Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Enlightened by Devyn Dawson - Giveaway and Review

Welcome to the Enlightened Book Tour.  Enlightened is written by Devyn Dawnson and is the second book in The Light Tamer series.  Devyn has a fantastic giveaway going on associated with this tour with all kinds of great prizes, so please be sure to enter that below.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  You can read my review of the first book in the series, The Light Tamer here.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Enlightened (The Light Tamer #2)
by Devyn Dawson
Published October 10, 2012

Jessie Lucente, a Light Tamer, has started her junior year at Parca Academy in New Bern, NC. She has a new boyfriend, Caleb Baldwin. He is beyond good looking, he is her mate for life. They've been bound by the light and will rule and heal with it too. Her new classes aren't what she expected. Finding out the school is filled with 'gifted' kids is almost too much to comprehend. She finds out what it really means to be a Light Tamer. Some of the assumptions she had are debunked and now everything is crystal clear...well, clear as mud. Now that she is enlightened with the facts, she struggles with the truth. 

Thorne Woodson has all of the girls swooning. His Doc Martens and hoodie stand out against his school uniform. He might be the guy to heal Amber's broken, grieving heart. What's his story, and why does he appear everywhere Jessie is? He has a secret that will change the game for everyone. Who is he in cahoots with? 

Amber starts her junior year with a bang and a huge crush. She has a point to prove on the first day of school. She refuses to let everyone believe she went soft over summer break. Her shenanigans end with detention on the first day. The anniversary of her brother's death has her making dumb decisions but her friends have her back. Jessie will struggle to help Amber deal with the grief. 

The secrets that have been revealed by Fate will leave Jessie in a new role. It will all come down to bloodline versus logic. She must step up and embrace her new title, and life on the other side of the shimmer. With her small army together, they promise to vanquish Nyx back to the Underworld and seal the portal she came through. 

The second book in The Light Tamer trilogy will answer the questions that are burning in your head. A beautiful tale of first love and friendship. Be prepared to be amazed at the twist in this story. You didn't see it coming, but you'll be glad it did!

My Thoughts:  I loved the first book in this series, The Light Tamer, and was so excited to be able to read Enlightened.  I fell in love with Jessie and Caleb, and Amber of course, in The Light Tamer and couldn't wait to see what they were up to in this book.  Trust me; they had quite an adventure in book one.  If you haven't read it, go get it, it's great.  Enlightened picks up where The Light Tamer leaves off.  Jessie and Caleb are light tamers, as a matter of fact, Jessie is descendant of the original line of light tamers, which goes all the way back to Artemis, daughter of Zeus, giver of light and healer, and her gift of light comes directly from her, making Jessie very special.  Jessie is still learning to process all of this, because up until recently, she just though she was a normal teenage girl.  Jessie and Caleb are also bonded.  They are soul mates.  After battling with Erebus and managing to send him back to the underworld in book one, they find out Nyx is targeting them, and she is not a happy camper.  A new boy, Thorne, appears at school to.  Thorne is supposedly a light tamer also, or is he.....he seems to be a little too interested in Jessie, and Amber is more than a little interested in him, which proves to be quite an interesting situation.    

I loved the characters in this book.  Jessie is hilarious.  The inner dialogue she carries on with herself is almost funnier than the things she actually says.  The only problem with that is that if Caleb is around he gets a front row seat to the show, because he can read her mind.  Jessie is a beautiful girl, tall, but she has one issue that she has a hard time dealing with, and that is her big boobs.  Trust me; these are the object of much humor in Jessie's inner rantings.  Caleb, however, is quite fond of Jessie's assets.  Caleb.....swoon, swoon, swoon.  He is totally hot, the perfect guy, and he really loves Jessie.  Amber, the best friend, is a hoot and I absolutely adored her.  We get to see Grandma, oh I mean "Miss Gayle," Jessie's grandmother, who doesn't like to be called grandmother, again in this book, and get to learn a lot more about her.  We are also introduced to several new characters, which were both fun and interesting.  Thorne Woodson is the new boy in school and he has the whole "bad boy" vibe going on, not to mention he is hot, but Thorne has some pretty big secrets, and you'll have to read the book to find out what they are.  Ms.  Gayle also has some secrets herself, secrets which affect Jessie's destiny, and what affects Jessie's destiny also affects Caleb's destiny.  Devyn also introduces us further into the magical and mysterious world of the Fae in this book, which is really cool.  

Needless to say, Enlightened will grab your attention from beginning to end.  There is romance, mythology, and magic, with plenty of humor mixed in.  Devyn also throws in some twists and turns, which take you buy surprise.  I really enjoyed this book.  If you love YA paranormal romance with some mythology, humor, and a whole lot of action, then this is one book you will definitely want to check out.  

Author Bio - Devyn Dawson

Devyn is a full time writer, wife and pet owner.  She's been writing since she was a small child.  Her first office job was working for a publisher and data entry of manuscripts.  She literally typed them and saved them on real 'floppy discs'.  When she was in high school back in the 80's, she would read Stephen King one day and Sweet Valley High the next day.  She said one day she'd find a way to merge the two books.   

Currently Devyn and her husband of 19 years live in New Bern, North Carolina. Devyn is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and still refers to it as home.  She has two adult children, Paris and Hunter.  When she realized she would be facing an empty nest and family so far away, she decided to write about characters to entertain her.  Her new series The Light Tamer, is about friendship, relationships and falling in love.  The Light Tamer series is a younger young adult book, the one that takes you back to the beginning before being jaded.  It offers characters that are both good and flawed.  Throw in some mythology and you're in for a quick trip that will leave you breathless and enlightened.

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Here's a peek at the cover of the third book in The Light Tamer Series, 
Light Bound.


  1. Thank you Ellen - and thank you for not telling them the big secret. Have a great weekend!

  2. I've heard really great things about this series. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. The cover is gorgeous!

  3. Such lovely covers. Great review and awesome giveaway.

  4. love the cover!!! Can't really think of a fav. love song. I will need some coffee to get my brain going than I shall come back lol

  5. thanks for the chance to win,,and my fav song : cherish by kool and the gang and eternal flame by human nature

  6. I do not usually look at songs to be love songs LOL I just like the beat and I am having a hard time thinking of one, perhaps Alien by Katy Perry would qualify ;) GFC Denise Zaky

  7. hmm..a love song. I like truly madly deeply by savage garden. :) Not necessarily my favourite, but its the only one that came to mind :) GFC Sarah perry

  8. I am afraid I don't have one :S


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