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The Sentinel (The Sentinel Series) Paperback – October 15, 2013
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When Eve is rescued from a horrific coach crash by her teachers, she is shocked to discover they possess super strength and speed. But what happens next is even more harrowing.
In the aftermath of the crash she discovers that everyone in her life from neighbours, doctors, dentists, teachers, shop keepers and even her family and friends are actually super strength Guardians sent to protect her. They all have one thing in common, a single minded ferocity that she must be kept alive at all costs.
However, she is surrounded by secrets and lies. Those in the know deny all knowledge of what happened that fateful night. Everyone else carries on as normal, seemingly unaware of the new strange world that she has stumbled against. With the help of Seth, her best friend, Eve discovers the prophecies surrounding her true identity and the super strength she too holds. With her Guardians pledged to protect her, her closest friends ready to die for her, her own hopes and dreams are put on hold whilst she battles to control the amazing powers she has been bestowed with.
But those that seek to destroy her move ever closer. Will the Guardians be enough to protect her when so many are prepared to stop at nothing to see her dead? And will she be strong enough to fulfil her destiny when the time comes?
A fast paced fantasy adventure for young adults. With high speed car chases, airborne fights, amazing stunts and super powered beings, this is a story of loyalty, friendship and love
Praise for The Sentinel
It’s a book you HAVE to read, because it’s incredible. An outstanding book that has left me bereft its finished. I wished I’d savoured it for longer. This book was one of those that once you started it was impossible to come away from. It was fast paced, exciting, full of suspense and action that had me gasping in shock at twists I never imagined could happen. It’s a story of courage and adventure. And no matter how dark it gets, there’s always love and hope. – Victoria Loves Books Blog
It's really hard to find the words to describe how amazing this book is. This is definitely the best debut I've read this year! I just love this book, I want you all to read this book, in fact you all need to read this book! - Love of a Good Book Blog
Holly Martin throws Eve in at the deep end, subjecting her protagonist (and readers) to a torrent of drama right from the off. - Jack Croxall (Author of Tethers and X)
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (October 15, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 318 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492936383
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492936381
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.72 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,928,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You need to grab your seat belt and buckle up because from the first page, the action starts and NEVER LETS UP! You are in a speeding car, so to speak, going from adventure to adventure in an entire new world created by the author, Holly Martin. Ms. Martin's mind must be an amazing place to be--for she created this whole fantasy world rich with layers, action, and intrigue. It's a book that is hard to put down, and you are left wanting more at the end.
What is this fast paced YA story? The Sentinel is the story of Eve, who is involved in a terrifying bus crash in the first page of the book. When Eve is rescued, her world is upended with the revelation that nothing in her life is as it seems. She is, in fact, The Sentinel--the girl who has been created to save the world, and everyone around her--family, friends, teachers--is actually her Guardians who are designed to protect her, including her best friend, Seth.
With this revelation, Eve's entire reality has changed. But there is no time to process it, as her life is threatened by those who want to kill her, those who do not share the beliefs of the Guardians. Now that the secret is out, Eve begins to learn to use her powers and learn her destiny...as well as the price that is to be paid by being The Sentinel...
I absolutely LOVED this book. Ms. Martin did a wonderful job of creating this world, and explaining to the reader the different groups and their powers and beliefs. The action sequences were brilliantly written, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to read them. There are lots of characters in this book, all drawn vividly and uniquely.
And I cannot wait for the second book in the series to be released. Brilliant storytelling, fantastic heroine, and breathless action. Wonderfully done, Ms. Martin.
This is a romance book disguised as an adventure/psi-fi novel . I love romance, I love a little bit of it in every genre. When everyone in this book started hooking up more or less though, it started feeling like a weird sorority drama, and not the suspense filled adventure book it was. I swear the heroine was shooting high school level hormones at everyone around her (which funny enough was more or less the explanation the book gave) For me this took away from the book, it felt like I got tricked into reading a genre I didn't want.
