Dates April 15th Through May 4th
I was given copies of books 1-3 in exchange for my honest review. There is a release announcement for book 4, but I have yet to read it, so will not be reviewing it today.
Since there's a lot to get through, I'll keep my reviews brief and skip my usual ranking system. Suffice it to say, I greatly enjoyed this series and just bought myself a copy of The Lost Years.
Book 1 ￼
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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I knew within the first paragraph of this book I was going to enjoy it. Wendy Owens wastes no time getting the action going and she kept me turning pages throughout the whole book.
The really great thing was that in all the action she still managed to develop the characters. Each character had a distinct personality and purpose. As the reader, I was able to form a relationship with the characters and come to view them through the eyes of the main character. This is a rather impressive accomplishment seeing that the story is written in third person omniscient. The style gets a lot of flack for being impersonal, but I think this is a stunning example of the merits of the style when done right.
As the book came to a close, I was extra happy that I already had the squeals sitting on my Kindle. I immediately dove into number two and am eager to see where the story goes from here.
Gabe thought finding out that he was a Guardian Angel was difficult. Then he found out he is destined to be the great protector who will one day deliver the last prophet to either safety or death. If all of that is not enough Gabe must always be on guard since he is being hunted by the most powerful demon in the earthly realm, Baal.
Gabe deals with these struggles because his new life includes Sophie. They grew closer over the summer and now every day seems unimaginable without her in it. Evil doesn't stop though just because Gabe has found happiness. Only this time the evil finds it's way to Rampart manor and Gabe will risk everything to try and stop it.
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I'm impressed by the way this series takes off and keeps going. Cursed is a bit more somber than the first book, which says something since the first book it quite full of challenges for the MC. The ending sort of took me for a loop. I'm going to spoil a little here and say the last chapter takes place five years later and the series continues from there.
Wendy Owens did an excellent job keeping up character development. She didn't shy away from letting ugly things happen to her characters, which is the marking a great story. I really did enjoy this book, and dove right into number three.
Gabe has been on the run for five long years, since the night he left Rampart. During those five years he has gone through experiences that have molded him into a hardened man. After the world repeatedly disappointed him, Gabe manages to find peace in solitary confinement. Not only is he safe from Bale's minions, but he finds peace in his solitude.
He thought he had finally found what he so greatly lusted after, a quiet life, all by himself. Until a familiar stranger showed up on his doorstep, pleading for help. Even though Gabe thought he had escaped The Prophecy, things are not always as they seem.
Now Gabe has another chance at love. Choosing to follow his heart could prove to be not only the most difficult decision of his life - but perhaps the most dangerous, too. Just when Gabe thinks he might have it all figured out, he is given the most important duty in his life. If he succeeds it would mean a comfort he has never known and a joy he thought didn’t exist. If he fails it could mark the beginning of the end for all mankind.
Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17200878-the-prophecy
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This is a series where you pick it up and don't want to put it down. I was a bit surprised by how adult this book was in comparison to the first two though. To be fair, it does take place five years after the other when the MC is now an adult, so there you go.
I was trying to see what genre this book is considered, but apparently major sellers keep that information top secret. As far as I would think, the first were YA Paranormal Romance, this however,is definitively not YA. Let's just put it this way, there's a sex scene in it.
That all aside, it's still an amazing addition to the series and now I'm aching for the next book. Wendy Owens does a great job setting up characters and suspense, though if Gabe (the MC) throws one more tantrum aimed at his friends, I'm liable to reach through the text and smack him. Not to say he doesn't go through a lot, that's what makes the book good right? Just that he has a tendency to bite the hand that feeds. Also, I'm defensive of the characters he keeps blowing up at because they're really just that awesome. I'd mark this series as a definite read for fantasy and paranormal fans out there.
Book 4 The Lost Years: To be released April 9th (estimated)
Gabe's world was forever altered by the people he came to know and love at Rampart Manor. Although, it wasn't only his life that was changed when he made the choice to leave them all behind.
During his five year absence, they each had a battle with personal demons. Dina is faced with a moral dilemma, the path of good leading to certain heartbreak, or evil, and a possibility of happiness.
Uri meets a mysterious woman who seems to have a lot of the answers that he has been searching for, and she certainly has a place in his heart, if he can only hold onto her.
Sophie is faced with choices she never knew would be so difficult. The question now is: will the personal demons of the remaining Guardians of Rampart be too much for them to overcome?
About the author:
Wendy Owens is a 34 year old author, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. For several years she created and sold her own artwork. In 2011 she gave her true love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time, as though it had been fighting to get out. That moment was when she knew she had found her calling. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, will be concluded with the fifth and final book in 2013.
When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups, lovingly nicknamed stinks and chubbs. She also loves to cook and is a film fanatic.
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2 sets of Books 1-3
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