Illuminate

Illuminate

Book - 2012
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A brainy, shy high school outcast interning at a Chicago hotel discovers that the hotel staff has an evil agenda planned for her classmates on prom night.
Publisher: Boston : Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547626147
0547626142
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION AGRESTI
Characteristics: 514 p. ; 22 cm

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karinacrean99
Jul 08, 2013

this book is very fun to read.

JewelMcLatchy Dec 01, 2012

Really great book. I had difficulty putting it down several times. Interesting plot line for sure; looking forward to reading more in the series.

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Ashley Chen
Aug 02, 2012

At first, I didn't really like Haven because she just seemed like the perfect student. Ugh. But as she became an intern, she was mature, sophisticated and professional. I really admired her. She was able to collect herself and conquer obstacles. It definitely in a way reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada.

Dante was a bit feminine which I love! He was sweet, FUN, and caring. EEEE! Best friend material! *arms flail*

Dante was your typical hyperactive kid. Wally (Wally West from DC Comics), and Naruto (Naruto from the Naruto manga) like.

Lance seemed sweet and cool. I mean he wore glasses! Hello! You know I kind of have a thing for "nerdy chic". I mean my love for the guy below can be prove to that. Granted he is not real.

I really enjoyed the slow build up between Lance and Haven. Some of you might know I hate instalove with the "Every-touch-sends-a-spark- and-I-want-to-be-with-you-forever" thing. Their friendship was very sweet, and very subtle.

Lucian, wow, he was such a flirt. He was smoooooth. The tiny gestures that goes on between Lucian and Haven. Woowoo mister!

I really couldn't pick whether I am Team Lance or Team Lucian.
And what can I say about Aurelia?

When she talked, it contained mystery and depth to it. At times she really reminded me of your "old-wise-one-mentor-with-the-philosophical-sayings-without-being-all-wrinkly".

At time, I get the feelings like I'm reading the Mortal Instrument Series and the Iron Fey Series. The hotel totally reminded me of the Lotus Casino in The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The hotel was just breathtaking! (Oh yeah so was Alcatraz as well!) One thing that I completely fell for was that the hotel set the week with the theme of the seven deadly sins. What came to my mind immediately was FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST! Yeah, that was off topic. I really enjoyed the historical reference to Chicago, the prohibition, Al Capone etc.

The only thing "bad" about this book was that it was too long. I think there was too many dialogues and a lot of blah blah. That's why it is 511 pages long. There was basically a 100 page intro to the basic setting and few main characters. Overall this book was beautifully written. Aimee created a complete magical world.

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juniperviolet
Jul 24, 2012

A beautiful novel. Great ideas and charismatic characters.

sarahmustwrite Jul 06, 2012

This book was interesting. Haven (beautiful name, by the way) was practical and likable, if a bit passive (read: almost boring). I felt like she could have been a lot more interesting if she was forced to act a lot more, rather than playing along. I liked her, but I could have liked her more. I rate this book a handful of chocolate chips. Good, but it could be better.

#imagineteencontest

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cnpower
May 23, 2012

This is an amazing book. Great Characters. Also the ending in this book and the turns of the romance has you waiting for more. Loved this book would recommend to anyone.

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