Survival (Book 1 of the Guardians of Vesturon), a YA paranormal romance
“Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality.”
While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.
Blurb and cover from Goodreads
5 out of 5 stars
I won this whole series in a blog tour giveaway and they sat neglected and lonely on my Kindle app for I-don’t-know-how-long until I finally decided to give them a shot. And they are über-awesome!
You know all those girls who say they want a vampire boyfriend or an angel or a werewolf? Well, forget that. I want me a Vesturion Guardian. In my mind, you can’t beat an honor-conscious, monotheistic, leather-clad alien who could flip a car with his brain. I was very surprised when I found out that the Vesturions practice pre-marital celibacy and when I read that, I knew I was in love with this series! (Don’t judge me.)
In the beginning, I wasn’t sure about this book. The way the story progressed, I really started to worry because I didn’t see how things could end well. (I lose interest in a story when I don’t see it ending well.) But I should have known better. This was a romantic, oft times funny, very fun story and I gobbled down the next one straightaway after finishing!
Maddie was a character I found it easy to sympathize with. She has no family—an only child with both parents dead—and she comes up with ways to avoid being lonely while still being on her own. For example, she spends every Christmas hiking (alone, which I thought was risky and it turned out I was right) and that is how she meets Rayn, her soulmate or amashan to the Vesturions.
Rayn…what can I say about Rayn? Tall, dark, handsome, and just—I’m trying to utilize my vocabulary here…let me think—had a very strong appeal as a love interest. He can be a bit overprotective of Maddie, but that comes from the freakish alien bond that they share and is definitely everything a girl could want.
I adored Rayn’s siblings, his brothers—Therron, Rykerian, Xarrid—and his sister, Sharra. Sharra becomes a sort of best friend to Maddie while Therron is more the older brother. All of them (minus Xarrid) adore her and patiently endure her accident-prone nature (whilst taking pictures for future mockery, of course).
Be forewarned, the way this story ends, you may want to have the next one on hand. I highly recommend this whole series. Happy reading!