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(Rayne Trilogy #1)

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In the dawn of The Rebirth Period, a new species of humans dominates the Earth. Abhorring the languages of the Ancients—the Homo sapiens—they establish a universal tongue and call it The Standard.

In this coming of age story, Rayne isn’t the average 17 year old. To everyone in her colony, she’s less. In the early hours of their second birthday, the Homo praestans experience
Paperback, 342 pages
Published February 29th 2016
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Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
This is the first book in a series and ends in an interesting cliffhanger that I want to read more about in the next installment.

The main character Rayne, is a high school senior who is badly treated by almost everyone for being different. Growing up without feeling loved and supported by her parents, she feels ashamed, unwanted, and later betrayed. So many times during this story I wanted to hug and comfort her. I'm glad Rayne had a few people who believed in her and truly cared about her for w
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
2.5 stars
I got a free pdf by the author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you!

This was a strange book, there's no other way to put it. It was so unlike anything I've ever read! I'm also still unsure of the genre, it's like a mix of sci-fi and fantasy with some elements of its own. I loved the premise. Unfortunately, I didn't love the book.

It was a bit hard for me to get into the story. The author clearly had a fully developed world in mind, but it was hard for me to understand. Also, the v
S.J. Abbo
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

*I received a copy of the eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

My review is the first one here and it's little terrifying I must admit…
English isn’t my first language, so please excuse any mistakes.


Well, let's see....

In the future, late 22nd century, we have destroyed civilization.
There were World War X and I think that meaning of X isn't a roman number.
I think X stand for -we don't know anymore-

All the natural resources were depleted and the largest animals are extinct.
Dec 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Dreams LLC

Publishing Date: February 2016

ISBN: 9780998010717

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 1.0/5

Publishers Description: In their second year of life, they experience the Luminescence and awaken to a mystical ability. Except one. Her name is Rayne. In a society whose values and manners are as refined as the language they speak, her peers mock her because she has no higher ability. In the early hours of her 17th birthday, she experiences a night which wi
Rachel Thijssen
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is easy to uphold standards of propriety when everyone is the same. It is another thing to prove it when diversity challanges the norm.

There's a new species on Earth, the Homo Praestens. These humans receive abilities in their second year of live. This gifting is called 'Luminescence'. It happens to everyone.
Well, everyone except Rayne. Her Luminescence is late. When she turns 17, she finally experiences it after years of bullying and being frowned upon because she's different. But now, she's
K.S. Marsden
In a society of advanced beings, Rayne is an oddity, no better than human because her gift didn't materialise as a toddler. What she doesn't realise is, rather than unevolved, she is the next step in evolution.

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

I've been mulling over how to write this review, and how to tip-toe around a certain aspect of the book. But you know what, I'm just going to come straight out with the issue; you know it's been a divisive part of feedback when the au
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected amazing read!!!

The title caught my attention. Within minutes of reading I am hooked. The unique language has me transfixed. I love the dialog of genteel speech. The language is beautiful and Nayak and I soon found myself thinking and speaking in similar manner.
The story is engaging and the main character relatable. It only took me two days from start to finish because I could not put it down. I am excited to begin the next in the series, I cannot wait to discover why Rayne has so muc
L.W. Tichy
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enthralling! 4 stars

Luminescence by Quoleena Sbrocca was a great read. She immerses the reader in a unique and creative world that makes the reader curious for more. She has created a really strong cast of characters but I especially loved the lead, Rayne. As she struggles with her supposed shortcomings and rejection by her society, she becomes a character that is both tough and vulnerable, making her a heroine the reader both respects and connects with. The author has created a culture that is
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this one was a surprise. I have to confess, it started off slow and the way the characters spoke in their latin-based language irritated me a little.

However, irritation quickly became endearing and other-worldly and I became immersed in an interesting and exciting world; I felt that I was right there with Rayne as she discovered the results of receiving the Luminescence so late in life. As the book continued, it got better and better and I found myself caring more. By the end, I was eager
We are proud to announce that RAYNE: LUMINESCENE by Quoleena Sbrocca is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Jessica Earl
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even in the future a seemingly "perfect" society makes fun of those who are different.
Rayne, at 17, hasn't experienced her "Luminescence" an event that would give her an extra ability like her mother who helps grow plants or like Sir Theo who is able to move metal magnetically. As result she is ignored or verbally torn down by peers who feel superior.

