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Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she is

awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a

group of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her

second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of

glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are

not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil

agenda of Aurelia and company: theyre in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed

in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to

thwart this devilish sets plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the

hotel?

Review:

"Agresti's debut novel (first in a projected trilogy) is a tense tale of angels, devils, and the cult of celebrity that is let down somewhat by an unrealistic setup, paranormal elements aside. Nerdy Haven Terra is suffering through her junior year of high school when she and two other high-achieving students are picked for a prestigious internship, living and working at a newly reopened luxury hotel in Chicago. The teens are repeatedly told that this is their chance to make connections with the rich and powerful, but Haven suspects the staff is hiding something sinister, a theory confirmed by a magical book that warns her of danger and tells her that she's in training for a greater purpose. When Haven figures out she and her friends are being groomed in a plot to collect souls, the race is on to save all three of them. The internship premise is pure wish fulfillment, and some characters, such as Haven's gay best friend Dante, are painted very broadly. Still, Agresti's story accelerates to an exciting climax, and the blossoming romance is sweet and satisfying. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Stéphanie Abou, Foundry Literary + Media." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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When ambitious and brainy Haven lands an internship and moves to the city to chase her dreams, mysterious things start to happen, and a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking coworkers seem to be at the root of it. When she uncovers their evil agenda, she must figure out how to halt their malicious plan and save prom night!

Synopsis:

When Haven lands an internship at a historic hotel, she discovers her gorgeous coworkers have an evil agenda, and she is an angel-in-training sent to conquer it.

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* "Smart, well-crafted and sophisticated; without a doubt, this belongs on the top of the stack of the current crop of angel books. More, please!" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But her life changes when she is awarded an internship at a posh Chicago hotel. As Haven begins falling for Lucian, the dashing sidekick to the glamorous hotel owner, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of the hotel staff: theyre in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish sets plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

About the Author

Aimee Agresti is an entertainment journalist with ten years of experience writing, editing and chatting up celebrities. A former staff writer for Us Weekly magazine, she has interviewed everyone from Angelina Jolie and George Clooney to the stars of The Hills, and even penned the magazines coffee table book Inside Hollywood. In addition to Us, her work has appeared in People, Premiere, DC Magazine, The Washington Post, Boston magazine, Womens Health, Mademoiselle, and the New York Observer. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, May 30, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Good always conquers evil. Aimee Agresti’s debut teen novel, Illuminate, highlights this message loud and clear. Sectioned into a three part story, readers can feel the pacing and urgency increasing with each turn in the novel.

Haven Terra’s transformation from quiet wallflower to emerging angel-in-training is truly astounding. Thrust into a coveted internship at Chicago’s up and coming Lexington Hotel, Haven and her companions, Lance and Dante, find perfection in members of the Outfit and their leader, Aurelia Brown. While impressing Aurelia and her second in command, Lucian, Haven finally feels like she’s found a place she belongs. Haven’s settles in only to discover how much is not as it seems at Lexington Hotel. With only a mysterious journal to guide her and build confidence in herself and her emerging powers, Haven must learn to navigate shark infested waters to save her soul and the souls of her classmates.

The Lexington Hotel is built on the history of Al Capone. Behind the façade of glamour and perfect living Agresti manages to infuse these snippets of history. It seems as though the hotel’s connection to that section of history fascinates our budding heroine and opens her eyes to all that surrounds her. Haven learns to believe in herself, to be comfortable in the skin she’s in, and take what life gives her in stride. Her secret training prepares her well for the fight for her life and she gains so much more than what she is promised by the Outfit.

Illuminate sheds light on Haven’s future, but leaves many unanswered questions in its shadow. The following Gilded Wings novel is sure to put forth new challenges to Haven and her loyal comrades. With an ending as sweet as Illuminate’s the second installment promises more romance and adventure.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547626147
Author:
Agresti, Aimee
Publisher:
Harcourt Brace and Company
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 544 pages Harcourt Children's Books - English 9780547626147 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Agresti's debut novel (first in a projected trilogy) is a tense tale of angels, devils, and the cult of celebrity that is let down somewhat by an unrealistic setup, paranormal elements aside. Nerdy Haven Terra is suffering through her junior year of high school when she and two other high-achieving students are picked for a prestigious internship, living and working at a newly reopened luxury hotel in Chicago. The teens are repeatedly told that this is their chance to make connections with the rich and powerful, but Haven suspects the staff is hiding something sinister, a theory confirmed by a magical book that warns her of danger and tells her that she's in training for a greater purpose. When Haven figures out she and her friends are being groomed in a plot to collect souls, the race is on to save all three of them. The internship premise is pure wish fulfillment, and some characters, such as Haven's gay best friend Dante, are painted very broadly. Still, Agresti's story accelerates to an exciting climax, and the blossoming romance is sweet and satisfying. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Stéphanie Abou, Foundry Literary + Media." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
When ambitious and brainy Haven lands an internship and moves to the city to chase her dreams, mysterious things start to happen, and a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking coworkers seem to be at the root of it. When she uncovers their evil agenda, she must figure out how to halt their malicious plan and save prom night!
"Synopsis" by ,
When Haven lands an internship at a historic hotel, she discovers her gorgeous coworkers have an evil agenda, and she is an angel-in-training sent to conquer it.
"Synopsis" by ,
* "Smart, well-crafted and sophisticated; without a doubt, this belongs on the top of the stack of the current crop of angel books. More, please!" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But her life changes when she is awarded an internship at a posh Chicago hotel. As Haven begins falling for Lucian, the dashing sidekick to the glamorous hotel owner, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of the hotel staff: theyre in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish sets plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?
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