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Marked (Soul Guardians Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kim Richardson
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Book Description


Sixteen-year-old Kara Nightingale is unpopular, awkward and positively ordinary—that is until one day she is struck by a bus and dies...Within moments her life changes from ordinary to extraordinary as she wakes up in a mysterious world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons and sworn protectors of mortal souls. But with her new job comes dangers of the supernatural kind and things quickly change from bad to worse. Kara is shunned by the Legion, and for reasons unknown demons seem to be following her. Nevertheless she must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil and save the mortal world—if she can survive the encounter…

From the bestselling author comes this thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure and funny debut novel.

Marked, Book # 1
Elemental, Book # 2
Horizon, Book # 3
Netherworld, Book # 4
Seirs Book, # 5
Mortal Book, # 6
Reapers Book # 7
Seals Book # 8 - Coming soon!

Editorial Reviews


"Loved this book from the beginning to the end, and I can't wait to read the sequel." -- Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Contest

"I found the book to be an enjoyable read, and a unique read." --Review Haven: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

"From the very beginning of this fast paced and imaginative book I was hooked. I couldn't put it down until the very end. I highly recommend this book!"
--Geeky Girl Reviews

About the Author

Kim Richardson is the author of the Soul Guardians series. Born in Northern Quebec, Canada, she later studied in the field of 3D Animation, and became an Animation Supervisor for a VFX company. For many years she worked on big Hollywood films and stayed in the field of animation for 14 years. Since then, she has retired from the VFX world and settled in the country where she writes fulltime.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2730 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Riverbend Press; 2 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 29, 2011
By mting
The first chapter got me hooked. I wanted to know more about Kara. Kim creates a world I would love to be in, a world full of angels. Kara is a rookie who learns the ropes through David, her mentor. David is so much fun to be around; it's hard for Kara not to have these feelings toward him. Their task is to save a person's life, but they find themselves fighting demons instead, and unable to fulfill their assignment successfully. Later, they found out that Kara has been marked from both sides. The twist and turns of the story captivated me that I couldn't put the book down. The ending was unique and different. I was pleasantly surprised. I hope there will be a book two because I enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters. This well-written, entertaining, original story was so much fun to read, I would recommend it to all readers.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Tale March 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Whoever said you get what you pay for--never read this book. It was free. And it was certainly worth the time to read it--which was in one day-- in a couple of sittings. Richardson created a new twist in the afterlife in "Marked Soul Guardians". I wasn't quite sure how I felt about the book in the first few pages. I was leery of *spoiler alert* having such a young protagonist die in the opening pages, but then again, how can you write a book about the afterlife and guardian angels--if your character doesn't move on to the afterlife? Richardson handled it with a light touch, not allowing it to become the focus as the story unfolded. What happens after her untimely death was the focus of the story.

It was a lighthearted story with a little humor worked in, along with an excellent crisis created for Kara Nightingale.

The ending had a sweet and wonderful twist.

This is a really fun read for young adults, and adults too. I have already purchased the next book in the series.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book April 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From the very beginning of this fast paced and imaginative book I was hooked. I couldn't put this one down until the very end. This is one I will be reading again for sure and I will be on the lookout for more books by Kim Richardson. I highly recommend this book .
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106 of 135 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst writing I've seen for a long time. June 26, 2011
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I pride myself on reserving judgment on novels until I've finished them. Leaving books unfinished leaves a bad taste in my mouth until I get around to read them in full, and I don't think it's fair to review a book you haven't completely read, just in case the end compensates for some of the flaws.
But for once in my life, I find myself unable to make myself finish a book. It was that bad. I'm 83% through it and i just can't make myself finish it.

