ILLUMINE is the first book of the series.Here is my thoughts and review:
When I first started Illumine I was taken aback by the graphic detail in the first chapter.I put it down for a day then picked in back up and read it in one sitting.I loved it! The way Alivia writes detailed descriptions of the scenes brings the story to life.It flows well and captivates your imagination.
Essallie attends a high school party and is betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend in a horrific way.They try to sacrifice her but when they summon the demon he kills Chase,Essallie's boyfriend and sends Cassie,her best friend,running for her life. Essallie is scarred by this incident and Essallie starts to have hallucinations of the demon everywhere.
She is sent to live with her half brother in a small town up north to give her a fresh start.Some the student have heard rumors and know something is strange about Essallie. But when Essallie and her new best friend,Abigail,sneak off to a party Kayden,the demon from the incident,shows up.She thinks she is hallucinating, but all the students see him.They have a small confrontation and then everyone goes home after one of the students falls to the ground convulsing.
Things aren't to good at school,everyone this she is still a freak and on top of that Kayden decides to enroll as a student.He continues to harass Essallie about her needing his help.After she almost combusts from a high fever due to her powers coming in,she gives in to Kayden. He helps her try figure out who she really is and then Leo steps in with some information of his own and shows her to city of supernatural creatures.They go to the city to find answers but only get more questions after a faerie tell them that Essallie must find her Watcher to help bind her power or she will die When Essallie,Kayden,Leo,and Ursula attend a Carnival in Charon,the supernatural city,things get haywire.Who will survive? Will Essallie find her Watcher?
I love Essallie's tenacity,she always has a sarcastic comment.Everything she goes through she never gives up, even though she may want to. Kayden is my favorite character.He is painted a evil person but he ends up softening up a bit.He is one of those characters that grows on you.You are left wanting trust him but not sure if you can.
OBUMBRATE is book 2.Here is the blurb:
Essallie Hanley just wishes her life could go back to normal. But what's normal when you carry the burden of knowing you're a half-angel created for war, that the only person who can help you is a demon still waiting to kill you, and that your only chance for salvation rested in a boy who died in front of you?
If Essallie had turned her back on everything she'd learned, she could have made the most of her fractured life. That is, until Kayden told her that she's a ticking time-bomb; that at any given moment her blood could betray her, her veins burning her alive from the inside out until nothing but ash remains.
Desperate to find answers, and possibly find her only chance for survival, Essallie heads back for New York City, back to the place where it all began. With every answer comes a price, and with every price the risks and rewards become greater. But when Essallie soon finds herself the target of an unknown hunter determined to have her, all appears to be at wits' end. Until Ari, a man claiming to be Nephilim, steps in. Charming, gentle, and boldly brave, he seems to be exactly what Essallie needs.
Could Ari be the missing piece of her puzzle, or is he the promise of her demise?
And Now the much await RIVEN book 3 in the series:
Captured, imprisoned, and left to burn.
You know what they say- where there's smoke there's fire...
For the last two weeks, Essallie Hanley has been a prisoner, in more ways than one. Held hostage by the Queen, she is forced to endure the mind-numbing pain tearing her body- and soul -apart, killing her with every tick of the clock. It seems all hope is lost, until one chance moment gives Essallie a name, Rinae Decante, the final person needed for the Queen to unveil her master plan to end Essallie. Armed with this name, and with the help of Ari and Kayden, Essallie breaks free from her captivity and launches in a search for this mystery girl.
But their search doesn't go as smoothly as planned, and the three soon find themselves fighting against an impenetrable course of fate aimed to destroy them all from the inside out. When Essallie falls victim to her altering soul, they all begin to wonder of there's any chance at all to save themselves from the burning effects of their actions.
Love, lies, and betrayal. No one is safe from the undoing of secrets surrounding Essallie.