Book Review: Illuminate by Sarah Addison-Fox

Welcome back, Arrowheads! Not long ago, Sarah Addison-Fox released her first ever standalone paranormal romance novel, Illuminate. I had the privilege of reading an ARC copy of Illuminate before its release, and would like to share my thoughts with y’all today!


Sarah Addison-Fox’s first standalone novel, Illuminate, is a powerful tale of light versus dark, redemption, and forgiveness.

What I Liked

The Symbolism

The symbolism the author weaved into this novel is top-notch. The light versus dark elements parallel real life good versus evil or morality versus immorality. The dark portrays the damage that real-life sin can inflict on people, and I liked how it was mentioned that even the strongest adherers to the light still face temptation.

The Characters

After reading all of the author’s books up until this point, I noticed this standalone hones her character creating skills and produced unique and memorable main and minor characters. Not saying that the characterization is weak in the other books she’s released, but I personally think Illuminate‘s characters are more rounded out. My favorite in this book is Mr. Skylar!

Messages of Redemption and Forgiveness

The messages of redemption and forgiveness make this standalone spectacular. I adore how the readers’ takeaway is that no matter what you’ve done in the past, you can change your ways and embrace the light. This is a message we surely need more of in literature.

My Only Complaint

The only fault I found with this book is that the plot started off slow for me and I was confused in some spots. Once I caught on to what was going on, I was invested and ended up really enjoying this book! If you’re looking for a New Adult Paranormal Romance, I highly suggest picking up this book!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing me a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required to receive the ebook.

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Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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