Monday, August 1, 2016

Enlightenment~Liz Keel | Review

Title: Enlightenment (The Driel Trilogy #1)
Author: Liz Keel
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 256 Pages (Paperback)
Release: April 2016
My Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

It's really hard for me to give books low ratings because I know that the author has put in a lot of work. But I had a really hard time with this book and finishing it was difficult. Since it was short I decided to read the entire thing so that I could form a full opinion. I think this story had potential, but it lacked enough development to make it truly enjoyable for me.

One thing that I personally have a hard time with in books is an overuse of exclamation points. I feel like I'm being yelled at when I see too many of them, which gives me a headache. I also don't like the use of ?! for than a couple of times. In dialogue it can sometimes work when a strong emotion needs to be conveyed, but more than a few times in one book is too much.

The love story in this book is probably the thing I liked the least. The age difference between Thea and Eli and Isaac was rather disturbing to me. Had it been presented differently I might not have found it that bad, but as it is, I found it kind of creepy. The insta-love was also over the top. Attraction I get, but this was taking it too far. And the love triangle was forced and unnecessary. I would have enjoyed for Eli to be nothing more than a brother figure to both Thea and Isaac. That would have worked really well and been enjoyable, as I found the moments that were more like this very sweet.

I did not enjoy that almost all of the important stuff that happened to Thea was glossed over. She's taken to become the queen of a fairy realm, but then we don't see any of her political training and she zones out during important meetings. It's honestly a story line that I don't really get. Why would you want this person to be your leader? Shouldn't it be based on qualifications and not blood?

I was really hoping to enjoy this book, but it was not for me. The pacing was too abrupt, the love story over simplified, and the politics brushed aside. Thea was only ever interested in checking out the men around her when she should have been worrying about become a good leader. There was potential that shone through at moments, but that potential was never met.

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