Author: A.M. Hargrove
Genre: Young Adult
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"Maddie knew she was dying. Her life started to flash before her. She had visions of running down the soccer field, scoring a goal, eating her mother’s yummy, homemade, sticky cinnamon rolls, standing in her foyer listening to the police tell her father that her mother had been killed in a car accident. Each vision was disturbingly clear—as if it was happening again."
Rayn Yarrister, the first-born son and Leader of The Guardians, has been imprisoned on Vesturon for breaking their most sacred of covenants. He is suddenly jolted by Maddie's telepathic pleas for help, as her life hangs in the balance. Can he alert The Guardians in time to save his soulmate? Or will he face his trial alone and broken without his one true love?
In Resurrection (Book 2), The Guardians of Vesturon are facing their biggest challenges as Earth is threatened by an invading species from a distant planet intent on destroying it for its resources. The Guardians, as protectors of the universe, have been assembled to defend not only Earth, but other vulnerable worlds as well. The Yarrister family is threatened by an unknown entity intent on discrediting them. Will they uncover this plot in time to save themselves from ruin? Will The Guardians succeed in stopping the Xanthians, or will Earth be invaded and ravaged by this marauding species?
~synopsis from Goodreads
The sequel to Survival starts off exactly where it left off, with Maddie kidnapped again, injured and fighting for her life. The Guardians at the compound she was staying find her and save her. Once that ordeal is over, it’s time to find out how it happened. Weren’t they safe? Didn’t they have a shield up for protection to keep Maddie from going out too far? Soon they discover that somebody tapped into their security system. Now to find out who and why they would do such a thing.
The conflict of Rayn and his love for Maddie versus the life of a Guardian continues. A lot of people are against him falling for a human, but the people who spend time with Maddie think otherwise. They see how the two of them are with each other and know there is something deeper. By the time the trial arrives, everything comes together in a delicious twist that nobody expected.
Maddie grows up a lot more in this book than the first. She learns a lot about herself--maturing into a woman, one who knows what she wants and can fight on her own. Rayn is as loveable and wonderful as ever. All of his family are fantastic, especially in the way they respect and love Maddie as their own, even before she becomes part of the family. And the love between her and Rayn is just as great as ever. Even though they hit a rough patch, their love conquers all.
My only complaint (if it even IS one) is that there was so much contained in this one book. It was almost overwhelming at times, and once in awhile it went too fast through scenes. There were certain parts, like when Maddie goes to the Guardian Academy, that I would have liked to see expanded on a teeny bit. It could have been split into two books, but it’s kind of good in a way, not dragging on and on (like some series). So, even though I would like to have seen a little bit of expanding in certain spots, I’m glad it didn’t go on forever and get tedious or boring.
This continuation of The Guardians Of Vesturon series was as good as I hoped. The characters were enjoyable and sweet, the love story grew to amazing heights, and even though one story may have ended, a new one is beginning. Resurrection is a worthwhile sequel. A.M. Hargrove continues to keep me interested in the Guardians and their stories. The next book in the series is Determinant. Keep your eye out for that one, it is coming out very soon!
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