As a member of the Scintilla, 17-year-old Cora possesses the rare ability to see people’s auras, making her both an object of desire and a target for harm.
A showdown between the few remaining Scintilla and the Arrazi, a group capable of feeding on people’s auras, leaves Cora’s father dead. She also discovers that Finn, her “rock-star poet,” is a member of this vampirelike group. Chapters bounce between Finn’s attempts to deny his murderous heritage and Cora’s discovery of her latent powers. Thankfully, in addition to her addled mother, Cora also has the support of fellow Scintilla Giovanni and Mari and Dun, friends from America. Following clues left in Dante’s Paradiso, they begin to unravel the history of the two races as well as to research ways of possibly defeating the Arrazi. The love triangle among Cora, Finn and Giovanni echoes that of Twilight and its many imitators. However, Cora, possessing both her own powers and a fierce determination to protect those she loves, is no shrinking violet. New enemies emerge, and new alliances are forged as the death toll rises. Passion and power are the driving forces behind this series that continues to deliver.
A solid if not terribly original sequel to Scintillate (2014). (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)