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(The Luminaries #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.

Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hid
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 20th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published September 1st 2013)
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Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, reviewed
"Strenght is one thing. But unlimited source of power is quite another."

Being a fan of kick ass, full of angst and mystery books, Kinetic caught my attention, not only because of stunningly beautiful cover, but also cause of the blurb that made it sound like the fast paced book I needed to read. And I wasn’t disappointed. Full of adrenaline, fights, secrets and danger, Kinetic made my heart beat a lot of faster. This sit gripping novel has a great paranormal twist that m
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Kinetic blog tour, happening September 16th–28th, 2013!
Miranda Lynn
2.5 stars

(This review is also posted on my blog, Tempest Books.)

Kinetic by S.K. Anthony is an urban fantasy novel about something that I've never read about before...luminaries. I honestly had no idea what luminaries were, and at first I thought that they were part of the paranormal world, like witches or fairies. But, no, luminaries are like....superheroes.

Normal people with special powers who come together to save the world from the bad guys!

The problem was, I'd found my heart staring at m
Sherry Fundin
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I was confused in the beginning. What is a Luminary?

Children are chosen when they are in their teens and receive injections to develop their abilities. Not everyone can be altered and join the Organization.

Annie is called to investigate a breach in security at Worldsafe, where the rich people secreted the most secret of secrets.

She is a badass and loves her work with the organization. She is KINETIC. She has a great teammate in Beth. Annie has strength and Beth has speed. Beth can catch the perp
Zakirrah BookBlogger
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brilliant, action-packed, fast paced with unexpected twists!

Annie Fox is a strong, independent badass character which was a change to the usual weak heroines. She works for the Organization to take down the bad guys, the Organization injected her and genetically altered her to make her stronger and have powers to take down criminals.Everyone genetically altered gains a different power and become one of the luminaries.

Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite anothe
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry guys. This just wasn't the book for me, I guess.

My main gripe is that this is a new series, right? I mean there are no other books about the Luminaries. This is the first book to the series. I should have no idea what Luminaries are, what they do, or what kind of world they live in. Nothing, nada, no habla ingles.

So when an author throws the reader into a new universe without any sort of build up, without laying down some cards, I get understandably confused. Which leads to frustration
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Plot. This book could be described as a sci-fi thriller with a twist of romance. It revolves around Annie Fox and is told from her perspective. She is this crime fighting machine that takes down the villains that no ordinary human can. She is gifted with strength and seems to really be able to beat just about anybody. She has a heartbreaking past as the love of her life left her, filed for divorce, and then turned evil and killed a lot of people. Soon she is dealing with her boss, mysterious hap ...more
I really wanted to like this book after having read the synopsis and I was more than happy to see it for free on amazon. The reviews were mixed but I didn't read a lot of them to see what they were about. I kind of wished I had done it.

I haven't read a book about 'super powers' in ages and was really looking forward to see how the author would implement them into the story world. Since there was no real introduction what Luminaries are about I was pretty confused in the beginning and unfortunat
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've seen this book around a lot lately and the blurb insisted that I buy it. The main character, Annie, works for the Luminaries Organization (a.k.a. the Org) and uses her super strength to solve crimes, help out other government agencies, that sort of thing. Her boss has also spent the last few years trying to get Annie to go out with him. When her ex-husband and wanted murderer, Nick Logan, shows up the Org warns Annie that he is after her and her unlimited supply of power.

