Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Twilight Guardians

Maggie Shayne: It was a sleepless night spent caring for a sick baby that jump-started New York Times Bestselling Author Maggie Shayne’s writing career.

A voracious reader and prolific writer from childhood, Maggie found herself without a book to read while coddling the colicky child. So instead she began spinning a tale of her own, creating a plotline that evolved in her thoughts until, a few days later, she sat down and wrote the story in longhand.

Now the author of more than forty novels, ranging from stories about Witches, vampires, psychics and ghosts, to bone chilling, edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense and beyond. The genres she has mastered include women’s fiction, category romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fiction. Maggie has honed her lyrical prose and made a name for herself on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon.com, B.Dalton, Booksense, Ingram’s, Barnes and Noble, and Waldenbooks (where she reached #1) bestseller lists.

Maggie is the winner of numerous awards, including two Romantic Times Bookclub Career Achievement Awards, the National Readers Choice Award, and the coveted RITA Award, for which she was nominated twelve times before finally winning.

She has also written for CBS daytime dramas, Guiding Light and As the World Turns. One of Maggie’s novels, Eternity, has been optioned for film.

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Twilight Guardians

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They told 20-year-old Charlie O’Malley that they had a cure for the rare blood condition that would eventually kill her–an untested, experimental cure. All they wanted in return was for her to join their elite military team and train to kill the Undead. 
She took the deal, not because she cared so much about extending her life, but because it would make her strong–stronger than ordinary humans. Strong enough to kill the vampire who’d pretended to love her, taken her blood, used her body, and murdered her mother. 
Killion was the last of his kind, or so he thought. When he found Charlie, he felt the pull. She had the rare Belladonna Antigen all vampires had as humans. Vampires were compelled to protect those rare mortals they called The Chosen. But with Charlie, the bond was different, more powerful than anything he’s felt before, and impossible to resist, even though surrendering to it will probably get him killed. 
Ancient vampire elders Rhiannon and Roland come out of exile, risking their lives to help their mortal friend Roxy reclaim her granddaughter. But before the tale ends, their lives will be forever changed. 
Join Maggie Shayne as she returns to her most beloved series of all time with this new beginning…. 

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Maggie Shayne's beloved Wings in the Night series has been REBORN with Twilight Guardians. The characters that us diehards loved in the early books - Rhiannon, Roland, Eric, Roxy... are back along with an exciting new cast and crew of Chosen, Undead and animal familiars in an exciting and engaging tale full of deceit and mayhem, and ending in survival and new love!

Roxy, the oldest living Chosen has reconnected with her granddaughter. A woman she has been having dreams about her entire life. She has a preternatural sense somehow that the blood of her blood will be something special. So when Charlie's life is in danger, Roxy steps in to make sure she's safe. Unfortunately, things don't always go as planned, especially in a world rife with DPI operatives looking to make sure the extinction of the Undead went as they hoped it had back in 2011.

Charlie O'Malley was an ordinary girl, with the exception that she had the Belladonna antigen and was sheltered and coddled by her mother her entire life. When she starts having strange erotic dreams about the handsome and captivating Killian she thinks she's going crazy. Until she's taken under her grandmother's wing and actually meets the man behind the dreams.

Killian believes that he is the last of his kind. When he finally meets the woman of his dreams, he realizes he doesn't much care anymore. Unfortunately, his embedded desire to keep Charlie safe is overwhelmingly hindered by the fact that she thinks vampires are blood sucking monsters out to use people with the antigen as their favorite meal.

When Charlie escapes and is scooped up by members of the Department of Paranormal Investigations, she enters a web of deceit unlike anything she's ever known. The question is, will she be able to reconcile what her heart is telling her about Killian versus what she's led to believe by the DPI before it's too late?

Twilight Guardians was a captivating story and a must read for all WitN fans. It started out fairly mellow with the reintroduction of the world building for new readers and the introduction of the cast, but it didn't leave the reader wanting for material even then. Once the entire cast was introduced and you got a sense of where the world stood in this new future for the Undead and Chosen, the book took off like a shot and didn't let go. There was action, adventure, subterfuge, and more and the characters were put through the wringer with regards to emotion that you couldn't help but experience right along with them. If you're coming to the world late and haven't had a chance to enjoy the old Wings in the Night novels yet, no worries, you can most definitely start here (and then feel free to go back and get the back story next). :)

I cannot wait to see where Maggie goes with the series. There is some seriously amazing world building and character growth that happened at the end of TG, and it looks to be an incredible ride!

Twilight Guardians

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