Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blog Tour: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas- Review and Giveaway

Tour hosted by Shane at itchingforbooks- Tour Schedule here

Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles, #1)Title: Luminosity
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publishing Date: December 13th 2012

Pages: 296
Genre: YA paranormal/dystopia
Source: Digital ARC 

My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

Love the cover of this book. Another book where the cover really sold me first. I first saw this book when I was looking at tours on Itching For Books. I thought that one sounds really good so I jumped on. I was so happy to get a spot. I really enjoyed this book, a lot. It was a very fast paced exciting and mysterious read. 

This book takes place in the way future. Seers are very important to the society. After many wars and devastation the society decided that seers could keep them safe. They take the seers as infants and raise them in an institute where they are watched over, interpeted, schooled, and trained for war. Beatrice is a very powerful seer and has seen  a war coming. Now Beatrice is having dreams that are much like visions but in her dreams she sees and speaks to the enemy, a dreamcatcher. In these dreams she starts to fall for the enemy. 

The setting of this book was one of my favorite things. It was really hard to define it at times, lots of fantasy and dystopian. It was a great mixture of the both with of course mystery, thrills, and love thrown in. I liked the story behind the seers and the dreamcatchers and the way the society and the institute was brought about. The author did a great job setting up the story and the tone of book. I really was in deep from the very beginning. 

I liked the main character Bea. I grew a strong connection to her from the beginning and felt her struggles throughout the book. I did get frustrated with her at times when she would make the obviously wrong decision ( not telling her best friend, Gabe, about the dreams) She was strong and independent and really wanted to keep everyone safe. As a seer, she was brought up that she was important to the safety of her society and she takes the duty seriously. She struggles with having to fight and kill but is not afraid to do what she needs to do. 

There is a bit of a love triangle and it is not often where I like the long time friend to be the characters first choice, but I loved Gabe. He was sweet, protective, understanding, and brave. It would have never been a choice for me. The love that Gabe and Bea share is a long built, strong, very bonded love. They have been together since the beginning and now Bea is starting to have feelings stir as Gabe begins to show his interest. The problem is well Echo. I really didn't like Echco, I never really trusted Echo. Echo is a dreamcatcher from Bea's dreams and he sounds like he possibly could be okay, but we never get to know him full. He is surrounded in a mysterious cloud of doubt for me.  

The writing style in this book was right where I needed it to be. I was able to see and feel everything that was going on and it was very fast paced filled with romance, friendship, story, action, and mystery. I felt that I was getting an even dose of it all. 

I really loved it. I was satisfied yet sad when it was over. I had some giggles, some gasps, and some tears, and now I must patiently wait for the next book. 

About the Author: 

Stephanie  Thomas
 Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was   small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more.

Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).



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  1. I definitely agree - awesome cover! And the book sounds awesome too. Great review! :)

  2. Great review. Thanks for participating.

  3. Thanks for the review...really gave a nice summation of what to expect in this book! It sounds like a fantastic read!

  4. Awesome giveaway!


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