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(Sacred #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Splendor, the stunning sequel to Sacred, is a story about changing friendships, family, romance, passion, the study of Kabbalah, and self-discovery.

Sometimes the answers we seek aren’t ours to find. . . .
Scarlett loves her boyfriend, the dashing, mysterious Will Cohen. But now he’s gone east for college, and Scarlett is stuck home on Catalina Island. Senior year should be
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Delacorte Press (first published April 14th 2007)
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Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Oh my I’m in love with Elana’s writing. Both books in this series were so beautifully written.
In the beginning of ’Splendor’ I very much hated Scarlett but I’m very happy with her character development and now I kinda love her.
This book was so heartbreaking but at the same time a great survival story.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, pbook, ya
I love Elana K. Arnold’s books. Her writing is understated, beautiful, and vivid. Burning is my favorite, but I also really liked Sacred, the first book in this duology, along with Splendor. When I first finished Sacred I was surprised to see there was going to be a sequel. I felt like the story left off in a good place and it wasn’t necessary to keep going, but since I love Elana’s writing and I enjoyed the story I was happy for the opportunity to read more.

Even after I started reading I remain
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I read Sacred, the book that comes before Splendor, way back in January and I thought it was just an okay read. So when Splendor showed up in my mailbox, I went back and forth on wether I wanted to read it. I finally decided to give it a try and I'm pleased to say the sequel was much, much better!

With her boyfriend Will off to college all the way across the country, Scarlett is stuck at home dealing with even more problems than before. After having to recover from losing her brother the year bef
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'Splendor' is a beautifully written young adult novel full of hope, faith and love. It continues to follow lead character Scarlett Wenderoth as she deals with life's obstacles and struggles. Her boyfriend, Will, has headed east for college; she started her senior year of high school; her parents have separated; and her best friend Lily is being wild as always. On top of all that, there's Gunner - the handsome and dangerous guy that might become Lily's boyfriend. Gunner has Scarlett ques
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Splendor by Elana K Arnold is a fantastic YA book with a very interesting story that had my attention from the very beginning.

Scarlett Wenderoth is a beautiful young girl whose life has been turned upside down when her older brother, Ronny passed away. It was a very emotional rollercoaster ride for Scarlett and her family and things were never the same since. Scarlett still lives with her father on Catalina Island in a Bed & Breakfast that they own, while her mother lives on the main land.
Katie Gryson
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Splendor is a very sad but beautiful story about a girl name Scarlett. Scarlett's boyfriend Will is leaving for Yale and all she has is her best friend Lily and her father. After her brothers death a year before, Scarlett had come face to face with a boy named Will who revealed to her that he can sense when someone is is danger and he is compelled to help them, and if he doesn't he gets excruciating headaches. When Gunner Montgomery-Valentine, a foreign exchange student from England shows up, Sc ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tragic but beautifully written.
Kim Heimbuch
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Zara Brumana
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm not entirely sure why the first book needed a sequel, other than to satisfy a need for a happy ending on behalf of the author or the fans of the first book. Scarlett goes from a character who is unlikable to someone you wish you didn't know. She's inexplicably more moneyed in this book, after the first mentions her barely having 20 bucks to stick in her pocket to being a UC Davis student who will have absolutely no problem financing the bordering of her 2 horses. (The college community aroun ...more
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Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This book both broke my heart and gave me a sense of peace and calm. Splendor by Elana K. Arnold broke my heart because the author throws this twist near the end that I honestly didn’t even see coming. I believe my jaw dropped and I whispered a panicked “what?”

Will is off to college, and Scarlett is still on Catalina Island finishing her senior year. But a new school year also brings new students…and in this case it’s a British bad boy, Gunner, who favors his clover cigarettes, and is the desire

