Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book Review - The Enighten Series, By Kristin D. Van Risseghem

So I have been given the great opportunity to read several books in series lately and it makes me a happy little book reviewer. I have had the most fun reading this series I am reviewing today.  The ideas were great and before I start the review here, let's get started!!

Book Title: The Guardian, a Sword, and Stilettos
Author: Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Publishing Date: May 20, 2015
Page/Word Count: 280 pages

 Zoe Jabril could be just another 17-year-old girl attending parties with her friends and checking out cute guys—except her best friend is a Guardian Angel, and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, half-angel, both sent to Earth to protect her. A high school classmate happens to be a trendsetting shopaholic fairy. And now there’s a new werewolf in town.

Zoe has to deal with her feelings toward Shay, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. Now Zoe is under constant attack from demons, trying to kill and stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite the Enlightens to battle evil. Then on top of that, between boring homework and drama with girls at school, she has to control new found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

In order to do so, Zoe must devise a kick-ass plan ASAP or watch everyone die, because she’s running out of time. She turns eighteen in two months—the date Armageddon kicks off.

What can I say here that would do this book justice?  It is a strong start to a great series and I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us.  Zoe is a kind, nice young woman who is there for her friends when they need her.  She really tries to help everyone around her.  That makes me like her more, because you can tell she genuinely cares for others.

The action starts right away for Zoe and you get thrown right in to a world she didn't know was there.  Her best friend, Kieran, is not who she thought he was and she meets Shay.  Her feelings for him are definitely different to what she feels for her best friend.  I love how it seems to go slow but at the same time it doesn't for them.  I hate books that just go from "Hello I am so and so" to  "I love you to the moon and back" without any real reason.  You get a good reason with these two. Yes, you can say I am Team Zoe and Shay.  What can I say, I love love, lol.

The story unfolds for you brilliantly and I can't wait to see what happens next for them.  Downside, cliff hangers.  OMG, I hate them but they are how you get through so many series.  They have to make you want to come back for more!

Another mark against this one, though it's a small one for me and I so replaced it with my own ideas, is the music choices in this book.  Seriously, I an a huge music fan and I could have so found better songs to express how they feel in certain places.  Don't get me wrong, The Wanted is a good band, for teenagers, but they are not a group I would sit and listen to and cry over.  Seriously!? And then One Direction?!  I am not even going to touch that one.  I am not a teenager, but even I know there are songs out there that appeals to teens that are so much better then what was pocked here.

I will definitely be back for more with this series.


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Book Title: The Passage, a Dance, and a Little White Dress
Author: Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Publishing Date: April 13, 2016
Page/Word Count: 272 pages

It's been a week since 17-year old Zoe Jabril found out her best friend is a Guardian Angel, her boyfriend is a Nephilim, and a fellow classmate is a Fairy. What makes Zoe so special? She’s destined to unify Enlightens to battle evil—that is, if Demons don’t kill her first.

With ‘Project: Enlightens Unite’ underway, Zoe learns the history of the area wolf pack and realizes she's in a race against time to get her newly discovered talents under control. Despite struggling to fight a mysterious attraction to her new neighbor, rescue her boyfriend from Demons, and travel into Fairyland to convince the Summer King to join the fight, Zoe must still attend high school classes so her nosy parents don’t suspect anything is out of the ordinary before Demons can mount another attack.

Zoe will need all the help she can get, from the most unlikely of sources, if she’s to save her boyfriend's life and prevent the Devil from escaping Hell on her eighteenth birthday.

Alright, so we start strong in book two of this series.  We have Zoe being protected by her friends while she learns exactly what she is and what she can do.  By the end of this book we have been to realms other then the "Ordinary" world.  We have many different people in the mix and get new faces to help stir the pot.
I am still team Shay.  I think that while some of the aspects of their relationship are very campy, they are still good together.  I am an avid fan of teen romance/paranormal and this fits right into that mold.  This relationship is still better then the stalker types we have in other series.  I am not going to name names here, so just move along.

This book gives us more of what Zoe can do, and she even gets part of her mark!  That in itself was very exciting.  I am not going to go into too much detail here with that, but I am glad she is moving along and making the strides needed.  

The neighbor bugs me.  Aiden is just not someone I can like.  He is appealing, but they all can feel there is something off about him.  I am curious as to who he really is, and by the end of this book, with that massive cliffhanger, you are left wondering even more.  I HATE CLIFFHANGERS!!

I do have to say that I am glad that this book leads away from the love thing more.  We get more actions, more back stories and really we get to see Sidelle in this book.  I love the idea of fairies and she is one that I can really take a liking to here.  I am hoping we get to see more of her with Finn later.  I want to see what the Winter fairies are like since we got to spend some time with the Summer ones.

I can't wait to see where the next book goes!


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About the Author:
Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small river town along the Mississippi River with her parents and older sister. And after receiving a double Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Paralegal and Corrections, she worked as a Paralegal for various law firms around the Twin Cities for 14 years. Then she left the legal field and is now a Senior Buyer for a technology company.

Currently, Kristin lives in Minnesota with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.

In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women's Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!

Twitter Link: @KVanRisseghem
Facebook Link: Author's Facebook Page

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