- File Size: 1329 KB
- Print Length: 147 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DS671LE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Guardian Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
*This review first appeared on Books That Hook on June 10, 2015
“The Guardian” is a fast-paced story about a man named John who is saved from death during an automobile accident by a woman who he later finds out is a vampire. He travels from the U.S. to Russia, drawn to her without knowing it. As soon as John meets Gala, they fall in love. He finds out that he is her Guardian and develops abilities. Unfortunately, the ancient vampires kill all Guardians, so John is in danger. Adela, the leader of the coven, is also coming into new powers, and, like John, is a threat to the ancient vampires.
I enjoyed the overall concept of the story other than the insta-love, which later turns into kind of a weird love triangle. It’s very different from most paranormal romance books I have read. Although John and Gala instantly fall in love, it isn’t a happily-ever-after (HEA) story. The romance is left hanging at the end of the book.
This was also an unusual vampires story because there isn’t much discussion of the vampires’ need to feed. In the whole book, the aspect of drinking blood only came up three times that I noticed, and all three times it was just a passing one-sentence or less comment.
I had a hard time becoming emotionally invested in any of the characters. At first, I liked John and sympathized with him. As the story went on, he became uninteresting despite his physical changes. He just seemed too laid back about everything, being pulled around by the plot without argument. Also, he just forgets about the people he left behind in the U.S., which was a big strike against him in my book.
Generally, the story was well-written, but I did see some typos. I think it could have been edited better. Also, I think there could have been more attention given to setting.
I didn’t like the omniscient narration. I would have preferred to only know what the main character in the scene knew. That’s just my preference, and not everyone would be bothered by it. I also didn’t like how some things needed more explanation. What I mean is: the details given weren’t always enough to completely understand how events were able to take place. For example, it appears at the beginning of the book that John is unemployed and poor, because he’s sleeping all day and lives in a crappy apartment. Somehow, though, he manages to have money saved that he can use to on-the-spur-of-the-moment buy a plane ticket to Russia (the same day he decides to leave). How did he afford that? Also, how did he go to Russia without a passport? There is no mention of him already having a passport and he didn’t have time to apply for one. Hmm.
I have mixed feelings about “The Guardian.” On one hand, I liked that it wasn’t the same old HEA story. On the other hand, I didn’t like the characters enough to strongly recommend it to readers. All I can say is you should check it out for yourself. If you are looking for a different kind of vampire romance with some action, “The Guardian” might be right up your alley.
The characters are there, they are good. The story line is good and the world is really interesting. Like really really interesting - I am really loving the world this author has built.
I hardly ever have bad things to say, and really these thoughts are not bad - the book overall is ok - I just didn't love it, I felt like I need more flow and connectivity throughout the story and the characters. I was not immediately sucked in, however I was totally intrigued by John and what was happening to him.
The formatting in my review copy was a little hard to follow, but it wasn't horrible, and this might be different in the printed or amazon editions. My review copy was from the author in exchange for the review.
I think readers who like PRN and Supernaturals will enjoy this world and like the story. I will be checking out Choices for sure to see what happens for these characters!