Guardian (The Guardian #1) by A.J. Messenger

Guardian (The Guardian #1) by A.J. MessengerGuardian (The Guardian #1) by A.J. Messenger
on May 18th 2014
Pages: 242

Eighteen-year-old Declan Jane is just trying to make it through senior year in San Mar, the Northern California coastal town she’s lived in all her life. Perpetually under the radar, she’s surprised by the pull she feels to a mysterious and attractive new student, Alexander Ronin. Despite all the girls vying for his attention, Declan is the one he’s drawn to, and she finds herself returning his interest. As the intensity of their attraction builds and she discovers the truth behind his appearance in San Mar, he reveals the danger she’s in and why their relationship holds deadly consequences. But as Declan overcomes her fears and fights for her life, the connection between the two lovers may be the only thing that can save them both.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, this story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Guardian wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing either.

Most of the characters were fillers who stood in the background barely affecting the story. The MC Declan wasn’t unlikable, just unremarkable. She was the stereotypical, unaware girl that finds herself plain and unassuming, until a gorgeous mystery man shows up a.k.a. Alexander. Alexander is your standard attractive love interest with beautiful green eyes, warm chocolate hair, and a hot Australian accent. I had a hard time enjoying his character, because he’s so typical. Alexander is attractive, protective, secretive, hot and cold, and falls in love with the MC immediately. Alexander’s generic-ism was laughable.

The one thing I truly enjoyed about Guardian, was its take on angels. There were good and bad angels that weren’t capable of physically forcing a person to make a certain decision, but rather they stood on the sidelines emotionally and verbally encouraging them. These angels reminded me of the white and dark lighters in a favorite TV show of mine, Charmed.

At the end of Guardian there’s a breakthrough regarding the weird things that keep happening to Declan, and in future books this reveal could either be really cool, or really convenient to the story. I don’t plan on reading book two any time soon, but eventually I might give it a go just to see whether the series comes into its own.