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ENLIGHTENMENT

– tekijä: Reno Ursal

Sarjat: The Bathala Series (Book One)

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When Dorothy Dizon meets the mysterious Adrian Rosario and his alluring knowledge of Filipino history, her life takes an unchartered detour. Dorothy's true calling is connected to the hidden history of the Philippines, but Adrian reveals little to keep her safe from enemies of his blood-eating secret society.Together, they experience a paranormal journey that brings them to the brink of a new enlightenment.Enlightenment, Book One of The Bathala Series explores the forgotten history of the Philippines through first-person perspectives of Filipino characters who live on the opposite sides of the truth.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 10) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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I wanted to like this book so much. The premise, involving Filipino vampire mythology, was very interesting to me as I'm not terribly familiar with the traditions of that part of the world and it seems as though there is much rich material to be mined there. Unfortunately, in trying to portray realistic teen-aged protagonists, the author includes so many references to clothing designers, contemporary music and pop-culture, the work feels like an extended commercial. The book also could have benefited from better editing. So many sentences are repeated or re-iterated in slightly different words that it was almost exhausting. The ultimate climax of the book was also pretty confusing as a relationship that had been building or seeming to be built suddenly went in a completely different direction.
The footnotes were also hit-and-miss, as sometimes the information contained was a welcome explanation, and sometimes it was just repetitive of what one character had just explained to another. This could have been done so much better
That said, though, I was fascinated by the overall plot and the characters seemed to have realistic motivations and relationships with one another (for the most part). I'd be interested in knowing what happens next to these people, but only if the author is given a better editor. ( )
  EmScape | Jun 7, 2019 |
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This had so much potential, and in the further books in the series may still save it, but I am not sure I will continue with it as they are published.

This starts out slow and doesn't pick up until several chapters in. I had a difficult time getting into the book.

I new this had paranormal elements, but I didn't expect vampires, I didn't know too much about it when I first started the book.

I love that there are footnotes. It gives the book something that makes it stand out as unique. And it is fairly well written. I love the cover art. Once the story got interesting it was a decent read, just not what I thought it would be. ( )
  JLynFox | May 1, 2019 |
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An interesting read. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I ended up enjoying this book, and look forward to reading more. Well written and easy to read.
  Shadow494 | Apr 18, 2019 |
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Enlightenment follows Dorothy, the main character, who meets mysterious Adrian, a new transfer student at school. She is intrigued by him during their first meeting, but knows something is off about him. But as the readers come to find out there is more than what meets the eye; he is a supernatural being sent on a mission to protect Dorothy as she holds a great ancient power.

The book starts out slow, but after several chapters into the book it picks up the pace with many action-packed scenes. I enjoyed reading the alternating viewpoints for each chapter. It gave multiple povs of the same situations and the background between humans and supernatural beings. I like how we see how Dorothy goes through herself-discovery journey to grow into her powers and learn about her heritage.

The novel has a diverse cast of characters and I appreciate all of the rich Filipino culture woven into the book’s narrative. Through reading the story I learned more about the language, history, and traditions within that culture. Additionally, the footnotes were very helpful for giving context for the background of the story and the cultural references mentioned within the story.

There is a constant aura of suspense in the plot as hidden secrets become unveiled and there is also lots of danger surrounding the villain of the story, Sitan and his minions who are out for Dorothy’s power. Romance is somewhat of a heavy aspect of the novel, but I liked that it wasn’t the full focus of the story and instead mainly centered on the folklore. The novel ends on a cliffhanger and leaves the reader wanting more with all the questions left unanswered.

An exciting start to the Bathala Series. It’s an interesting fantasy full of culture, folklore, and history! ( )
1 ääni Rlmoulde | Apr 13, 2019 |
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When I was notified that I would receive a copy of this ebook I was jazzed. The bold cover and title were eye-catching. The description seemed right up my alley. Once I finished Tomorrow (Merilyn Ruth Liddell) I swiped to the first page in this book. That was around two months ago. After reading the first few pages I realized I was completely lost. This story dives into Filipino folklore very quickly and is heavily dependent on familiarity with the stories the author tells or extensive use of the glossary. For someone with no previous knowledge, this was a problem. So, I had to put the book aside until I was able to print off the glossary for regular reference. Once I printed the glossary, I ended up enjoying the story as I anticipated I would.

This story is reminiscent to me of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan. I love a good tale of mythology and that is what Enlightenment is at its core.

