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Swords & Stilettos

Enlighten Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Sofia Willingham
Series: Enlighten Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns 18 - 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 her newly found talents if she's to prevent the devil from escaping hell.

©2016 Kristin D. Van Risseghem (P)2017 Kristin D. Van Risseghem

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  • S. Cole
  • OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
  • 27-11-19

Swords & Stilettos

This book is a paranormal YA romance. The FMC Zoe's life changes when she turns 18 years old. She has to try to save the world and is trying to fulfill the Prophecy. She finds out that her best friend is a guarding angel. The beginning was a little slow, but it picks up quickly. I really enjoyed the book once the action started. I would be interested in seeing where the book goes.

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This is what I would call a typical YA book. It had all the ingredients of what I would expect in there: love triangle (which I hate!), teen angst, prophecy, the female teen didn't know about her background, guardian who falls in love with her, school, she has to save the world, training, etc.
There is nothing wrong with this but I tend to find this to be over used and at times boring because it is not original. This is not to say the book is bad but it is nothing either.

Others might like it a lot more then I did especially YA.

I thought the narrator was great, she voiced all the characters.

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  • Adriana B
  • 12-03-18

Great New YA/Teen Fantasy Romance

This is a fun YA/Teen Fantasy! This audiobook has action, suspense, romance, Angels, Nephilims, fairies, and werewolves.

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and getting to know Chloe. One minute she is a normal teen and the next the world she knows collapses and she finds herself learning that not all is what it seems.

I’m looking forward to book 2! I’ll have to get it as soon as it comes out! This is one of my favorite genres and I throughly enjoyed the characters and story line.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 11-03-18

Fun YA series that I'll be following!

I had a hard time getting into this book, but it finally picked up for me after 3-4 chapters and then I couldn't stop listening. It's a fun YA novel full of magic, action, fairies, angels, werewolves, demons, etc. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series. In fact, I already checked on audible for other books by this author, and though the next in this series isn't out, there are a few other novels, one about one of the angels and 2 about the fairies in this book, that I plan on listening to while waiting for the next in this series.
The narration was okay, a bit stilted and choppy at times. I sped it up to x1.25 and it was better, but still a little off. I think it's one of the reasons it took me a minute to get into the story; however, once I did get into it and changed the speed, the narration didn't bother me as much. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Amanda
  • 12-12-19

Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed this book. Zoe is unaware of ant my thing supernatural, and is thrown right into the mix. There are angles, fairies, and wolves oh my. Such a good listen, looking forward to book 2.

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  • Random Creativity
  • 29-11-19

slow teen drama

I picked this book because it was advertised as being a clean YA fantasy. I didn't find it to be particularly clean or really a fantasy. It was predominately a teen drama, centering around the relationship of a girl and two guys. There was an awful lot of pointless teen drama, which was more the focus of the book than the fantasy storyline. The world was inconsistent, with prom drama taking priority over the end of the world narrative in a few spots. As far as being clean, there was some language, and an awful lot of kissing, innuendo, daydreaming about kissing, sneaking a guy into a girls room multiple times, etc. I consider clean to mean no sex / language / innuendo, and was surprised that it was advertised as clean with the amount of innuendo and inclusion of some language. I would expect it to be rated TVMA if it were on tv.
The narrator was very slow, I like to listen to the narration at normal speed but listened to this at double speed and it sounded close to normal. I felt like the narration was very flat and almost monotone. I will not be listening to anything else by this narrator, or reading anything else by this author.

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  • Stormer83
  • 29-11-19

great new book

i really enjoyed this book fun and entertaining, interesting story good start to a new series can't wait to hear the rest

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  • Laura
  • 19-11-19

A little slow but it picks up pace.

Zoe is a high school student just trying to finish her last year in school. She has a best friend Kieran who is a hottie by her side when they both stumble upon a demon and her hottie friend fights him off. Soon after life as Zoe knew it changes forever and she has to face these demons as well as a prophecy.

I will say that the story was very slow at the beginning but once it picked up pace it was very good and I enjoyed it. Will be continuing this series to see what happens next.

The narrator was okay. I had to speed up the pace to 2.0 to get by to listen to her. Not one of my favorites narrator.

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 09-04-18

Great YA listen

Gripping story and intriguing characters, this book had me hooked from the start. Great narrator too. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Sairaika
  • 24-03-18

An epic read!

A guardian angel...
A nephilim...
A girl destined to save the world...
The real question is: can she stay alive long enough to stop Armageddon?

The author has created such a great world and story - I am impressed by her talent and writing.

A read that ensures you never want to stop for any kind of breaks. A read that pushes you to forget reality and live in this fictional world.

Such wonderful characters - great character development of the MC!

Full of angels, demons, nephilim, fairies, adventure, action, secrets, wolves and romance.

Perfect for readers of urban fantasy/paranormal romance.

The narrator was good. Liked listening to her but there were minor editing issues like a few words been repeated. Overall, an enjoyable listen to this electric read!

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  • S. Green
  • 12-03-18

Promising beginning

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This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This book caught my eye in the Audiobookboom mailing I got and decided to give it a read.

The author used some themes common to a lot of YA type books — teenage girl, high school angst, love triangle. Not a negative really, but merely the setting.

The story ended up mixing angels with demons, fairies, and werewolves with some twists around the main character that I found interesting to the point I didn’t want to put the book down. I look forward to reading the next in the series (on my own dime) to see what happens next!

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 10-03-18

Fun & Enjoyable

I really liked this book. The storyline of normal girl finds out she needs to save the world is always a cool concept. I would have liked a little more action and supernatural elements. I felt too much time was spent on normal everyday teenage worries like clothes and boys but overall it was a really fun read and I will be getting book 2