Guardians Of The Akasha

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Eighteen-year old Keira Wilde has finished school and has her own plans for her future, thank you very much. She wants to be a photographer; not go to Oxford, like her parents want, or be a hero, like her aunt wants. But Keira’s plans go flying out of the window when she is attacked on the streets of London and she is forced to use her powers in self-defence. More

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Published: Oct. 19, 2012
Words: 77,590
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301207435
About Celia Stander

I currently live with my family in Beijing, China. After getting over a slight case of culture shock, I decided to give in to the voices in my head and write what I like to read.

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Reviews

Review by: Rustin Petrae on March 15, 2013 : star star star star
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and fair review. Overall, I thought the presentation of the cover and the blurb were excellent. Both really drew me to this book and made me want to read it. I thought the imagery of the cover was very professional. Here's my thoughts on the rest of the book.

Things that I liked:

Overall, the biggest thing that I liked about this book was the writing itself. It thought it was very good. It didn't confuse me and had a very good flow. The characters felt genuine and real. The dialogue, as well, felt genuine and real.

Things that I didn't like:

The story itself didn't overly impress me. I found I had a hard time swallowing the name Akasha used in place of magic. I might not have got what the author was trying to do with that, but I wasn't on board with it through the story. I wasn't a fan of the villain either. He didn't really come off as a evil and hard to defeat as I would've liked. I thought he was pretty one dimensional as well. I found myself not really wanting to keep reading at times. There wasn't a whole lot of suspense. That's more of a personal opinion, however. I am sure there are tons of people out there that would feel differently.

Overall, the four star rating comes from the author's writing as opposed to the actual story. I felt it was really good and deserved to be recognized. However, I wasn't drawn into the story. It didn't really compel me to keep reading. The ending was very anti-climatic and because of that, it took me longer to read than I my normal pace.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nitza Jones-Sepulveda on March 04, 2013 : star star star star
I read this book as a read & review. When I first agreed to the R&R, I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book. The plot seemed interesting enough, but something I couldn't quite put my finger on left me a bit skeptical. After reading it, I am happy that I gave it a chance and that I had proven myself wrong.

Akasha literally means ‘space’…Everything around us, from the smallest atom to the biggest planet is connected through the Akasha.

What is the Akasha? That is the major question throughout this novel. The easiest explanation for it is the quote above. It is not an alternate dimension, but rather an area between dimensions that connects them. Since it connects all dimensions and realities, any manipulation of the Akasha can alter time and dimensions as they are currently known. Hence the need for the Guardians for the Akasha, to guard the Akasha from those intent on misusing it for personal gain. The Guardians are people who are born with the special ability to manipulate space and energy. This ability tends to run in specific families, why some members possess these powers while others don’t is unclear.

Keira finds out that not only is she one of these special people with these abilities—not the lone weirdo freak that she had believed herself to be all this time—but that her powers are great and that she has a specific destiny within the Guardians.

Keira is a very likable protagonist. Her overall strength is seen from the beginning of the book. She has a rebellious nature and a desire to follow her own path. As she learns more about the Guardians and her destiny, there is a sense of obvious confusion within her, yet she still has the ability to make up her own mind and make her own choices. This puts her and Marco, the commander of the Draaken (warriors who protect the Guardians) who has sworn to Keira’s Aunt Victoria to protect her, at odds with each other constantly.

One issue that I have to mimic other reviewers on is that there is a lacking in development. Many times we’re taken from one place or situation to another without much explanation as to how we got there. Keira definitely went through a transformation as she learned about the Akasha and her powers, but there really was no development there. One scene she’s a typical human high school graduate, with no real understanding about the Akasha and her powers and the next she seems to understand and know everything and has morphed into this powerful girl. There is very little description or explanation of how she got to this point. As Keira described it, the whole training felt like only days as opposed to weeks. It could very well be explained by the factor that in the dimension she was in during her training, time seems to have slowed to almost a standstill, but still more development there would've been helpful.

Also, there is one instance in particular that seems very much unrealistic. Without giving too much away, basically Keira and the Guardians go from one country to another to intercept a plane that is about to take off. I understand that this is a fantasy novel and in a fantasy novel almost anything is possible, but there still needs to be just at least some realism. This scene in particular seemed way too convenient for my taste.

Other than Keira, little Amber was by far the bravest character in the novel. She is a nine-year-old daughter of the cook and groundskeeper of the Castle of the Guardians. Don’t let her age fool you; she has a lot of spunk and courage for a young girl. I don’t want to give anything way, so I’ll just say that Amber was very much a savior as Keira, Marco, and the Draaken.

This book was very intriguing, creative and a fun read. The world of the Draaken, the Guardians, and the Akasha was very different than many of the other fantasy YA novels I have read. However, because of its uniqueness, a little more explanation and development would've been helpful. It is not listed on Goodreads or Smashwords as part of a series, but the ending does leave room for a least a sequel. If there is one, I would very much like to find out how the minor cliffhanger develops.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katelyn Broad on Feb. 19, 2013 : star star star
I wasn't sure whether I wanted to read this story or not but once I read the summery, I knew I had to. I am glad I did: this story has an interesting plot, some twists and a nice ending.

