“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?
Resurrection immediately picks up from where Survival left and it’s just plain suspense and curiosity that will keep you reading and reading.
Resurrection is about Maddie and Rayn but with more depth. Yep, I said it – more depth! As I discussed in my review of Survival, what I didn’t like was the lack of a story per se. It was like a “get-to-know-the-characters” book instead of an actual story itself but Resurrection redeems for the series. Woohooo! I know that getting to know a character was a good thing but it came off as information dump rather than a coherent story. Anyway, Maddie and Rayn are faced with circumstances that isn’t looking good for their relationship – it seems that they need a miracle – and miracle indeed.
Okay so as I said there was more story in Resurrection and we get to learn more about Vesturon and Rayn’s family.
Although there are great things about Resurrection, there are also a few details that needed ironing.
- The repetitive style was still there BUT very VERY minimal – I am doing a happy dance right now. 😀
- Conflict was a bit rushed. It would have been great if the author played with the conspiracy theory more.
- I just realized that what I hated most about Survival and Resurrection is Madie and Rayn. It’s their uber mushiness and over the top flaunting of affection that comes out too strong for my liking. I HATE insta-love and because of that their love left a bitter taste in my tongue
- Emphasis on Madie here – she’s just too focused on herself in spite the attention and leeway that other people are giving her. An in addition, Madie was a clutz in Survival and even in Resurrection but when she learned she was Vesturian and had powers, she changed instantly. This didn’t fit well with me, I would have appreciated if the changed took time. She already had Vesturian blood even in Earth, but she was a magnet for disaster but in Vesturion it all changed. Timing was all it needed. And oh, again with the Sharbabble, LET.IT.GO! 😦
What I did love
- It wasn’t just focus on Madie and Rayn anymore. It was more about their family, Vesturon, and other important things.
- It was less word play than the first book which helped quicken the pace. The redundancy and repetition of dialogues was lesser as well which I appreciate so much!
- It had more action scenes and development.
- In spite the fact that Hargrove wrote very flourished dialogues, I loved how descriptive she is with everything. Made it easier to imagine the complicated world and life in Vesturon.
Resurrection should be read after Survival – although Resurrection will give you a history of what Survival was about, it can still be very tricky to read Resurrection without reading the first book. To wrap it up, Resurrection definitely saved me and changed my opinion of the series so far. Now I can definitely say that I am excited to read Determinant which is book 3 of the series.
The Guardian of Vesturon Series