Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Tour, #Review, #Giveaway ~ Swords and Stilettos (Enlighten Series, Book One) by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Swords and Stilettos

Enlighten Series, Book One

Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Publisher: Kasian Publishing LLC

Date of Publication: December 7, 2016

ISBN: 9781943207367

Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 73k

Cover Artist: Angela Fristoe of Covered Creatively

About the Book:

Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.

Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

My Review:

Zoe is a normal, typical 17 y/o teenager. She attends high school, goes to parties, and hangs out with Kieran. He has been Zoe's best friend since Kindergarten. When Zoe and Kieran are chased through town by a couple of thugs, Zoe's normal life crumbles into a mess of angels, nephilim, and demons. In the midst of the chaos, a tall, dark, and handsome stranger comes to the assist. When all is said and done and the dust settles, Zoe discovers who Kieran and Shay, the stranger really are and that they are on earth to protect Zoe, the "babe" of the prophecy.

Swords and Stilettos is the first book in the Enlightened series.  The book stars a human/soon-to-be otherworldly creature, a hot best friend/angel, an even hotter bad boy/nephilim, an outgoing female friend/fairy, and a new student/werewolf.  What the human/soon-to-be otherworldly creature doesn't know is that she could be the main character in a prophecy that could mean the end of the world if she can't stop the rising of the devil.

The story is engaging and I was entertained throughout the novel.  The pacing of the book was fast for the most part, slowing down in just a couple of places.  I didn't feel that there was much in the way of character development in book 1.  Zoe, even after obtaining the knowledge she was given, was the same character at the end; relatively immature and not someone that I think has the capacity to save the world from evil.  However, we have to have time to get to know the character before we can thrust the mantle of something as epic as saving the world onto her.  The world building is done pretty well as the author takes us from the mundane to the paranormal, gradually and with great descriptions.

I liked Kieran, Shay, Sidelle, and Vash.  They were written well.  All four are strong characters that do their best to protect Zoe and fill her in on her possible destiny.  There are several instances of emotional depth, especially on behalf of Kieran.  After Shay swoops into town, Kieran is forced to deal with emotions that he wasn't prepared for yet.  The love triangle between Kieran, Zoe, and Shay wasn't over the top or too messy but well-placed and thought out.

I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

My Rating:

Read an Excerpt: 

I stumbled into Kieran as a tremor moved through me. Hairs on my arms stood at attention like tiny lightning rods. “Do you feel that?” my voice sounded breathless, even to me.

He glanced sideways, “Feel what?”

“Look.” I held out my arms to him. “I feel strange. Like someone . . .” I rubbed my slightly numb hands over my forearms and sucked in a breath, as he hooked his head around. I fell into step beside him. “Never mind. It’s probably nothing.”

This happens when lightning’s about to strike, right?

The heat from the sun radiated off the few cars parked along Boutique Row, their owners engaged in mid-afternoon shopping. Store fronts displayed the new and trendy “must-have” dresses, shorts, and shoes for the spring season. I paused to see my reflection. Not a hair was out of place. Thank God.

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Meet the Author:

USA Today bestselling and Award-Winning, Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River with her parents and older sister. 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!

Kristin’s books are published by Kasian Publishing LLC.






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