Thursday, February 16, 2012

Illuminated by Erica Orloff

Callie loves going to her Uncle Harry's place in New York every summer. It lets her escape her dad's controlling presence - always wanting her to be prepared for law school to follow his practice.

Callie doesn't want to be a lawyer, though. She loves history and philosophy, like Harry. Harry finds rare manuscripts and follows the history of that piece to find out where it came from and who it was from.

While Callie has never seen her uncle in action, she likes the adventure of his job. Then, she gets her own chance when Harry lets her try to find the source of a rare manuscript with mysterious writings on it. Now she has to figure out who the mysterious A. is, when it was written, where it was last seen - all while not letting the public know. Otherwise, others will try to get it for themselves.

Along with Callie on this adventure is August. His father is also very famous for finding rare manuscripts, so they have been mysteriously paired together after Harry played matchmaker.

Little did Harry know that they were going to fall in love - and not the teenage love that Harry was expecting.

Will Callie and August be able to figure out who A. is? Read Illuminated to find out!

My Thoughts/Reflections
Okay, I admit. I saw the cover and had to have this book. It's a beautiful cover and I assumed the story was going to be an epic love story.

It wasn't quite like that, though. Sure, Callie and August fell in love, but there wasn't enough chemistry written about their feelings. It was like they saw one another and BAM! Love. No hesitation, so that was a little disappointing to me.

However, I liked the adventure part of the story. Reading about Callie and August going from place to place to find out who A. was and where the piece was originated from made me excited for the adventure and hoping they would find the answer.

While this wasn't the best story I've read, I would recommend it to anyone wanting a short, fast read about soul mates and adventure.

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