Book Review, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Series, YA Fiction

Enlightened by Billie Kowalewski


When Veronica lost the love of her life in a horrible accident she was sure he was gone forever, and she would never love again. Then, five years later she meets her own tragic demise leading her back to the man she loves, but, with an unexpected twist…

Imagine waking up to discover that the life you thought was real never was. That your real life is actually lived somewhere else, and the love you thought was lost will go on forever.


Ms. Kowalewski’s plot is original and starts out with a solid storyline with the idea of our souls going to another place called Artopia to continue to learn about life on earth by traveling back in various times. However, it gets stuck when the characters realize their feelings for each other and then suddenly drops off into a cliffhanger at the end.

No one can expect to get every lesson right on the first try. Getting things wrong is how we learn to eventually get them right. Life is about discovering what makes each one of us special. It’s about what defines us. It tests us, helping us to learn who we really are, and how we truly want to be.

Kowalewski cleverly formulates many life lessons into classes taken by the residents of Artopia. Classes such as Jumping to Conclusions, It Takes Two, and Going to Extremes. A truly interesting twist on life learning.

Harmony and Kaleb are well-developed and have intense feelings for each other that seem to overwhelm the other developing supporting characters. I would have liked to learn more about Harmony’s motorcycle-riding spirit guide, Luke.

If you like paranormal and romantic plots give this novel a try.

Thank you to Ms. Kowalewski and Voracious Readers Only for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectations of a positive review given.



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Billie KowalewskiStarting at a very young age, Billie has always been a storyteller. In grade school, she often drove her classmate’s nuts with wild tales she told about her home life during school. She spent her childhood and well into her adult years playing in her imagination as well as dreaming up many stories and characters. At times she felt that her imagination was wildly out of control and was unsure of what to do with it. She toyed with the idea of writing one of her stories down, but without the formal education that most authors have, she lacked the confidence she needed for a long time and was unsure of where to begin.

She often combed bookstore and library shelves for stories similar to what she had been imagining–especially one story in particular–and often came away disappointed. Although she loves many authors work none of them ever came close to what she was longing for. She slowly came to realize that in order for her to ever be able to read it, she’s gonna have to create it herself.

It was in April of 2010 that she finally decided to give it a try. She had no idea, what that journey would entail or how long it would take, but she never gave up and never stopped. Finally, she found the best outlet for her crazy imagination, she was in love, and has never looked back. After four drafts and six crazy years, she finally finished her first novel, Enlightened. She is excitedly looking forward to creating even more stories in the future.

Billie presently lives in Connecticut with her own soul mate, and her wonderful daughter and son. She drives a school bus for the town of East Haddam and she couldn’t be happier.

Ms. Kowalewski can be reached at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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