Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: Illumine by Alivia Anders

Illumine (Illumine #1)
Author: Alivia Anders
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: January 7th 2012
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Source: Library

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.

My Take:

Ever been to a party that changed your life forever, for Essallie going to a party did just that and opened her eyes to secrets she had know idea existed. Five months later after the tragicness she encountered, being sent to live with her brother should've been the one place her nightmares would not harm her, too bad reality isn't all too nice. Because that night is just the start to everything, finding out from a demon your a weapon and also more is one thing, but to find out that your boyfriend was willing to sacrifice you for his benefit, yeah that is a major sign to leave him. But what Essallie has no idea is that Kayden the demon who wants to kill her, also seems to grown found of her.

The thing is that when you touch someone you know you can feel them, but for Kayden, its a little different because when touched by Essallie his touch is short lived. Being a demon has its perks, being able to appear and disappear comes in handy. What is even more crazier is that Essallie power is growing more day by day meaning her even staying in human form and not combusting everything insight is a plus, but she needs everyone willing to help find out how powerful she is and if she can master it. The journey has just begun and conjuring energy is one thing.

I absolutely loved this because even though it was a fast read, I never wanted it to end ever. Of course finding out what she is and how she is able to cope with it is so cool. Essallie is strong enough to and able to mend her own destiny. Being capable to become a weapon is cool but what she does with her power is what will shape the kind of person she wants to be. We are just fortunate and able to read about her journey to finding herself in the process. For me this was hands down a wonderful story and with Kayden its hard not to like the demon your not supposed to. The future can only tell what is in story with Essallie and where her journey will lead.

5/5 stars


Out July 7 2012

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