REVIEW: The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos

Genre: YA
Release Date: May 20th 2015
Book Length: 280 pages
Publisher: Kasian Publishing
Source: Physical copy, Goodreads (Thanks Kristin!!)
Review: 2/5 *Full Review Below.

Zoe Jabril could be just another 17-year-old girl attending parties with her friends and checking out cute guys—except her best friend is a Guardian Angel, and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, half-angel, both sent to Earth to protect her. A high school classmate happens to be a trendsetting shopaholic fairy. And now there’s a new werewolf in town. 

Zoe has to deal with her feelings toward Shay, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. Now Zoe is under constant attack from demons, trying to kill and stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite the Enlightens to battle evil. Then on top of that, between boring homework and drama with girls at school, she has to control new found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

In order to do so, Zoe must devise a kick-ass plan ASAP or watch everyone die, because she’s running out of time. She turns eighteen in two months—the date Armageddon kicks off.

This just wasn’t for me; this book came across as too similar to other YA novels such as The Mortal Instruments, Fallen, The Iron Fey and Twilight.

Seventeen-year old Zoe, like many heroines thinks she leads a normal, simple life when in fact she has been prophesied to end the war against evil in a world filled with angels, demons, werewolves and fairies. Zoe’s best friend Kieran is an angel and is tasked with protecting her with his life, the same is also expected from Shay; a nephilim. Zoe must wait until her 18th birthday in which the ‘heavens mark’ will appear and she will wield powers like no one before her, she’s not angel nor nephilim but something else, which makes her truly dangerous in the eyes of the Devil who will stop at nothing to destroy her.

The book showed such great promise early on with an awesome friendship, unrequited love and a hot new bad boy in town, however it slowly developed into an insta love romance with the word ‘soul mate’ being tossed around. It was this and the mentioning of music such as One Direction and The Wanted that maybe should have came across as trendy/current but instead added a little too much cheese and eye rolling for my taste.

For me the best part of this book were the secondary characters, I really loved Sidelle the fairy and her obvious boyfriend/ex-boyfriend Finn. They have great chemistry and a humorous back and forth; I would absolutely love for a book to be written about these two.

There wasn't enough going on to become fully invested in this book because it mostly centred around Zoe, predicting what she is and what powers she will possess and the obvious romance with Shay. Although the ending of this book has been perfectly set up for the next, which promises exciting things to come. The future of this series promises for a more action and hopefully a love interest for poor Kieran. This was a good start for a debut novel that I hope will flourish in the future.

**DON'T FORGET: The Dark Elements Series Re-Read is starting July 14th, hosted by me and Erika from Book, Stars, Writing and Everything In BetweenThis is in celebration of the upcoming release of Every Last Breathso you don't want to miss it! Join us! More information HERE.**

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  1. Hmm... shame you didn't like this book too much, the soulmates thing has warned me off and I'm not sure if it will be for me either. Nevertheless it's a great review! :)

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    1. I know, I really thought I'd love it when I came across the blurb :) Yes this book definitely isn't for the insta love haters! Thanks Anna <3


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