Review: The Guardians

Posted September 25, 2013

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.

Review: The Guardians The Guardians by T.M. Franklin
Series: MORE #2
on 17th November 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

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 both 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.

The Guardians is the second book in the MORE Trilogy.  We reviewed the first book MORE recently and could not wait to read the next installment. I was fortunate in being sent a review copy via NetGalley and in all honestly everything else fell by the wayside as I embarked on the next chapter of Ava’s story.

The second book sees Ava being targeted by The Rogues, members of the Race who do not live by the Council’s laws. Being set up for a crime she didn’t commit is bad enough but when Caleb goes missing and rumours circulate that he’s been working with the Rogues things turn from bad to worse. Ava makes an unlikely partnership with Tiernan in order to track Caleb down before the Council do.

One of the things I love about this book is the relationship between Tiernan and Ava. When we first meet Tiernan in the first book he is a terrifying figure of Ava’s dreams, and indeed life. So to see his character develop was really interesting. What’s more he is really likeable. In fact there were points where I forgot all about Caleb and wanted Tiernan and Ava to get together!

As the title suggests we become more acquainted with The Guardians in this second book, as well as some of the incredible powers that some of the Race hold. We also find out why Ava is so important to the Rogues…but I couldn’t possibly divulge any information about that.

I really enjoyed this book. Unlike the first book, I got into this one straight away, probably because it’s a continuation of the story and we already know the characters. If you read MORE then I have no doubt that you will be picking up this book to find out what happens next! If you haven’t read MORE, well what are you waiting for? Me? I am waiting for the third book!

The Guardians is due for publication on 7th November – so you have time to read MORE before book two is released.

We received a free electronic copy of this book via NetGalley for our consideration.