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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  644 ratings  ·  180 reviews
A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

Cora Sandoval lives an insulated, unexciting life. Mostly, she blames her dad. Her mother disappeared from Ireland when she was five and he’s been a human handcuff ever since. Cora’s life suddenly propels into the extraordinary when she begins to see colorful lights around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows only
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Published February 4th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Not only was he a danger to me physically, he was dangerous to my heart. And now I had a new worry: how many innocent people did I condemn to death because I saved his life?

This book is teenaged wish fulfillment at its most insipid. It is banal, it is tired old recycled tripe; I can't even hate it because the author does such a good job of catering to a very specific audience so well. It is a Twilight clone of the highest order, and of the lowest quality.

Do you want a lesson on unori
Jan 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to figure out why people love it. What might have been once successful with Edward and Bella as pure wish fulfillment of teenage unicorns and dragons dreams might still work for pre-pubescent girls. Publishers sure think like that but I can’t believe that 14-year olds still fall for that crap: Mary Sue MC, slut shaming, insta-love paired up with totally unrealistic creepy-sugary dialogue, followed by love triangle including sparks flying literally and a lot of magic at work.
Every once in a while you come across an outstanding new book, one that Wows you from the start. Scintillate is just such a story. To make it even better its part of a trilogy, with Tracy Clark's writing you know you are going to get two more fabulous installments in this series.

Why did I love Scintillate so much? Besides the marvelous characters that came to life and jumped right off the pages... The story is a completely original premise, but not slowed down by world building. Yes, there is wo
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, uf-pnr
3.5 Stars

While this story is guilty of a few of the most popular YA tropes it was still a fun one. There is the insta love between two characters and an attraction that they couldn’t explain, although I loved the explanation of this later in the book, so I’m going to forgive this. There was also heroine who discovers she has a gift of sorts, the possibility for a love triangle in future books, a quirky friend (actually two) and a near perfect guy that is there to come to the rescue anytime you h
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Scintillate came as a real surprise for me. I didn't expect anything of it. I thought the premise sounded interesting and just decided to give it a try. But wow, though I had a few issues with the novel, it was actually very good and I'm very much looking forward to reading the sequel... hopefully soon!

The concept of seeing auras was brilliant and the world-building very round and fulfilling in my eyes. There was no infodumping at all, it all flows very smoothly along with the plot. Here we mee
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a digital arc of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I want to mention upfront that Scintillate is getting 4 stars from me solely for the mystery of what's going on with Cora and her new ability to see auras.
The romance in this one is probably going to turn quite a few readers off to the book.
Cora and Finn have an overly dramatic insta-love thing going on, and it bugged me. Also, Finn sounded less like an Irish teenager, and more like an older dude from
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling YA romance that kept me on the edge of my seat, Scintillate was a wonderful read. I absolutely loved this book! It had sweet romance, dark secrets, and an ending that left me wanting more.

Cora was a wonderful heroine. She wasn't a confrontation kind of person, but neither would she let herself be a doormat. And, if she set her mind to something, nothing would stop her. I really liked her. I thought she was strong, likable, and a lovely character.

Finn was complicated. For most of the
Jacqueline Garlick
Aug 09, 2013 marked it as to-read
I've had the privilege of advance reading this selection and readers, you are in for a treat. Steamy romance, a unique premise, and a charming heroine makes for an intriguing read. :) ...more
Alisha Tarran
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cora Sandoval's mother has been missing for 12 years, she vanished without a trace when Cora was 5 and they where living in Ireland. Since then Cora and her father moved to the US and her father's become overbearingly overprotective, and Cora's beginning to want to rebel. After a serious illness, Cora miraculously survives, but weird things start to happen. Cora can now see strange coloured lights surrounding people, and a strange silver light surrounding her.

Cora fast realizes that she is seei
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

Waking up in a hospital bed after being so sick with fever it was unsure she'd recover, Cora Sandoval is understandably a little disoriented. This is only exacerbated by the fact she's suddenly seeing strange colours around everyone. Putting it down to lingering symptoms, she leaves the hospital, but the visual anomaly persists.

To add to this worrying development, she suddenly finds herself the centre of hot Irish exchange student, Finn's, attention. It's quite overwhelming, but not a
Caitlin L
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes the girl can be so... Unwise that it drives me nuts. But the story line is really really cool and unique. I loved reading and trying to put the pieces together. I'm on team Giovanni but for some reason it feels like it's not working out that way... Hopefully she will realize. Or maybe my mind will change, who knows. ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars

This book went above and beyond what I was expecting when I first started reading. I've read several good books this year, but there have only been a few that fall into the "I don't even want to stop reading to eat" category. Scintillate by Tracy Clark was one of them.

I've been thinking about my review for a few days now because I like to at least seem like I know what I'm talking about when I put my thoughts out there...but I still come back to where my thoughts went immediate
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here is a beautiful book about another supernatural ability, narrated with so much emotions and suspense that I can't stop it and I finished this at 1.30 AM and writing this review.

Cora is admitted to a hospital with a heavy fever and miraculously she survives. But, after that fever, she is able to see auras of other people and her aura is always silver - never changing into any other colors. When she tries to find the reason behind this 'abnormality', it seems like there is a dead end with her
Mrs. Jenny Cameron Paulsen
Fascinating characters and storyline. For fans of Mara Dyer & Paranormalcy series.
Jennifer (The Nightly Book Owl)
Actual rating: 1.5

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be read at The Nightly Book Owl.

Every living thing has an aura. It's the energy field around us. The essence of who we are.

