Editorial Reviews. Review. * “Smart, well-crafted and sophisticated; without a doubt, this Illuminate: A Gilded Wings Novel, Book One by [Agresti, Aimee]. Illuminate “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. Illuminate by Aimee Agresti. Critics’ Opinion: Readers’ rating: Not Yet Rated. Published in USA Mar pages. Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Alternate History.

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Illuminate (Gilded Wings, #1) by Aimee Agresti (4 star ratings)

Yep, I thought so, too. I am optimistic that the next installment in this series will address the heartbreak and the huge surprise more in depth For the record I really don’t like not liking a book. Although she may be a cliche, I think that many people can relate to her in that they are also smart and work hard to get into a good college.

Okay, a lot farfetched, but it provided an explanation as to why our heroine and her sidekicks were removed from their families and living in a hotel. As freaked out as she is, she follows the rules the diary gives her because it’s all so weird. Sweet, afresti, and passionate about photography, Haven was so easy to connect with. The switch almost came overnight and was slightly frustrating.

I DID think it was wonderfully descriptive in terms of setting and I love the art on the inside. As Aurelia the owner and Lucian give the duo more and more assignments together, their friendship ignites and takes off – which is really nice, because it is sad to think of both Haven and Lance being lonely all the time.


Once the action started to pick up, I started flying through the pages.

Illuminate (Gilded Wings, book 1) by Aimee Agresti

The only issue I really have is that the book is so long ahresti it made it difficult for atresti to sit down and really immerse myself in it. Until pagewhen she’s suddenly kissed by someone else and announces “it was you But she grew on me. Dante is Haven’s best friend. Although I did quite like the plot overall, as I mentioned it was a tad long-winded, but also had a few sketchy details.

Let’s be honest, here: Jan 11, oliviasbooks rated it did not like it Shelves: They’re good together, in the way that some people just are, people who were meant to be together.

If this book had been edited down to a shade less than half its size it might have held my interest. I wonder why she didn’t just pack up and leave – I know that’s what I would have done.

Nerdy, bookish, keeping to herself, but suddenly acquiring great fashion and social abilities; I had a hard time placing her personality. Feb 26, Tatiana agesti it as abandoned Recommends it for: Aimee Agresti is a novelist and entertainment journalist. And even the few notes Aurelia writes to Haven are in a third scripty font, further embracing this typographical difference in a good way, setting it apart and making it more important.


Demonized utter baddies do not either. When she first sees Lucian, like any girl, she’s drawn to his handsome features Lucian was the alluring crush and Aurelia the boss was pretty evil. As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem.


I liked the way the plot slowly illuminafe.


We don’t get too much of his full story, but we get enough. I really like the shadowy effect of wings as if she really has them you’ll understand my hinting if you’ve read the book.

I can say that she was somewhat strong and she bravely faced her fears head-on, despite being lonely and clueless about what was going on around her for most of the time. Read more of my reviews on Illuminate is a story that involves a illiminate of people note here: One small conflict down, a million more huge ones to go. I believe that when a book is good that even if you illluminate have pages to go, you get scared that it’s gonna end, which, by far, didn’t happen in this book.

Such a agrest, too, but in such a cute way! I don’t know why, but they are. I tend to do this a lot. As we get closer to the end, things pick up and there are fewer clunky passages.

Until I read the rest of the explanation of how it wasn’t Lucian who had illuminate her in the dark at the moment. Even though it developed relatively quickly, it somehow reached touched me, and there was real and definite chemistry between the characters, which always helps.