Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Marked (Soul Guardian #1) by Kim Richardson

Marked (Soul Guardian #1) by Kim Richardson
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publish Date:  March 18, 2011
ISBN: 978-1461017097
Pages: 290

I got stuck in an airport last weekend, so I downloaded several free books on my Nook.  I sometimes like to live dangerously!

So basically, Kara dies and becomes a guardian angel.  She's partnered with David, who's been a GA for quite awhile.

The things I liked about the story:
1 - BAM!  The main character dies immediately.  The story starts out amazingly.
2 - the elevators in Horizon (level of Heaven) are run by primates.  Kind of nasty primates.  Funny.
3 - guardian angels aren't all perfect and beautiful.  They look just like they did in life.  Maybe wrinkly, maybe fat, maybe scarred.
4 - the story has an excellent premise

The things I didn't like about the story:
1 - the author seemed to obsess over description.  Once described, stop.  We get that David is handsome.
2 - the characters were under developed.  I wanted to get a bit more about them.  For instance, the whole thing with David and the other angel fighting all the time - there had to be more than what we heard about - it wasn't enough.
3 - David's reaction to Kara and the demons seemed out of place for his character

The story is basically good.  I like the idea, but think that a good editor and publisher would really put this one out there for a lot more people.  This is an entire series, but I don't think I'll read the rest.  There were points that were developed really well and the action was fast-paced and then the next part would be slow moving and confusing.  It has great potential!

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