The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos (The Enlighten Series Book 1) by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos (The Enlighten Series Book 1)The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Seventeen year old Zoe Jabril’s life was pretty ordinary until one day she and her best friend, Kieran, are attacked by two strange men. When another handsome boy, Shay, joins the fight Kieran and Shay overcome the attacking men but when their bodies poof out of existence Zoe gets her first glimpse into a world she never knew existed.

Kieran and Shay explain to Zoe that they have been sent to protect her because when she was born it was believed that Zoe is a baby that was foretold in a prophecy that is going to save the world. Kieran himself was assigned to be Zoe’s best friend and is actually her Guardian Angel while Shay is Nephilim and has been protecting Zoe from afar. The men that attacked, a pair of lesser demons sent to kill Zoe.

The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos is another series that should have easily have been a five star read for me with so many elements that I love, with Angels, Nephilim, Demons, Fairies and Werewolves all involved I knew that I was going to enjoy the story and it even started off reminding me a bit of the Mortal Instruments series which I love.

Unfortunately there are a few things that brought my rating down a bit in this book. First was Zoe herself, she’s almost eighteen but yet the character was seriously lacking any maturity for someone of that age. We start off with being attacked by demons and her reaction is oh look at the cute guy with the sexy eyes. Really it took me until about half way through the book before I learned to tolerate her naivety and boy craziness and begin to actually enjoy the plot. Also, there are just some things in the book that seem a bit off as if the author is out of touch with teenagers in general, such as Zoe is about to turn eighteen but yet not a senior yet in high school?

I would also warn readers of the usual we must have a bit of a love triangle and the insta-love involvement in the plot. I tend to overlook these things but I know a lot of people would dislike either or both. My only complaint was I think Zoe would at least think for a couple of minutes on how her insta-love connection is with a guy that is old enough to be her grandfather but of course as I said, she thought he was cute. Hopefully Zoe will gain some maturity and depth to her personality as the series continues as it does have potential to be a good one.

In the end I decided to go with 3.5 stars for The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos, some flaws to it but if they were worked out the story could be a fun ride.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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