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Rachel Hawthorne believes in happy endings and adopting older rescue dogs. She also writes as New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath and as J. A. London with her son, Alex. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and is presently spoiling a pooch named Jake.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061709573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061709579
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Hawthorne is the author of many books for teens, including Caribbean Cruising, Island Girls (and Boys), Love on the Lifts, The Boyfriend League, and Snowed In. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the third book in the Dark Guardian Trilogy though I'm hoping Daniel will have his own book ;) This time it is Brittany that's going through her first transformation and because she hasn't found a mate yet she's going through it alone. Something unprecedented and just 'not done.' Brittany won't hear of it though. She's spent her entire life training, practicing and dreaming of being a Dark Guardian. Then something happens that changes Brittany's entire world. The moon rises and she remains human.

This was the best book of the series. I didn't like Brittany in the other books because she was so standoffish. When Lindsay and Conner were talking in the last book about not feeling a 'connection' to Brittany I had an inkling of what was going to happen and figured it out. Seeing the world through Brittany's eyes though made me realize that she herself was aware that she never had that 'bond' with the other Sherpas and always had felt like an outsider. It hurt reading about her first full moon. I can't even imagine growing up believing with everything that you are that you are a wolf and then having all your hopes and dreams dashed because of genetics. I felt for Brittany and howled (both of us with human throats) with her at the injustice. I would have raged, screamed and killed my mother. Brittany... ah I can't tell you what happened, but I can say she is definitely a wolf with killer roundhouses.

The plot was a little deeper than the last two books but the entire trilogy is very very easy to read and digest without thinking too much. Rachel Hawthorne has made werewolves... excuse me shifters believable and accessible. Great YA!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maegan C. Buchanan on September 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was an excellently written series. I read a lot of "teen novels" and there are not many to be desired for. This one has a good story and I HOPE that the author continues the series. They are all obtusely different in their own way and continue the story of each character in each novel. These were so intriguing to my mind, I passed them on to my mother whom enjoyed them as well. Good show!
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I absolutely adore this book series. I've sat down to read them over again many, many times. This is by far my favorite book series, but I was slightly disappointed with Brittany in this installment.

Do not get me wrong, I simply adored the plotline and thought it was a great way to end this plot. However, I did not feel like Rachel Hawthorne stayed true to her characters.
In the first two books, Brittany was a tough tomboy who could care less about the mushy traditions of having a mate for a female's shift. I suppose in the beginning she stayed true to that with her determination to keep her secret, but about halfway through, she seemed less of a tomboy. As the story progressed, she became more and more like the other female chracters, soft and fragile, which disappointed me.
Connor also became an issue for me. It was as if she could not write about amale character who wasnt dark and defensive. He was always violent and possessive (at least that's how he came across with me) but he seemed a little too relaxed for someone who had just been dumped by a girl he'd intended to spend the rest of his life with. It was this and other reasons why I truly did not like Connor or Brittany.

I love the story and the series, but the characters needed some work.
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By MsJLee on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this book Hawthorne introduces the secretive, Connor obsessed Brittany as our heroine. Once again the back cover indulged too much information!!! There is not by any means a sufficient amount of intrigue and mystery within these books that would warrant such candid excerpts from the author. It would be nice to wonder what her secret might be (despite the fact that it's painfully obvious) without just outright telling me before I've made a solid choice to read the book.

Brittany's mother is a shape shifter but she doesn't know her father. To the other shape shifters Brittany has always felt a little off. It doesn't really take a genius to figure this one out but like I said the author tells you up front. So, basically, the only thing left for you to wonder about is whether or not Connor will accept her after he learns she can't transform (hmmm... I wonder).

Oh, and of course, Connor and Brittany must have a face off with the humans who are bound and determined to prove they exist.... again! I'll admit the book isn't very imaginative. It's simply the first two books told in a different way but once again I still enjoyed it... not a lot but, it flowed well and it didn't irritate me to death, LOL.
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Brittany 's the only girl to face her transformation alone in centuries, since she failed to attract her soul mate. In reality, she did choose. He just happens to be taken.

The elders tried to play matchmaker, but that didn't work. She won't submit to transforming with someone she doesn't love.

Stubbornly, she sets off alone preparing for a night of horrible pain...that never quite happens. She doesn't transform.

She doesn't know what to do or who to tell. It rocks her world and will change her future. While she's still reeling from the shock, she's captured by the group wanting to prove to the world that werewolves exist. They also capture Connor - the one she loves.

They can tell by her blood she's human and that Connor isn't. She'll do almost anything to keep Connor alive - but will he hate her for it?

I love this series of paranormal reads. They're romantic with a dash of danger and strong bonds of friendship and family.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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