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Illumine by Alivia Anders

Illumine  - Alivia Anders


For the past five  months Essallie Hanley has been trying to forget about the frightening  murder of her boyfriend. Haunted by vivid nightmares and hallucinations  of the event she does anything she can to pretend she's like every other normal girl in High School.

Only Essallie is far from normal.  Able to conjure blue fire and a shimmering silhouette of wings from her  body, she seeks the only known solace left to her name; her first home  in Belfast, Maine.

But she soon realizes that her return home is only the beginning of a long and twisted road taking her as far from  her humanity as possible, with Kayden, the demon originally summoned to  slaughter her, leading the way. Unable to touch her but oddly curious,  he joins Essallie in her search to find out just what she is. But  neither of them were prepared for the secrets they've begun to unravel,  secrets that will change Essallie and everyone around her forever.
This book took me completely by surprise. I wasn’t expecting much at all but I ended up really, really enjoying it. 
The opening is gripping and lets you know straight away that you are in for one hell of a ride.  This is a very different take on the angel genre and I liked the spin.  This book felt fresh and new.  The storyline is ace; it was never boring and never slow.  It had a couple of silly moments but those were few and far between and they didn’t detract from the story at all. 
The characters are awesome. Essallie is a great lead she can be tough and strong but she had weaknesses to which I like to see in my books as nobody is perfect.  Kayden is brilliant I really liked him.  you are never really sure what his motives are or what he is about, you know he is not a ‘good’ guy but it is impossible to dislike him.  There is a touch of romance here, a very small touch yet I found myself getting all worked up over it.
Illumine is one of the surprises of the year for me.  It is short, exciting and engaging.  I highly recommend it.  I cannot wait to get stuck into the next book in the series.
Source: http://readingunderthewillowtree.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/illumine-by-alivia-anders.html