Friday, May 27, 2016

#Friday Review - Deviate by Tracy Clark (Young Adult, Fantasy)

Series: The Light Key Trilogy # 2
Format: E-Galley, 356 pages
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle—the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul—is Arrazi...
On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.
No longer will she hide. No longer will her loved ones be hunted.
And she will have her vengeance...even if she shatters her heart in the process.

Deviate is the second installment in Tracy Clark's The Light Key Trilogy. The trilogy features 17-year old Cora Sandoval as the main protagonist. If you have read Scintillate, or read my review, then you know that a whole lot of pain, suffering, and heartbreak found its way into Cora's otherwise quiet life. Cora has found out that she is a rare human called Scintilla, and discovered that she wasn't truly alone just yet. She also discovered that another race called the Arrazi are itching to wipe out the last remaining Scintilla from the Earth.

Alongside Cora is fellow Scintilla/Italian Giovanni Teso, her cousin Mari, best friend Dun, as well as her mother Grace who had disappeared for 12 years while searching for answers. Now, with the Arrazi in full beast mode to hunt them down, and a devastating loss that has left Cora reeling, Cora & group need answers. But, without Grace's research notebook, they are up the creek without a paddle. Plus, there is an even bigger challenge awaiting them and will be lucky to get out alive.

One of the more interesting aspects of this series is Cora's psychometry powers. Whenever she touches something, a tattoo forms some where on her body after giving her a vision of what the object hold. This makes things rather interesting and dangerous when she is trying to hide who she is. Deviate is actually a bit different from Scintillate in that Clark alternatives narratives between Cora and Irishman Finn Doyle who just happens to be one of the Arrazi. 

Finn's narrative is from a boy who doesn't want to be like his parents or his demented Uncle Clancy who can astral project and discover where Cora's group is found. Finn has some choices to make. He can either give up and not feed or kill anyone, or he can accept his fate, while trying to also help Cora who he still has feelings for. Finn still has a desire to try and help Cora and her group even after they suffer some really heartbreaking losses that will leave you breathless. 

I dare say that there are a whole lot of surprises waiting for readers once you get past the second half of this book. Surprises that leave you with a very, very interesting ending that pretty much forces you to read the final book in the series called Illuminate. By the end of this book, Cora has really taken a huge leap forward as a character, and has become a the groups leaders thanks to all the losses and betrayal. I am eager to see how Clark manages to wrap this series up!  

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