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Having finished book 1, The Light Tamer, recently, I was compelled to check out Enlightened, as well. As with the first book, there was an intrigue to see what Dawson has in store for these characters and for the light tamer mythology.
In Enlightened, there’s more time given to reveal more about the light tamers and the way things work, than in book 1. Eventually, the explanations get more complicated by throwing in some other things (which I won’t spoil), shedding new light on what’s really going on for Jessie and her friends. I can feel that there’s a conflict building up for book 3, though, there wasn’t really a main conflict in this book at all.
In a way, with reading book 1 and 2 so close together, I get the feeling that they could be put together in one book, and possibly the 3rd (not released as of writing this review) might fit into that combination as well. There’s a bit more to this book than the first, but still I felt there was enough for there to be just one stronger more fleshed out book.
The reader will need to suspend their beliefs to a higher extent than I’m used to for some aspects of this book. For reasons, that I won’t reveal, I was again left with the feeling that these 15 and 16 year old characters are written as if they are young adults (in the real world sense of 18 & 19 year olds, not the literary world’s definition) and not like more realistic 15/16 year olds. I understood that this series was written for a YA audience, yet, I felt as if, while the writing suites the genre well, the characters and situations didn’t fit the ages well.
As mentioned just above, this book is most likely to please a YA reader. I think the style would to be a younger reader’s liking and they’ll be able to relate to it well. Again, the insta-love didn’t sit well, as it’s explained away with the wave of a hand. But it still fits the rest of the book’s flow. All-in-all it was another enjoyable, fast, read. I’m sure I’ll grab book three when it’s released so I can finish the story, that’s only in its infancy with book 1 and 2. I have a feeling more will take place throughout the next book, and it might help me appreciate the previous books, as well.