They introduce minor characters, tell us a bunch about them in two pages and then either forgets about them or forgets about them and then kills them off. We didn't meet her doctor and nurses for instance, I could of lived without so much on her teachers. I guess the author was either making her world more complex or setting us up for the sequel, but it was mostly annoying.
I didn't like the heroine as much as other people. She really annoyed me, (although she was more tolerable than a lot of recent YA heroines/heros to be fair). I'm seriously waiting to see whose going to have to needlessly die before she stops acting so reckless. And the way she treated/treats her best friend Seth really bothered me, and it kind of lowered my opinion of her. She actually tried to "force" him to forgive her. She definitely became more egotistical as the book progressed (though it's not all her fault) but as I'm all over egos, arrogance, and that ridiculously popular alpha personality, it's something I can't deal well with anymore, even in a girl, even if she feels guilty about it later. It's also the main thing that might keep me from buying the sequel, as I fear she can only get worse.
Most people seemed to enjoy this book way more than me, and even I with all my dislikes gave it 4 stars. It's definitely worth a read. If you dislike the things I dislike however, I wouldn't buy it unless it's on the cheap side (I got it for free and while I don't regret reading it, I definitely would have if I paid more than 4 dollars on it - my personal ok kindle books limit)
In many ways the story line is fresh and keeps you guessing.
I believe this is Holly Martin's first book of "The Sentinel Series".....
Holly you have me hooked and am waiting to buy your next book in this series. Please keep writing!!!
The story was very well written and had lots of action. The thing is for me is I just cannot get into it. It is written for the YA crowd not that that usually matters to me. Maybe it was simply that I was sick while reading the story and just not in the right frame of mind.
None the less I would recommend it to those that like the genre.
My only criticism is that it seems to need some more editing. I found more than a few spelling and punctuation errors that really distracted me in my reading. But as long as you aren't a grammar hound like me, it's a very enjoyable read!
Top reviews from other countries
Starting with a bang, the opening scenes prove to be the catalyst of change in Eve’s life, as everything she’s ever known is pretty much blown apart. Huge secrets are forced into the open and, together with pieces of her seemingly boring pre-sentinel life, the truth of her existence is revealed. A lot happens in the story, with it’s large cast and an abundance of shocks but I won’t be giving out any spoilers.
Eve sometimes seemed a little childish but she’s 17 and literally carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, so a few tantrums seem more than reasonable. I loved Eve’s gaggle of guardians, both their dedication and the effect her emotions began having on them, as I felt it gave a real depth to their relationships. With the protective guard, spell-bindings powers, a lightening fast pace and a destiny to fulfil, it’s all a little intense so a little romance breaks the tension nicely.
Seth is lovely and I wish there had been much more of him in the book. But with the massive amount of action going on, his absence is understandable and only serves to make the heart grow fonder. Plus, with more books in the series, I’m sure he’ll be given the spotlight at some point.
An utterly thrilling YA fantasy read.
review by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of Bestchicklit.com
Eve is a normal seventeen year old girl on her way back from a school skiing holiday in France. Everything is seemingly average until the coach she is travelling on ends up dangling over the edge of a cliff. Two of her teachers rush to help Eve to safety but Eve is confused: why are they so focused on rescuing Eve and no one else on the bus? Things start to get even stranger as her teachers have the ability to hold the bus and stop it from falling and as Eve soon discovers, so does she.
Very quickly she becomes aware the two teachers are called Guardians and that they are there to protect her at all costs. When she returns home it soon becomes apparent that everyone around her is there to protect her. Even her dog, Quinn. Slowly she unravels the mystery and finds out the reason why she needs to be protected and why people are out to get her.
This book hooked me, from the second I started reading I couldn’t put it down. I even read it whilst I ate my breakfast this morning and I ended up trying to put a spoonful of cereal up my nose. I was dubious about starting this book at first because even though I’ve seemingly fallen massively in love with the fantasy genre, I was worried this book would confuse me and leave me back at square one. I needn’t have worried for this book was so engrossing and wrapped it’s large arms tightly around me. Everything was explained perfectly which meant I was able to follow the story extremely easily and do a lot of gasping and swearing when things started happening!
