November 1, 2012

Luminosity Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway!


Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles #1)
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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.


Luminosity is an enthralling young adult fantasy novel that centers around the heroine, Beatrice, who is a Seer - she has visions that come true. Almost her entire life has been spent locked away at the Institution, who uses her visions to protect the City. There's one problem: Beatrice has a deep, dark secret - one that could kill her and everyone she cares about if it comes to light. On top of keeping her secret hidden, she's falling in love with the one person she was never supposed to - her enemy.

This is a very well written and fast paced novel and I enjoyed it very much. The plot and concepts are original and give something new to the YA genre. I loved the history of the Seers and the background story of the City and the Institution. Everything about the story intrigued me and I found myself unable to stop reading until I finished the book. The characters are deep and interesting, especially Beatrice and her role as Seer. The romance in the novel isn't mushy or corny, which I liked, and I don't think it distracted the reader from the main plot line of the book. The setting was dystopian and I think it fit in perfectly with the background story and the plot of the Seers. The novel felt like a mix of dystopian, fantasy, and some romance with great adventure, mystery, and action thrown in too. I definitely recommend this for lovers of YA fantasy fiction as well as fans of dystopians.



Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more.

Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! Your review really made me want to read this even more!

  2. Sounds great! Thank you for the review and giveaway.

  3. Thanks so much for linking up your review in Hot Off the Presses. I enjoyed reading it!