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Wilder: The Guardian Series by [G.K. DeRosa]

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"5....10....20 - There are not enough stars for me to put on this little gem!!! ...This literally has me addicted on the first page. This was one of those books that you want to read slowly because you do not want it to end, but end up reading it in one sitting because you cannot put it down. The author definitely puts it all in there - action, suspense, love, and amazing characters. The second I finished this I was stalking trying to find out when the second book will be released." - The Next Great Read Book Review
An action-packed adventure of self-discovery.
Wilder (The Guardian Series, #1) by G.K. DeRosa 

About the Story:
Celeste Wilder has her life planned out; graduate and go to NYU. That is until shocking secrets are revealed upon the arrival of the Constantin brothers. As her eerily real dreams and eighteenth birthday loom, Celeste will discover that her destiny is already planned, and that an entire paranoromal world has existed right under her nose.

To do what you feel is right, or to do what has been done before?

The Story:
The main character is seventeen when we meet her, and at the cusp of graduation. Yet as her birthday draws near Celeste begins to have dreams of her deceased father. Not only that, the new arrivals in town are watching her far too closely for comfort - especially as they're rather good-looking. Finally we understand that, no matter her plans for college, Celeste has been destined for a higher purpose since birth. Of course, nothing is that simple and the dangerous attention of a powerful vampire threatens to unravel all, and harm those she holds dear. 

The Characters:
The main protagonist, Celeste, was very sweet. With her strong sense of morality, humor, and kindness, she is a good role-model for the younger reader. Simultaneously, I found her to be quite intelligent, yet also was dubious of her reasoning when she didn't make obvious connections, and ask more questions. Her life was spiraling out of control, after all. She did develop well over the story, finding more inner strength, decisiveness, and curiosity.

I loved the interaction between the two Constatin brothers. Nico was an easy character to love. The character's background story was well-developed, though their reactions during the story were that of young men and not one-hundred year old vampires. We see Roman slowly softening, and Nico a solid and entertaining presence to his friends. This story is perfect for fans of the instalove romance and love triangle.

The World:
Set in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Ultimately, the setting was clear with only a few minor disparities in the work; such as the drinking age in town. The secret, paranormal world was my favorite part of this novel due to the detail and history. We meet wizards, vampires, a fairy, and more. I enjoyed the depth of family history we receive about the Wilders.

Readability:
DeRosa's writing style is easy to read and flows well. It is the strength of this young adult story. The language used in this novel is simple and is suitable for 13+. We are given a lot of information via dialogue in the first third of the book, and at times there was a slightly contrived feel to the delivery. However, as the story progresses we are swept into Celeste's story, and the strife she is cast into. The ending is wrapped up satisfactorily while also paving the way for a sequel.

Final Verdict:
A unique twist to the usual paranormal tale which still manages to retain the best elements of the genre. 

Favourite Quote:
"That's not what my brother asked. Now answer us: what are you doing here in Oak Bluffs?" - YA Book Central, Staff Reviewer

