Wednesday, September 25, 2013

- REVIEW - 5 Days of The Guardians Series by Wendy Owens - Day 1 - Book 1

Sacred Bloodlines (The Guardians Book 1)

by Wendy Owens



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

Gabe has been tossed from foster home to foster home. He has had problems with hallucinations that were pretty real to him. He learned quickly to not talk about what he saw.

Chaos follows Gabe everywhere. Or at least he sees Chaos first but soon after a tragedy follows. That's enough proof for him to know he's not hallucinating but try and explain that to anyone and therapy ensues.
He has learned to not tell anyone at all, it just works out better.
It happens again but after the accident that follows a guy around his age, Uri, with the same eerily blue eyes approaches him.
He tells him that he's like him but doesn't say exactly what that means.
He goes with Uri and they meet Sophie to head to the manor by car. They are going to take Gabe to meet Michael, he is apparently the leader or mentor or whatever.
They get attacked by creatures from nightmares that Gabe has never seen before on their way to the manor. He always gets that feeling of dread what he later learns are auguries.
Sophie gets hurt and Gabe holds her in the back seat hoping she is okay, then he sees light and blacks out!
Gabe wakes up on a bed instead of in the car.
He's wearing a night shirt and is a bit freaked. Turns out he was being watched and he's super embarrassed. His audience was Sophie and she thanks him for healing her but he has no clue what she's talking about.
Uri confirms Sophie's story and they explain he has abilities he isn't aware of. Gabe goes to Rampart Manor and a whole new world unfolds as he learns new dangers await him.
But there's so much new and good. He starts to feel like he has a place in the world but how long can it last? He finds more than his destiny in his new home, he finds a place he belongs.
He finds friendship and possibly love.
A mentor who is very fatherly tops off his mounting blessings but when he finds out the full extent of his destiny he struggles on his decision but not for long, foster home and no Sophie. Or a bittersweet destiny and possible love like he's never known. Choices, choices....

I really enjoyed the descriptive chops of Wendy Owens, you gotta love a book that pulls you from where you are and transports you to it's own setting.
I like the characters and the progression of the story too everything came together nicely. Also the storyline and plot while touched on before they were very well explained and different from other Guardian or Angel series. The battle between heaven and hell as told by Sophie was one of my absolute favorite parts. I think most of this book takes place at Rampart but You never feel like it's not enough scenery change because it's all new to Gabe. His introduction to magic and the new life takes us all on his journey.



I didn't shed tears with this book like I tend to do but we have only just begun the series there's still time!

I am fully excited to move onto book two and so glad I am privileged to have them all in my possession thanks to Wendy Owens and Tess Watson.

Summary Thoughts:

You won't be disappointed with this book that's for sure. I love YA and I love paranormal and this book is a perfect balance of these genres. I am so used to the sexual innuendo that usually creeps into the books I read but this one refreshingly doesn't have that. There are intimate moments but they are sweet and not dirty and I like that. I like my YA pretty clean and my NA steamy that way you read what you are in the mood for. I really don't like the surprise when YA turns NA without warning LOL! Anyways I really enjoyed this book and most of you will probably read it rather quickly, I wish I would have had the time to read it without stopping, but you can't always get what you want. Can you?



Cover Thoughts:
I really like the cover design and I loved reading how Gabe was captured in the finished product. It's always good to have a face to the main character, your imagination soars that much higher! Oh yes and don't forget he eyes...


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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