Waiting on Wednesday: Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving.  After that is my birthday, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and then we’re in 2012.  The year of the apocalypse!  I should probably stock up on nice bookish distractions to bide my time until all the impending doom and gloom hits.  Oh, and snacks!  Can’t forget the snacks.

Wait, what am I talking about again?


Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1)
Aimee Agresti

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Releases on March 6, 2012 
544 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: 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 a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re 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 set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.

I have a weird thing with boarding school stories and, while this isn’t taking place in a boarding school, it’s the similar idea – ship off a teenager to an unfamiliar place where she spends most of her time with strangers and shenanigans occur.  Throw in supernatural people and mysterious books, and why wouldn’t I want to dive into this book right now?  It’s another pretty girl in a pretty dress cover as well, but the font of the cover really catches my eye.  Sounds like it will be a fun and exciting story that is a bit different from all the other books involving demons I’ve read recently.