Book Review: Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series, Book One)Book: Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series #1)
Author: Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Published: December 7, 2016
Publisher: Kasian Publishing LLC
Number of Pages: 290
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from Lola's Blog Tours in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review. All opinions in this review are my own.
Rating: 1.5 Stars
Tags: YA, Fantasy, Lola's Blog Tours, #COYER


Synopsis: 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.

Okay, so maybe I shouldn't have requested this book to review. In my defense, I read the synopsis and I thought that it sounded interesting! Granted it sounded like hundreds of other YA books, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and try it. Well, from my whopping 1.5 star rating, you can see how well that turned out. 

In this book we follow Zoe, as she learns that she is destined to save the world. She learns that her best friend is an angel, and that her other guardian is half angel. Sam (Satan) is preparing to invade, and Zoe is the one who's going to stop him.

All of the characters in this book were really unoriginal, but my biggest problem was with Zoe. She was so self obsessed. Throughout the entire book, everything she did was to help herself. But I know that I wasn't going to like her when her best friend is trying to get her to run away from two guys chasing them, and all she can think about is the coffee that he mad her drop. Keep in mind that he's trying to save her life. Like, WTF? Why are you thinking about your coffee at this exact moment? Shay was okay, he was unoriginal along with the other characters. Nothing really stood out about them.

The story line was extremely predictable. I made a guess about what was going to happen in chapter two, and I was almost exactly right. Now, for someone who always guesses wrong, that isn't a good thing. The book was just so predictable! It felt like I had read the whole book before. Also, this book was filled with YA tropes. All of them, and that made me even more annoyed at the book.

In the end, this was a boring and dull book. The content felt like it was a bad mashup of other books, and the characters were even worse. Even though this is a quick read, I will not be continuing on with the series.


  1. Ha! love your review [sorry you didn't the book though] I saw this ARC and ALMOST request it because I'm a sucker for angels and wings and all that crap. But SOMETHING in the picture of Zoe made me hesitate. I see now with your review why I was getting bad vibes about her. :)

    1. I'm also a sucker for angle books, so hopefully my next one will be better! :)


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