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.
I enjoyed this book a lot! A few bits were a bit slow, and I didn't like that, but we were pretty much always in a state of learning more about something in this book, be it the characters, the world, what's going on, and how to stop it!
OK, I just want to put in a mini rant. This book was pretty long. And if it was shorter, it would've been more interesting, because that means that those slow parts that we didn't learn anything, could've been cut, and would've made this book better. Ok. done rant!
I enjoyed Haven, she was a really interesting character, she's shy, and yet she participates in this internship that is more then it seems, that she got in the first place, and what she's supposed to do. Because Haven can do something.
Really enjoyed that ending! I didn't really like Lucian, so Haven made the right choice in banishing him to hell! And then when it turns out that Lance was the one that kissed her in the dark, well, that turns some things around! So really enjoyed that ending!
This was a pretty great book. It just could've been better for me!
Author: Aimee Agresti
Series: Gilded Wings #1
Read: November 11th, 2012
Reason Why: Sounded like a great book, has a pretty cover, and it's a DAC book!
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Published: March 6th 2012