Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Illuminated by Erica Orloff

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Speak; Original edition (8 Dec 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0142413763
ISBN-13: 978-0142413760

Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

Cover: This cover if just lovely.  So pretty. And I think quite a good match for August.

Plot: The discover of a rare palimpsest draws Callie and August together.  Together they search for answers about the books origins and learn the tragic story of Heloise and Abelard.  Will their love last or will they be torn apart like the ancient lovers?

Overall this is a really light and sweet romance.  It was a very quick read, and I found myself really enjoying it.  I definitely recommend it for fans of romance.  I thought that perhaps I wanted a little bit more from August, we knew that he's smart, sweet and good looking but I thought that was shown enough.  I have to say that, definite props for creative and unique charqacter names, Calliope and August.  I'll remember those characters for books to come.
I rated this 4/5 stars. 

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