Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Rissenghem #Review #bewitching
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Swords and Stilettos
Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Genre: YA urban fantasy
Publisher: Kasian Publishing LLC
Date of Publication: December 7, 2016
Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 73k
Cover Artist: Angela Fristoe of Covered Creatively
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.
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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.
This book is the first in the Enlighten series and ends in a plot cliffhanger. Kiernan and Zoe have been friends since they were small. Now in high school, Zoe is noticing some strange things. During a scary interaction with strangers in a warehouse, Zoe realizes Kiernan is not human and also meets Shay. Shay and Zoe literally spark when they touch and cause quite a bit of jealousy in Kiernan.
>The interactions between Zoe and the different groups at her school seem very well thought out. Zoe has her group. A mean girl group is around causing drama as well. The high school interactions, especially when a new cute boy is introduced in to the school, are really accurate. The only interactions I didn’t feel were realistic were those with Zoe’s parents. All of the scenes with the parents seemed stiff and off for some reason.
>This book contains a clean romance, but the romance is very addictive. Zoe and Shay start their relationship slowly. The kisses, cuddles and first dates gave a warm feeling to the story. Sidelle is a friend of Zoe’s. She is something extra, along with the rest of them. Zoe does find out what she is at the end of the book, but the reader is not sure what exactly it will mean. There are a couple major battles that showcase the different powers and threats everyone will face. A great showdown is foretold, but not realized in this story.
>This book is appropriate for a young adult (16+) to adult audience. I am giving the book 4 stars. I would have liked a little more action. The story dragged just having Zoe’s friends protect her all of the time. Mixing the paranormal elements with typical high school drama and events, such as prom, kept the reader in the story. I am a reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock.
About 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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