Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review: Scintillate by Tracy Clark

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
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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 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.

My Thoughts

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.


  1. I think I'll skip this one. I'm kind of sick of romances based on these intense mystical connections.

  2. Oh, yeah, I wasn't drawn to this book much either. And if the MC is annoying me w/her dumb decisions, I'm gonna have a hard time getting thru it. Looks like I won't be giving this a try, haha. Great review!

  3. Both of the characters don't sound very hot from your review that I'll probably end up skipping this one. I hate when characters repeatedly make stupid decisions to the point that you end up hating the character because of it. Also, Finn doesn't sound that hot either. I'll probably end up skipping this one, but fantastic review, Amy! <33

  4. Hmm, not sure about this book. A character that doesn't really get stuff may make me impatient. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Don't think I'd like this just by your description of Cora. I really don't do well with characters who make dumb decisions to move the story along.


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