Illuminated

Illuminated

by Erica Orloff
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Illuminated 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, for the good review first. This story made me jealous- I, and I am sure most other teenage girls out there, was jealous of this love btw August and Calliope. I mean, who doesn't long for a soulmate? The next to last chapter was phenomonal- truly made my heart swell. Now to the bad parts. I don't want to be hated when I say this, but the love story was at time unbelievable. For real, who decides that their soulmate is someone whom they've met one week ago? That aspect was just a little exorbitantly fantastical. Next- the plot: I really had trouble following what they were trying to discover about the Book of Hours. Whenever I thought I had discovered what the plot was, it seemed to change. But besides those things, was a satisfying read- love Unc Harry...wish my relatives were as open as he was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!! Really fast but intriguing read mystery, history & romance what more could you want?
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Callie, 16, is spending the summer in New York City with her uncle Harry and his partner Gabe, assisting Harry at his job dealing with old manuscripts. They discover a palimpsest (my new favorite word to discuss with my students) which sets the two of them off to learn the story of the writing which they have uncovered: who is the mysterious A whose writings they have found in the margins of the manuscript? Enter August, the son and assistant of a rare books dealer, someone who might be able to give Callie and Harry answers in their quest. Callie and August begin a romance which burns brightly within a week--so quickly that that one point stayed with me the rest of the story. Why was the romance so rushed? The rest of the story made me eager to finish the book, to learn what Callie and August were searching for, but the oh-too-soon romance left me wondering why that plot characteristic was inserted that way. Teen girls will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rating: 2 emmys Review: Although compelling enough to finish, this book left a lot to be desired. The Fabulous: The underlying mystery about the books past, it’s owners and their story was very provoking. There were also some great quotes towards the beginning. The Flaws: This 16-year-old girl acts NOTHING like I did when I was 16. She is far too adult, not nearly as reactionary, or emotional. I understand that independence that might make her a little more worldly having grown up summering in Manhattan, but it would not mold a girl so astute or knowledgeable. I think the real story is about the Book. That’s the part that got most of my attention. I could care less what the current characters were doing, felt; what tragic things happened or were revealed. I was only interested in the Books’ story. There were also some “dream” sequences that I didn’t feel were a part of what this book wanted to be. They were necessary to further develop the plot but didn’t belong with today’s characters. Favorite Moments: Nothing really jumped out at me. Best line: Three good ones here, all written before page 23. “Even a book has it’s secrets.” “You never know where a secret will take you. It’s like playing hide-and-seek throughout history” “To know a book, you have to enter it.”
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If you want good romance, then this book is for you. Star crossed lovers across time. These two young lovers discover the meaning of love through the history of an old manuscript that tells the tradgedy of two star crossed lovers. Their love is a strong light that burns and will stay burning until the end of time.
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