The Lightning Luminary by R.S. McCoy

Posted April 26, 2016 in Book Review / 1 Comment


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The Lightning Luminary by R.S. McCoyThe Lightning Luminary by R.S. McCoy
Series: The Luminary Chronicles #1
Published by the author (self-published) on April 26th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 251
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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Talia Stanley may look like the typical wealthy New Yorker, but she's hidden her secrets for more than a thousand years. One of the last surviving members of an ancient race called Luminaries, Talia has suppressed her ability to control lightning in exchange for safety.
And for generations it worked. Talia's hermit lifestyle protected her from strong Luminaries that want her power. All that changed the day Mason Rathbone walked into her life.
A good-looking artist, Mason is just the guy to get Talia out of her penthouse apartment and show her what it means to live again. But just as she starts to get comfortable, Talia gets sucked right back into her vicious past.

Main points

I REALLY loved this book! It’s been a while since I’ve read something this good. I’d love to have it in hardcover.

I ended up enjoying the alternating POVs. At first it was a little bit much to handle, but since we kept returning to the same characters more than others I knew where the main storyline was. (And I had a hunch.) It all came together quickly enough. It was quite an engaging read. I couldn’t put it down. The writing was excellent—and only a few mistakes.

The plot was really cool. I love how it wove in Greek mythology elements—my favorite kind of elements. It was super neat without being too much all at once; It wasn’t at all an information dump, despite having so many POVs. We knew just enough at all times.

I really liked the characters. I liked how they were all so different. Each one definitely felt layered, even the ones I didn’t expect to have a bigger role. I was surprised (pleasantly) several times. Talia was appropriately mysterious and gave off this air of sophistication—you could definitely tell she was an old soul. Mason felt enthusiastic, young, and passionate. Hadrian, the bad guy, was ruthless and cruel, but he let his former self shine through at times. It was really cool seeing such lifelike characters.

It was a tragic ending, but it’s only the first in the series. There’s room for happiness yet, and even better, a mission. Several, in fact. And several matches that need to be made. I’m hooked! I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but whatever it is, I’ll be along for the ride.

 reaction upon finishing


this book in one word

YES. Also, MORE.

About R.S. McCoy

RS McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel will be released on Amazon soon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of one with another on the way, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.

Overall: five-stars


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Jillian @ Jillian's Books

AW I love your enthusiasm Ali :D I really got hooked once I saw the cover and read the synopsis + your review! I like how she suppresses her own abilities and stuff. And Talia and Mason seem like a really good match HAHA. Really happy you ended up enjoying this story, and I hope to read this someday too :D Great review!