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.
Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.
I have to say, the cover reminded me of several other book covers (I guess hands are popular?) but this was a very original story idea. I don't think I've read a book with the same idea... I feel like I may have read something evolving auras but this was very unique. Cora gets very very sick and immediately after her recovery begins seeing colors around everyone. Her own is a mysterious silver and no one else seems to have silver. She soon finds herself in danger, a stalker finding her everywhere and killing people in front of her. Her father won't listen to her and she is more and more desperate to find answers about what is wrong with her. I really liked the first half or so of this book. And then the descriptions of several locations where Cora travelled...they were beautiful. I don't know if it's because Niall Horan (don't judge me please) or just the beauty of Ireland but her Irish roots added a great vibe and it was definitely evident in the story and writing. The culture was vibrant and so was her Chilean roots, they were great as well. And it made her very interesting as a character.
Speaking of characters, there were a lot of good ones in this book. Her father was very restrictive and secretive, but you could tell her loved her. Her two friends, Mani and Dan, were lovely. Finn I liked and I felt almost the same about Giovanni...except I felt cautious with him. The plot was pretty good, there were some twists that surprised me, a lot, and then a few that I guessed pretty easily. There are still things that haven't been explained yet that I'm curious about and some things that were explained at the end, all put together it makes me want to read the next book ;)
That being said, there were a few parts where I felt the plot was a little slow and were a few times I thought that Cora should have told her father this or that and probably could have saved herself a lot of trouble. Either way, the plot would pick up again soon, although most of the action doesn't happen until the end. And at the end, I thought it was pretty good, there were some surprises. But then things seemed to move a little too quickly in the last couple chapters. Still, I liked the ending and some of the characters get redeemed.
Overall, I really liked the story idea and the characters. Having a character that can see people's auras is very interesting and there were even more interesting developments following her powers. However it seemed to lack energy and in some spots was a bit boring. A few of the plot twists I guessed and while I enjoyed this book and plan on reading the next book in the series, I didn't love it. So I'm going to give Scintillate 3 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way. A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.