Right from the sta
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kinetic was a wonderful read. The main character Annie is genetically altered so she takes down criminals with her luminary strength. She is a kickass heroine! She is pursued by Derek, a hunk of a man. But things get complicated when her ex-husband returns. UH OH! Nick is a murdered and wants Annie. But not to have in his life but to use her Kinetic energy.
Annie is fearless and I was taken with her right away. I loved Derek for perusing her and never giving up. And I couldn’t help but feel sorr
Jul 21, 2016 marked it as on-hold
Kinetic and Static are both currently for free on Amazon and they sound really interesting in my opinion. Can't wait to dive in tomorrow :) ...more
Blood Rose Books
Apr 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
In her debut novel S.K. Anthony introduces us to the Luminaries who are part of a secret organization who are tasked with government jobs that no one else can succeed at:
Annie Fox was saved from a bad foster home situation when she was a teenager and brought into the Org to start her training, she knew that it would eventually lead to her changing all the way down to her DNA. When Annie was genetically altered she gained strength, unlimited strength and energy courses through her body and she
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
The first thing that attracted me to this book were the beautiful vivid colours of the cover...that made me read a description of the book and I entered the giveaway on the blog to win a copy-which I did win. Annie has been genetically altered by a Government Agency and uses her enhanced strength to hunt criminals, working with others who also have gifts. I had thoughts of this being a government version of X Men.

I shouldn't have got my hopes up.

I expected Annie to be a strong character, not j
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed-books
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Annie is a Luminary, which means she has power. Hers happens to be strength and later she will find out she has another power. I’m a big fan if X- Men and all things related with supernatural powers. So of course I loved this book. All their powers were different and I loved learning about each one. So we have Annie and her friends who work for the Organization or the Org as they like to call it and they are trying to stop a serial killer. The only is that it’
The Luminaries Series has a firm foundation and a great start with its first book in the series, Kinetic by S. K. Anthony! Genetically altered in the womb, a group of humans gifted with super-human abilities are part of an organization that fights on the side of right, or so they are told. When one member goes rogue, not only does he become an enemy to destroy, he has broken the heart of the wife he left behind. Annie is tough, her ability is super-strength, and she has fought hard to recover fr ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Posted at Oh My Books!

Isn't the cover beautiful? I'll admit I saw it and immediately wanted to know more about this book! :) I was invited to write a review as part of the tour, so here it is:

Annie Fox is genetically altered. That means she is super strong, but still got hurt from her ex husband, Nick. He just left her and turned to be a murderer, who is now after her to use her Kinetic energy. Annie is being protected by the Organization, her friends who all have been genetically altered too an
Lori Palle
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“So basically, what you’re saying is that we’re like the CIA, but with powers?”–-Kevin
“Something like that, sure.”–-Annie

Annie hasn’t had the easiest life: raised an orphan with a tough upbringing in unhappy foster homes, recruited into a training center and dealt with bullying, and was dumped by the love of her life in a heart-breaking divorce at twenty. It’s a good thing she has the strength to survive. Oh, and I literally mean strength. As in, can bench press a bench-pressing body-builder in
Ana Cole
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Let me start by saying that I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book in a giveaway here on Goodreads! I was quite excited when it came in (along with some awesome extras: pen, journal, and bookmarks, all of which I have used)!

Let me also apologize for the ridiculously long time it took me to read this. I feel absolutely terrible that I just got around to it. It seemed like EVERYTHING came up when I was trying to get to this. All of a sudden, I had so much work, and a trip to Europe I p
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
This is one of the best paranormal romance stories I’ve read in quite a while and I literally could not put this book down until I had read every single page! This is a unique and very well written story involving a team of supernaturally enhanced humans who are brought together in order to fight to protect humanity from any danger or serious threats. These individuals are referred to as Luminaries and they are all contacted by the agency while living in the foster care system and provided with ...more
J. Luis Licea
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gifts
First of all, the cover: I know everyone is talking about it. So let’s be honest, it’s beautiful. And it paints a perfect picture of what the book is about.

Now let’s get to the book. I opened the book and was instantly reading about an action scene, which was simply badass. Our main character, Annie Fox is an awesome revel who has a lot of personality, sassiness, wit…and a great super power.

