Monday, February 13, 2012

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

3 out of 5 stars

After finishing this book, I am not sure how I feel about it. Like others have said, the book does start out pretty slow, and not until you are halfway through the book you really get to finding out exactly what this book is about. The book does have a lot of good Al Capone references, which is interesting.

The book is about a girl who is in High School. She gets excellent grades, but at the same time pretty invisible to the rest of her class. Then, one day she is given the chance, and two other of her class mates Lance and Dante, to take the rest of the year off of school and intern at a luxurious hotel that is about to reopen to the public. She is told an internship like that could help her be seen and get into any college she wants, so she dutiful accepts the position.

Once she is at the hotel, not everything is what it seems. The people who work there are mysteriously beautiful but at the same time a little different. There is a mysterious book, and mysterious task. Everything slowly comes together as Haven and Lance try to figure out what exactly is happening in this hotel.

At times the dialogue can be a bit cheesy, but the adventures in the end keep the book entertaining. The end leaves you hanging for a second book.

This is very much a young adult book. There is a romance in this book, very slow going and cute. It is very unlike other books I have read recently. The romance, and the storyline is very fresh and interesting. I didn't love or hate this book it was an okay read.

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