Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles #1) – Stephanie Thomas

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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.

 

After being snatched away from her parent’s at birth due to the fact that she is a seeker, Beatrice has been raised in the Institution. This is a place where all seeker’s are sent to. Their vision’s help keep the city at peace and keep their enemies, otherwise known as the Dreamcatcher’s, at bay.

All of sudden Beatrice starts receiving a series of weird visions and dreams. Turns out, a Dreamcatcher has invaded her mind, and now she must figure out what is right and what is wrong with the world that surrounds her. Follow Beatrice and her friends in a fight to figure out their true purpose in life.

 

Luminosity had a great concept and well developed characters that I was instantly intrigued with. The cover and title are gorgeous, which also helped reel me into the story. I’ve always been a big fan of stories that are set in some unique, paranormal school, and I was really hoping that Luminosity would have a similar feel to Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. Unfortunately, I found Luminosity to be very slow. I didn’t really make a connection with any of the characters, and I was just hoping for a little more.

At one point in the story it sort of felt like a bad rendition of The Hunger Games. I wasn’t very comfortable with a bunch of kids shooting at others to kill and being shot at in return. Not only that, but those scenes didn’t carry enough power to capture my full attention. If characters are going to be killed or injured, I want to have an emotional connection with that scene.  In this case, I just continued to read and flip pages.

I found Beatrice’s relationship with Echo to be very……weird. I didn’t really understand it. The whole thing was confusing, awkward and boring, and I really just wanted to eliminate him from the storyline. I also found it very weird that there was a race out there who could kill people by just touching them. It just was not something that I was interested in.

The characters of The Keeper and Gabe were also very difficult for me to connect with. I found The Keeper a little too crazy for my taste, and I very much disliked the romance between Beatrice and Gabe. It made it very difficult when I didn’t have a love interest that I liked in this book. Romance is a key factor for me, and I have to connect with both of them. Unfortunately, I didn’t.

Stephanie Thomas has a similar writing style to Alyson Noel and C.J. Redwine. If you like those authors, there is a huge change that you will like this book. I just couldn’t connect with the storyline or the characters. Luminosity really did have great potential, but it fell a little flat for me.

 

Pages: 296

Publication Date: November 13, 2012

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Rating: [rating: 2]

 

Teaser Quote: “Everything is starting to unravel into a pool of nonsense. And standing in the middle of the pool is Echo, handsome and tall, pleading with me to save him. Save us.”