Review: Illumine By: Alivia Anders


Author: Alivia Anders

Genre: Paranormal YA Fiction


Goodreads Description:

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.


First off, I’m super impressed with this book. Written By Alivia Anders, who published the book herself. Kudos for that kind of dedication and believing in your work. It paid off.

Anyway! I really liked Essallie Hanley, the main character in this book. She is really witty, sarcastic as hell, and funny. Did I mention, she’s also very strong and independent? No? Well, I should have. For a teenager, she’s been through a lot, having seen her boyfriend brutally murdered in front of her. By a demon no less. One unattractive trait she also posses is some seriously over the top stubbornness. I mean, once you witness something like that, there is no way you can’t believe. It happened, its there. I guess its just my thought process though. 

Kayden… the seriously witty, take no crap, demon that originally wanted to kill Essallie, is a perfect opposite for her. I like their play with words throughout the book. He is super disturbing, but doesn’t give a crap if you think so or not. As the book progesses, the once “bad guy” turns out to be your (at least, MY) favorite character. I was waiting for the romantic connection between them, and when you finally get a little hint..its perfectly placed in the book and I think that waiting will be worth it for them in the end. 

I think Anders did a fantastic job with the actual story telling. There are several moments in the book where you know exactly what the author was thinking, because its so perfectly detailed. However, sometimes there are moments that sort of veer off too much, and there is a struggle at times to get back on course. But that doesn’t greatly affect the overall flow. (side note: Ive read a few other reviews on the book that carry on about grammatical errors found. It wasn’t much of a disturbance to me, because it’s written how a teenager would talk, and I think some of it fits. Just Sayin’) Overall, fantastic, easy read. Cant wait for the second book in this series set to come out this summer. Hurry up summer! I’ve got some reading to do!


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