Monday, November 14, 2011

Book Review: Luminous

Author: Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
Release Date: July 7, 2011
Pages: 371
Read it in: 3 days
Source: The Library

Summary: As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela's way home.

LC's Take:

I like to think of Luminous as a very unique piece of modern art-- you're either going to love it or hate it, and everyone is going to interpret it differently. Now, I actually fall on the side of people who loved this book-- I thought it was creative, different, kind of bizarre, and always surprising!

Consuela Chavez is just your typical teenager-- until one night while she's in the tub, she finds out that she has the ability to step out of her own skin-- quite literally, she can pull it off like she's taking off a sweater-- and put on new skins made of fire, air, and water. I know, kind of creepy, huh? Stepping out of her bathroom, Consuela finds herself sucked into "The Flow," a kind of alternate reality where others with special abilities like her exist in order to save people from untimely deaths. However, once in The Flow, Consuela has no way to get back out and go home. To make matters worse, people start mysteriously dying in The Flow, and Consuela is the only one who can stop the killer.

The best parts about this book were the concepts it presented and the mood it created for the reader. The entire story brings you into this dreamy, almost trance-like state, where it's difficult to tell which end is up. The ideas that it explores were very metaphysical, like, what is the purpose of life? What comes after death? What is the standard for morality? What makes a person good or bad? The thought-provoking questions underneath the layers of imagery and imagination of The Flow had me completely wrapped up in this book.

The one thing that made Luminous difficult to grasp was that the plot and the setting were not clearly defined-- I don't even know how to describe The Flow or what it really was, and the series of events that took place were very much like when you dream-- one minute you're there, the next you're inexplicable somewhere else. I liked how this really gave you the feeling that you were in a dream, but at the same time, it made it tricky to pinpoint exactly what was going on.

I had actually already read a few reviews for Luminous before I read it, so I had a pretty good idea of what the book would be like. Which is probably a good thing, because it's one of those books that is just so wacky and bizarre, that if I went in totally unsuspecting, my first reaction to Chapter 1 would probably have been: What the CRAP is going on!?! Haha but anyways, I knew going in that this book was going to be very different than any others I've yet read. I really did enjoy it, and thought that Luminous was daring, unexpected and creative. I would definitely give it a try!

~Cover Talk~

I've heard mixed reactions about this book cover. Some say it's absolutely stunning. Some say it looks like Photoshop threw up. I for one, really like it. In fact, I was so in love with this cover, it was the number one reason I read the book, that's just how much I like it. It's one of those covers that if it was sitting on the shelf alongside a hundred others, it would make me stop and pick it up without even thinking. The colors, the patterns, the butterflies-- I don't know, I just really love it! And the back and insides of the jacket cover are just as beautiful.

LC's Rating:
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Luminous was a super-crazy, very imaginative book like no other I have ever read! Go into this one with an open mind and appreciate the unique concepts and vivid imagery that it presents. I think you will enjoy it if you don't mind something a little different every once in awhile!


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10 comments:

  1. I love that cover too!! LOL and I think that more bloggers than not have the same case of "buying books with gorgeous covers"! x) But I'm so happy to hear that Luminous was an awesome book inside too. It sounds WICKED COOL!

    Awesome review, Lea! :) I loved the whole art analogy -- it fit perfectly!

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  2. I totally agree with you on that cover - sooooo gorgeous. And now, after reading your review, I want to pick up my copy immediately. After having read so many mixed reviews, it's great to read a positive one, so I might give it a chance soon. :)

    Thanks for sharing,
    Carina

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  3. I like the cover..thanks for sharing your fab review :)

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  4. Mmmm I'm thinking about reading this one. It sounds really good, but I'm not sure it's going to be my cup of tea. I'll probably get it from the library or something, later on down the road :)

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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  5. Thanks for posting a worthwhile evaluation of a book that is possibly a "wolf in sheep's clothing." You do yourself and your readers a great justice when you tell it like it is! When will we start recognizing that every "beautiful" cover may not have a "beautifully written story" inside!? I think many are being duped by that in recent times...a gimmick...
    Good for you for your honesty. There need to be more of us who have the guts to step up and help our readers make wise purchases for themselves.
    Deborah/TheBookishDame

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  6. Oh wow! This sounds really great - like really! Different and I love how you say reading it puts you in a trance. I must check out what that's about. Plus - that cover is gorgeous!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  7. Thanks for the review! I haven't really found any that really explained the story very well! I'm on the fence about reading it...I might try it out when I get through some of the other books sitting on my shelf. I love the cover though! I probably would have bought it for that reason alone!

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  8. Great review. You know, it's weird... because sometimes I love the cover, but then sometimes I really, really don't. I don't know why.

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  9. I have this on my tbr list. Not sure when I'll get to it, but I do want to read it. Thank you for the honest review, you've made me want to push it up on my list =)

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  10. I have been curious about this one! Thanks for sharing I will have to pick it up soon!! (:

    Haley @ YA-Aholic.com

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