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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Book Review: The Lightning Luminary (The Luminary Chronicles #1) by R.S. McCoy

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The Lightning Luminary (The Luminary Chronicles #1)
Author R.S. McCoy
Pages: 301
Release date: April 26, 2016
Talia Stanley may look like the typical wealthy New Yorker, but she's hidden her secrets for more than a thousand years. One of the last surviving members of an ancient race called Luminaries, Talia has suppressed her ability to control lightning in exchange for safety.

And for generations it worked. Talia's hermit lifestyle protected her from strong Luminaries that want her power. All that changed the day Mason Rathbone walked into her life.

A good-looking artist, Mason is just the guy to get Talia out of her penthouse apartment and show her what it means to live again. But just as she starts to get comfortable, Talia gets sucked right back into her vicious past.

A new paranormal romance novel by RS McCoy, author of the Sparks Saga.
Blog Tour Organized by:YA Bound Book Tours

My Review:
First off, isn't this cover absolutely GORGEOUS? Well, that was the first thing which attracted me to this book. next thing which enticed me was obviously.. the synopsis! This book sounded so different, so interesting and unique. This compelled me to immediately contact YA Bound Book Tours and request a copy to review!

The Lightning Luminary is so different than to any other paranormal young adult romance I've ever read! Each chapter is written in different point of views, which grants the reader a good chance to get to know various interesting characters and their stories.

Our main characters are Talia and Mason. In the first chapter we get to know Talia as a very mysterious, rich, young but sophisticated woman. Right from the get-go we find out that Talia is not a normal human being, but in fact a Luminary, which can be somewhat described as a form of a human being honing an ancien, extremely strong and unforgivable powers. Next we get to know Mason, a young, handome and blond sophisticated bachelor, seemingly a normal human being who one day finds himself enchanted by a beautiful mysterious woman, while waiting for his train. As he follows the beautiful woman into the train, which happens to be the train he was going to take, he starts to feel a searing pain in his right eye, becoming dizzy from the excruciating pain causing him to collapse and blackout. Once Mason awakens he find himself in the hospital and later finds out his saviour was in fact the same woman who he met in the train, who in fact ends up to be Talia. Some meet cute, huh?

We also get to know 3 other characters, Larisa and Eudora, both original Luminay's, and Jaime, a Shade aka a half-blood. We discover they all carry their own history, purpose and baggage, but one thing they all have in common is Hadrian, someone who you somewhat can refer to as Hades, or rather the God of Death. Hadrian is obsessed with bearing a boy from one of his Luminary wives, but the wives he has imprisoned, Larisa and Eudora, are only capable of producing baby girls, infuriating Hadrian and literally resorts to disposing his new born daughters until he finally receives a boy.

Larisa and Eudora are clearly in a pickle, but they know there is one Luminary who can possibly produce Hadrian a son... Talia. Talia lives incognito in order to avoid the death grips of Hadrian, but sooner finds out, while in the midst of becoming pleasantly acquainted with Mason, that her past is about to catch up with her... and realises that this time she will not only be protecting her own life, but also Mason's.

This book was definitely a crazy rollercoaster, and I definitely mean this in a good way! Yes, of course it was a little difficult in the beginning to keep up with the characters and the alternation between them through the chapters, but each and every character harboured a fantastically suspenseful and nail-biting story, keeping me consistently intrigued and on my toes!!

Ms. McCoy tells the story with such ease in her writing, creating such an alluring and detailed storyline, and not at one moment was the story slum or boring. I couldn't but help imagining the whole story in my head, playing like a movie, making it so easy to understand the characters and their stories, resulting me to be completely enveloped in the story. I loved it!! The book definitely ended very unexpectedly and I cant wait to find out was Ms. McCoy has in store for us next (*ahem*please send me a copy :P *ahem*).