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Deuces Wild - 1 Play. I could picture it clearly, and deeply appreciated the way she re-imagined something that is traditionally viewed as macabre a stripped skeleton into a object of enviable beauty and freedom.
If only we all had parallel universe hopping, iridescent skeletons! I am not sure about the reviews here that claim confusion in keeping up with the plot.
I wasn't confused at all. If anything the story raised more questions that made the story that much more enjoyable and interesting.
As a reader that doesn't require each and every detail of the story resolved and tied up in a neat package, I enjoy constructive speculation.
More pointedly, I enjoy a story that makes me say 'I wonder', but still makes sense. Luminous met my need for wonder, imagination, originality, lovely writing and as a bonus included a blossoming paranormal romance.
I really loved this book. I loved it so much that I have suggested it to teachers and professors for recreational reading and instructional use.
I hope that Ms. Metcalf is planning a sequel, because I would love to visit the world of The Flow at least one more time. Jun 08, Kendare Blake rated it it was amazing.
The strange beauty and wonder of the Flow For the first third of the book I was completely lost in the visuals. I'd love to see some visionary put this to screen.
So much that is gorgeous and terrible. But don't get completely lost in the Flow. The murder plot snuck up on me in the middle, and by the last quarter of the book, I was burning through pages.
Definitely an original experience, with characters not soon forgotten. Nov 15, Steph Su rated it liked it Shelves: True to the whimsy of the writing style, the Flow is never fully explained, or at least is not explained in a way that solidifies its presence and purpose for me.
Thus, my head was spinning for a great portion of the book, because I had never fully grasped the concept. The same goes for the characters. Still, LUMINOUS packs some powerful and thought-provoking themes, and may be extremely rewarding for the patient reader who likes the supernatural challenge.
Check it out if it seems up your alley or if you want something different. Feb 01, Trisha rated it it was ok. I had had such high hopes for this one.
The cover is so pretty, I thought I would find a story I loved inside. Sep 07, Maggie rated it did not like it. I've never outright hated a book, since I usually end up not reading it in the first place.
This book, while I didn't hate it, did have some disturbing elements that I would rather not have to deal with ever again. Consuela, the main character, has a disturbing power that creeped me out for the first forty pages.
Shedding her "human" skin and becoming just her bones? Okay, even if you were okay with that, you've still got to admit that it's creepy.
It's like, Halloween creepy. I thought everythin I've never outright hated a book, since I usually end up not reading it in the first place. I thought everything about this book was poorly written.
I mean, the concept was unique, but the execution was lacking. The romance was lackluster and bland. The world was poorly developed and I never fully understood what it was about.
And the girl on the cover looks Asian rather than the Mexican heritage that Consuela should have, but seems as if she does not.
And the characters themselves - who are they again? I don't seem to remember anything striking about them. And that was just it; all of the characters were never developed, never given the special OOMF that makes readers want to remember forever.
I wouldn't really recommend this book, but its only appealing factor is its diversity. We have such a wide arrangement of ethnicities and talents for each character.
It's only such a shame that we didn't see more to them than that. This is such a strange book, and I get why reviews seem to be so divided.
There is something very lyrical and beautiful about Metcalf's writing. And I can honestly say that I haven't seen anything like this novel before.
I finished it a few days ago, and I can't get it out of my head. It makes you think about your place in the world, and the consequences that our actions have.
But the Flow and the people who live there seemed very distant. I felt like they were just there, and the Flow seemed li This is such a strange book, and I get why reviews seem to be so divided.
I felt like they were just there, and the Flow seemed like a very confusing place. It could have been described better, I think.
I didn't really get a good sense of who anyone was or where she wanted it to go. As unique as it is, I felt like Metcalf could have done more with it, because I felt like I was on the outside, looking in.
But I still enjoyed it, and thought that it was very creative. Jan 20, Kathy rated it liked it Shelves: I had a hard time getting into this one.
Luminous was very unique and different which is a plus in a world of young adult books where all too often it is the same story told over and over again.
