Illuminate “Smart, well-crafted and sophisticated; without a doubt, this belongs on the top of the stack of the current crop of angel books. More, please!” —Kirkus. Illuminate by Aimee Agresti. Critics’ Opinion: Readers’ rating: Not Yet Rated. Published in USA Mar pages. Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Alternate History. Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and.

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She’s supposed to be a tomboy who doesn’t care about fashion, but whenever it comes to describing clothes it reads like a magazine.

It took so long to set up the plot that by the time the big dramatic revelations occurred, I had lost my patience and was ready to move on. Wir begleiten Haven, Dante und Lance zuerst an ihre Highschool und bekommen mit, wie sie ihren Schulabschluss bekommen. Be the first to discover new talent! There’s life threatening danger, mystery and evil looming.

Jan 25, Cookie rated it really liked it. The more I read about her, the more I wanted to read about her. As suggested by the title, the things that happened in this installment are related to short-term passion, awkward behavior and unreasoning desires. XD Haven was a great character but it wasn’t very realistic how she turned into such a socially adept girl when she had supposedly been an awkward nerd.

Once there she feels outclassed by the gorgeous, glamorous members of The Outfit named after Al Capone’s gang but is made to feel like a critical member of the team by Aurelia, the owner and her mentor. She is getting more self esteem and confidence and you just watch her grow and believe she is someone truly beautiful and pure.

While Aurelia first comes off as a savvy business mogul, she quickly begins to show her impulsive, evil, true colors. The other characters are kind of. Lucian was the alluring crush and Aurelia the boss was pretty evil.

Doch kann sie ihm wirklich vertrauen? Lance’s actions during this time don’t exactly endear him to the reader, and even when it’s “explained” I still found him to be a bit of a jerk. There are new characters in this one some i liked some i didnt and one i hated with every fiber of me being but more on that later there was a limited amount of characters in the first one and a lot of new of characters in this so there where to many characters to really get to know them all the way we did in the first one and i think the extra characters made it seem crazier compared to the first.



Intelligent, but not over-geniusy, she was shy and sgresti but had a good head on her shoulders and a good heart. There were some not altogether unprecedented surprises that took place and both thrilled and haunted me. Horrible ending to not have a sequel. What kind of a school would do that? I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book, but Illuminate surprised me with how enchanting it all was. Feb 18, Jessica rated it really liked it.


In that same vein, the passage of time felt clunky during parts of the story. While I very much enjoyed the plot and how Agresti managed to get the kids to the hotel via perfect grades something I wish would happen to me!

Lucian is at least honest with her and doesn’t keep playing with her emotions. Overall, if you’re not such a fan of the angel trend as I am not I would recommend this book to you as it happens to be mostly character driven, with a pretty well constructed plot. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you agreeti read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. First, I liked that even though I’m not from t Wow. It’s just as original as the last book! I had fun reading about Mardi Gras and I liked that the carnival offered the perfect setting for the devils agfesti scout their latest batch of victims while the angels-in-training battle for survival.

Agresti does a great job of invoking the character and feel of the city and its culture and weaving it throughout the story. I still am, because I absolutely have to know what happens next. He’s sweet and loyal, and always supports Haven no matter what. If any girl flirted with my boyfriend like that and he let her, there would be problems.

And the name of the character that i hated was Sabine. Do I think it was on purpose? Can we really trust him? The author draws her characters distinctly, making readers care about Dante even though he remains offstage for most of the book.


The way the author describes the chemistry is like a high school student falling in love with a man twice her age. If he is looking at another girl that early in their relationship, then his love for her is not that strong and I love this series so far. The pace is illhminate bit slow but the story is good enough. The same theme as the books in fact – as Agresti points out somewhere in here, Illuminate is the more intellectual and thoughtful of the two, with a slow buildup as Haven unmasks the evil lurking behind the glitz of the Lexington Hotel and her glamorous boss Aurelia, while Infatuate is far more carnal, with good and evil already laid out and Haven having to stop new villain Clio from a murderous rampage and corrupting her fellow angels just in time for Mardi Gras.

I also thought that some things were glaringly obvious but weren’t treated as such. Somit hatte ich zwar keine Probleme, mich an schon geschehenes oder an die unterschiedlichen Charaktere zu erinnern, doch die Story agreeti mich nicht gleich zu packen wie das bei Band 1 der Fall war.

Illuminate (Gilded Wings, book 1) by Aimee Agresti

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I also liked how confident Dante was in this book, as well as the assertion that because he’s not heteronormative, he’s gone through more, and thus, is a little higher on the angel ranking of things. This book also manages to take adult negligence, parental absenteeism and ‘grown-ups are bad’ tropes to a whole new level. Then there’s Dante and Lance. I felt disconnected from it for some reason but it might’ve just been me.

I was so staggered by this strange turn of events that it’s literally all I could think about, whenever I thought about the book, for days after.