When Rayne inexplicably comes into her powers three weeks before she reaches adulthood her parents ask her to keep it a secret, leading Rayne to q
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Awful awful awful. I rarely write bad reviews, but reading this made me think the author hasn't even got a basic grasp on what is required to write an essay, let alone a novel. I strongly urge you to look elsewhere.
Merel Vos
3.5 stars
Quoleena Sbrocca
I am very grateful to Readers' Favorite for a 5-Star review of Rayne!

Rayne: Luminescence (Book One of The Rayne Trilogy) by Quoleena Sbrocca is a wonderful coming-of-age sci fi novel. The future finds mankind has evolved to a higher level of existence, more in tune with the earth that homo sapiens had destroyed through war. The new species, Homo praestans, possesses Luminescence, a mystical ability that tunes them into one of ten heightened senses that define who they are and their place in soci
I received a copy of this book in exchange for review.

I'm just thrilled with this book! I waffled between 4 or 5 stars, but ultimately decided 4 stars was too few to properly express how much I enjoyed this book--so 5 stars, it is! I'd say the only thing I wasn't IN LOVE with was the cover; I felt it a bit too amateur-ish for such a great book. Also, it did nothing to show what the book would ultimately be about.

That said, the book itself was great. The writing style (dialogue, specifically) too
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of the book from Quoleena for an honest review.

I must add, that the 'honest' part was needless as I simply loved this book. :)

The book is about a week of Rayne and her struggles with the problem she faces:

Coming of age: She's just a few days from becoming officially an adult and this transition tends to have problems that do not need too much explanation. Still connection and dependence on parents. Yet getting independent and about to bear all responsibilities.

Cast out: Because
Gem BookEater
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rayne is adopted, worse than that she is a disappointment to her parents and mocked by her peers. Living as she does in the dawn of The Rebirth Period, she should have gained a talent in the first hours of her second year. But she didn’t. She can’t talk to animals or strengthen the growth of plants or heal other humans like everyone else. She has only one friend, Rafe, who is three years her senior.
Then, in the early hours of her 17th birthday, she gains her talent. Something unheard of. Rafe an
Abigayl Fincel
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even in an advanced society where humanity has evolved, misfits are still viewed with animosity. Although Rayne is born into what seems a more sophisticated age, she is still an outcast because she is unlike her peers. Never having received the Luminescence, a childhood exerience that leaves each person with a unique talent, like the ability to talk to animals or flourish plants, Rayne seems more like humanity's less evolved predecessors. While the society seems to have found more gentle ways to ...more
I got this book through NetGalley for my honest review. Thanks!

I have to say, for the first 10% or so of this book I wasn't sure I would be able to finish it. The overly formal writing style, Latin words strewn in to be more 'civilized,' and strange pacing were ruining it for me. (view spoiler)
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-read
I won this as a good reads giveaway

I really enjoyed the world built by this book and the main character - fierce but also kind of a bratty teenager. The world concept is intriguing.

My only complaint is that this book felt like an intro. Rayne discovers all her powers, sets her mind on a mission and them TBC.

I have added book two to my list. I'm really curious about what Rayne does next.
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a unique and interesting world this author has created in this book. I was captured from the beginning. The characters were engaging and strong. I felt a connection with Rayne. I think this would be a great book for a teen as well. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Oct 15, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Wow I wish I had a review copy.
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Brian Pullum
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was a great read, well thought out. I enjoyed it very much
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Quoleena Sbrocca (pronounced Kwo-LEE-nuh Su-BROH-kuh) is a Denver native, lover of photography, second-degree black belt in taekwondo, and dreams of one day owning a horse. Though she is afraid of heights, if she were an animal, she would be an eagle.

She is a young adult science fantasy author and has also written two time travel/alternate history novels featuring Harriet Tubman and Jimmy Hoffa.


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Rayne Trilogy (3 books)
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“The cold wind tells me I am alive. I smell the scent of winged flesh. I am not dead. I am cradled in the talon of the master eagle. I can see the pools below, dark and menacing, and thirsting for my death. –Rayne of the Central Colony” 1 likes
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