I had no clue where this story was going which is also a plus since so many books are so predictable. Unfortunately I never really connected with any of the characters and at times was confused with how things worked in this strange world of the Flow.
Reviews seem to be split on this one and I understand I had a hard time getting into this one. Reviews seem to be split on this one and I understand why.
I can't bring myself to give it less than 3 stars because of originality and some very beautiful writing but for me this book was just ok.
A little strong language scattered throughout. Apr 06, Karissa rated it really liked it. I was drawn to this book by the beautiful cover and then read the synopsis and found it intriguing.
It was a very creative book and has some intriguing ideas in it; although at points the writing is a bit hard to follow.
Consuela finds a lump at the back of her neck and is worried about it. Her mother agrees that Consuela will go to the doctor if it is worse in the morning.
Then Consuela finds that s I was drawn to this book by the beautiful cover and then read the synopsis and found it intriguing. Then Consuela finds that she can put her fingers into the lump and actually remove all of her skin; leaving her a glowing Skeleton.
She finds she can makes new skins out of things like water and air. While experimenting she ends up meeting other teenagers with strange powers and finds herself part of the Flow.
A serial killer is loose in the Flow and Consuela must figure out how to stop the killer, otherwise she may never have the chance to return home.
This was an odd book. It is very creative and has some really neat ideas in it. At times it is beautifully written and has some excellent imagery.
At times though there were also things that didn't make sense. Why only teenagers in the Flow? Why was she able to talk to her mother when she got home in the beginning but not later?
The idea of the Flow is interesting, but I have to say it is a bit difficult for the reader to figure out what is going on at the beginning of the book.
The reader needs to suspend disbelief and kind of just.. As the book went on I understood better the kind of "other place" the author was trying to create, but it did take some piecing together to get to that point.
The characters are intriguing. All of them have different powers and complex backgrounds. While I did find them interesting, they never really came alive for me.
The book seemed more focused on what they could do in the Flow than on who they were and what they thought.
This was complicated by the fact that there wasn't supposed to be much emotion in the Flow itself. The story gets a bit creepy at points. The whole concept of Consuela peeling off her own skin weirded me out a bit, as did the fact she traipsed around as a skeleton.
There were portions involving the serial killer that were also a bit unsettling; although they never got too scary for me.
The story ends well and in such a way that there could be more adventures involving Consuela, although I haven't heard anything about that.
As for the author's writing style, I am a bit on the fence about it. Metcalf's writing has moments of beauty, but it also had times where things were kind of vague.
It wasn't the easiest writing to read and you had to read it very slowly and carefully to make sure you understood what was happening.
Overall a very intriguing read. If you are interested in reading something unlike anything you've read before definitely pick this story up.
The concepts of the Flow and how Consuela can makes skins out of organic matter are interesting. The story does get a bit creepy, but should be appropriate for young adult and older.
The writing style wasn't my favorite and the characters weren't as engaging as I would have liked. Still this book was very original and interesting, so I would recommend it for people who want something a bit different.
Jun 08, Lea rated it really liked it Shelves: I like to think of Luminous as a very unique piece of modern art-- you're either going to love it or hate it, and everyone is going to interpret it differently.
Now, I actually fall on the side of people who loved this book-- I thought it was creative, different, kind of bizarre, and always surprising!
Consuela Chavez is just your typical teenager-- until one night while she's in the tub, she finds out that she has the ability to step out of her own skin-- quite literally, she can pull it off lik I like to think of Luminous as a very unique piece of modern art-- you're either going to love it or hate it, and everyone is going to interpret it differently.
Consuela Chavez is just your typical teenager-- until one night while she's in the tub, she finds out that she has the ability to step out of her own skin-- quite literally, she can pull it off like she's taking off a sweater-- and put on new skins made of fire, air, and water.
I know, kind of creepy, huh? Stepping out of her bathroom, Consuela finds herself sucked into "The Flow," a kind of alternate reality where others with special abilities like her exist in order to save people from untimely deaths.
However, once in The Flow, Consuela has no way to get back out and go home. To make matters worse, people start mysteriously dying in The Flow, and Consuela is the only one who can stop the killer.
