Today on my blog I have the Scintillate blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.
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.
I wasn’t sure about this book when I started it. It started off slow for me but I kept reading and I am glad I did.
We meet Cora who leads a boring life that is until she gets extremely sick and upon getting better she can now see auras. And of course Cora doesn’t understand her new ability or why her aura is so different from everyone else. She shares her worries with her over protective father but he just comes up with excuses and doesn’t take her seriously.
Cora soon learns that there is a whole new world for her and why she is exploring it a boy from school named Finn comes into her life. This is where I got a little annoyed with the book as there is an instant attraction well from Finn side and this does get explained in the book later. I also understood Cora falling for him as she has no experience with boys due to her father being so overly protective of her. I was hoping Cora would see Finn for what he was and would stay away from him but I knew once she was going to Ireland she would see him again.
I really liked Giovanni more and thought he was more swoon worthy over Finn. Even though he has his own secrets which is a theme in this book. He does become important to Cora while she is in
and the story picks up more
and had me trying to figure out what was going to happen next with all the
twists and turns. Ireland
But for me the characters I really loved were Cora’s best friends Mari and Dun and I am hoping their story gets explored more in the next book which I am not wanting and can’t wait to read it. 4/5 Bloody Fangs
Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.
Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.
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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Tracy for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Rockstar Book Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour and enter t he giveaway below.