Illuminate, by Aimee Agresti

Friday, 20 December 2013

Title: Illuminate

Author: Aimee Agresti

Rating: 2/5 stars

Release Date: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Format: Paperback Edition

Goodreads Average Rating: 3.73

Age Group: 12+

   The beginning was good, but the middle and the end sucked. I don't even know what happened, it just became disastrous.
  Goodreads Summary: Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.

       In the beginning, Haven was a really good character. I liked her sense of what was good for her, and her overall personality.

      Eventually, she became too overwhelmed and became a snob, I just don't know what happened. I thought that I would adore this, but I really didn't.


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