Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
A Gilded Wings Novel, Book One

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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: 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?
 

About Aimee Agresti

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Aimee Agresti is the author of the Gilded Wings Novels, Illuminate and Infatuate. She is also an entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in People, the Washington Post, Mademoiselle, and the New York Observer. As a staff writer for Us Weekly magazine, she interviewed many celebrities and penned the magazine's coffee table book Inside Hollywood. She lives in Washington, D.C. Visit her website at www.aimeeagresti.com.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 544 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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She works directly for ultra-glamorous Aurelia Brown, owner of the hotel, and Haven quickly discerns that something isn’t right.

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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.

Jan 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Illuminate: A Gilded Wings No...

City Book Review

The hotel’s underground nightclub has a blackout on opening night, a book appears telling Haven to beware all beautiful things, and Haven’s photographs of “The Outfit,” Aurelia’s personal squad, begin to change, showing rotting corpses where beautiful people once stood.

May 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Illuminate: A Gilded Wings No...

Portland Book Review

Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at etix.com Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 Saturday the 2nd, 10am / Powell’s City of Books ...

Sep 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Illuminate: A Gilded Wings No...

Seventeen

The gist: On her sixteenth birthday, Haven Terra finds herself moving into the opulent and historical Lexington Hotel to start a prestigious internship.

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RazOrBill

But I really, really, really, want to know him better, because Agresti has already managed to make my completely in love with him.

Apr 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Illuminate: A Gilded Wings No...

Book People's Teen Review

I never really understood what Haven saw in him other than the “bad boy” look, but other than that, he didn’t really have much going for him.

Apr 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Illuminate: A Gilded Wings No...

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