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The Guardian’s Series – Blog Tour

This is the first of 2 posts about the Guardian series, by Wendy Owens.

I was delighted to be asked to take part in this blog tour. Sadly to say, I hadn’t heard of these books until I was asked to join, but as soon as I read the first chapter of Book 1: Sacred Bloodlines, I was hooked. I knew that I was going to not only breeze through reading the first book, but the whole series.

In this post I’m going to review Book 1-3.

** I WAS GIVEN THESE BOOKS BY THE PUBLISHER, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Might I just mention, before I go into reviews of each of the books that every book in this series has an AWESOME front cover. I mean, stunning!

Book – Sacred Bloodlines: The Guardians Book 1

sacred bloodlines

Blurb:

Tragedy has defined Gabe’s short existence in this world. An ominous darkness lurked on the edge of his existence until one day in a subway, strange things start happening. A series of events lead Gabe into a new and fascinating life filled with angels and demons, but he isn’t sure if he wants to be a part of it.
Gabe is thrust into the middle of this exciting world that is full of things he has longed for in his life but it comes with a price. This new life also promises constant terrifying dangers that Gabe fears he may not be able to survive.

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Author – Wendy Owens
Star rating – ★★★★
Would I read it again – Yes, definitely
Plot – well explored, well put together, very easy to follow
Characters – exciting, funny, intriguing, great characterization
Movie Potential – ★★★★
Ease of reading – Very easy.

Unputdownable. Funny and enticing. Exciting but not at too fast a pace. A great read for children and adults a like.

This book literally kept me up at night. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want to even if I could. The characters are exciting, different to many I’ve read in this genre, and they suck you into their story by making you care for them. There really isn’t anything I didn’t like about this book. Even the things that niggled or grated on me added something to the reading of the story.
There were one or two niggles, that since I’m editing my own book at the same time popped out. Really minor things like using ‘laid’ when ‘lay’ would have sounded better. For some reason ‘laid’ kind of grated on me a bit in this book. Otherwise, there was only one instance where Uri was ‘Ur,’. Considering the excellence of this book, these things are really, really minor, but as a writer, I would notice them in my own stories, so I notice them in others too.
I quite literally fell in love with the characters in this book. Gabe and Uri are particular favourites of mine. Sophie also grated on me a little; I’m not too overly keen on these perfectly perfect girls, who are giggly and sickly sweet. Maybe it’s just me that say her that way, but it did bug me. The whole way through the book, I was kind of hoping Gabe would end up with someone else, to be honest.
I really, really liked that Gabe and Uri, the two Heroes of the story are completed flawed. Both have seen and been through terrible things but come out the other side. I loved the school and how it took in these troubled kids and gave them a home, a purpose.
I will say what everyone will be thinking when they finish this book – YES, there are similarities to Harry Potter. Only in the way that a young boy, orphaned and feeling lost in the world, ends up at a magical school where he finally finds his home. Otherwise, this story is incredibly unique. I have never seen a book take on this kind of twist before and I sooo look forward to reading much more.

Book – Cursed: The Guardians Book 2

cursed

Blurb:

Some people are born into love, some people are born into war, when Gabe discovered he was a Guardian Angel, his life was suddenly thrust into both. If this hidden war wasn’t enough to deal with, Gabe learns he is fated to be the great protector who will one day deliver the last prophet to either safety or death. All of these revelations didn’t matter for Gabe, he only cared that his new life included Sophie. 
Sophie and Gabe grew closer over the summer. She is now a fixture in his life that keeps him moving forward. Evil doesn’t stop stalking him just because he found happiness. This time darkness finds it’s way into Rampart manor and Gabe will have to decide if he is willing to risk everything to try and stop it.

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Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cursed-The-Guardians-ebook/dp/B007PX46LE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379941010&sr=1-1&keywords=Cursed+%28The+Guardians%29

Author – Wendy Owens
Star rating – ★★★★
Would I read it again – Yes, definitely
Plot – well explored, intriguing
Characters – exciting, funny, relate-able
Movie Potential – ★★★★
Ease of reading – Very easy.

Book 2 was even better than the first book in so many ways that I can’t even count them. And the first book was excellent, so that should give you an idea of how good this one was. This one had me in tears. It completely broke my heart.

Gabe is a little older, a little wiser and a little more in love. Everything seems good for a while, until suddenly everything goes kind of to Hell. One incident after another, turns his world upside down and puts him in the position where he’s left with the most heartbreaking choice: does he stay or does he go? Will he fulfil his destiny, or will he choose not to? Gabe has so much to contend with in this book and it all seems to crash in on him at once, which is the worst part.
The whole storyline with Sophie (I’m not saying more because it will ruin the surprise) was gutting because of what it did to Gabe. (Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with Gabe? 🙂 ) To be honest I never really liked Sophie and this book reaffirmed that for me. Uri and Michael were great in this book, as expected. I have a minor crush on both of them equally. What surprised me was the time gap near the end that totally moved the story along and changed everything. (Again I’m not ruining it with spoilers)
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m not going to say much more. Except that if you haven’t read this book, READ IT! It’s fantastic. The whole series is, so far and I bet it will continue to be. Be prepared to fall in love, laugh out loud, cringe and root on the good guys. Be prepared to get your heart broken! Most of all, be prepared to sit for a whole day and night reading, because once you pick it up, you will not be able to put it down.

