The Guardians by T.M. Franklin | Book Review

The Guardians by T.M. Franklin | Book Review

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Guardians by T.M. Franklin | Book ReviewThe Guardians by T.M Franklin
Series: More Trilogy #1
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House on November 7th, 2013
Pages: 255
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

Ava’s life is . . . complicated.

After all, it’s not every day a girl learns she’s not entirely human, or unlocks hidden powers strong enough to make even the First Race sit up and take notice. After surviving an attempted kidnapping and standing up to the Race’s Ruling Council, Ava Michaels returns to college and what she hopes is a normal life. But Ava quickly realizes that for her, normal may not even exist anymore.

In fact, the Council wants her under their control, and they’re not the only ones. The mysterious Rogues have a plan of their own, and it turns out Ava’s a big part of it, whether she wants to be or not.

On top of that, her new relationship is tested in ways she never expected. Her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, has disappeared—accused of betraying the Race—and Ava herself stands implicated in a crime she didn’t commit.

Clearing their names will mean uncovering a web of deceit and intrigue with Ava woven right in the center. To unravel the strands, she joins forces with some unlikely allies; a Protector who once haunted her nightmares, a young girl with secrets as unexpected as Ava’s, and a group of rebel Guardians who have their own fight against the Council.

Together they stand in a battle to find the truth, bring Caleb home, and secure Ava’s freedom—not to mention save her life.

What-I-ThoughtI really enjoyed reading More, the first book in this series! I only just reread what I had written about the first book in my review and my last sentence was, and I quote: “More goes out with a bang. Or rather ‘Ava’ goes out with a bang! Nothing better than a heroine that knows how to kick some ass!”

Because of the way the first book ended I was really excited to read The Guardians. Immediately after finishing More I requested The Guardians on NetGalley after contacting the author about the Blog Tour that they were still looking bloggers for. I got approved, for the book as well as the Tour. I could barely control my excitement and wanted to start reading immediately. But then I decided to wait. The Blog Tour wasn’t happening until November and I wanted to post my review not too long before the Blog Tour made an appearance on my blog. I’ll admit that it took some self-control, but here we finally are!

I finished this book yesterday. I started reading yesterday and finished it a few hours later. Sequels kinda give me the creeps, because they either rock or they disappoint. A well deserved round of applause for T.M. Franklin, because I think that I liked the Guardians even better than its predecessor!

I may or may not have mentioned that the first book held a good amount of  character development. The second book holds the same well-developed characters, but that’s not where it stops. Ava is still the same strong minded girl, and through the course of this story she learns a lot about herself. About her newfound abilities but also about her heritage.

The character development isn’t limited to her though! Remember Tiernan from the first book? Yeah… I wasn’t a very big fan of that guy. His role in the Guardians has changed considerably though. His role in the story is bigger and because of that you get to know him better. Turns out there’s a pretty great guy underneath that gruff and scary exterior. You get to know a bit about his past, which made me understand and like him that much better. He’s sharp and witty. and there was lots of quick and fun banter going on between Ava and Tiernan (New secret crush alert!).

The plot was better in the sequel and there’s some twists and turns you don’t see coming until they slap you straight in the face. And I’m talking about bitch-slap in the face.

The romance between Ava and Caleb was put on hold a bit. Mainly because Caleb needed saving. There was few time for romance, the bits we do get to see of their relationship are steamy!

This sequel is fast paced and action-packed, with plot twists that’ll have you scraping your jaw of the floor! A great read, that I finished way too soon (seriously, I desperately need that third book!). The only thing I hope to see different in the next instalment is more of a bond and development in Ava and Caleb’s relationship!

Those 4 stars I gave The Guardians are well deserved and I hope the get my hands on that third book sooner rather than later!!

 

More by T.M. Franklin | Book Review

More by T.M. Franklin | Book Review

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

More by T.M. Franklin | Book ReviewMore by T.M Franklin
Series: More Trilogy #1
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House on October 4th 2012
Pages: 253
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.

Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.

She's a little bit more.

What-I-Thought

I’m pretty sure it was the eyes on the cover of this book that made me want to read this book. That, and the synopsis that was just too good to pass on.

The book started off a little slow, and to be honest, my first impression was that it didn’t really stand out from other Paranormal YA. But the originality lies in the Paranormal aspect of this book.

The slow start does give you the advantage that you get the chance to get to know the main characters better. With main characters I mainly mean Ava, an average student, juggling a job, college life, her friends, and her homework. She appears to be like any other girl, but then you get to know that she has these reoccurring nightmares about a strange guy that would scare the living daylight out of anyone.  She keeps telling herself that a nightmare is just that, a nightmare, but when she gets attacked one night by the very same man of her dreams she begin to suspect something else is going on.

Of course, we already (kind of) knew that, because this book supports a third person point of view. Cue Caleb. Who we already know is not really human. He’s cute, though clearly hiding something. And that’s about when shit hits the fan (pardon my language). The Paranormal aspect kicked in full force and I fell in love with this book. Throughout the book you keep asking yourself who Caleb is, what he is. When you do find out, you find out what sets the story apart from other YA reads.

Really what’s not to like? When Ava found out what Caleb was, or rather what she is as well, that’s when I truly decided that I loved her as a main character. She didn’t immediately believe it (was rather bend on not believing it). She’s not a pushover and stands for what she believes in. The love story developing between them was cute, not too much.

The story is a good one, that I really enjoyed reading. Paranormal with some mystery. Oh! and before I forget to mention it, ‘More’ goes out with a bang. Or rather ‘Ava’ goes out with a bang! Nothing better than a heroine that knows how to kick some ass!