Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mini Reviews: Scintillate by Tracy Clark and Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout from Entangled Teen


Title: Scintillate (The Light Key Trilogy)
Author: Tracy Clark
Genre: YA Paranormal
Length: 304 pages
Release Date: February 2014

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

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.

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Read an excerpt from Scintillate here.

My Thoughts:  Scintillate is the first book in a trilogy that looks to be promising.  The supernatural aspect is combined with an Irish twist in the form of a hottie named Finn.  Cora, the main character and heroine is not perfect by any means, and  she has a gift that involves seeing auras.  The story line was good, and though there was an insta-love, Scintillate did prove to be an enjoyable read.  I love anything to do with Ireland and Irish Folklore, which was a definite draw to the story for me.  It does have a love triangle theme, something I am not a huge fan of, but there was enough mystery and suspense that it kind of balanced out.  While not blown away by this story, I did find it interesting and plan to read the future installments.  Scintillate is  YA paranormal romance that teenage fans of this genre will enjoy checking out.  

Title: Such Sweet Sorrow
Author: Jenny Trout
Genre: Teen Fantasy, Fairy-tale Retelling
Length: 304 pages
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…

Read an excerpt here.

My Thoughts:  Romeo and Juliet with monsters, mythology and more - who wouldn't be intrigued.  I hate to say that I am not a Romeo and Juliet fan, nevertheless, I couldn't resist reading this novel and discovering the unique take Jennifer Trout has created with this timeless love story.  Not only do we have Romeo and Juliet, but Trout has also incorporate Hamlet in the mix as well.  Stir that all together with witches, sirens, monsters, and ghosts, and add a measure of mythology and the result cooks up to be a paranormal tale of a classic that even the gods would be curious to read.  Overall, I enjoyed this and I'm glad I took the time to check it out.  


  1. I didn't sadly love Such Sweet Sorrow as much as I was hoping I would either. I did pick up the first one but haven't read it yet.

  2. Won't be reading these anytime soon however it seems like they're great series starters with enough juice to keep you reading

  3. I love the cover of Such Sweet Sorrow! I'm not a big fan of Romeo & Juliet either but I do enjoy monsters and mythology. Its nice to hear Scintillate was a promising start to the series.

    Great mini reviews Ellen.


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