Review: Scintillate (Light Key Trilogy #1) by Tracy Clark

February 7, 2014 Review 3

Review: Scintillate (Light Key Trilogy #1) by Tracy ClarkScintillate by Tracy Clark
Series: Light Key Trilogy #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on 2/4/14
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Book Trailer: Trailer
Sexual Content: Kissing, a few passionate scenes
Reviewed by: Libbie
4 Stars

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 honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from SCINTILLATE, the first book in the Light Key Trilogy. A little star-crossed lover mixed with Ireland and a little bit of mysticism. There was all of that to be sure, but in a much more complex package than I was expecting. Complex and compelling, and damned close to spellbinding.

I will say that the story was a little slow to start. I get that it had to be, the reader is getting used to Cora’s new world just as she is and the changes she sees all around her. As much as I appreciated the time to get comfortable with her world as she saw it, and her fight to find any answer she can in the face of so many roadblocks, there were times it felt a little sluggish, almost repetitive.

That slower pace didn’t last, though. The last half of SCINTILLATE was almost like a roller coaster that just wouldn’t end. Every time I thought the story might be coasting to a conclusion, the tires hit another huge pot hole and jarred me right back into slack-jawed mutterings. I think I was actually gasping out loud a few times. And just when you think you’ve got a handle on it…the plot twists again. A few made me whoop, a few made me cry, all of them made me want more.

SCINTILLATE’s main character, Cora, is another in a new breed of flawed heroines (a trend I wholly agree with.) She’s not perfect, she makes mistakes and follows her own wants even in the face of others trying to stop her. Sometimes for the good, sometimes not, but for those impetuous flaws, Cora learns from her failures and from her mistakes. It’s going to be an interesting ride, I think, watching her come into her own.

It’s always hard reading the first in a series because the nature of the beast is questions you won’t get answers to. SCINTILLATE has its share of those, but at the same time, I was left fulfilled. Just enough answers to make the story feel complete in itself, and enough questions to leave me panting for the next in the Light Key Trilogy. And I will be snapping it up the second I can.

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3 Responses to “Review: Scintillate (Light Key Trilogy #1) by Tracy Clark”

  1. Mina

    Hi Libbie,
    the book only got one star at the single Amazon.de review – so I probably wouldn’t have put it on my tbr-pile. But your review just changed that, thanks!

  2. Libbie

    Mina – that is probably the best compliment ever, thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!