Illumine by Alivia Anders

Illumine.jpgSynopsis: For the past five months Essallie Hanley has been trying to forget about the frightening murder of her boyfriend. Haunted by vivid nightmares and hallucinations of the event she does anything she can to pretend she’s like every other normal girl in High School.

Only Essallie is far from normal. Able to conjure blue fire and a shimmering silhouette of wings from her body, she seeks the only known solace left to her name; her first home in Belfast, Maine.

But she soon realizes that her return home is only the beginning of a long and twisted road taking her as far from her humanity as possible, with Kayden, the demon originally summoned to slaughter her, leading the way. Unable to touch her but oddly curious, he joins Essallie in her search to find out just what she is. But neither of them were prepared for the secrets they’ve begun to unravel, secrets that will change Essallie and everyone around her forever.



3 Stars

This book is free!!!!!  This was one of the series that I had deemed part of my “Year of the Finale” for 2016.  Its a series that I had been meaning to finish and this year seemed like the year to do it.  On my second time around however, I realized that this book didn’t tickle my fancy like it did the first time around.

For one thing, (and I’m sure that this is an older ecopy) there were so many typos that it kept pulling me out of the story.  I’m one of those people that hears the book as I read it to myself. Some people don’t do that, but I do.  And too  many errors just kill it for me.  Also, the story line didn’t add up for me as cohesively as I remember. I kept getting confused as to why the characters were doing what they were doing when an easier way was clear to me.  (like how I didn’t give anything away)

And to top it off, no loose ends were tied up.  I mean, I get it if it’s a cliffhanger, but usually some get tied up by the end of the book. It just left me wanting, and not in an excited way.  I am going to read the second book because I’m hopeful that it gets better and I am all about the redemption.  Everyone is redeemable. Everyone.

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