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Resurrection (The Guardians of Vesturon, #2)

“Maddie knew she was dying. Her life started to flash before her. She had visions of running down the soccer field, scoring a goal, eating her mother’s yummy, homemade, sticky cinnamon rolls, standing in her foyer listening to the police tell her father that her mother had been killed in a car accident. Each vision was disturbingly clear—as if it was happening again.”

Rayn Yarrister, the first-born son and Leader of The Guardians, has been imprisoned on Vesturon for breaking their most sacred of covenants. He is suddenly jolted by Maddie’s telepathic pleas for help, as her life hangs in the balance. Can he alert The Guardians in time to save his soulmate? Or will he face his trial alone and broken without his one true love?
In Resurrection (Book 2), The Guardians of Vesturon are facing their biggest challenges as Earth is threatened by an invading species from a distant planet intent on destroying it for its resources. The Guardians, as protectors of the universe, have been assembled to defend not only Earth, but other vulnerable worlds as well. The Yarrister family is threatened by an unknown entity intent on discrediting them. Will they uncover this plot in time to save themselves from ruin? Will The Guardians succeed in stopping the Xanthians, or will Earth be invaded and ravaged by this marauding species?

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5 out of 5 stars

So after the cruel cliffhanger at the end of Survival, I leapt straight into this book! It was just as awesome as the first and I am so, so happy that I gave this series a shot! I enjoyed this story greatly, as if reflected by the five stars, however, there were a few issues I had.

The plot:

I had the issue of the plot seeming a bit unfocused. I prefer for there to be a single problem being worked out over the story, but here there were different issues that sprang up as we went down the road. The question this book asks is: Will Rayn and Maddie be united? While we do get our answer at the end and I loved the whole ending part of this book, I think it bugged me. But maybe it only bugged me because I’ve been told to watch that in my own writing? I’m not sure it would have bothered me otherwise.

The characters:

Maddie is just as lovable as ever, getting into plenty of YouTube- and emergency responder-worthy accidents and scrapes. It was interesting to watch the relationship between her and Rayn take its twists and turns and weather its storms.

Rayn’s siblings take a more back-seat role here, but they still pop up from time to time to remind us of just how adorable they are. His parents also make their appearances and you can see that in spite of being married for decades, they’re still in love. (Which was just another part I enjoyed!)

Here we also meet Saylan, who looks as though she will be the female love interest to Xarrid in the fourth book. I liked her, but there’s one place in particular (you won’t be able to miss it) where I wanted to scream or slap her or do something to make her shut up. Nonetheless, her mistake bore positive fruit in the end.

This series is wonderful and definitely one to watch. While its themes of chastity and morality could get tiresome for some people, it was just the opposite for me and for that reason, I’m giving it 5 stars!

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