The best parts about this book were the concepts it presented and the mood it created for the reader. The entire story brings you into this dreamy, almost trance-like state, where it's difficult to tell which end is up.
The ideas that it explores were very metaphysical, like, what is the purpose of life? What comes after death?
What is the standard for morality? What makes a person good or bad? The thought-provoking questions underneath the layers of imagery and imagination of The Flow had me completely wrapped up in this book.
The one thing that made Luminous difficult to grasp was that the plot and the setting were not clearly defined-- I don't even know how to describe The Flow or what it really was, and the series of events that took place were very much like when you dream-- one minute you're there, the next you're inexplicable somewhere else.
I liked how this really gave you the feeling that you were in a dream, but at the same time, it made it tricky to pinpoint exactly what was going on.
I had actually already read a few reviews for Luminous before I read it, so I had a pretty good idea of what the book would be like.
Which is probably a good thing, because it's one of those books that is just so wacky and bizarre, that if I went in totally unsuspecting, my first reaction to Chapter 1 would probably have been: What the CRAP is going on!?!
Haha but anyways, I knew going in that this book was going to be very different than any others I've yet read. I really did enjoy this book and thought that it was unexpected and creative.
Lea LC's Adventures in Libraryland Nov 07, Nafiza rated it liked it Shelves: Have you ever come across a book that you simply didn't know how to sum up in a sentence?
At least in terms of the feelings it evoked in you? Because that is what Luminous is to me. It is very original.
At least the premise and the mythos of the book - it is beyond bizarre but at the same time, I am not really sure whether the execution of such a novel idea was as it should have been.
I feel as though this could easily have been high literature. There would have been more room for gradual develo Have you ever come across a book that you simply didn't know how to sum up in a sentence?
There would have been more room for gradual development, more space for words because this book severely needed to stop and explain itself.
This is not to say that I didn't enjoy it because I did. I just had the recurring feeling that the characters, the situations and the world building could have been fleshed out just a little bit more.
About a third way into the novel, I was thoroughly confused. And not in a "I need to read more so I know what's happening" kind of way but more of a "what the hell is happening?
The idea of having different skins and exchanging one for the other - the themes it engages and the subtext is amazing.
I could spend three hours discussing this book in an academic setting. If you read it closely, there's this eerie atmosphere to it where the multiple metamorphoses of the main character is juxtaposed by the stagnant setting of her "home base.
The romance bit was sudden, strange and while it was not unbelievable, its presence was not very necessary. I felt like the romance was forced because the audience, the readers, would be expecting something.
But I wish they had let the main couple develop their friendship first. The book is gorgeous, the idea is very original, I just didn't feel that the execution of the book lived up to its premise.
It was almost there and since it is a debut, and it also may be the first in a series, I'm not sure, there will be a chance to probably revisit the world with, hopefully, stronger writing, stronger clearer writing.
I'd say give this a try if only for the experience of reading about a main character who loves walking around in her skeleton. Jun 28, Jen Bigheart rated it liked it.
I was confused, interested, intrigued, captivated, and hopeful for Consuela - Bones - and the others in the Flow. I felt like I was riding a roller coaster while reading.
I love the premise and think it is absolutely original, but at the very beginning of Luminous, I was confused.
I wasn't really sure what was happening to Consuela and how she was able to make a skin out of water. Was this her perception?
Did she really go down the 3. Did she really go down the drain? Don't get me wrong, very cool idea! I just wish Consuela was a little more dumb-founded and surprised at her ability.
If it were me, I would be screaming and freaking out asking for my Mother By page 15, she states, "This is who I am The rest is just skin.
I enjoyed learning about them and their special abilities and what they were drawn to. Each character had a bit of foggy mystery to them and I was glad to see that they weren't to fleshed out no pub intended.
Every few chapters or so, we get a glimpse of the killer as he murders members of The Flow. Some of these scenes give us a taste about who the killer is and what he is capable of.
