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Guarding Angel (Fallen Redemption) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 16, 2014
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"A fascinating story of a particularly loving guardian angel. Overall, the writing is emotionally grounded, character-focused, and technically superior." -Writer's Digest
"I highly recommend this to fans of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. ... I give Guarding Angel 5 out of 5 stars." -Honest Literary Reviews
"Romance-spiked fantasy that definitely lives up to its gorgeous cover!" -Rachael Slate, author of the Chinese Zodiac romance series
About the Author
Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.
Her short fiction has appeared in AE and Grievous Angel. Her debut novel, Guarding Angel, received an honorable mention in the 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. The sequel, Reaping Angel, is out now.
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The cover design is flawless; I can honestly say that I have never seen anything quite like it in the indie world so far, and I've read a good amount of indie works. If I saw the cover in a physical store, and read only the blurb, I would purchase the book on appearance alone!
But, we can't always judge a book by its cover, can we? Moving into the prose, I can say that Guardian Angel does not disappoint. The work is well-written and - surprise surprise - there are no grammar errors! Many indie authors elect not to use an editor and that's a shame as it really puts down the overall quality of the book. Guarding Angel does not make this mistake, and as an avid reader and indie fan, I'm very happy with this.
In terms of my genre preference, I'm not typically a romance fan, but Guarding Angel is, at its heart, a fantasy novel, touched by elements of romance and a deep-seated look into the nature of religion and the afterlife.
As a child, I sometimes wondered if the lives we possessed were due to our choices when leaving heaven (back when I believed in such things), and Guarding Angel touches on this concept and expands into original territory, where souls choose their own trials and tribulations with the ultimate goal of personal growth. There is a deep amount of world building; indeed, the novel is set across a number of historical periods, fast-forwarded across the ages, not to mention the vastly different worlds of heaven and hell.
At the centre of it all is Enael, a guardian struggling to keep her charges safe, while at the same time battling her demons (both literally and figuratively). It's a tale of success and failure, a struggle about doubting oneself which, I am certain, will resonate with a number of readers, dipping into harsh truths which can be both illuminating and discomforting, depending on how you look at it.
At the end of the day, Guarding Angel is well worth the read. If you enjoy fantasy and a quick tryst into the realms of heaven and hell, then this is the book for you.
A birds eye view of the before life that culminates in an ending that kept me turning the pages until early, very early in the morning. One wonders how true this may all be. In a sense, the bureaucracy of heaven and the politics surrounding it are an interesting twist to the story as well.
There are some turns to the various lives that really surprised me with a thought, “I didn’t see that coming”.
All in all, it was a great read with good character development. I look forward to the next installment of this series and hope it comes out soon.
‘Humans make their incarnation plans before birth and it is the Guardians sacred duty to ensure nothing interferes with following that plan.’ Enael isn’t a confident guardian angel and continuously doubts her ability to guide Daniel on his chosen path. When he fails to resist the temptation that comes in the form of Miriam, Enael seeks advice from her archangel Rehniah to see what she can do to bond with her charge and help him keep to his chosen plan. Rehniah suggests Enael finds a friend and stops shying away from intimacy, so she seeks help from Kaspen, Miriams guardian.
Enael discovers she is confronted with a temptation of her own, Kaspen, but as the pair get closer Kaspen’s ex love Yasva, who is now a demon, becomes jealous and constantly hounds and taunts the pair while also forging a plan to take over control of Earth.
Though it isn’t unusual to read a book about demons trying to take over the earth and angels trying to stop them, I did find this story quite unique. The angels had the ability to choose how they appear, and they are also kind of genderless which was odd. I found the whole thing really refreshing and unexpected.
Initially I found it difficult to visualise many of the characters, their strange names didn’t give clues to the ‘aspect’ they had chosen for themselves so until the author either, referred to one as a he or a she, or specifically described someone, I was left with nothing to work with, a faceless being who was just a name, and I found that a bit frustrating.
Guarding Angel is a well written book, the plot is intricate and well planned but sometimes we were subjected to too many details which slowed the pace and didn’t move the story along fast enough for me. Overall it was a great read and well worth picking up if this is the genre of your choice.
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