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Smashwords book reviews by Tiffani Coolsaet
on Nov. 17, 2012
First of all, thank you to the author for a free copy of the book in exchange for a review.
Well, I was expecting a quick, easy read, and that was exactly what I got. There were no empty promises of originality or greatness in the summary, so I tried not to get my hopes up.
There really isn't all that much to say about Luminescence, since it truly was a quick read. Literally.
It took me, more or less, 2/2.5 hours to get through this. Not that that's a minus, since it wasn't really mind-blowing.
Brianna is a boring girl, which I expected. Small-town girl, overly modest, constantly bringing herself down. Doesn't freak out when her boyfriend tells her he's some paranormal creature, no parents. (Talking about no parents, another car crash? You'd think there were no other ways to die. Or perhaps it's a parent-thing.)
Or, as I like to call it, the Bella Swan Syndrome.
To tell the truth, it was basically Twilight re-told, but with some slight changes like the second guy, who's part of the love triangle, shows up in her dreams instead of being a wolf, and her boyfriend and his family are witches instead of vampires.
Though Jared is a shifter, which kind of means he's strong, too, which means Emmett.
Sophie can see the future, which is, obviously, Alice-y.
And Mom (I forgot her name) is sweet and loving, like Esmee.
Then there were things like 'I can't figure you out' and 'What are you?' which are so incredibly over-used and cliché.
And 'You're a natural'. This, too, I've seen used before in books like these, and it has always annoyed me. She's a fucking WITCH. Of course she's a natural, she was born like that.
And then there's the whole freak-out because she's a witch.
Witches exist? Whatever.
My boyfriend is one? Whatever.
My sister-in-law can see the future? Whatever.
My brother-in-law can turn into a dog? Whatever.
Ghosts exist? Whatever.
I'm a witch too? OH MY F-ING GAWD NO IT CAN'T BE, IT'S NOT TRUE DESPITE ALL THE PROOF, MY BF IS LYING NO WAY OMGOMGOMG
And then there were all the friggin grammar and spelling mistakes.
The entire book was full of things like 'to' instead of 'too' and 'you're' instead of 'your'.
Sometimes she also wrote entire words wrong, or replaced them with an entirely different word.
Didn't J.L., or the editor, or the publisher read it before actually publishing?
If it weren't for the many mistakes and the Twilight alikeness (?), I woul've given it 3, maybe even 4 stars, but since this was the case, I sadly have to give it only 2 stars.
Oh, and what exactly did the title have to do with the book? As far as I know, it's only been used once.