Monday, March 16, 2015

Review: Enlightened


Review: Enlightened by A. L. Waddington

Title: Enlightened 
Author: A. L. Waddington 
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: April 21st 2014
Pages: 250 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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The barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly. Present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009. On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?



 Emotions...I had so many reading the second book in The Eve Series.  I cried, laughed and then cried some more reading Enlightened.  I really love this series so much and mainly I think it's because I never know where it's going to end up.  I can't even try to guess what's going to happen next when reading and the best part is I don't want to guess because I would rather just read it.  I usually have a hard time connecting with the second books in a series, they always make me upset that they didn't hold up to the expectations after reading the first book, but this fantastic author didn't let her readers down.

This author never ceases to amazing me and keep me on the edge of my seat while reading.  Again I found myself not wanting to put this one down and when I had to stop so I could go to sleep or do something else important like be a mom, I found myself wondering what was going to happen to Jocelyn next.  I'm pretty sure I've found one of my new authors and her name is A. L. Waddington.  If I hadn't had the third book ready to read when finishing this one I know for a fact I would have gone crazy waiting.

I really enjoyed all the different characters and all the themes in this book.  Love, life and friendship are some of my favorite themes to read when it comes to young adult books and this series is filled with them. If you haven't read this series I highly recommend it if you love Young Adult Fantasy!



 This book was an easy one to give a rating.  


Plot: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Characters: 20/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

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