Scintillate is a book about a young girl named Cora who can see auras. She goes on a quest to find out the truth about her mother and the truth about what she is. She finds herself drawn to the new Irish exchange student. When he goes back to Ireland, she follows him b
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Let me start off by addressing my deep love for the title. Scintillate is a gorgeous word and I must admit at first sight, I thought it was made up. But after discovering the definition on Google, emit flashes of light; sparkle. I think I am in love. I want to find a use for it in my everyday vocabulary so badly that it hurts.

I found the beginning of the book to be quite confusing. The author utilized the comma, in my mind, a bit excessively especially in the descriptive portions of the writin
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank the author and the tour organizers for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

Wow!!! I loved this totally!!!

What a great plot and the story line is so good and new that I just got absorbed in this fantastic world that the author created for us. The events that slowly unfolded made me so interested in this story and with each turning page I lost myself c
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After Cora nearly dies from a sudden, intense fever, she discovers that she can see colorful auras that surround everyone she sees. Cora is afraid that something in her brain has been damaged, and even more disturbing, her father, a scientist, discounts her fears as imaginary. Cora can't believe that the strange man with a pure white aura is imaginary, however, and he seems to be stalking her with mal-intent. Cora's father has always been strict and controlling, but when Cora and Finn, the new I ...more
Can't continue it now. Maybe later. Maybe never.
This book reminds me strongly of Twilight and I'm not in the mood for yet another version, complete with a socially inept super special heroine prone to reckless behavior and an impossible "fated" insta-love with a dreaded triangle on top (or at least what I think will be a love triangle in the future books).
 Lori (Ficwishes)
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars. Quite spectacular really. Full review to come.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

So I went into this book not really knowing what to expect. And came out just as unsure. My first thought after finishing was, naturally, what the hell happens next? But it wasn't in a "can't-wait-to-read-the-next-book" way, I was almost frustrated because so much hadn't been answered.


The writing style of this book is what I would recommend for middle grade readers, as Cora's quippy one-liners and the banter between her friends reminds me a bit of the earliest Percy Jackson books,
Crina (Reading Addict)
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I've met with this book a few times in the past but for an unknown reason I haven't read it, until today. And today I wanted to read it so bad, because I received the sequel for review. And I'm so glad I read it.

As you may hear me saying, I'm a bit tired of YA books because majority of them are the same or they give you this feeling. But this one felt so different and unique and very fresh: fresh characters, action and plot, and writing style. Plus
Chris Ledbetter
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who love romance, mystery, metaphysics, and interpersonal energy
I had the honor of BETA reading an early version of this story. I loved it then, but I LOVE it NOW! The story is so much deeper and broader than when I first read it.

Cora is loveable and real. I thought the attraction between Cora and Finn was totally believable, especially given that their rush-to-affection is plausibly explained late in the book. And then their relationship really takes on way more depth. But none of that detracts from the scorching nature of their romance. It’s hawt.

The pros
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I will say that the story was a little slow to start. I get that it had to be, the reader is getting used to Cora’s new world just as she is and the changes she sees all around her. As much as I appreciated the time to get comfortable with her world as she saw it, and her fight to find any answer she can in the face of so many roadblocks, there were times it felt a little sluggish, almost repetitive.

That slower pace didn’t last, though. The last half of SCINTILLATE was almost like a roller coast
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I was given an ARC for an honest review*

Wonderful! I would actually give this book a 4.5. I was skeptical because it begins with the typical YA paranormal blueprint, but the book exceeded my expectations (premise included auras and Irish lore). The plot twists and turns were not easily predictable (which I like). And while the ending of the book left unanswered questions (of course), I was satisfied where it did. (will add further thoughts after book is released)
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Tracy Clark has developed an entire new world that I can't wait to immerse myself in farther. Clark has created a story line that captivates and pulls the reader in leaving them begging for more. This first book of the trilogy lays the building blocks for a wonderful story. The main characters each have secrets in their lives that even they are unaware of at the beginning of the novel. As the story progresses and secrets are revealed the reader becomes mo ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me tell you, Ms. Tracy Clark doesn't play around in this book! The storyline moves very rapidly and there's not a lot of fluff (other than the romance of course hehe).

I LOVE FIN! He is so sexy and lovable and squeezable and dreeeeaammy and I just LOVE HIM!

So this is what the book is about:

And how Cora gains the ability to sense these auras and the fight against evil people who want to suck the life out of her...literally.

Btw, I very much enjoy insta-love. There's just something so darn so
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure about this book when I started it. It started off slow for me but I kept reading and I am glad I did.

We meet Cora who leads a boring life that is until she gets extremely sick and upon getting better she can now see auras. And of course Cora doesn’t understand her new ability or why her aura is so different from everyone else. She shares her worries with her over protective father but he just comes up with excuses and doesn’t take her seriously.

Cora soon learns that there is a wh
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed
*Review can also be found on my blog, here.*
This book is just intriguing.
The characters are fantastic. Cora is downright sassy, and Finn's Irish accent is so swoon-worthy. If this book taught me anything, it's how to speak in an Irish accent. The WhaleOilBeefHooked thing took me way too long to figure out, but once I did, I couldn't stop talking in an accent (or laughing hysterically, for that matter). Marie and Dun are so cute, and (view spoiler)...
At first,
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

Scintillate is the first installment in Tracy Clark's The Light Key Trilogy. The trilogy features 17-year old Cora Sandoval, a quiet, introspective, book lover who is half Latino (Chilean) on her father's side and half Irish on her mother's side. A mother who disappeared without a trace when she was five. A girl who basically only has only two real friends in her cousin Mari, and Dun, he who is of Indian descent. After find
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Tracy Clark is an award-winning writer of novels for young adults and runs the Moxie Fruit blog. Living in the California side of the Sierra Foothills, she's reading like mad, writing like mad, and learning to play in the mud.

Honorable Mention winner of the 2020 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards for her YA novel, CHALK HOUSES.

The recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Il

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