In the story, we have a good-guy bad-guy thing going on. Of course, the bad-guy being Nick, Annie’s ex-hus
Mar 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was excited to read this book based on its synopsis but I was sorely disappointed. I am not proud for what I'm about to say, but... it happens. *sigh* I didn't finish this book. Not even close. I read at least 50 pages, skimmed another 50 and put it down... like I said, I'm not proud for doing so.

I try my hardest to see a book through from start to finish, I very rarely put a book down, but I simply could not get into this one.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Kinetic as the title suggests was full of energy. It was fast paced and totally enjoyable. The whole concept of luminaries was so original and unique. It was so far away from the usual vampires, werewolves and nephilim. Nowadays when people come up with original concepts the story normally falls short because they spend all their time and talent developing the powers and abilities of the characters that they forget to focus on the essence of the characters. They forget about the part that really ...more
Rachel Valentine
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Annie has powers and she has ever since the luminaries saved her from her life in orphanages and foster care and started training her to work for them. She finally had everything she wanted, including a husband who she loved, until he left her because he suddenly turned evil and didn't want to be with her. However, despite that Annie was getting along, but eventually she finds out that he is up to something that is endanger
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Abridged from my blog, Reading the Alphabet.

4.5 of 5 stars

Annie is a Luminary, a genetically altered human, one of a number who work for the Organization. Annie developed the gift of extreme strength. During one of her Org missions, She is sent to guard a vault in Worldsafe where important secrets of important people are kept. When Worldsafe is violently broken into while Annie is there, she springs into action to catch the thieves. She’s not expecting one of them to be her ex-husband, Nick. In
Algel Crestfall
First of all, look at that cover.


Now, let's go on to my review.

I never thought Kinetic would be action-packed (Though it's obvious with the title). Especially the main action star is a girl. I mean, damn! It looks so hot for a girl to be that strong, fierce, and... badass. Yeah, Annie Fox is one BADASS gorgeous woman. I really adore women who are full of adrenaline and know so much about fighting. They give my heart such a rush just by reading their action scenes.

But this strong woman
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

'Kinetic' is the first book in an edgy New Adult urban fantasy series that follows Annie Fox and her fellow coworkers at the Organization. Annie and the other have been genetically altered to gain superhuman abilities. Annie's luminary ability is strength. On top of saving the day at her job and hanging out with her best friend Beth, Annie has to fend off the amorous advances of Derek, her friend and boss. Soon the Org learns that Annie's ex-husband, Nick Logan, is after a weapon to inc
Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape
At the beginning of 2016, I decided that I was going to step out of my comfort zone and try to read as many new genres as I could. Urban Fantasy is not one I’m very familiar with. One of my book bestie recommended this series to me. I knew that there was a big chance that I would add Urban Fantasy books to my bookworm radar after reading this series.

Like I mentioned, this is very different from what I usually read. My fear was that I was not going to connect with the story and that it would tak
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First off, the one thing that stood out the most from the beginning of this book is the writing, and how the book started – how you are brought into the story. I noticed there were some reviews that complained it was confusing, like there should’ve been a previous book explaining things first, but for me, that was what made this book interesting. The author didn’t hold your hand step by step, going into detailed explanations of what turns out to be VERY complicated people in a very complicated s ...more
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Kinetic by S.K. Anthony ( Book 1 )

This books focuses on a girl named Annie and her group of friends or should I say coworkers?

Annie Fox along with many friends like Beth, Andrew, Jenny, Lisa and many others are Luminaries. They each have a special power. Annie can lift cars or trains with no problem. Beth can move at the speed of lightning, Andrew call teleport anyone wherever he wants and Jenny is a healer. Somehow, they noticed, they can tap into each other’s special powers. It leaves them d
Kathleen R.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall Stars: 4 STARS

New adult

When one of your own chooses to abandon his principles for evil, what step should you take??

Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding. A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is consid
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S.K. Anthony is a make-stuff-up-er, an award-winning author, and podcaster who lives in New York. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family, she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders . . . she is convinced they are out to get her!

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