The Guardian’s Heart by Gabriel Lea
Publication Date: December 15th, 2016
Series: The Lost Souls (#1)
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Date Read: January 16th, 2017
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Dreams and destiny, magic and mystery, and an impossible romance that has pierced the veil and holds the power to alter worlds.
Every human being knows heartbreak – what it is to suffer. But Lilly shouldn’t be feeling that…not anymore. Her time as a human ended long ago. She’s a Soul Guardian now, lending guidance from beyond the stars. But when she’s sent to soothe the human with the fathomless green eyes and crushed spirit, the impossible happens.
Is it fate, magic, or a power much greater that has pierced the veil between worlds and brought them face to face? A past that was locked away and forgotten is rising to the surface, stirring emotions she can’t accept or deny. Her pristine, harmonious city is becoming plagued with misfortune. A mysterious, dusty manuscript is calling to share its secrets. And Lilly is being tested by feelings so powerful that nothing can hold them back – not even time, space or death. Little does she know, that she and the green-eyed boy are spinning the threads of fate that will alter the course of worlds.
I received a copy of The Guardian’s Heart from the author for review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
I have seen human suffering in all of its spawning variations and there are as many expressions as there are stars crowding the sky. Just as a star is born of dust and debris, suffering is born from the debris of your longing.
The Guardian’s Heart is unique and tells a story of soulmates. It was a pleasant surprise, I was expecting something entirely different. I really enjoyed this book. The author’s writing style is stunning, the plot is very well worked through, the premise was interesting, the characters were relatable and lovable.
However, I would have liked more world building. Panacea is the world in which the story takes place. Although, there were some beautiful descriptions of panacea, It was such a beautiful setting, and I would have loved to see more of it.
And while this book has wonderful details, there were times in which some areas felt rushed. I loved all the details but there were times where scenes could have had a bit more background.
A Guardian’s role is to offer support, strength, and encouragement in times of struggle and to remain a compassionate and impartial observer. I had definitely done more than observe.
I liked most of the characters from the beginning, especially Christian. And I connected with Lilly and Jay, their story is wonderfully written. I also loved Sky and the friendship between her and Lilly. Therefore, I would have liked to have seen more of their friendship. I really enjoyed the way the point of view changes, we get POV’s from Lilly, Jay and Christian, giving more insight into some of the characters. Although, Christian’s POV seemed at times unnecessary to the story.
Overall I enjoyed The Guardian’s Heart. It was a fantastic and an extremely enjoyable read. The elements woven into the story really set this novel aside and make it unique. The premise is unique and I adored the characters and the story.
A great debut by this author, this was a beautiful first book, and I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book in this series. If you are interested in reading Romance/Fantasy novels, I recommend reading this.
Humans know so little of what they carry inside.