Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: GUARDIAN (The Guardian Trilogy #1) by Sara Mack

True love never dies.
Emma Donohue begs to differ.

When a late night accident claims the love of her life, Emma secludes herself in memories of James. In his sandy brown hair and clear blue eyes. In their innocent first kiss and declarations of love. In their plans for a life together after college. But happy dreams can’t rid her of the guilt she carries. She can’t erase her actions the night he died. She can’t erase her reaction at his funeral. And she can’t erase the hollow void that fills her chest and consumes her heart.

The first time Emma hears James’ voice, she’s astounded. It sounds as if he’s standing right beside her, and she fears her shattered heart is trying to drive her mad. But, as she continues to hear the voice, she finds comfort in it. With the help of her best friend Shel and handsome newcomer Dane, she tries to move forward and start living again.

Until the voice in her head turns out to be more. So much more.

You know what they say.
True love never dies.



**Warning: This review contains spoilers**
Guardian is an emotional tale of young love that was cut short too early. Emma and James became lovers in high school, and planned a life together. Then, one fateful night, James is killed in a car accident, leaving Emma with a desperate hollowness that she can't seem to fill. She drowns in depression and is content with staying locked in her room and not living her life. The author did a great job conveying emotion in her writing - kudos to her.

Emma's best friend, Shelby refuses to let Emma drown in her grief so she comes up with a plan to get her out the house and keep her busy. They get jobs together and hang out with old friends. But Shelby still doesn't reach Emma completely. She helps her forget for a little while, but when Emma is alone, thoughts of James consume her.

Then, James turns out to be a Guardian Angel. He appears to Emma, who at first thinks she is going crazy, but soon is overjoyed that she can be with James. Kinda. They can't feel each other's touch, but Emma doesn't care; she just to be with him in any way she can.

But in real life there is Dane. I love Dane! At first, I was hoping that some way Emma and James would be able to be together somehow, but then Dane came in the picture. He and Emma start falling for each other, but Emma can't get over her guilt and love for James, even after Dane saves her life. It honestly broke my heart that Emma barely gave him a chance, and I really wanted her to heal and end up with Dane. I've never lost a significant other, so I can't say how I would handle the situation.But after months, I would think that you can't continue to hold on to someone you can never be with again, and close yourself off to love for the rest of your life, so I was frustrated with Emma since Dane was such an amazing guy - he was like perfection wrapped up and gifted to her, and she basically threw him away. Even though, I was not happy with how that turned out, I'm anxious to see what happens in the next book, and I hope that Dane and Emma will end up together. I give Guardian 3.5 Stars!

~Nikki N.

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