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Monday, January 12, 2015

Tour! A Review & Excerpt of Enlightened by A.L. Waddington

Enlightened (Eve #2) by A.L. Waddington
Genre: Young Adult (Science Fiction Romance)
Date Published: April 21, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

Continuing where Essence, Book 1, EVE series ended, the barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly. 

In Enlightened, Book 2, present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009. 

On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?

Enlightened is the second book in the EVE series by A.L. Waddington. Jocelyn's 1870's self is slowly but surely becoming aware of things, and she doesn't handle it too well. She becomes quite a distressed damsel. Her 2009 self seems pretty well adjusted until the veil starts coming down more and more, and then she seems to take on the weaknesses of her 1870's self rather than the strengths of both of her selves. With that being said, I think most people would go at least a little crazy at first too. There is a lot of turmoil between Jackson and Jocelyn in both time periods because  she knows he is keeping things from her. I don't understand why he keeps things from her though. He thinks he's protecting her, but once she is fully aware of both her lives, she's going to know all these things anyway. So, what is he protecting her from? This series continues to be highly unique and entertaining. What's in store for these two next?

Enlightened by A.L. Waddington was kindly provided to me by CLP Blog Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

“Some people with EVE believe that the positive symptoms of experiencing hallucinations, delusions, and oddities of perception are actually the individual seeing and hearing episodes as the barrier begins to break down between the two consciousnesses. The absence of emotions, jumbled words and lack of ability to adjust and relate to their ever-changing perception of reality is believed to be the result of a deep depression brought about by their inability to cope. It is believed, by some, that their fall from grace and the bizarre report of their symptoms leads physicians to diagnose schizophrenia,” Robert explained.
     “All of that makes sense if they had inherited EVE. I experienced all of those things,” I interjected.
     “But if no one was there to explain it to you, guide you through the transition, there is a good chance you would be lost also,” Emily added.
     “Yes, I can see that.” The mere thought gave me the chills. I honestly couldn’t imagine going through this alone. “But what if a physician, who also had EVE, was there to guide them?”
     “Most individuals who have EVE, that we know of anyway, tend to shy away from the medical profession. It tends to be incredibly frustrating leaving the person feeling more helpless than anything else.” Robert gestured helplessly, but I looked at him with confusion.
     “Why? That doesn’t make any sense.”
     “Everyone’s time period varies. Some are a great deal more extensive than ours. For us, it varies over a hundred and thirty years, give or take, but there are some that vary as much as five hundred or more. The most I have ever heard of was seven hundred years. In the medical profession, imagine that you had learned and been trained within the current era and you have almost completed your education when the barriers begin to crumble. Let’s say your family is there for you and you make a smooth transition into both your realities. Let’s also say you now conceive that you live in the time of the American Revolution and are also a physician there. However, everything that you know you can perform to help save the lives of patients in 2009 is not available, neither the instruments nor the medications. You have virtually no ability to do what you have been trained to do. You would feel completely frustrated by the extreme limitations of the circumstances, which in turn, leaves you feeling utterly helpless,” Robert painted a grim picture.
     “The majority of those with EVE, somehow unconsciously, have the same professions in both their existences,” Jackson added with a chuckle. “Of course, there are some exceptions.”

Check out my review of Essence!

A. L. Waddington grew up in a small town in Indiana and always had a vivid and overactive imagination. She loves music, playing sports, and can be quite mischievous at times. She has been known to play practical jokes on occasion and is a firm believer in the theory of organized chaos. She has a slight addiction to coffee and gummy bears. When she’s not hidden behind her laptop or buried in a book, she can be found working in her gardens, cheering on her favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts, or trying to lose that last stubborn ten pounds. She graduated with her BS in psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. A. L. and her family reside in Indiana.

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