Ursal weaves Filipino mythology together with modern-day, fast-paced high school students. Dorothy and Stella, two Filipino-American girls who have been best friends since they were kids, meet Adrian at their high school. Adrian is a timawa (Filipino warrior) who is tasked to protect Dorothy, a Filipino-American girl (possibly a tumao - a descendant of the ancient Filipino ruling class) who is at risk of being taken by Sitan. Sitan is a timawa who fell from the society, became something akin to a vampire, and created and, subsequently, leads a society of vampire-like beings. The only way to protect Dorothy is for Adrian to take her to the Philippines where she can finally recognize her true identity. Throughout the story, Adrian begins to suspect that Stella is also a tumao. Dorothy and Stella are taken captive by Sitan's grandchildren. Adrian and another timawa rescue the girls. Near the end of the story Dorothy, Stella, Adrian, and the girls' mothers board a flight. While in the air Sitan attacks. Dorothy and Adrian defeat Sitan and land the plane safely in the Philippines. Adrian realizes that Dorothy and Stella are not tumao, but the prophesied half-sister timawas.

I am intentionally leaving out the finer details, teenage hormones and inner thoughts, present throughout the entire book. If you can navigate through the above-mentioned highlights, and you enjoy young adult fiction, you'll have a great time! Personally, I only put the book down because it was 4 am and I needed to sleep.

I think it is great to have a Filipino-American author on the scene, but I think he is at a great disadvantage. This story is hard to grasp for those of us who have grown up only being exposed to western civilization mythology. That is why I liken him to Rick Riordan who tells stories of Greek, Egyptian, and Roman (and Norse) mythology. These are things about which we do learn in school. I like this book because it's informative and relatable (because it's set in a world with western ideals, aka Vegas) just like Percy Jackson and Jason Grace (and Magnus Chase). ( )
1 ääni emilycrook | Feb 23, 2019 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 10) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Enlightenment: Book One of the Bathala Series completely caught me off guard. I was expecting a coming of age/YA novel but what I got was a mini history lesson about the Philippines. Enlightenment was also a story about love, family, dedication, friendship and faith with a side of paranormal mixed in. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
 
Enlightenment" stands out to me as a first; a first in being a YA novel with an emphasis on Filipino folklore and history. The legends and beliefs that were nearly wiped out by the Philippines' long painful history of colonization are front and center in 2018 Las Vegas. Hidden family histories are exposed (or, at the very least, teased), fights of epic proportions occur, and Baybayin plays a role in bringing some of that history to the present.

Along with the exploration of Filipino folklore, I also liked how this book gave a good glimpse at the Filipino diaspora here in the United States. From family nicknames, to prepping balikbayan boxes, and even a few head nods to the incredible Ruby Ibarra, it was fascinating to see a community that I've become so integrated with come alive in a novel.
 
This book was a quick read and really surprised me plotwise. I appreciate the rich Filipino culture woven into the book as well as it really creates a fresh world, different from any other YA book I've read. I'm a sucker for multiple perspective books when they are well written and this one was. I never felt pulled out of the story or jarred by the switch. Overall, I really enjoyed this read!
 
I received a copy on Netgalley in exchange for a true and honest review.

Enlightenment was a well written and put together story multicultural story. A telling of Dorothy and Adrian. It's a story of the history of the Philippines. A story of friendship and love. The imagery Reno fosters is amazing and beautiful. The world building really had me think that I was really there. The story had me hooked most of the time.

If you like to read/learn of different cultures then I highly suggest this book
 
This YA debut sees a teenager discover that a mythic destiny awaits in her parents’ homeland...

For his fantasy series opener, Ursal provides a banquet of cultural textures about the Philippines without sacrificing a brisk pace and smooth prose...

The fantasy elements (like Adrian’s glow) remain low key throughout much of the narrative, playfully recalling other series like Twilight...

An engaging fantasy whose romantic arc will likely divide readers.

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When Dorothy Dizon meets the mysterious Adrian Rosario and his alluring knowledge of Filipino history, her life takes an unchartered detour. Dorothy's true calling is connected to the hidden history of the Philippines, but Adrian reveals little to keep her safe from enemies of his blood-eating secret society.Together, they experience a paranormal journey that brings them to the brink of a new enlightenment.Enlightenment, Book One of The Bathala Series explores the forgotten history of the Philippines through first-person perspectives of Filipino characters who live on the opposite sides of the truth.

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