Scarlett has grown up on Catalina Island right off the coast of California surrounded by nature and a small knit community. After a troubling summer , she has just started her senior year and kissed her first boyfriend, Will, good by as he heads off to Yale. They text and talk, but is getting the feeling that the distance may become a problem. On top of this, her parents have separated, with her mother moving to Los Angeles to take up her career as a lawyer since the Bed and B
Ally Doerman
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, royal
After Scarlett's brother dies, and her mother leaves the small island of Catalina, where they live, to live in Los Angeles, the only people that Scarlett has is her new boyfriend, Will and her best friend, Lily. Through Kabbalah, Will has gained these powers, where he can sense when a violent crime is about to happen. Scarlett fears that Will will find himself in a dangerous situation, because he feels like he must stop these crimes from happening. When Will goes to school in Conneticut, and Lil ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Scarlett lives on Catalina Island in a B&B with her dad and her horse. Her mom moved to LA after the sudden death of Scarlett’s brother. Scarlett’s in love with Will, a Jewish boy who has visions that allow him to rescue people in trouble. When Will heads off to college and Scarlett’s best friend Lily falls for a mysterious exchange student, Scarlett starts to study the Kabbalah in order to better understand and cope with the odd dreams she is having.
Confused? Me too. I had not read Sacred
Ariana August
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this all in one sitting, from about 10pm until 3am! That does not always happen for me, but I couldn't put this book down. It's not a 'fast, light' read - it's deep, mystic, emotional, and above all, the characters are so believable that one almost wonders if they're living real lives out there somewhere. This book is immensely enjoyable - we learn more about Scarlett and Will's relationship, get to know Scarlett more as a person, and explore the darker side of teenage life.

Elana K. Arno
This is an interesting realistic fiction story with a touch of mysticism included. While still rocked by the death of her brother, Scarlet is beginning to heal in both mind and spirit. Will has gone off to college in the east coast and a new foreign exchange student comes to the island. Scarlett starts to study a different aspect of Kabbalah. The ending isn't wrapped up in a neat and tidy bow and is definitely not happy ever after, but while shocking, it seems realistic. On the page sex keeps th ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
What started out as a story with paranormal elements seemed to turn into a story about kids in high school with absolutely no adult supervision, and what adults are around end up being completely blind to what is going on with them. A lot of the story sounded like the main character was being introduced to a cult and made no sense as to where it was supposed to connect to the rest of the story. The ending doesn't really make sense since it seems a lot of things were abandoned along the way. I do ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
At first I was very hesitant to read this but I'm so happy that I did. Even though i did cry during some parts (I'm a very emotional reader) I can say I honestly loved this book. The only thing that i didn't like ( stop reading if you don't want any spoilers) is how in the end of the book i didn't know where Scarlett and Will's relationship stood, If anyone can enlighten me about it please go for it but other than that great read.
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love love loved Sacred so I was very excited to read Splendor. However, I was pretty disappointed and found myself having to force myself to finish it.
Splendor went way too far into the Jewish background and Kabbalah than I found necessary. I felt like that overtook the storyline at quite a few spots.
I also feel like there was a lot of loose ends left untied by the end if the book. A prologue would have been nice.
Yykitreen Maplehearts
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
These books make me sad. Not because they are bad, but because death is hard to deal with, and this book captures it pretty well. Like not in a drama-y way, but like how it actually feels. Also, the characters are so lifelike, and their problems so, well, normal, that the presence of "super powers" cropping up in the characters seem almost absurd.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A worthy sequel to Sacred (which I gave top-rating): an eloquent story, with deft subtlety in the story, and I really enjoyed the philosophical/religious/mysticism discussion. Some authors/books have more depth, and, this is one of them.
Elizabeth Aguilar
*Review to come later*
Adequate sequel. Continues to show me why Arnold is one of my favorite authors.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was debating in between a 3.5 or a 4 because I honestly had to skip some pages because I would have ended up confusing myself.
Jordan Monroe
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't know if I would be satisfied if this was the conclusion. The twist at the end was great!
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Brandee Terry
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I like the writing in this book but didn't love the story.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-lit
actual rating 3.5
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ELANA K. ARNOLD writes books for and about children and teens. She holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis where she has taught Creative Writing and Adolescent Literature. Her most recent YA novel, DAMSEL, is a Printz Honor book, Her 2017 novel, WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her middle grade novel, A BOY

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“The thing about life, I thought as Star drank his mother's warm milk, is that you have to choose it. And then you have to keep choosing it, again and again.

You can choose it by staring out at the vast horizon. By focusing on the smallest stone. By feeling humbled by the greatness of others. By claiming victory in a challenge. By judging. By loving. Through balance. Through knowledge. In wisdom. In grace.”
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