The plot moved at an alarming pace which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was expecting it to unravel slowly but I loved the adrenalin filled plot that it turned out to be. My heart genuinely started to beat faster in certain parts; I was so immersed.
Without a doubt, this book contains some of the most intriguing and lovable characters I have ever read about. Eve is charming, kind, shockingly mature and beautifully sympathetic. Seth, her best friend is everything you could ever want in a best friend: loyal, kind and protective. The supporting cast of characters are just as fantastic and I found myself warming to Quinn and Eli especially quickly.
I loved Holly’s style of writing. It wasn’t overly laden with superfluous descriptions and scene filling; every sentence was crucial to the narrative and each one flowed seamlessly into the next. My favourite kind of story is one that can give you vivid descriptions of the settings but also keep the story moving. Holly nailed this.
There are going to be another three books in this series and I cannot tell you how desperate I am to read them! The Prophecies will be out in April and I for one cannot wait!
A fast paced, thrilling fantasy about saving the world, love, friendship and everything in between.
So I was in need of an epic fantasy novel and I had hear so much chatter about this book on twitter and Jo (@cometbabe) had been telling me to read this book for a while so I had high hopes for this book. I am VERY glad to say that it did not disappoint. I hope this review can do it justice but I very much doubt that.
This book begins with Eve on the way back from a skiing trip in France and she selflessly and heroically helps to save the whole class from dying. She always thought she was an average girl with a great best friend. She then discovers that most of the people she knows, are not people but guardians, pledged to protect her and keep her alive at all costs.
Eve is selfless and brave. Eve being Eve can’t face the thought of them dying to protect her (tbh nor can I). While her guardians are trying to keep her alive she is fighting to keep them alive. Eve is an easy character to like and associate with.
Eve’s best friend is Seth. Oh how much I love Seth. Holly put me through some trying times in this book. There were times when I couldn’t read for fear of what would happen to Seth or any of the guardians.
Eli is the head of Eve’s personal guard. He is a bad boy with a hidden soft centre. He tirelessly fights with over the fact that her guard is there to protect her no matter what, even is it means risking their own lives. Lucas and Quinn are two of my favourite characters in this book.
It shows such skill as a writer for Holly to be able to switch from the swoonworthy 100 proposals to the epic fantasy of The Sentinel. Holly makes every word count in this book. There isn’t a sentence that is just there for the sake of it. Every character is well described you can imagine their facial expressions, their stance, the exact location they are in without it being overbearing.
I absolutely loved this book and I am dying to read the second book (The Prophecies) so I will be bumping it up my TBR.
First off let me just say this is a book that has very much lived up to the hype and a massive congratulations to Holly Martin on an amazing book. The story is told magnificently and manages to have many fantastical things going on that don't seem out of place thanks to the way in which the author puts them to the reader. The characters all stand out well as having their own individuality which is impressive when you consider what a tight group they are in the book. I think that for any author this would be impressive but to learn it is the first book the author has had published is a massive hope of much to come.
This is a book I heard a lot of hype about and it lived up to the hype. It is a book I really did love and one I will be telling others about as it is one of the stand out ones of the genre for me.
As she learns more about her real origins, the prophecy concerning her future and that of those she cares for as well as about those seeking to assassinate her, this is a real page turner. The characters are robust, believable and they and the scenarios are brought to life by the author’s skilled word craft. I just didn’t want to put it down! There are so many unexpected twists and turns on this roller coaster ride, complete with kidnapping, amazing powers, high speed car and airborne chases all skilfully woven into a well formulated plot that keeps the reader guessing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the second book in this superb series! It is a fascinating story in which friendship, loyalty, love and tantrums(!) play key roles. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fast paced fantasy adventures involving super hero type characters fighting to protect their friends and human life as we know it.