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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 when she wakes up in a mysterious world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Love is forbidden among the guardians. And when gorgeous David arrives as her training officer, Kara finds herself torn between her feelings for David and her job. As she struggles to understand the responsibilities of her new job, Kara realizes she is different from the other angels and discovers a mysterious inner power. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Kara undertakes a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil and save the mortal world—if she can survive the encounter…

Don't miss this thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure and first of the Soul Guardians series.


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
"One book you won't put down till you finish." --Amazon Reviewer
"This was one of the best series I have read in a long time." --Amazon Reviewer

"This book will have you reading all night! I loved every second that I was reading." --Amazon Reviewer
"This book was seriously AMAZING! Genius. I can't wait to read the sequel!" --Amazon Reviewer

"This was one of the best books I have ever read. I read it in two hours and couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the rest(:!" -Amazon Reviewer

"This is one of the best books I have ever read!!!! This is a must read for all of you!!" --Amazon Reviewer
"The story had I thought the perfect amount of humor, romance, excitement and chills." --Amazon Reviewer

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: 2667 KB
  • Print Length: 290 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: #1,409 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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60 of 66 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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32 of 34 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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117 of 145 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst writing I've seen for a long time. June 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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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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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 Great book!
I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Great book.
Published 17 hours ago by Mary Cechovsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A REALLY GOOD BOOK
This is one of the best books i have read in forever.I couldn't out it down. And thats a good thing because i am a really picky reader. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Matt Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Interesting storyline and plot. Descent character development. I would read more works by this author
Published 1 month ago by Sassy Curls
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
This was a good book. A page turner. This was the first book from this author I have read, and I plan to read the other books she has written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joy M. Cheatham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I loved reading this book. It's full of adventure, mystery, and so much more! If you are thinking of reading this book, I suggest you read this. Don't think just read.
Published 1 month ago by gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This story really grabs you and takes you into your imagination.
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book because for me it had nice flow
I liked this book because for me it had nice flow. It was a bit different than whats out there right now. It was a little funny. I just enjoyed. And will read again.
Published 2 months ago by KitKat
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden love
Kara dies in . . . But wakes up in . . . To a new life.

David is her superior officer that's a bit of a clown. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars marked
ok, SPOILER ALERT. my review is going to have some spoiler, just so you know.

so, we have are main character Kara. it's hard not to like her, she is funny and an artist. Read more
Published 2 months ago by deirdre
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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 full time.

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