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Survival, a YA paranormal romance (Book 1 of The Guardians of Vesturon Series) [Kindle Edition]

A.M. Hargrove
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“Oh how did I like this book, let me count the ways. Well, first off it had a sci-fi element, which is always a plus in my book. But Rayn and his brothers, *swoon-worthy*. Then of course, Maddie had me in tears with her antics towards the end of the book. I kept dying laughing.”
Terri Thomas, Goodreads

“There are some sad parts where I had to find my Kleenex and wipe my tears and then there were parts that I laughed out loud. I like when an author can make you feel actual emotions.”
Tana Troniak, Goodreads

“Hargrove does an excellent job weaving such a masterful mystery while giving us a little taste of romance with just enough laughs out loud and heart wrenching moments to keep the pages turning.” Lissa Smith, Goodreads

“It’s not every author who can make the reader experience a story with her senses as well as mentally and emotionally, but A. M. Hargrove does! This author deserves a very wide audience.” Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes

“I really enjoyed being swept away by this story and look forward to more of the same in Resurrection. A must read. “
Laura Thomas, Goodreads

Survival (Book 1 of the Guardians of Vesturon), a YA paranormal romance

"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.

Excerpt…

Then, unexpectedly, three brightly glowing melon-sized balls of light came soaring across the dark sky. When they were a few feet away from me, they elongated into long thin slivers. Moments later, the slivers expanded and then took form into three indistinct shapes.

I kept blinking my eyes, not trusting what I was seeing. I was positive I was hallucinating. This must be what happens right before you die.

Then, the indistinct shapes morphed into three men—three very tall, powerfully built men. They were identical in that they were all dressed alike—wearing black hooded cloaks that fell to their ankles. The hoods hid their faces, but I had the strangest feeling they were there to help me.

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This book is suitable for young adults, aged 15 and older. It is recommended that parents inspect and review what their children are reading.

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Resurrection, Book 2 of the Guardians of Vesturon







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About the Author

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial. Boss: Hello A.M.: Boss, is that you? Boss: Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone? A.M.: Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate. Boss: Why ever would I want to do that? A.M.: Because I quit! A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband. A.M.: Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks? Hubs: Sure... Having some car trouble? A.M.: Not at all. I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job. Hubs: WHAT?! A.M.: It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist. So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival, Resurrection and Determinant are her first and second and third full length novels in the series and Beginnings is the prequel novella. (It didn’t happen exactly like that, but you get the idea!)

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  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478270756
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00685NFI0
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By C.S.
Format:Kindle Edition
One question: How did Maddie survived??? This question baffles me. I don't mean to be rude to the character, or insensitive and cold-heart, but it escapes me the logical reason of how she survived.

First of all, I will like to say that this review will be loaded with spoilers and honest, definitely honest, remarks and opinions.

I would like to start saying that this was a ____(I'll let you fill in the blank)______ ride all over again. -fingernails on chalkboard- you get the idea. I cringed at all the spots where I could tell this was possibly a rip-off, but with a set of very different characters.

Basic story line: Clumsy, accident-prone, pretty but thinks no one believes so, girl goes hiking in the mountains. She is attacked by a stranger who randomly decided to capture her and torture her, rescued by someone who irradiates "incandescent beauty" (quoting from the book. reminds you of someone else?), is brought home by this handsome stranger with "dark looks" to be look after by him and his nice, beautiful family. When the family finds out she is human everything goes kaboom! and they say it's impossible for them to be together, but nobody listens (obviously). Stuff happens and next thing you know, they want to get marry but do not want to have sex before they're married (sounds familiar??). Family of the guy is super rich and have these expensive, sporty cars. Everyone loves to run. The clumsy girl is given all the riches anyone would want. Ending: horrible cliffhanger, which translates into: the story cannot stand on itself. It is crippled and needs crutches, direly.

Now, enough ranting about the plot. Let me get into the technical side. This story was messy, especially with all the switches of perspectives.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definite page turner! January 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The first thing I have to say is that I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK!!! I couldn't put it down. Now that I have that somewhat out of my system, it's time to move on.

Maddie has had some serious drama in her life. Just when she thinks that things are finally settling with college and life on her own, tragedy strikes...or is is fate? After a horrific experience, she meets Rayn and her life changes. There is something special about Maddie and the relationship that develops between her and Rayn.

