  Only 10 pages in, I had this to say:
    I cannot believe how fantastic the sensory imagery is in this book! You can almost physically experience everything she's going through!

    Alright y'all.  This book is funny, and heartbreaking, and has a fantastic heroine that is willing to travel halfway across the world to figure out who (and what) she is.  I'm so glad this book is part of a trilogy, because Cora's journey is far from over! 

    Poor Cora...there is SO MUCH she doesn't know about herself, or her mother, or her mother's disappearance.  The more she learns about who, and what, she is, the more questions that come up!  Oftentimes, readers say, "I can't imagine how that character was feeling, dealing with everything that happened to them."  But Tracy Clark's ability to put the reader in Cora's shoes is phenomenal!  As you read, you will go through the rollercoaster of emotions right along with Cora.  It gave me goosebumps!  (And made me feel nauseous, giddy, heartbroken, etc.)  And even though Scintillate takes place right here, on this very Earth, Clark has created a whole new unseen world right around us.

    Cora is SO STRONG!  But not unrealistically so.  She still struggles with things like indecision, hurt, and anger, especially when it comes to her parents, but she presses on.  At first, Cora's new abilities seem pretty cool, even if they do give her a headache.  But as Cora struggles to find out more about her abilities, Cora (and the reader) discover that seeing auras is not all it's cracked up to be.  In fact, there are groups out there trying to rid the world of people like Cora.

    It's obvious from the minute that Cora and Finn spend any real time together that they are falling in love with one another.  It comes on fierce, and strong, and you want nothing except for their relationship to work out.  But then you find out something you NEVER expected about both of them, and you see their relationship from a WHOLE new perspective...and it makes you question WHY they fell in love so hard, and so fast.

    The chemistry between Cora and Finn is undeniable, but now that she's met Giovanni, the young man who has the same silver aura as she does, I wonder if maybe they are meant to be together.  I would definitely call Giovanni the underdog in this book, as far as young men in Cora's life goes.  But I always have a hard time deciding if nice guys should finish last, or if they should get the girl every once in a while. :)  I guess we'll find out in the next two books!

    I will end this review the same way I started my Goodreads review:
    IT CAN'T END THERE!!!!!!! I need more! When is the next book coming out?!?! This cliffhanger might just kill me!

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    Posted February 4, 2014

      

      

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    A thrilling YA romance that kept me on the edge of my seat, Scin

    A thrilling YA romance that kept me on the edge of my seat, Scintillate was a wonderful read. I absolutely loved this book! It had sweet romance, dark secrets, and an ending that left me wanting more.

    Cora was a wonderful heroine. She wasn't a confrontation kind of person, but neither would she let herself be a doormat. And, if she set her mind to something, nothing would stop her. I really liked her. I thought she was strong, likable, and a lovely character.

    Finn was complicated. For most of the book, he was super sweet and clever and devoted to Cora. But, then we find out something that changes everything. Yet, Finn still proved himself to be a truly good guy and a total sweetheart. I absolutely adored him.

    The romance was lovely. Cora and Finn were very sweet together. A revelation near the end of the book complicated matters for them, but I'm still hoping they find a way to be together.

    Giovanni was an important character in the book, so I just want to mention him. He was clever, strong, sweet, and I really liked him. There's a potential for another love interest in him, but we'll see what happens.

    The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills, secrets, and surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious to find out what happens next. I'm dying to get my hands on book 2. Can't wait!

    Scintillate was a fantastic YA paranormal romance. I absolutely loved this book. From the romance, to the secrets, to the thrills, this book was wonderful. YA romance lovers, this is a book not to be missed.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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    Posted February 18, 2014

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