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Thursday, December 27, 2012

[Review] Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles, #1) by Stephanie Thomas

Title: Luminosity
Series: The Raven Chronicles, #1
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Pages: 296 (Paperback)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 13, 2012
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

Luminosity is another one of these awesome mash-ups of Dystopia and Paranormal. Instead of having vampires or shifters or some other typical creature, we've got Seers and Dreamcatchers. Seers, as they name implies, can see the future. Our narrator, Beatrice, is one of the best. The Dreamcatchers are the enemy, who can break a person's mind with a single touch.

The history of Seers and Dreamcatchers is actually pretty well explained, even if it does come in info-dump form disguised as a class lessons. However, the reason for the heavily guarded City isn't as well explained or why the Seers are meant to protect the Citizens in the first place. I had a lot of "why" and "how come" questions, but thankfully most of them get answered as the story moves forward. I still have some questions, but the ending suggests that those answers are coming.

I'm conflicted on my feelings about Luminosity. On one hand, I think it's really unique and I breezed through it. But I also found it really slow until the very end. The action is crammed into very few chapters at the end, but the build up was tense and suspenseful, since we kind of know what's coming, but not when exactly. I did really enjoy the romance aspect in this one. They're friends first and then it develops into more. It's very sweet and no claims of undying love. I must warn you that there is some kind of love triangle, or at least a hint at one. I'm not really sure where that's going to go though.

Overall, I did enjoy this book a lot, so let's say my rating is 3.5 stars. It was just missing a little extra something that would have made it a solid 4. I'll most definitely be continuing the series though, since the ending leaves room for much more to occur, and I'd like to learn more about this world, since Beatrice is finally entering it.

Favorite Quotes

"Don't be sorry, but be smart." (14% eARC)

To take part in this stupid game that is suppose to prepare us for a fight against a people who somehow pop into our dreams without warning? How is a gun suppose to stop them anyway? (31% eARC)

"How many times do we have to figure out who we are anyway?" (42% eARC)

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  1. I really like the world building, but for some reason I just didn't enjoy the storyline; the characters were a bit boring, and there wasn't enough action in the book. Things did got interesting at the end, but I don't know if I'm looking forward for the sequel. I'll wait for your review to judge it.

  2. I've been curious about this book for awhile! I'm glad you liked the romance, and that it was somewhat easy to read. The concept really sounds great, even if it's not explained in the best way. Thanks for the review!


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