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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  661 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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 e
Paperback, 282 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Entangled Teen (first published October 30th 2012)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
A promising premise that failed to deliver on many fronts. The characters weren't absorbing, the love triangle was poorly designed, and neither the romance nor the love interests were attractive nor realistic. The most honest thing I can say about this book without expressing my personal frustrations with it is that the concept was interesting, but poorly thought out and executed.

Enough rationality, back to my personal opinions of the book. Warning: much swearing ahead, and a considerable amount
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it

Beatrice is one of the best Seers at the Institution. Seers live to serve and protect the Citizens from the Dreamcatchers. All visions are told immediately to the Keeper to be recorded and used to help detect any possible threats. Bea has begun having visions of everyone at the Institution being murdered. The Dreamcatchers are coming and the Keeper will do anything to protect the City. Other Seers start to have visions of a betrayal and Bea must h
Shy The WidowMaker
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me start off by saying this book was like nothing I have read in a while. It was refreshingly different and that is what I loved about it. We start off this book by meeting Bea who we learn is different. Bea is a Seer and that makes her special as you see Bea has visions of the future. It was really cool to be reading a book in which the heroine was more than just a strong character and with being having visions it made her different from heroines in most books out there. I loved that Bea wa ...more
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Seers are revered in the City and our main character Beatrice is a powerful Seer. The City houses the Citizens, while the Seers stay in the Institution. Seers keep the City safe from any attacks. Especially from the Dreamcatchers who steal memories and thoughts from the Citizens. When a powerful Dreamcatcher invades her visions, she finds herself at the he
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Beatrice is a seer with ability to see the future, but lately she keeps having strange dreams. In her dreams, she meets Echo, a beautiful guy who is wearing the clothes of her enemy. Echo is one of the Dreamcatchers, people with ability to shatter another person’s mind with their touch. Echo is her enemy, yet Beatrice feels strangely attracted to him. Her loyalty starts to waver along with Echo’s constant appearance, and when the Dreamcatchers attack, Beatrice needs to decide what she has to do ...more
Stephanie Ward
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

'Luminosity' is an enthralling young adult fantasy novel that centers around the heroine, Beatrice, who is a Seer - she has visions that come true. Almost her entire life has been spent locked away at the Institution, who uses her visions to protect the City. There's one problem: Beatrice has a deep, dark secret - one that could kill her and everyone she cares about if it comes to light. On top of keeping her secret hidden, she's falling in love with the one person she was never suppose
Tara Fuller
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Refreshing and compelling, LUMINOSITY is a must read for fans of the dystopian genre! Stephanie Thomas has created a world that is absolutely enthralling and a cast of characters you can’t help but root for. Can’t wait for the next installment in this series!
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pretty great book, I enjoyed it, there were a few nitpicks, but yeah, hope we get book #2 soon, that I think the edits to make book #2 the last book instead of a trilogy happen soon!
Cherry London
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read that has a love triangle mix and a confused and mindless war, Beatrice was not convinced that the war they were preparing for could not be avoided, why were there so many killings that didn't make much sense, wasn’t there a better way to achieve security without such mindless acts. This and more were the burning question that Beatrice needed answers to. At the same time she is in an emotional tangle loving two guys, one her enemy the other her best friend, how would she h ...more
Candace Wondrak
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was...just weird. A far cry from the worst I've seen, but weird all the same. At first, I wasnt sure if this was set in the real world or fantasy, but it turns out it's some kind of dystopian. Set in the future, where the Seers and the Dreamcatchers are at war.

The descriptions were vague, the writing was stiff and lacked common contraction use, and the characters weren't relatable. Its unfortunate, because this has such a pretty cover and I was looking forward to this book! Unfortunately t
Jenna D.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on Making the Grade.

LUMINOSITY by Stephanie Thomas is a book that was highly recommended to me in the blogging community. Surprisingly, I had heard very little about this title prior to the recommendation, which is unusual when it comes to me and an Entangled Teen title. Did it live up to the hype? In many ways, yes. But not all.

Presenting itself as a dystopian-like, gothic mystery, LUMINOSITY is similar to and is written in a style that gave me flashbacks to th
Luminosity was the kind of book whose rating on Goodreads fooled me - badly. Well, I'm not entirely sure if the problem lies with me (I'm a pretty picky reader if you haven't realized by now) or with the book itself, since I'm probably one of the very few to give this book such a low rating, but either way, Luminosity was a huge disappointment to me.

To tell the truth, Luminosity's synopsis practically gives away the entire plot, leaving just a few mysteries for the content of the book. Beatrice
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)

***ARC received by Entangled Teen for review purposes***

First of all, I have to give it up to Entangled Teen for picking another winner. I was still on the high of the last amazing book I read (Greta and the Goblin King) and I was worried my next read wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But, that was pretty much impossible when you have such a fantastic concept set in a futuristic world! I had a feeling that Luminosity would be a hit from the first page and I was not disappointed!

Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

Where to begin with this review. Well, I guess the first thing I should say is that, I loved this book! The characters, plot, and setting pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go. Luminosity is the type of story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and reading long into the night. It’s nonstop action, mystery, and suspense. Purrs and tail waves to Thomas for a wonderful job well done.

Bea is an outstanding lead character. She’s compassionate, snar
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, blog-tours
In this futuristic world there are those that are destined to be the protectors of the people. They are the Seers, and Beatrice is the most gifted of them all. They are distinguished at birth by the appearance of their violet colored eyes, and are taken to be raised in The Institution, trained for a life of servitude, ruled over by "The Keeper." Their enemy, the ones they protect the citizens from, are the Dreamcatchers. Where Seers see the future, Dreamcatchers see the past through the dreams o ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was really excited when I found out that I would be able to take part in this blog tour, and this book totally lived up to my expectations. This is a quick read that can be knocked down in mere hours that you do not want to miss.

