Review: Incandescent by Shannon Avangeline


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What if you had a destiny you knew nothing about?

What if it was to kill the boy you love?

Being sixteen is hard. Paige Thornton doesn’t even feel like she belongs in her own family! So she really shouldn’t be that upset that her flighty mom has uprooted her and her twin sisters again to drag them to live with their Grams in Seahaven, NC. However, Seahaven is full of surprises for Paige. A new school, a gorgeous new boy, and a magical heritage that she had no idea about. But somehow this boy, Luc, is too perfect.

Lucian Burke knows that he shouldn’t let himself get too close to Paige. He’s only supposed to watch her and report back. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. As long as he keeps his distance, things will be fine.

What will happen to this modern day Romeo and Juliet?

Will they ever find their happiness, or will it all end in blood and ashes?

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3/5 Stars 

***I received this book as a gift via the author in exchange for an honest review 

PROS:

  • The intro is fantastic. It sucks you in and keeps you intrigued, absolutely curious about what’s going to happen to the mysterious baby and whether the unholy side of the infant will reign supreme. Celie is fierce. Her character is strong, a fighter, and oh so memorable. 
  • The underlying story of how the Coven of Light was formed, Luc’s fate, what happened to Paige’s mother; these were all enthralling, adding a layer of depth to each of their stories. The Coven of Light is complex. There’s a wonderful mix of elemental, religious, and spiritual beliefs. The use of crystals, plants, and other Earthy substances was intriguing and made the world of magic seem realistic despite the whole magical powers thing. 
  • Marlene’s love story. The whole scene with Marlene and Paige. That confession. You feel the rush of emotions, the desperation, the joy, their urge to fight for their love. 
  • Paige and Luc have chemistry. Apart from the sections where Luc sounds a little robotic, their initial meet cute and subsequent stop and go ramps up the anticipation.

CONS:

  • Secondary characters were fleeting, lacked substance, and were more there to be scapegoats than anything else. Apart from the initial introductions, they’re barely there and part of a rather dry number of high school scenes. Had these characters been developed a little more and functioned in the plot, the whole high school setting and Paige’s friendship with Reese might have been more engaging. The villains also suffered from this and  it made them far less scary, even knowing some of the horrific stuff they’d done in the past. 
  • There was a lot of fade to black in terms of relationship development between Paige and Luc. While this was used to show time passing, there wasn’t enough actual conversation and budding emotions to grow with the story-it’s just sort of there. I would have liked to have seen less of the high school random scenes that didn’t really advance the plot and more of Paige and Luc learning about and respecting each other. I needed more of the falling, not the totally swooning, head over heels in what seems like days. 
  • That adrenaline rush of an ending came so late in the story that it felt anti-climactic. After wading through the fade to black sections, being hit with such an action-packed and dangerous turn of events didn’t hit quite as hard as it could have. Pacing was unbalanced and threw off the story. Had there been more of threat earlier, or more of Paige finding out about her powers/training sooner in the story, the pacing would have been greatly improved.

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

Magical reading,

Jordan

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