For the past five months Essallie Hanley has been trying to forget about the frightening murder of her boyfriend. Haunted by vivid nightmares and hallucinations of the event she does anything she can to pretend she’s like every other normal girl in High School.
Only Essallie is far from normal. Able to conjure blue fire and a shimmering silhouette of wings from her body, she seeks the only known solace left to her name; her first home in Belfast, Maine.
But she soon realizes that her return home is only the beginning of a long and twisted road taking her as far from her humanity as possible, with Kayden, the demon originally summoned to slaughter her, leading the way. Unable to touch her but oddly curious, he joins Essallie in her search to find out just what she is. But neither of them were prepared for the secrets they’ve begun to unravel, secrets that will change Essallie and everyone around her forever.
This book was a quick read full of multi-dimensional characters (well, most of them) that I really enjoyed. I liked the way the story unfolded and that the people around Essie weren’t easy to figure out. Oh, and the dialogue. If you follow my reviews, you know that the dialogue can make or break a book for me.
I lept back and swore. “How the hell did you catch up to me?”
The delighted expression in his eyes melted as his shoulders slumped. “Really? Any question in the world you can ask a demon and you ask how I caught up to you?”
“How long are you going to fight this? Because really, I may have an eternity, but your skin’s already starting to wrinkle and thin,” he lamented with an expressionless face.
I’m a big fan of smart-alecs.
Ms. Anders is a great story-teller and my only complaint is the abrupt way the book ended. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
Content warning: This book does contain demons and some blood and guts. There are also a couple of sexual comments, although there is no actual sex.
About the book
Title: Illumine (The Illumine Series)
Author: Alivia Anders
Where I got the book: Free from the author in exchange for an honest review
Want to win?
As part of the Illumine’s Wish event, Ms. Anders has offered a signed paperback copy and two signed Illumine bookmarks to my readers. I will pick three winners. This drawing is open to international readers! (My drawings are usually US only.)
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