Survival grabbed my attention from the first pages and never lost it! The story being written from several points of view was great for getting inside each of the characters. Although each of the characters was complex, their points of view were written in a way that was descriptive and concise. The plot was never lost in the details, which was very refreshing.

This book had it all, drama, suspense, romance, action, mystery and comedy! Everything was written in a way that kept my emotions on quite the ride.

I can't wait to get my hands on Resurrection!! I need answers to my list of questions, I need to know how things will end up for Maddie, Rayn, and all the others!

As stated before, Ms. Hargrove has definitely gained a fan in me! I sincerely look forward to reading more about The Guardians of Vesturon!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enticing and New January 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First Thoughts:

My review is going to be based off the second edition of this book; the author provided me with a newer edition and therefore my review will reflect the changes made to the beginning of the story itself.

At first glance of the cover you wouldn't know what journeys lie await but from the first chapter the author introduces you with "Real" conflict. The use of flashbacks in the beginning chapters really helped seduce the reader into the story and help them realize the back story of this strong yet a little fragile character. The plot was very well thought out, I felt that this book had a new take on the paranormal, I really liked the fact that it was different; there wasn't the usual mundane conflict, there was new ideas and scenery depicted in this book. The action was evenly distributed; it wasn't fast the entire book but instead gave the reader a sense of time and allowed us to gradually learn more about the characters and the story itself. The writing itself was new, I liked how she took use of the dialogue, I really could tell that she knew her characters. Just by the dialogue alone you could tell who was who; it's so cool to be able to tell the characters apart just by dialogue alone. The characters themselves each had a distinct personality, each one was easily identified and full of life. There wasn't one character I felt lacked something; each of them had their own values and flaws. Something else I found interesting and fun was the style of clothes the character wore, the author did such an amazing job describing new ideas on clothing that certain characters wore. She really had a sense of another world; a new line of items and ideas that had to be created to make the story more real; more plausible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great February 9, 2013
By Nico
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't understand why this book got such great reviews. I didn't like it for the following reasons:
1. The writing is juvenile.
2. There are WAY TOO MANY backflashes that goes on and on without contributing to the story.
3. It is clearly a mixture of Twilight and The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
4. The h is 19 but thinks and acts like a 13 year old.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really Intriguing
This book rating is really a 2.5

I don't even know where to begin with this book. The cover is very appealing though. And I did like the beginning and end of the novel. Read more
Published 24 days ago by B Truly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a love connection
Actually this is 2.5/5 stars.

I had a lot of peeves with this book- switching POV's, flashbacks, pointless backstory, re-telling of the story over and over,instalove-... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kmontemayor
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
What an amazing, incredible, thrilling tale! I loved this story of love and survival so much! I immediately had to anger my husband to get the next book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by flightofdestiny
4.0 out of 5 stars Survival
I don"t usually get into the books with romance. I like the action type books. But this one did not get mushy and had a lot of action. You got caught up in the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars More than exciting!!!
I took a break, picked up this book, now it is early morning. Love the characters and the story line...
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars eh...
Ok so I was enjoying this book until the religion aspect became involved, normally I can deal with it but when one character is pretty much forcing another to believe in god, then... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pamela
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally good read!!!
I'm not really a fan of sci-fi books but this one written by Ms (?) Hargrove is an exception. It captured my imaginatio so well that I had to read the next book of the series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
this book is fabulous very intricate and deep. it was wholesome sweet love, adventure, and it's funny. u will enjoy this book it's very good
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!
I really liked it, I just wish the second one was out. I will be reading it when it is.
Published 5 months ago by Will Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
This was a great read. This book kept you on you toes always wondering what was happening. I would laugh out loud at some (most) of the things the main character did. Read more
Published 6 months ago by stephenie gagne
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More About the Author

A.M. Hargrove resides in the south, dividing her time between the upstate of South Carolina and the mountains of North Carolina. She truly believes that chocolate, coffee and ice cream should be added to the USDA food groups.

Her books include Adult, New Adult and Young Adult Romances, including, The Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and the novella Beginnings); Dark Waltz (A Praestani Novel) Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, Kissing Fire, Tragically Flawed, Exquisite Betrayal and Tragic Desires.

Please find her at http://www.amhargrove.com

A.M. also writes under the name of Emerson St. Clair. Emerson's books include the Dirty Nights novella series.

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