First off, there's no content in this book. It almost completely consists of dialogue, and that's it. We don't need the monotonous commentary, mostly consisting of "Oh my god! Oh my god, I can't believe I'm doing this!" or "Crap! crap! crap!" - usually in capital letters. And I'm not kidding when I say it was pretty much all just dialogue. Come on, Kim Richardson, you're giving us the mere skeleton of a story- where's the flesh and bones? Were you never taught how to write more than a few lines without someone talking?
Speaking of speaking, the dialogue itself is simply terrible. I've honestly never read such melodramatic, poorly-done dialogue. Let me pull out a few gems, pulled exactly from the text and completely unchanged:
"Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my GOD!" (pg 232)
"And I thought monkeys were the ones on crack!" (pg 189)
"Ha! Take that! Stupid Mark! You've been zapped!" (pg 176)
"AHHHHHH!" (multiple occurrences- clearly, writing "he/she/it screamed/shrieked/screeched/howled" was too hard)
"Wow! I'm like a super hero. A super-hero chick!" (pg 81)
"YOU'RE MARKED! Only demon spies are Marked.... Don't try to fool me again, traitor!" (pg 154, apparently when the author realized she could use italics)
These are just a tiny, tiny fraction pulled from a few random pages.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, poor pacing July 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition

Kara dies and goes to heaven to become a guardian angel. She is suppose to be 16 but she feels much younger to me with her incessant questioning. She is an artist but it doesn't seem to affect her world view (as in Maureen Johnson's Girl at Sea and Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series) - so it makes me think this was thrown in in an attempt to make her more interesting. I didn't dislike her, but I couldn't find any reason to like her either. I would have liked her to be more proactive and a little smarter.

David is Kara's trainer in heaven. He is good looking, but doesn't have much of a personality - except for going hot and cold for no apparent reason.

My favorite side characters were the oracles (who know the future, but are forgetful) and the elevator monkeys chimps gorillas primates. All the other angels kind of blend together.


The plot (as in what happens) is pretty interesting. With so many YA angel books out lately, I was expecting a rehash, but I was pleasantly surprised. The end was satisfying, while also leaving the reader wanting to read the next book, though I would have liked to see Kara struggle a little more.

However, the pacing leaves much to be desired. It feels rushed and slow-moving in different parts.


I like the cover. I think it's mysterious, but gives a hint to what the book's about. I received a .pdf copy of this novel and, when transferred to my nook, it made each line a hard return - which was obnoxious. I haven't had this problem with any other .pdf but it could very well be my own fault.

World Building

I can tell the author really enjoyed creating her version of heaven. I was tickled by the idea of heaven as a bureaucracy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This book was very good. What hapens is; there is a girl named Kira who was hit by a bus and gets sent to "horizon" which is a hevan like place she was chosen to be a... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Yvonne Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of 2K14
Oh my God this is the coolest thing that I have ever read it's sapiensful,funny,and has a really great pilot twist!!!!!!!! :)
Published 6 days ago by Raven
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Published 8 days ago by Rube
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read...
Published 13 days ago by Dani Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Okay read. It was free.
Published 13 days ago by Radical Prazer113
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book
Published 16 days ago by carolyn owens
1.0 out of 5 stars I think..not
Kara dies and gets to Heaven where she becomes a guardian angel. She does not know anything about this, the guy charged with taking care of her is very enthusiastic and does not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andreea Pausan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good, different.
Published 1 month ago by Robo1
5.0 out of 5 stars Marked
I absolutely loved it coodos to you kim Richardson. I hope I am lucky enough to finish the series. Great job.
Published 1 month ago by Deanna Eastridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Marked
Enjoyed this book. The story line kept your interest from start to finish. Whether you believe or not in the spirit world or not it makes you think.
Published 1 month ago by les sneller
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Kim Richardson is the author of the best-selling series, Soul Guardians. Born in Quebec, Canada, she later studied in the field of 3D Animation, and became an Animation Supervisor for a VFX company. For many years she worked on Hollywood films and stayed in the field of animation for 14 years. Since then, she has retired from the VFX world and settled in the country where she writes fulltime.

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