Tuesday, June 4, 2013

[Blog Tour] Guardian Angel Series by Skyla Madi (Review + Giveaway)



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Your Guardian Angel by Skyla Madi
Published: December 2012.
Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy


Premise:
For Ruby Moore life is far more complicated than that of your average teen, for she is in no way average. Ruby is a vampire and her life as a vampire is far from traditional.

It has been one year since her normal life was brutally taken from her. Still adjusting to the shock of the change from mortal to immortal, her world is rocked again and she is taken under the wings of a guardian angel back to Sage Sanctum- a school beyond reach from the vampires that are determined to destroy her.

There, she is freed from her vampiric chains and her normal needs and urges return. However a new urge arises… Lust. A forbidden lust toward her savior, her guardian angel.

Attempting to control these desires is difficult, very difficult and when things couldn't possibly get any worse, her situation becomes life or death as someone, somewhere in the school is aiding those who want her dead.







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Review


My thoughts:

I’m a little surprised to say that I really liked this book! It’s been a few months since I actually read a good book featuring paranormal creatures, but The Guardian Angel exceeded my expectations


I think this was a great first installment in this series. The world Madi creates is wonderful and exciting. Pure beings such as gods, goddess, and angels share the Earth with vampires who are the exact opposite of pure. Both live somewhat amongst humans who are oblivious to their existence. Every goddess needs a guardian angel for protection since vampires become stronger when they drink blood of pure beings. To learn everything they need to live and put their gifts to use, young gods and goddess attend to Sage Sactum, a hidden school for all those pure beings. While gods are taught to defend themselves, goddesses are seen as too valuable to lose at fighting vampires, so they’re only taught to use their elemental magic abilities, leaving the physical protection to their guardians. 


I really liked the main character, Ruby. She’s an eighteen-year-old goddess who’s been turned into a vampire by her step-father who also killed her mom. I like that she's authentic. She's as three dimensional as a real person, with flaws and contradictions, but in the end she's a strong girl who's able to pick herself up every time she's let down. I really admire her for that. I also really liked Eli, the sexy guardian angel… He’s caring, a great fighter and a good person. I love the sexual tension between those two, it's really captivating and intense. Of course, the fact that their love is forbidden makes it much more interesting and gut-wrenching. 

The secondary characters were fine, but I wish they were a bit more developed because I struggled a little to understand their motivations. 

I though the plot was great... the whole idea of a boarding school for supernatural beings and how the vampire concept is played in this world is really appealing to me. It reminds me a little of Vampire Academy but I still think the concept is great and somehow unique. 

Overall I think this is a really good, action-packed and exciting story. I'll recommend it to everyone who loves a good paranormal adventure.

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Sun Kissed by Skyla Madi


Published: January 1st, 2013
Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy 

Premise:

What if everything you knew, everything you believed was a lie?

For Ruby Moore life doesn’t slow down. It’s just one roller coaster ride after another and when the higher power comes to visit, Ruby’s world is shaken to its foundations. He offers her a job and if she wants to protect those she loves, she has no choice but to accept it.

Face to face once again with love, loss and death, Ruby is being forced to sacrifice her own freedom in order to protect her world from the clutches of the evil vampires and if she fails, her loved ones will have to pay the price.













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Review
[Spoiler Alert! If you haven't read The Guardian Angel, you might want to avoid this review]

My thoughts:
A few months has passed since Eli left the school to go see the High Power and Ruby is falling in a deep black hole of depression and worry over her ex guardian. The only thing that has kept her going is Hunter and Mila’s friendship. 

The thing is… Maybe is time to move on and give Hunter a chance, but just when she is starting to contemplate that possibility, Eli is back at Sage Sanctum and everything she feels for him resurface in full force. 

In this sequel to Guardian Angel, we have a lot more of action and we get to understand a little more how this whole supernatural world works. There are a lot of betrayals and confusions and massive revelations. We learn about Ruby’s father and about the High Power, Lucian, who we get to meet and realize he’s nothing like you would’ve expected. 

Ruby is supposed to be torn between Eli and Hunter, but I didn’t believe her when she talked about how much she cared about Hunter or how her feelings were torn between the two of them. From my perspective, there was never a doubt about Ruby being in love with Eli and Hunter was just added to create chaos. 

I liked this book a lot too. I think it was a great sequel to the first one. It was really fast-paced, full of emotions and adventures and really you don’t even get a single dull moment because there’s always something happening.



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Salvation by Skyla Madi
Published: April 9th, 2013
Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy 



Premise:

In the aftermath of a battle that forced Ruby to flee the safety of the guardian angels, she settles into a small town, hoping to blend in and forget about the ones she loved. It isn’t until Hunter stumbles across her working in a bar and a well-timed email from Ivan Aleksandrov that she realised she could go back to Sage Sanctum—for a few days, at least.

Out for revenge, Lucian will stop at nothing until he has Ruby for himself, but he isn’t the only one that needs her. The council, a group of gods/goddesses have a mysterious hand in Ruby’s return to Sage Sanctum and Mr Aleksandrov is eager to find out what it is.

Destroying Lucian is the least of her worries when Ruby comes face to face with Eli De Luca, the love of her life. It seems her departure has affected him more than she thought it would, but his frustration with her isn’t strong enough to hide the electricity that crackles relentlessly between them.

Determined to end her very real nightmare once and for all, Ruby fights the biggest battle of her life, one that affects not only her, but everyone involved.




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Review

[Spoiler Alert! If you haven't read The Guardian Angel, you might want to avoid this review]

My thoughts:
After the last encounter with Lucian and his vampires, Ruby had to leave behind everyone she's ever loved in order to protect them, because she knows the High Power will not rest until he has her. 
It's been a lonely year for Ruby, until Hunter -as his new vampire self- appears at the bar where she works. Ruby knows is time to flee and luckily she's received an invitation to go back to Sage Sanctum. 
And that's like the first chapter... I mean, this one is so action-packed you can't even blink. I just loved this one so much, I think I finally fell in love with this series. 
We go back to the school and Ruby meets again with Eli. There's a lot of anger between them, but also the love they feel for each other is still there and it's more powerful than ever. Now they are sick of all the games, they already decided that a life without the other is no longer an option, no matter who they have to fight. I loved that!
It's really hard to review this book and go into detail without spoiling everything out... so I'm just going to say that if you liked the previous two book -even if it was just a little- you should not miss this one... It's fantastic! It exceeded all my expectations and the ending blew my mind away. I really have no words.
I want the next book like RIGHT NOW!


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About the Author


Skyla Madi was born in the small town of Port Maquarie, New South Wales in 1993. She spent half her life growing up in Wauchope, a thriving rural town at the heart of the Hastings River Valley before making the leap to the busy city of Brisbane.

Whenever this young Australian writer isn't changing diapers, watching cartoons, cooking for her husband or doing other motherly-wife things she is actively working on her writing and improving her writing skills.

Skyla loves to read just as much as she loves to write and since discovering that YA/NA/paranormal romance/urban fantasy/ are her favourite genres, she has embarked on her own writing journey and is currently contracted with Limitless Publishing.









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