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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Guardian - S.B. Rodgers, Review for Bewitching Blog Tours

Format: ebook provided by Bewitching Blog Tours for review

It’s been almost a year since Abby Shepard’s once-perfect life crumbled into little more than a nightmare. Dumped, bullied and abused, the seventeen-year-old has all but given up hope. Little does she know that her father died protecting a family secret; a secret that has the forces of good and evil battling to claim the power lurking just beneath her skin.

Abby is a teen girl, not unlike Cinderella.  She lives with her stepmother and twin stepbrothers.  Her dad has died.  Her step family is horrible to her, and her brothers even extend their retched treatment to school where she is bullied on a daily basis.  And we’re not talking teasing and such, we are talking hardcore mean, down and dirty, make you feel worthless bullying.  In fact, that’s what sparks this whole story off.  The bullying has become so horrible that Abby is going to do something about it.  She is done dealing with everything that is awful in her life and she is going to just…give up.

Reading Abby’s story I really felt so badly for her, it was so emotional and raw.  I wished I could just reach through the pages and tell this poor girl that is does get better and life isn’t always as it is in high school.  That bullies are not as strong, cool, pretty, smart, popular and terrific as they want people to think they are.  I wanted to tell her that there is always hope and help, and if you give up you are making a permanent decision on a temporary situation. The authors (yes, plural!) did a wonderful job portraying Abby’s sadness and despair.  Her character leaped off the page and I could see her right in front of me.

But the universe has different plans for Abby, and she most certainly is not alone.  Sure, there are evil forces on Earth that are working against her on a daily basis, making sure that her bad days become worse days. But now the angels are going to get involved, and Gabe is coming to help her.  Sorry Raph! You might be a bully (and a demon), but now you are going to have to pick on someone your own size!

This story was really wonderful.  It had so many terrific elements, I’m not even sure where to start.  I’ve gone over Abby, so lets move on to Gabe, her guardian angel.  He’s going to enter high school and help her realize all is not lost, then its on to the next mission.  Right?  Right, cause its so cut and dry and all that easy.  Sure.  Yep.  Heheheh.  Oh Gabe, I love how much you are going to learn while on Earth.

The characters in this book were all fantastic.  Seriously.  Not just Abby and Gabe, but Raph (short for Raphael) and Satan and Lucifer and Mammon, Gabriel and Michael… Sara and Becky, the authors, did such a thorough job with these characters; I can’t wait for the second book to be released so I can get back in touch with them all. Oh, and here is something that I thought was utterly fantastic and perfect and awesome…. Satan is a woman!  Ta-da!!!!

There isn’t a whole lot more I can say about this book without giving some major spoilers.  There is a school dance that has some really fabulous scenes that I just adored.  I’ll never look at mirrors the same. And this is just a great story all around.  There is a lot of action, and a great arc and growth in all of the characters.  There are some funny moments and some touching moments, and of course some “oh no!!!!” moments that will have your eyes speeding through to find out what happens next.  I really think this book is going to be a hit, and I look forward to talking to all of you when you read it!

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