Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

Decided to read another fairy book. I really like the fairy trend. The fairy trend is my absolute favorite of all the trends.

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?

Okay as much as I love books about fairies, the story had potential, but it just wasn't clicking for me. The plot became overly predictable and there were parts that needed improvement. What ever happened to good old plot twists in stories? The writing style was really good.This is another example of a trend book, it felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again. Human girls finding out they were fairies. 

*BIG SIGH* If you are still reading the trends like I am then it is clear to see why the Big Publishers move through the trends so quickly, it's just story retelling after story retelling.

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