Saturday, March 17, 2012

REVIEW: "Resurrection" by A.M. Hargrove

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):
"Maddie knew she was dying. Her life started to flash before her. She had visions of running down the soccer field, scoring a goal, eating her mother’s yummy, homemade, sticky cinnamon rolls, standing in her foyer listening to the police tell her father that her mother had been killed in a car accident. Each vision was disturbingly clear—as if it was happening again."

Rayn Yarrister, the first-born son and Leader of The Guardians, has been imprisoned on Vesturon for breaking their most sacred of covenants. He is suddenly jolted by Maddie's telepathic pleas for help, as her life hangs in the balance. Can he alert The Guardians in time to save his soulmate? Or will he face his trial alone and broken without his one true love?
In Resurrection (Book 2), The Guardians of Vesturon are facing their biggest challenges as Earth is threatened by an invading species from a distant planet intent on destroying it for its resources. The Guardians, as protectors of the universe, have been assembled to defend not only Earth, but other vulnerable worlds as well. The Yarrister family is threatened by an unknown entity intent on discrediting them. Will they uncover this plot in time to save themselves from ruin? Will The Guardians succeed in stopping the Xanthians, or will Earth be invaded and ravaged by this marauding species?

My Thoughts:
Maddie, Maddie, Maddie. I absolutely adore this girl. This chick has been to hell and back and somehow she manages to stay strong. I envy her to be honest. 

I definitely enjoyed reading Resurrection. I love the romance between Maddie and Rayn. There is so much going on during this story though that my head was spinning. It was fast-paced and I generally don't mind a fast paced story but I feel that certain sections should have gone more in depth. It felt rushed to me. Everything got sandwiched into one book and I felt it could have been separated into at least two books. First we have Maddie fighting for her life (again!), then we have Rayn being imprisoned on Vesturon, along with that have Maddie's side story, we have the Xanthians trying to attack Earth, a couple of romances, along with a few other things. We get to see Maddie transform into a wonderful woman and it's fun to be along for the journey.

I'm not saying it was a bad book because I don't believe it was. I was pulled into the story and I wanted to know what happened next. I just wanted MORE of each aspect that I was reading. One thing that annoyed me was Rayn's sister, Sharra. Every single time she is corrected by someone, she says the SAME THING. No one can possibly repeat themselves that much. I understand that it is her quirk but it could have been cut down some. There is plenty of banter among the Yarrister family that it didn't need to be included.

If you've read Survival, you will want to pick this book up. We pick up right where we left off and if you adore the characters as much as I do, you will want to see what happens next.Not the greatest book in the world but I will surely be picking up the next installment to see what the Yarristers are up to next.

3 out of 5 stars

To Purchase:
Survival (Book #1) is FREE on Amazon and Barnes and Noble at the time of this post!!

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