Set in a futuristic time where a war demolished practically the entire world, the plot in this book is incredibly imaginative. Seers can see the future. They are identified by their violet eyes at birth and are then surrendered to the Institution so that they can learn
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on We All Make Mistakes in Books

After a war that almost destroy the planet, the Seers are back and they protect the city and it's Citizens. That's how they world now works, the Seers live separeted from the Citizens in the Institution and they must keep the Dreamcatchers away and prevent them from kiling all the Citizens.
Beatrice, Bea, is probably the best of her class, her vision are clear and especific and they become true. But the Institution keeps a lot of secrets, and most
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 stars

Reviewed @ Enticed by Books

Luminosity was a very difficult read for me. It is a good book with an intriguing world, but it was a very S L O W read with no action. Some of you will disagree with me because there was a lot of violent training involved but that's not real action. The story didn't move forward for a very long time; things were discovered, relationships were build but there wasn't anything that gripped me into the story. It was very close to being a DNF. What saved i
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Luminosity is a crazy adventure from the first page until the last. I loved the concept of seers v. dreamcatchers. I thought that was pretty unique. Plus, I know this doesn't matter much content wise, but I loved the font on the cover. I feel like it fits perfectly with the story.

Bea is a seer, and because of this she is taken from her family from birth and raised in the institution, which is where all seers go to learn their craft so they can protect the city if need be. And according to seer
Sarah (The Book Life)
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since I was young, I’ve often thought of how cool it would be to be psychic. Being psychic is a lot different than being a Seer, but it made joining Bea for her story, all the more appealing for me. Being a Seer is a very important part of Bea’s world and it has determined a lot about the way her life has gone. Children born with Sight are sent to live in the Institution when they are very young. I absolutely love the dynamic of characters thrown together in a small, and sometimes very controlle ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book definitely goes by an idea that we don't see everyday. By the look of the includtion of dreams and visions, this book could be wrongly judged because I really didn't expect what I found. Honestly, the idea of falling in love with enemy was what kinda - kinda - sold it out to me but then this book also seemed to me as a semi-dystopian future novel - it sort of has the same layout as the dystopian future novels - which was interesting but it needed more than that.

In a world that consist
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was so excited for the chance to read Luminosity, it sounded like such a unique book. I enjoyed it :)

When I first started the book, I was slightly confused. Luminosity starts pretty abruptly and details about the world in the book are revealed. Beatrice is a girl who has visions ("the Sight"). She lives at The Institution, a school for people like her, and she starts having visions of a mysterious boy. The boy is part of the Institution's enemy, the Dreamweavers, and wants her help.

At first, I
Keeper Beatrice was born with the sight, as with all Keeper new born babies they are taken from their parents and raised by the Institution. She had the tell tale sign of all Keepers, lavender eyes. Her visions might just be the clearest of all the Keepers. When she turned 17, one of her visions came true and she was given that raven wings. Wings signify her proven ability as a Keeper.

The Institution residence are tasked with keeping the city safe from the Dreamcatchers. They can see into people
Ashley Chen
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
First I like to say how I love this paranormal, institute kind of books. It just provides this "mystic action" feel to the book. I really love the concept of how the Seers are protecting the city. I don't know, I just love this "solider" feel of the book. A lot of these institute books typically have students and they are shut in with study and stuff but I love this "protection" idea. I think this was one of the reason why I wanted to read this book from the start.

Bea was amazing. She was powerf
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Bea is a neat character. She is defiant while still following rules, easy to connect with and not afraid to go after what she wants. She doesn't blindly follow what she is told and had no problem thinking for herself. As a Seer she can see things others can't and she is one of the most powerful Seers so her visions are taken seriously. The whole concept behind LUMINOSITY was intriguing and the author did a good job with her descriptions and world building.There isn't really a romance going on bu ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours-books
Dystopia is one of my favorite genres. Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas is a fantastic YA Si-if dystopian. Thomas created an amazing world with Seers, Keepers, Watchers, Dreamcatchers, and humans. All the characters are wonderful: Bea ( Beatrice) is the main character and I loved her strong heroine character so much; Gabe and Echo are the two guys in her life. Gabe is her best friend. Echo is the guy that visits her in dreams.

Bea is a Seer. Seers only purpose in life are to protect humans and the
When I first received this title from Netgalley (a big thanks to them btw), I was really excited to read Luminosity. It sounded unique and different, and had an amazing cover. I've been finding, lately, that all these new dystopian books have a really clinical, bare feel to them. It's this starkness of the futuristic setting or alternate style, I don't know. Anyway, I really found this within Luminosity... and not in a good way. The characters seemed lifeless, emotionless and unlikeable. Sure th ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Wow this book was amazing, I've had this on my wishlist for a very long time now and so I was excited to take part in this blog tour.
This book was so much better than I could ever have imagined!
When a Seer is born they are separated from their families and taken to a place called the Institution, it's here where their every vision is recorded by the Keeper, whom interprets their visions to keep the Citizens safe from the Dreamcatchers.

Bea is the strongest of the Seer's, and she has already had a
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Definitely a book catered towards teens. It reminded me of the Hunger Games and the Ender Games. I could see this book becoming the basis of a hit movie. Fascinating read. I am extremely curious how the author will wrap up this story. Can't wait for the sequel! ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
A very good read. Always kept me interested and wanting to read more. The conflict was exciting and many times there were a few cliff-hangers. I would totally recommend this book if you are in to science fiction.
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Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a 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 teach ...more

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