Book – The Prophesy: The Guardians Book 3

the prophecy

Blurb:

Five years have passed since Gabe abandoned Rampart, deserting his destiny and closest friends. The struggles Gabe has endured to stay alive have changed him, hardening him into a man unwilling to trust anyone or anything, dealing with difficulties connecting with the outside world.
Gabe has finally found a certain paradise–a peace in solitude–until a familiar stranger shows up on his doorstep, pleading for Gabe’s help. Now he has to decide if he is truly content in his new life, or if he is willing to risk his solitary happiness for a little piece of the world he left behind. Should he choose to accept the most important duty of his life, one failure could mark the beginning of the end for all mankind.

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Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Prophecy-Guardians-ebook/dp/B00AVE60JK/ref=la_B006COBFKC_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379941197&sr=1-4
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Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-prophecy

Author – Wendy Owens
Star rating – ★★★★
Would I read it again – Yes, definitely
Plot – well explored, intriguing
Characters – exciting, wavers a little
Movie Potential – ★★★★
Ease of reading – Very easy.

Okay, so first off, I have to say that the moment Gabe met Rachel, I knew exactly what was going to happen. It was obvious to everyone but them. Secondly, I was originally going to rate this as a 4 star and not a 5, when I was about halfway through the book. This was for the personality switch in Gabe at the beginning. However, the second half just totally overshadowed the faults of the first half and bumped it right back up to a 5.
I feel like either the author is trying to show that Gabe has lost his way, in the first half, or she lost her way in writing him. It’s a little confused. One minute he’s happy and bright and the next he’s a moody twat who can’t admit the truth. He’s so different to the first two books, which makes sense after everything that’s happened to him. I understand that he’d jaded and bitter and selfish now, because he’s been on his own for so long. It’s just a shame that we lost that bright, amazing Gabe we had before. He’s not the happy, hopeful hero he used to be and his likeability took a serious dip for me in the first half. The second half was so much better.
Unsurprisingly, I still love Uri. He’s the little flash of fun that’s needed. He hasn’t changed a bit. I also really like Rachel; she’s real in a way that Sophie never was. Unfortunately, Sophie is back in this book, just when I was hoping we’d get rid of her. (Colour me disappointed)
I really hope that the whole cowardly/self-pity attitude and image of himself that Gabe has will disappear. He’s survived 5 years on his own, in a world where he was being hunted by Baal. He’s slipped in and out of the Underworld and he’s still alive. He’s neither a coward of useless and it’s time Michael and Gabe realise that. It seems that Uri is the only one who has always strongly believed in Gabe’s abilities and I’m looking forward to Gabe showing them off in some spectacular fashion.
I get why Gabe is the way he is in this book but it does make it difficult to read when it’s so constant. I devoured book 2 in one sitting. I literally sat myself down with it and didn’t stop until it was finished, it was so good. This one, I feel like I need a break every now and then from Gab’e spiralling personality changes, it makes me a little dizzy. Thankfully by the second half of the book it got easier because Rachel was there to put him in his place.
I’m so glad that Gabe made up his mind and admitted that he made a mistake when he left Rampart. It was his destiny for things to happen as they did; for Sophie to change, for him to feel unwanted and betrayed by her and Uri, to run off and end up in his little cave. It was all meant to be, to bring him to Rachel and back to his Guardian destiny of being the Protector. But he had to see that for himself and I’m so glad he has. I think, without Rachel, he would have always been alone and dead inside. Now he’s free to live and try to change his destiny.
So far, this series has been a total teen/YA series with nothing to take it beyond into adult. So Chapters 21 and 22 really surprised me. I think without the detailed descriptions there, it could still have been a safe teen/YA from anyone ten and up. With these chapters though, I’d say it’s a 15 and up. But that doesn’t stop it from being a fantastic book.

Wendy Owens

wendy owens

Author Bio:

Wendy Owens was raised in the small college town of Oxford, Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went on to a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork, she gave her first love, writing, a try.

Since 2011, she has published a young adult paranormal series, The Guardians, which will contain five books total, as well as a novella.

Wendy now happily spends her days writing—her loving dachshund, Piper, curled up at her feet. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with her tech geek husband and their three amazing kids, exploring the city she loves to call home: Cincinnati, OH.

Author Links:

Website: http://wendy-owens.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WendyLOwens

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-L-Owens/191731754221996?fref=ts
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5038955.Wendy_Owens

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