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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  938 ratings  ·  125 reviews
As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones—skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published June 30th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile (first published June 1st 2011)
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I read LUMINOUS for the first time seven years ago and when I saw that it was available via Kindle Unlimited, I was curious to revisit the story and check it out. LUMINOUS is one of the most unusual and creative fantasy stories that I've read, and even though I forgot some of the details, the concept stuck with me.

Consuela is a Mexican-American girl who is self-conscious in her own skin. One day, she notices a lump on the back of her nec
Taylor Harrison
Jun 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Initially I was attracted to this book because the cover was gorgeous. But as they say, you should never judge a book by its cover, and this book is no exception. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. The idea, though strange at first, would have grown on me had it not been for the characters, the plot, and pretty much the entire story. The characters had no believability. The author created no sympathy for them, so when they began to get killed off, I really couldn't find it in myself to care. T ...more
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
In a Sentence: Though Luminous can seem confusing and distant at times, it is an excellent example of Dawn Metcalf's natural flair for creativity and originality.

My Thoughts

Luminous is one of those books that I have a lot of mixed feelings about. On one hand, there were parts of the book that I absolutely loved. On the other hand, there were several elements that I found to be problematic. I think that Steph Su from Steph Su Reads, another blog on the Luminous blog tour, says it best in her
Alex Earvin
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Now if you insist on reading ahead:

Luminous is the most original book that I have read in years. This is the only book on my book shelf (so far) that might rival the originality and creativity of the Wraeththu series by Storm Constantine. This is saying a
Kendare Blake
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The imagery in LUMINOUS is insane. The strange beauty and wonder of the's a new high point in creativity. For the first third of the book I was completely lost in the visuals. I'd love to see some visionary put this to screen. So much that is gorgeous and terrible.

But don't get completely lost in the Flow. The murder plot snuck up on me in the middle, and by the last quarter of the book, I was burning through pages.

Definitely an original experience, with characters not soon forgotten.
Steph Su
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: debs11, poc, cover-lust
LUMINOUS was…interesting. Okay, “interesting” might be a tad generous. LUMINOUS is ambitious, and beautifully written, but at times it was a confusing and emotionally distant read for me.

Dawn Metcalf’s writing is astounding, an awe-inspiring combination between the rhythmic hypnotism of freestyle poetry and deliciousness of rich and unusual prose. This is something I feel like I don’t see much of in current YA, that I wouldn’t mind seeing more of, these creative risks with writing style.
The conc
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had had such high hopes for this one. The cover is so pretty, I thought I would find a story I loved inside.

instead, I found an odd, disjointed story that just never caught my attention.
Maggie Feng
Sep 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
I've never outright hated a book, since I usually end up not reading it in the first place. This book, while I didn't hate it, did have some disturbing elements that I would rather not have to deal with ever again.

Consuela, the main character, has a disturbing power that creeped me out for the first forty pages. Shedding her "human" skin and becoming just her bones? Okay, even if you were okay with that, you've still got to admit that it's creepy. It's like, Halloween creepy.

I thought everythin
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
This is such a strange book, and I get why reviews seem to be so divided.

There is something very lyrical and beautiful about Metcalf's writing. And I can honestly say that I haven't seen anything like this novel before. I finished it a few days ago, and I can't get it out of my head. It makes you think about your place in the world, and the consequences that our actions have.

But the Flow and the people who live there seemed very distant. I felt like they were just there, and the Flow seemed li
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I had a hard time getting into this one. Luminous was very unique and different which is a plus in a world of young adult books where all too often it is the same story told over and over again. I had no clue where this story was going which is also a plus since so many books are so predictable.

Unfortunately I never really connected with any of the characters and at times was confused with how things worked in this strange world of the Flow. Reviews seem to be split on this one and I understand
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this book by the beautiful cover and then read the synopsis and found it intriguing. I actually received an Advanced Reading Copy of it through Librarything's Early Reviewer Program. It was a very creative book and has some intriguing ideas in it; although at points the writing is a bit hard to follow.

Consuela finds a lump at the back of her neck and is worried about it. Her mother agrees that Consuela will go to the doctor if it is worse in the morning. Then Consuela finds that s
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like to think of Luminous as a very unique piece of modern art-- you're either going to love it or hate it, and everyone is going to interpret it differently. Now, I actually fall on the side of people who loved this book-- I thought it was creative, different, kind of bizarre, and always surprising!

Consuela Chavez is just your typical teenager-- until one night while she's in the tub, she finds out that she has the ability to step out of her own skin-- quite literally, she can pull it off lik
Nov 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Have you ever come across a book that you simply didn't know how to sum up in a sentence? At least in terms of the feelings it evoked in you? Because that is what Luminous is to me.

