on Oct. 20, 2011 :
I'm hooked on the Halo Chronicles. If you like YA that reads more like adult fiction with young protagonists, you'll enjoy this book. Alex is a well-rounded character with an interesting story to tell, and there's a supporting cast of well-drawn and interesting people.
This is a book you can settle into. There's an intimate feeling about this story--not sex, although there's a respectable amount of UST as you'd see with any story featuring healthy teenagers--but like you're whispering shared secrets with a trusted friend. Gabriel aptly walks the line between powerful supernatural boyfriend and engagingly human--it's nice to see his flaws (and he does have them).
With YA stories, authors too often run the risk of going so deep into a main character's head that they end up becoming melodramatic, and Alex's upbringing has been pretty tough, but she aptly walks the line between acknowledging her pain yet not letting herself wallow in her situation or her past.
Hot supernatural boy meets girl is about as close as this gets to Twilight. Where Twilight was all about a girl moving into her boyfriend's world, THC:The Guardian is about a girl who builds her own world, painstakingly struggling to navigate it relationship by relationship.
Alex builds a fragile and poignant bond with her new foster parents, struggles to begin friendships with other students at her new school, in spite of her isolating circumstances both supernatural and mundane, and wrestles with how the change in her life affects her relationship with her best friend from the foster system. I really felt like she was fighting hard to become better than her fears, and to rise above the things that happened to her to start to take control of her life.
Tech-wise, the formatting was impeccable for my version (Aldiko on an Android smartphone). No weird characters or wonky spacing, no discernible formatting or editing errors, and an enjoyable read all around. I'm looking forward to where this series goes.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Aug. 25, 2011 :
It wasn't really mine.
I thought it a bit slow in places and overall possessed by a very dark and brooding atmosphere. There's however a very similar feeling to "twilight" to this story, so that fans of those books may want to give this one a chance, too.
(reviewed 75 days after purchase)
on July 21, 2011 :
"THE HALO CHRONICLES: THE GUARDIAN" BY CAREY CORP
This book was simply amazing. I am now seeking the rest of the series that I know this book must belong to. Carey Corp is a fantastic writer with the ability to write a story without worrying about taking chances with her characters. (By the way I couldn't help but picture Lucas Till as Gabriel, keep that in mind for a movie deal!) So many authors are afraid if they allow characters that their readers truly love to end up having an outcome that is not such a happy ending that they will lose the interest of their followers. I for one adore writers that are not afraid to put the lives of their characters on the line for the greater good of a story and I feel that Carey Corp is definitely one of these writers.
I would recommend these books for not only teens but adults as well, this story captured me and held me until the very end and I can honestly say Carey Corp has become a favorite of mine from this moment on.
Carey if you read this review know that I would LOVE to read the rest of your series, I am dying to know what happens to Alexia, Derry, and Jonah next!
-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
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(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Chani Lynn Feener
on May 31, 2011 :
While the actual heart of the story seems to take a long time coming, the interactions between the main character Alex and those around her was more than enough to keep me interested. Carey Corp does a great job creating this mythology around angels and the difference between good and bad. I really enjoyed reading, (so much so that I put it on my iPhone and brought it around with me so I could read every second I got). She builds strong, fleshed out characters, each with their own definitive personality, and her dialogue is both believable and entertaining. I would without a doubt recommend reading, and I hope there's a second one soon.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)