Review: Scintillate (The Light Key Trilogy #1) by Tracy Clark

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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.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Cora is deathly ill with a high fever.  While in the hospital she hears her stepmom say something about her missing mother and sees a strange man surrounded by a white light.  After she recovers she sees colors surrounding everyone.  She is completely overwhelmed and her father doesn’t seem concerned about her new condition but she knows something is going on.  Her father has major secrets that he refuses to tell her.  He tries very hard to keep her life locked down.  Cora gains the eye of Flynn, an Irish exchange student.  Her father is furious.  Yet Cora refuses to stop.  Flynn and Cora are drawn to each other.  Flynn suddenly goes home leaving Cora heartbroken.  She decides the best way to find out more about her new abilities is to go looking for answers from her missing mother.  She needs to go to Ireland and find her journal.
Once she gets there she meets someone like her that wants to help her.  He tells her more about what she is and they decide to work together.  When Cora comes face to face with Flynn again things change a bit.  They pick up where they left off.  Then big secrets come out after Cora confronts the man with the white aura.  Danger surrounds her and she doesn’t know what to do.
This book was crazy.  It started well with Cora being ill and strange things happening.  It was written well and draws you in quickly.  The mystery concerning her mother is threaded throughout the story.  The author drops many bombs as the story evolves.  The direction she took wasn’t what I expected.  It was an interesting idea about what Cora was and what hunted her.  I like the ancient Celtic stories that intertwined the answers she was seeking.

I felt for Cora the whole way.  She was heartbroken and going in blind, having no clue what was really happening to her.  It was a fabulous story with definite highs and lows.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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