It is very original. At least the premise and the mythos of the book - it is beyond bizarre but at the same time, I am not really sure whether the execution of such a novel idea was as it should have been. I feel as though this could easily have been high literature. There would have been more room for gradual develo
Jen  Bigheart
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This book was all over the place for me. I was confused, interested, intrigued, captivated, and hopeful for Consuela - Bones - and the others in the Flow. I felt like I was riding a roller coaster while reading. I love the premise and think it is absolutely original, but at the very beginning of Luminous, I was confused. I wasn't really sure what was happening to Consuela and how she was able to make a skin out of water. Was this real? Was this her perception? Did she really go down the
Aurora Celeste
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, read-in-2011
Although this book turned out good it got off to a rocky start. The author rather dumps you from the "real" world into the Flow, and I felt very disjointed and confused over what was happening and where we were. I think it was done to emphasize the disorientation and confusion of Consuela, but it isn't done in a way that made me identify with the character. Instead I wanted to put the book down. It was just too fast, plopping us into the fantasy world without explanation or reason, and the contr ...more
Apr 05, 2011 added it
Shelves: librarything
Reviewed by http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...

LUMINOUS is yet another book I just could not get into and could not finish. I'm sad to say that it lost me just a few chapters in. It was extremely strange and it first lost me when Consuela found out she could take off her skin, Yes you heard me right she took off her skin so she was nothing but bones and she thought it was fantastic. Yeah I just could not get into the world that Dawn was writing about. The story what I read of it was fast pa
Angela Blount
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, urban-fantasy
Originally reviewed for YA Books Central:

A brave and elaborately imagined tale—laden with unforgettable imagery.

One thing I can say for certain about Luminous… I’ve never encountered anything quite like it. Metcalf fuses an eloquent knack for description with a unique blend of urban-fantasy, cultural mysticism, and horror. The basic premise alone is intriguing—the idea of there being a suspended state somewhere between life and death, and that the rare oc
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First can I say I'm in total love with this cover? I just adore it. I also have to say that I enjoyed the first part of this book. We find Consuela in a dressing room trying on jeans not made for her body. Anyone with a booty (which is now in fashion thanks to J Lo and Beyonce) can sympathize with this scene. However, this scene is important although we don't know it until much later. For Consuela, it is about self-acceptance.

The flow is a place where most of this book resides. There is a Watche
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it

Luminous was definitely a... different read. There were a few things that I found were well done with the novel... however, there were also many things that made this novel just okay.

Dawn Metcalf has beautiful writing. It is very rhythmic and poetic like. It reminded me of poetry, just in prose form. It really was one of a kind, and I did enjoy that part of the novel.

On the other hand, I found many of the characters to be distant. I couldn't really connect with them. While Metcalf's writ
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of body horror
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Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Imagine a world where certain "special" people can leave their bodies. Imagine removing your soul and moving through space and time to a place called "the flow." That's what Consuela aka Bones can do, as well as a few other people.

Bones is kind of like an angel, she can slip out of her skin, her body going into a self induced coma and she can change her soul into ANYTHING! She can become air, water, fire, animals and even more. The possibilities are endless for Bones.

When Bones feels a pull, sh
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Luminous is unlike any other book I've read.

This is a hard review for me to write, there are things about this story that I was enamored with but at the same time there were other aspects of the story that just fell flat for me.

The creativity of the story was amazing... the concept of the Flow, it's inhabitants, those aspects of the story where intriguing. Metcalf had a very distinguished writing style, one that I haven't encountered in any previous young adult novels, it was as creative as the
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Rachelle DeMunck
This is probably one of the most singularly unique storylines I've encountered in a long time. That being said, be warned: Do not read yourself to sleep with this book, even if it's just a catnap: YOU WILL HAVE BIZARRE DREAMS AFTERWARDS.

Metcalf's skill at worldcrafting is delicious, dark, and surreal.

Seriously. Read this book.
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, ya
Just not good enough. Weird and compelling, fast moving, but not that good.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: rev, ya, speculative
Stunning prose, strong characters, confusing plot.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Goodreads Synopsis:
As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones—skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no long
Kalli Bunch
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fresh, original, and epic! I loved it!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Kind of dreamy, souls of teens in comas in a parallel world (the Flow) working as guardian angels. My favourite bits were the unzipping and taking new bodies (skins). 3.5 stars really
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was confused a lot like I didn't know what was going on but over all it was good.
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