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The Girl

Guardians, Book 1
Series: Guardians, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
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I crave him. I need him. I love him.

And that is the reason, we will all die...

©2012 Yves Lola StVil (P)2014 Yves Lola StVil

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Intrigued

The summary for this book is really poor, it could do with some serious padding out, I brought it on a whim as the narration style took my fancy.

Teenage angst of the immortal kind with angels, demons and mere mortals, has caught my interest and I'm keen to see what's next in the series. I think this is mostly down to the excellent narration.

The characters are good but the main character is a young teenager (who dare I say it, can be a bit whingey) but it shows series promise.

I would imagine Bella Forrest fans would like this series.

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This YA saga, starts off with a group of angels, known as Guardians who descend to earth to battle evil and save the world for another 666 years. The premise is an interesting one and the characters well written. As a reader, I think I am getting a little old and intolerant of teenage angst and drama, which means that parts of the story really irritated me.
On the whole though, the story is gripping and there are a lot of interesting twists. This is definitely a series for teenagers who would be able to identify with the struggles of love and life, and finding your place in the world.

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  • Kevin M. Geisler
  • 19-05-16

Juvenile beyond belief. Run away.

The world is on the edge of destruction, billions of lives balance on the edge of a razor, somebody kisses someone and makes someone else mad. But let's focus on the kiss, because that's what is important under these circumstances. When I find myself wishing that ALL of the main character die, it's time to stop listening and ask for a refund. This is the worst and most inane story I have ever heard. Time to get my money back.

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  • Cleo Glover
  • 24-07-17

What the whattttt

Emerson is so annoying. She has no morals, ethics, or respect in regards to relationships. Marcus is confusing when it comes to his feelings for Emerson and Amina. It seems as if some parts of the story were missing and other areas were all over the place. I could not connect with the main character.

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  • Rachell
  • 03-06-15

Dislike!

Dislike!! This book frustrated me. The main character Emerson is so irritating and there are gaps in the story.

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  • laura
  • 14-12-14

I enjoyed the overall story, but . . . . .

The story was enjoyable in general, but I probably won't be buying the second book. The writing, while not bad, was very juvenile, as were the emotions of the characters. I do understand that they were all juveniles, but it was a bit ridiculous. The story also came to no resolution, and apparently will be continued in the second volume. This is a no-no in my estimation. If authors want to continue a series with additional adventures using the same characters, that is great, but each book should be complete in itself. That does not happen here, so be prepared to buy all three books to actually finish the one.

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  • Ludmila A. Lokteva
  • 15-01-19

Really despeakable main characters

Warning: there might be some spoilers here, even though I tried to avoid the specifics.
You know it is time to stop the book when you feel like you despise the main characters. Alas, I tortured myself till the very end.
I gave this book one star, which for me is very harsh. The writing itself is ok, not at all bad for YA romance book. The story could be compelling, considering the amount of worldbuilding the author tries to do (sure, from my point of view, the author is having trouble reconciling religion with imaginary things but let's move on past that).
The real problem is the love story (or stories, since there are at least several here, all equally bad). There is no chemistry in any of them, there is no "falling in love", there is no real reason for characters loving each other. They just fall madly in love because the author said so (in a space of a sentence or two) and that somehow gives them a free pass to commit atrocities like battery, rape, condemn the whole world to end etc etc. Because, obviously, they can't help it.
As a small example, Emerson has no qualms asking a guy for a date (as a payment! imagine how low it is...) in front of his friends and his girlfriend (almost fiance).
Both Emerson and Marcus (despite him being an angel!) are selfish, self-centered, ignorant, whiny and often rather stupid. There is also no consistency to their moral values (truthfully, when push comes to shove, there is very little of value in their morals...). While she can have an excuse of her age, he should be different. The same goes for most other characters.
Bottom line: unless you can get past incredibly juvenile amoral personality of the characters (especially, protagonists) and the whole world including hell and haven being like one big high school, skip this book. Yes, it is really this bad.

PERFORMANCE:
I want to note that Jennifer O'Donnell performance was great. I wish it was a more deserving book.

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  • April Jackson
  • 08-08-16

good book

love book not the main girl she was annoying. but kept reading for Marcus :)

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  • Stephanie Genisio
  • 07-11-19

Ouch

I only got this book because the ones AFTER it had good reviews. I would have never finished it otherwise. I get it's for teenagers, about teenagers, but why are the Guardians who are angels, just as immature as the fifteen-year-old girl is? They were technically married but they called each other their boyfriend and girlfriend? Because their ages and how long they been around is unclear, he could have been around for 35 years and going after a 15 year old girl... The story isnt bad, but Emma is too inconsistent. Shes a bad xss one minute and a whinny brat the next. Maybe I'm just too old for it, but heres hoping the next ones are better.

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  • Nami
  • 19-09-19

Good concept but...

The execution was just painful. It's like the story was written by a teenager. I couldn't get past the first chapter (which is quite long, mind you). The main character is incredibly whiny and the narrator has such a soft spoken voice that it only adds to the cacophony of an audio book this is. There was potential but there are too many clichés in the plot and contradictions in the character personalities. Events feel forced and exaggerated instead of flowing. Pretty disappointed

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  • Moxie73
  • 17-10-17

Enticing

I am a 23 year old romance reader who likes a little bit of mystery, and a whole lot of love. Now, with that said, I started this book and thought that I would not be able to finish.. as it centers around high school age students and it isn’t as relatable and there for not as exciting... boy was I wrong! This story had me begging for more. I have to get the rest of the series. I have to know what happens. The words drew me in, and the storyline kept me entertained. I’m in love with the characters, and can not wait to know what happens next.

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  • linda
  • 03-07-17

Mesmerising

a young girl finds her courage and fears and anger and love just as she turns 16. A girl raised by a single mother with a horrible debilitating secret that has come to affect her daughter with devastating results. Results that the daughter only now is beginning to learn how deeply the secret has singularly altered every aspect of her life. While an unexpected source further complicates her life said source also begins to help her address the issues, whether she wants to or not. Welcome to Emmie's life. You won't be sorry.