Fresh Fridays: On Friday, I review a brand new series (ie. only has one book released so far) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:
Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas | The Raven Chronicles
Other books in the series:
Series: The Raven Chronicles
Author: Stephanie Thomas
# of Books: 2 (Luminosity, Lucidity)
Book Order: Chronological
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Heat Rating: cold
***PLEASE NOTE: I did not finish this book (I got to chapter 6). I really tried to get into but it just wasn’t happening.
I decided to read this book because the concept sounded really interesting but I did go into it with some hesitations. I’m reaching that point in my life where young adult novels are truly hit or miss and this is one of those occasions where it is a miss.
I found it started off very slow and while I can appreciate the descriptions of what various terms mean, it just did not grasp my attention. Nothing felt overly fresh to me when I was reading so I felt bored.
One of the main reasons I find it hard to like young adult novels lately is the teenage heroines. Basically, it comes down to a question of whether or not I can tolerate them. Beatrice wasn’t anything overly annoying–she just didn’t interest me. She is your typical teenage heroine who has that special “something” and–of course–has (the seemingly required for any young adult novel lately) two love interests. Like I said before this was nothing refreshing to me: just another young adult formula novel.
There are much more interesting books out there that I would rather be reading (and I readily did). I may give this book another chance at a later date. The concept is intriguing but I feel it is geared to a younger reader audience.
Similar Reads: Black City by Elizabeth Richards (Black City Trilogy #1) and Mystic City by Theo Lawrence (Mystic City #1)
Synopsis for Luminosity (from Goodreads):
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.
The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.
But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win