Monday, September 24, 2012

Enlightened: A 5 Star Review. Excellent Read

Title: Enlightened
Author: A.D.Spencer
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance, Fiction
Publisher: Self


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When seventeen year-old Baylie Storm suffers an unlikely injury, her world is turned upside down. Her life evolves from normal ... to paranormal when she receives unexpected messages from beyond the grave. An unknown entity warns of a present danger to Baylie's beloved Tyler Caldwell. A dark spirit is awakened and a century-old unsolved murder is uncovered when Baylie's supernatural gifts emerge. As Baylie and Tyler work together to solve the mystery, their romance intensifies ... so do the threats on his life. Enlightened is filled with suspense and mind-blowing secret scandals that will keep the pages turning to the very end.

A.D. Spencer earned a degree from Drury University, and she resides in Missouri with her husband and three children. Although she is always a busy mother, she enjoys Karaoke and participating in outdoor sports/hunting with her husband in her spare time.A.D. Spencer is currently writing Cursed, the sequel to Enlightened.Something You Don't Know About Enlightened ..."It is fiction, but some of the details in the book were inspired by true events. My husband had a face-to-face ghost encounter several years back, and what he saw became the basis for Abbie's materializations.""The phenomenon with 11:11 is real for me ... it started with a horrible nightmare. In my dream someone walked into my office and told me about the death of a family member. The dream was so sureal, I felt the pain of losing a loved one. The time on my computer screen was 11:11 a.m. I woke up crying and sat straight up in bed, and my clock showed 11:11 p.m. at that exact moment. Luckily, it was just a bad dream, but since then I have seen 11:11 on my clocks nearly every single day."

My Review
I was splendidly surprised with this book. Never one that reads Young adult books but I must admit this one got my attention from Chapter three. At first I could not figure out where the author was heading but then things started to happen. The vivid dreams, unfamiliar touch of ghosts leaving Baylie startled. The much older people colored the story with their knowledge. Surprised at all the twists and turns in the plot and could not stop till the very end. The story had a nice build up to it that keeps you interested to the end.
The growing relationship between Baylie and Tyler was pleasant to read. The Chastity ring and the promise to with hold until their wedding day a wonderful touch where young people of today think it is a curse to remain a virgin. The respect they showed to the parents and older people refreshing. The reasons I never read YA.
I even liked the undying romance between Jonathon and Abbi united once again after a very long separation. Which led to the Exoneration of Thomas and a "curse" lifted from the Caldwell family.
Really a good read and one that I can recommend.
Well done April. 

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