From the Author

A violent clap of thunder burst through the night sky, and Celeste shot up in her bed and screamed. The shrill cry echoed through the quiet house. Her heart raced as she looked out the bay window as a brilliant flash of lightning lit up the black sky. Movement at the foot of her bed turned her attention away from the window, and she froze, panicked. She heard a muffled whimper and a sniffling cold nose tickle her feet. She giggled. Relieved, she scooped up her new puppy and held him close to her thundering chest. Slowly, her breathing returned to a more normal rate. 
Suddenly, Celeste's bedroom door swung open and her mother raced in, her long brunette curls a tangled mess.
"Celeste, sweetie, are you all right? I heard you scream and came as fast as I could." Her warm caramel colored eyes were fraught with concern for her young daughter.   
Celeste nodded silently, not taking her eyes off the storm that surged outside of her window. And that's when the deafening sound of an approaching police siren pierced the rainy night. 
There was a loud banging at the door and Celeste's eyes shot to her mother's nervous ones. "Stay here," she told her and sped down the stairs, grabbing her pink fleece bathrobe on the way down.  
Celeste slipped out of bed and cradling her puppy tiptoed to the top of the staircase. 
"Are you Olivia Wilder?" asked the police officer, his face grim and his tone professional.
"Yes I am," she answered, a slight tremble in her voice.
"I'm sorry to disturb you at this time of night Ma'am, but I'm afraid there's been an accident. It's your husband..."
Chapter 1 
Celeste sighed. "Why aren't boys in real life like the ones in the movies, Rocky?" she asked her sleepy German Shepherd. In response, the dog cocked his head quizzically to the side before flopping down and letting out a prolonged sigh. All Celeste Wilder wanted was to find a guy who would sweep her off her feet like she had so often seen in the movies. Surely that would fill the empty void inside of her. She had just finished watching one of her all-time favorite movies, Titanic, for probably the millionth time and it left her completely wrapped up in the fantasy world of endless love, romance, and adventure - until, that is, she was snapped harshly back to reality by a squeal from her cell phone. Picking it up, she saw a text message from her best friend Brian.
On my way.
She glanced at her watch. She had completely forgotten that they had agreed to go to the library to study for their American history final. She grabbed her books that had been hastily strewn across the floor and quickly stuffed them into her backpack.
As she headed down the hallway, Celeste paused outside the closed door of her mom's room, carefully turning the handle to peek inside. Her mom was still sleeping, her short brown hair swept across her face - no doubt recovering from another overnight shift. Celeste's mom, Olivia, was the head nurse at Oak Bluffs Hospital and often worked shifts that ran late into the night. She was extremely dedicated to her job, which meant lots of lonely evenings for Celeste. 
Beep, beep!
Celeste ran back to her room and peered out the window at the black, sporty Mustang sitting in the driveway. "Ugh. Back to reality, Rocky." Pulling her curly, golden-blonde hair into a hasty ponytail, she grabbed her bag and headed outside to meet Brian. 
It was a beautiful late spring day, one she would have preferred not to have to waste cooped up inside a library. As she trudged out to the car, she consoled herself with the thought that at least with Brian there, it would be somewhat bearable. 
 Brian hopped out of his Mustang with a beaming smile, his sandy brown hair ruffled by the wind. Brian Kennedy embodied the typical boy next-door good looks. Proudly sporting his letterman jacket with the St. Alice Crusaders' emblem in royal blue and gold, he looked like he could have just stepped out of a J. Crew magazine.

"Ready for a mind-numbing day of studying American history, Cel?" he asked with a smirk as she reached for the door handle. 
Celeste grunted in reply and threw her backpack into the backseat. 
  
The Oak Bluffs Library was built at the turn of the century, and stood as a historic landmark building. They walked through the atrium and Celeste couldn't help but stare at the imposing columns and vaulted ceilings lined in mahogany. As beautiful as it was, to Celeste it had always seemed a bit creepy. The never-ending rows of massive book shelves and dark recesses seemed like the perfect setting for a horror movie. 
She and Brian found a quiet corner and settled in. "So what do you think living in New York City will be like, Cel?" Brian whispered. 
Celeste grinned. "I have no idea, but I know it'll be amazing! I got my NYU welcome package in the mail last week, and everything seems so unreal. I can't believe my dream of moving to New York City is actually happening. I got into the dorms on campus, and I'm going to be in a double with a random roommate. I'm kind of freaking out about that part though. What if she's weird or doesn't like me?"
Brian chuckled. "Calm down, I'm sure she'll be totally cool and everything will be great. I mean, she won't be as cool as me, but then again not many people are." 
Celeste giggled, but then her expression grew serious. "I really don't know what I'm going to do without you, Brian. I've had you right next door for fifteen years. You've been there for me through it all. How am I going to get through college without you?" 
"Don't worry. You won't be that far away. I'll come visit on weekends. It's not like there's going to be much going on here in Oak Bluffs once you leave. I'm sure I'll be bored out of my mind." 
Celeste threw him a grateful look. 
"I think the more important question is, what am I going to do without you, Cel? School has never been my thing. Whose homework am I going to copy when I'm at community college?" he asked as he flipped through his notebook filled with illegible scribbles. 
"Maybe it's about time you start doing your own homework, Brian. You need to figure out what you want to do with your life."
Brian grunted. "You're starting to sound like my dad."
Her eyes dropped to the book in his hands and she made a face.
"Well, I guess we'd better actually start studying, because if we don't pass Mr. Wilson's final, neither of us is going anywhere." 

Product details

  • File Size : 4117 KB
  • Publication Date : June 12, 2015
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : GK DeRosa LLC (June 12, 2015)
  • Print Length : 310 pages
  • ASIN : B00ZLAJRQW
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0692443401
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 121 ratings