Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A Review for Descended (Fallen Guardian Saga #1) by Debra Ann Miller

Posted by Melanie
Release Date: October 13th, 2012
Finished Date: September 15th, 2013
Publishers: Self Published 
Genre: YA Paranormal 
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle
Pages: 294
Destiny has two ways of crushing us…by refusing our wishes…and fulfilling them.

Vie had no idea when she descended into the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming that she’d find herself mesmerized by the mysterious and alluring eyes of one Carter Stone. And Carter believed he knew everyone that lived in his rural town until the day he locked eyes with Vivian Thorne. He couldn’t help but wonder what was different about this girl he had known all of his life.

He was right, Vie was the beautiful young Guardian that had been sent to their world looking for Carter and she did so merged in the vessel of the Thorne girl. Their meeting sparks a passionate romance between the two and soon after they embark on their journey to uncover the secrets of a past that they begin to realize they both shared. Their forbidden connection unleashes a war with disapproving parties and the lovers find themselves on a mission to uncover the truth of their not wholly human existence and their unbreakable bond.

Darkness falls as Lucian returns to settle a score with them and their lives take a thrilling and terrifying turn. The only way for Carter to stop Lucian and save the one he holds most dear is to unlock the secrets of his past and unleash the powers within him. What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane? Gotta be fate!

Deeply passionate and extraordinarily suspenseful, Descended captures the struggles between doing what is expected of you and unleashing your destiny, between fulfilling prophecies and desires, between loyalty and love.

The Review: 3.5 Flowers! 

Descended was a good start to the Fallen Guardian series. The synopsis is very accurate in its description as we join Violet & Carter on their journey of discovery, discovery of love, of life and of potential, two souls made for each other and needing each other to realise their own destiny. The book was filled with likable characters, especially Vie & Carter, they were made for each other and that was put across quite well. I can’t say that I connected to them emotionally but I did enjoy reading about them and I could appreciate their qualities & what they brought to the book. I also liked Gabriel’s character; he had a best friend role and shared a secret that might have been nice to delve into.

The storyline was good, to be honest it took me a good while -25% of the book- to get into it, I felt the beginning could have been thinned out a bit or maybe just given flash backs throughout the book of what happened because by the time our two main characters had met, I had nearly lost interest in the book and was having to push myself to read it; Saying that, once they met and had their connection, I did enjoy it a whole lot more. I liked the idea surrounding the plot, how Vie came to be in her new body, her mission, it’s not new, it’s been done before but I liked it none the less. I was slightly confused as to their roles, were they guardian angels with wings etc. or were they simply guardians with angel like powers? The Guardians also seemed to have free will and freely felt emotions like love & envy and were also capable of lying & keeping secrets…. So again, are they angels? I always love anything to do with soul mates and I liked the way it was handled in the story, there is a sort of innocence to our main couple, they are very clean cut & perfect and their relationship was super sweet making it easy to see how they connect so well. I also liked the way a couple of belief systems came together because for all we have different beliefs, their message was the same and I always like when American Indian spirituality is brought into a story & I hope the reservation will feature again in the sequel. I liked the main threat to the couple, who doesn’t like a good versus evil scenario? Especially involving heaven & hell and I loved what the main couple were meant to become and am curious to see what will happen next for them. Why is everyone so interested in them? We get a little knowledge but I don’t feel we know the whole scenario yet. So, after a shaky start, this turned out to be an enjoyable read and as I said, I’m curious to see what will happen now for them & there are still answers to be found so I would read the sequel for sure. 

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