Sometimes, the scenes left me a tab bit puzzled as I tried to jump back into Consuela's story line. Regardless, the cast of characters and the whodunit question kept me in the book.
The ending is a little predictable, but I was okay with that. The underlying Dorothy theme - you could do it all along - greats us in the end and I personally welcomed it.
Even though I had a few issues, I can see where a young adult would absolutely love this story. I know my teenager would love this book and she will be a little more forgiving about the confusing opening scenes.
Jun 02, Aurora Celeste rated it liked it Shelves: Although this book turned out good it got off to a rocky start.
The author rather dumps you from the "real" world into the Flow, and I felt very disjointed and confused over what was happening and where we were.
I think it was done to emphasize the disorientation and confusion of Consuela, but it isn't done in a way that made me identify with the character.
Instead I wanted to put the book down. It was just too fast, plopping us into the fantasy world without explanation or reason, and the contr Although this book turned out good it got off to a rocky start.
I endured, though, and as the author got around to explaining what happened and why I started to enjoy the world and the characters, although I never really felt as if I understood it or them.
In order to maintain the mystery of the plot the characters all have hidden agendas and ulterior motives, and you're always questioning why they're doing what they're doing, but you're also questioning why you care.
There are a lot of characters that seem to be put in place so that they can die to amplify the plot, but because you didn't ever identify with them it doesn't work as well as it could.
However, even with these major flaws there is something about the book that is absorbing and makes you want to keep reading despite all the incertainty and confusion.
Perhaps it is the artful dealing with the subject matter: What do they experience? What do they feel? Add in an overlay of murder mystery and a dash of romantic subplot and the question is very deep as well as entertaining.
This gift extends even beyond the ending, turning an ending that is simply ambiguous into a cliffhanger mystery that keeps you thinking about the book even after you're done with it.
Although this book wasn't altogether my cup of tea I can see many people who would be able to look past its flaws and fall completely in love with the great existential mystery that is presented in this book.
I received this book free from Librarything as an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. Apr 05, Stacy added it Shelves: I'm sad to say that it lost me just a few chapters in.
It was extremely strange and it first lost me when Consuela found out she could take off her skin, Yes you heard me right she took off her skin so she was nothing but bones and she thought it was fantastic.
Yeah I just could not get into the world that Dawn was writing about. The story what I read of it was fast pa Reviewed by http: The story what I read of it was fast paced and seemed to have some interesting characters in a high fantasy world, it just wasn't for me.
If it sounds like something you would like I definitely recommend borrowing a copy from your local library.
Jun 19, Melissa rated it it was amazing. First can I say I'm in total love with this cover? I just adore it. I also have to say that I enjoyed the first part of this book.
We find Consuela in a dressing room trying on jeans not made for her body. Anyone with a booty which is now in fashion thanks to J Lo and Beyonce can sympathize with this scene.
However, this scene is important although we don't know it until much later. For Consuela, it is about self-acceptance. The flow is a place where most of this book resides.
There is a Watche First can I say I'm in total love with this cover? There is a Watcher who helps others in Consuela's situation understand and get used to what has happened to them.
There is also a cleaner. One who tends to the flow which cleans it of the darkness we carry within all of us and is left behind.
The rest of the characters are those who use the flow to go from place to place when they feel a strong pull.
This pull leads them to people on the brink and need to be saved for one reason or another. Each person brings with them their history and mythologies which becomes a personal power to help others.
This urge cannot be denied. Oh I loved this book. I enjoy mythologies of all kinds and Consuela's is closely related to her personal mythology of Dia de Los Muertos.
For others it may just be a childhood story that stayed with them to the flow. Whatever it is I enjoyed finding out how it manifests.
Consuela's magic was my favorite and was the most powerful of all. My only complaint is minor. Yes, the world can be confusing and sometimes seemed to jump a bit too much.
However, the world of the flow is supposed to be confusing so I feel that this is minor. However, still doesn't make me want to understand more about that world and become frustrating at times.
I also was a bit frustrated with the story of the killer. The killer is eliminating those like Consuela. Although we know who he is, we follow others as they learn, sometimes too late.