Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

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Novel Summation:

Seventeen-year old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. But then everything changes. The news headlines are a ll abuzz about a local string of killings that share the same morbid trademark: the victims were discovered with their eyes missing. Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie’s circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin and a crazed ol d man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands exclaiming “You need it. It will save your soul.” Soon Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful faeries in an epic battle for immortality.

My Thoughts:

I really was surprised about this book. This book was exceptionally good. I found the main character, Ellie to be very refreshing. Ellie isn’t the typical heroine. Shes not skinny or overly beautiful. She is considered to be overweight, she does tae kwon do, and there is nothing particularly special about her. Her main love interest Mark is also not typical in some sense. In most books the guys has dark hair but Mark has red hair. I know that it is not a big deal but its different which is nice. This book explores a whole new world. When a first read the novel summation and saw faeries I thought of all the faeries books I have read in the past. However, the faeries in this book are so different. The book explores Maori mythology which I am not at all familiar with but found it to be very interesting. I did some research and discovered Maori  are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. A lot of reference to the Maori culture was used in the book making it difficult to follow at times. I only discovered at the end of the book that there was a glossary in the book. I don’t know if it covers all the terms I had problems with but if I known about it in advance it would have been helpful. A lot wasn’t explained in the book. How the magic in the book worked, all the types of magical people, how magical items worked, what will happen with Ellie and Mark, what will Kevin do now, and more wasn’t really covered. It was merely just skimmed over. There was more of a focus on the history. The book did not really have a satisfying ending. It kind of just ended. I would recommend this book because it was really different, refreshing, and great.

Future Books:

I looked at the authors website and she has no plans on making a sequel. She says she will be making another book with similar concepts but none of the characters in this book will reappear. Which is kind of frustrating.

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