The Guardian by Katie Klein


Official blurb: Seventeen-year-old Genesis Green is living anything but a charmed life. As far back as she can remember, she and her mother have been bouncing from town to town, struggling to survive on Ramen noodles and minimum wage.

Late one evening, Genesis and her boyfriend are in a car accident. Carter’s SUV rolls, and Genesis finds herself injured, lying on the pavement. Just before she slips into the darkness an unfamiliar voice calls out to her, promising everything will be fine.

His name is Seth, and he’s the Guardian assigned to protect her.

When Genesis begins having bizarre visions, the Guardians believe she could be useful to them. To Seth, this means stepping into the middle of an epic battle between angels and demons. Even with supernatural protection, there’s no guarantee he can keep Genesis safe, something that’s becoming more important to him by the day.

The line between reality and the celestial becomes so blurred that Genesis can’t decide who’s real and who’s otherworldly, and worse: who’s good and who’s evil.

Review: This novel was a bit of a mixed bag. Up to halfway I would have given it 4 Piranhas. I loved Klein’s characters, there was real depth of feeling and very engaging, genuine emotion. I could see that Gen was going to have to decide between two or even three boyfriends and it wasn’t obvious who was going to be the best choice.

However, it slowed right down at about the 2/3rds point. Scenes seemed to be set up but then never happened – for example, Gen was about to get a premonition and then didn’t, and this made the book feel a bit choppy as my expectations weren’t fulfilled.

That might not have mattered so much, except that sentences also became very strange. There were lots of comma splices (I’m no expert in grammar, but if I’ve understood right, comma splices are clauses that ought to be full sentences in their own right), and Klein acquired an odd reluctance to use articles and pronouns. Faced with a sentence like, “I rushed to feet, ran across sand,” I kept being pulled out of the story to shout at the page, “‘Rushed to my feet and ran across the sand,’ I think you mean!” I suspect it was meant to convey urgency but it irritated the heck out of me.

However, if you’re less of a ridiculously uptight stickler than me you might not even notice the odd sentences. In which case, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable story with a very engaging heroine.

piranha stars turquoise 3

Reviewed by Katy Haye

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