Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Scintillate Blog Tour & Giveaway

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A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.

Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.

The premise for Scintillate is definitely fascinating as the story begins with Cora undergoing a drastic transformation in the aftermath of being violently ill. Her scientist father suspects that it’s because of a mysterious virus going around. While that’s keeping him preoccupied, she’s discovering her newfound ability which is complex and scary, only made worse because she has no one she can confide in. Things progress quickly when she stumbles upon the first clue that gives her some vague idea about what her ability could mean. It’s just enough to kickstart her own research that inevitably leads to more than she can handle.

In the midst of it all, there’s Finn, the gorgeous Irish bloke who has recently entered her life. They’d seen each other around at school but there had been no contact until she became ill. Finn is the entire package if you go for the gorgeous foreign guy with the cute accent, poetic soul and a profound singer-songwriter guitar playing genius. (I dreamed up Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in this scenario.) In a matter of days, he has rooted himself into her life and he becomes a source of contention between her and her overprotective dad. As a reader, I was both beguiled by him and suspicious of him. Cora on the other hand is completely smitten.

When her dad decides to send her to Costa Rica to visit her grandmother just to get her away from danger, Cora seizes the opportunity to escape Ireland instead to search for clues about her mother. When she arrives, she meets someone who is similar to her and it’s the first real break she receives on the path to discovering the truth. However, that also comes with a calamitous welcome to the country. Her sudden bright idea to take matters into her own hands and wander off to the other side of the world doesn’t seem so smart anymore.

I liked Scintillate as a whole but I have mixed feelings about Cora at this point. I can understand her desperation to find answers, however, in her haste, she puts herself and her family in danger. She is so hell bent on defying her father that she just plows ahead without giving her actions any serious thought. Her annoyance with him blinds her from seeing some vital clues in front of her. That being said, I'll cut her some slack for being young, sheltered and frightened.  

I’m still very much interested in knowing the outcome of her story. I think that the events that transpired toward the end of book one have opened Cora's eyes which hopefully means that she’ll tighten up her game plan moving forward.  She'll have to be cautious as the stakes are higher and I imagine we'll see a more grown-up Cora through the rest of this exciting series!

Hey folks, check out the book trailer below and enter for your chance to win a prize pack of your own beautiful key necklace and a signed copy of Scintillate!

~ Bel

Author Tracy Clark modeling the lovely key necklace you soooo want to win!

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