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Read from January 15 to 21, 2017
Enlightenment is the first book in The Driel Trilogy. I was drawn to the book because I fell head over heels for every story I have read that involves elves. However, I didn’t find myself covered in the warm fuzzes while reading. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike Enlightenment nor I didn’t love it.
I felt short changed in end. The characters had potential to become something more but they were flat. I think I would have loved to spend more time on developing Thea, Eli, Isaac, and the other elves. I would have enjoyed building a connection with the character instead of the rushed pace push to move from one scene to the next.
Overall It was okay but didn’t like the book all that much. However, the characters were borderline from unlikable to a few exceptions some were likable at best neutral at worst the plot was a bit poor. The writing was much better than expected with a few exceptions. I developed some interest in the book but not enough to sustain me but I withstood d to the end. Being part of a series, at least one thing peeked my interest to continue (the hope of character and plot development). Even though the plot was somewhat original or had its own unique flair, the romance was for lack of a better description flawed on more levels than one. The male/female leads had forced to very little chemistry, etc. Everything was too easily predictable. Overall, ok maybe some redeeming value!
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The return to her homeland has brought many changes in Thea. She is learning to accept and embrace who she is. She is aware of Eli’s affection for her but after the instant connection with Isaac, the leader of her guardians (the Thill), Thea is struggling to decide who she wants to be with. She is also struggling to master her abilities in the short amount of time before her coronation. Add in the fact that she knows Minen must be up to something, the disappearance of so many earth-wielding elves,and potential attacks that mean she probably isn’t safe, and things are more than complicated in Thea’s new life.
This was an interesting story. I enjoyed the world that the author created and Thea was a very likable character. I was glad that she did not immediately accept that she was a hidden princess and gladly follow Eli off to stake her claim. Though she did accept it quickly, there was a more logical progression that made more sense than many similar story lines. The land of the elves was not described much but was stated to be similar to the human realm that Thea was used to. I liked that idea as most elven stories have a more medieval description than modern, though I would have enjoyed a more in depth description of the location.
The characters were well fleshed out. Most of the main characters had depth to their personalities and motivations that made sense. Though I felt like little was actually known about Isaac, which may be a part of why I did not embrace him as a romantic prospect. Which leads me to the romantic aspect of this story; I sincerely believe this story would have been better without the romance. They were contrived and made little sense. I am never a fan of the instant love that trumps the life long connection story, but this one actually almost ruined an otherwise excellent story for me. The relationship made no sense and the intimate scenes were actually very awkward, from the description to the characters’ conversations. Scenes that should have felt exciting felt embarrassing. Luckily the rest of this story was well done and fascinating enough that I would be interested in continuing the story in the next book.
I received this book as an ARC copy to review.
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