This novel follows Keira, an 18 year old with dreams of travel and photography. Unfortunately, these dreams are threatened when she becomes attacked and has to use self defense. You see, Keira is different than you and me. She has special powers that she used that night. After that, she was thrown into a world of magic, evil, and goodness.

This is my kind of story: a good and strong heroine plus some awesome characters. Marco=hot! Just saying. I liked Keira, which is not too common with me and main characters. There was something in her that was not only likable but powerful as well.

My only problem with this story was the plot holes. I found it hard to keep up with and that the book kind of jumped from one spot to the next without fully explaining the part before that. I would have given it a higher rating if it wasn't for that. Also, the relationship development throughout the book for Keira and some of the other characters just wasn't there.

I would recommend this for those who enjoy paranormal young adult books.

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cheer Papworth on Feb. 11, 2013 : star star star
I was graciously given the opportunity to read Guardians of the Akasha for free in exchange for my honest review by the author Celia Stander. I was initially intrigued by the gorgeous book cover and any story with a British main character and magic is worth a read.

Although the story has plenty of interesting, unique characters, I feel like they need more development. Keira started off as this young Brit living a Bridget Jones kind of life being a little aimless, then suddenly she is this super powerful leader of the Akasha. Keira's character definitely went through a transformation, but it didn't unfold, it just sort of happens. I felt the same way about her romance with Marco...it just happens, no real angst.

On a positive note, the characters I did really like include Victoria, Justin, Amber and the wolf Varg. Brave little Amber was a greater hero for me than Keira and Victoria had that Maggie Smith-like, Dowager Ducchess Lady Violet from Downton Abbey quality. Daemon as a villain, on the other hand, was kind of cliche.

I must say I admire Celia greatly for completely her novel and wish her success.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cheer Papworth on Feb. 11, 2013 : star star star
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I was graciously given the opportunity to read Guardians of the Akasha for free in exchange for my honest review by the author Celia Stander. I was initially intrigued by the gorgeous book cover and any story with a British main character and magic is worth a read.

Although the story has plenty of interesting, unique characters, I feel like they need more development. Keira started off as this young Brit living a Bridget Jones kind of life being a little aimless, then suddenly she is this super powerful leader of the Akasha. Keira's character definitely went through a transformation, but it didn't unfold, it just sort of happens. I felt the same way about her romance with Marco...it just happens, no real angst.

On a positive note, the characters I did really like include Victoria, Justin, Amber and the wolf Varg. Brave little Amber was a greater hero for me than Keira and Victoria had that Maggie Smith-like, Dowager Ducchess Lady Violet from Downton Abbey quality. Daemon as a villain, on the other hand, was kind of cliche.

I must say I admire Celia greatly for completely her novel and wish her success.

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Review by: Stephanie K on Feb. 08, 2013 : star star star star
I was gifted this book from the author in exchange for and honest review so here it is.
First of all I want to say that I loved this cover it really drew me in and I am such a sucker for a horse I just loved it, also since the horse really is in the book I must also say that I love a man on a horse :).
When I started reading I thought that the different points of view jumping around would be confusing but it was done in such a way as to reveal small bits of information to the reader and I was not confused at all. I found the idea new and fresh and I was refreshed by the fact that it was different from so much I have read in the past and I really liked that. I liked Keira and her love interest Marco and I was rooting for them all the way to come together and defeat evil, but unlike many other books I have read I didn't feel a connection to any of the other characters, that being said I liked Keira's growth throughout the book she let a very painful event make her stronger and more determined instead of letting it beat her.
There was a bit of a slow period for me but when Keira returned and plans were made I was sucked right back in.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I would like to once again thank the author for the pleasure of reading her novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: yalle ondarza on Feb. 07, 2013 : star star star star
This book is an enjoyable book with a catchy story line. The story was creative and different from a lot of books out there. The characters were well developed and had individualism. I think the only problem I had with the book is that it did not made me addicted to it. But that may be different for everyone else. I n the end it is a book worth reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ELSA CARRION on Jan. 31, 2013 : star star star star
Loved the Cover and the story!

Rate: 4 stars
Title: Guardians of the Akasha
Author: Celia Stander
Format: eBook – pgs
Genre: YA Sci-fi, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Novel with a little Romance and Adventure mixed in.
Cover: 5 stars
Series: Yes
Main Characters: Keira & Marco Santana!!!

After reading the blub, I knew this was my kind of story.

The story takes you on a wild trip of good vs. evil with supernatural powers. A lot of characters are involved but the two main ones are Keira who’s an older teen that had her future planned out, but not yet told her parents, and was getting ready to go to college & Marco Santana (really like the name) Leader of the Draaken and protector of the Guardian. The story takes place in London but takes you to several other locations around the world. Although the story is not very descriptive with the locations except that they are traveling to and from these locations. A little disappointed with this aspect, I would have enjoyed it if some type of landmarks were described.

The romance part was foreseeable as soon as the male stepped in the scene, but that’s okay, I don’t mind knowing who the love interest is going to be early in the story. The story had several twists that I was not expecting but some were a given.

What story would be complete without an evil deranged power hungry manipulator and in this story that would be Deamon and his Watchers who want the power of the Akasha.

I enjoyed the story vey much and would recommend the book. There are a few battle scenes which naturally have death, but nothing too graphic. I would not have a problem allowing my children to read when they were young. We have to remember that this is just a story that can and will take you away to a different world with a happy ending.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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