Review: Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
Aimee Agresti / September 17, 2017

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books Release date: March 6, 2012 Pages: 531 Summary: Haven and two of her peers have been offered a rare opportunity: an internship at a five-star hotel! Room and board is included, and they’ll get school credit. Haven thinks it sounds too good to be true, and she’s right. The people who run the hotel are actually in the business of buying and selling souls for the devil, and their next big target is Haven. My thoughts: Illuminate was a pleasant surprise! If you think you’re through with angel books, think again! Illuminate brings something entirely new to the table. Aimee Agresti takes her sweet time when writing this essay, but when it finally begins in earnest, it’s impossible to put the book down. Her mythology is fresh, and it’s actually more about demons than angels. The way they’re portrayed is wonderfully different; I loved Agresti’s striking mixture of evil and beauty! The whole awesome-internship scenario is a bit unbelievable at first, but as the glamorous surface slowly fades away, you’ll find yourself completely sucked in. In fact, it’s the darkness in Illuminate that makes it so compelling. The horror aspect is played nicely: just as Haven…