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Demon Guard: Shadowguard Academy Book 1 Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07VM4BZW9
- Language : English
- File size : 2347 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 236 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 107,463 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Okay so this little book just got released like yesterday or the day before…I can’t really remember because my brain is dumb…but it is out now and I’d def recommend Academy book lovers to pick this one up, or really any fantasy lover but its a great read! If you haven’t yet heard or read this book...Go and read it.
I really enjoyed sooo much about this book and not just because #HotAGuyAlert
Hehe nope it wasn't just that...but I may have just acquired a new #BookBoyfriend. Okay so aside from the hot guy alert lol...I loved this story a LOT. At first it did initially take me a little to get into maybe 6 chapters? But once I had fallen into the world...POOF I was a goner.
I loved the world we were brought into and the structuring that took place. I couldn't help but love like pretty much everything about it. The characters were amazing and well constructed and even the characters you weren't really meant to like you still felt the power to appreciate them. Although one teacher comes clearly to mind and I just want to introduce fist to face lol
Anywho, onto important matters. So, basically the story starts 4 years past the present day and we learn that Aspen has lost her mum (at 11 years of age) and is now living on the street two years later. Which, one, is heartbreaking and two her mother made her promise something just before she died. She told her that Strangers may come for her with weird coloured eyes and at all cost she had to get away from them.
But one night she is out looking for food and in the shadows of the alley a monster emerges attacking her and from there she is saved and the young man takes her into a safehouse and she soon learns that Demons are real and that the birthmark on her arm means that she, like the man that saved her, is a Guardian. Ones that basically protect the world from the things that go bump in the night.
The story then jumps to when Aspen is 17 nearly 18 and she is attending an interview to be let into the prestigious St. Michael's Guardian Academy. Where they will be taught all they need to know about becoming a Guardian. What I didn't mention was that Aspen was taken in by a well known family who adopted her as their own and under their foster care Aspen was taught about this whole new world and even how to fight. Coz everyone gotto know how to fight before they even go to this school. They only take the best of the best.
Anywho, don't want to give much more information away about the story...but each new student is assigned a mentor and who else does Aspen get? But the young man that saved her those 4 years ago and he's also the Head Minister's (of the Council) son! Of course he is! Buuutt he's nothing like she remembers...yes he's as gorgeous as ever, probably even more so ;) but he is anything but the gentle, kind soul she had dreamed about. In fact...He doesn't even remember her...GASP...or does he?
Guess you'll have to read it to find out hehe.
But as she is settling into life at the academy she makes some friends...which she didn't really want. But lucky for her they don't shake off that easily. Thank goodness because I love her friends! I soo relate to her roomie. #MotherHenAlert
After one night out she runs into some trouble at the bar and Demons attack but before that happens she found herself face to face with a demon with violet eyes...And from here things go downhill for her, well sorta, but its definitely where things start happening....but also where her and her mentor finally start getting on just a little bit. So yay for us lol.
Now they have to work out why a certain Violet eyed demon is interested in Aspen and why there's a sudden disappearance of guardians.
If I had to pick one thing I was slightly disappointed with was that although Aspen could fight she never really got the opportunity to do so really. Which was a little sad because you saw how amazing she was and I wanted some girl kick-butt action going on lol. but other then that I totally loved it and got really wrapped up into this world.
The only thing I have left to say is that this book will take you on a journey and you can't help but want to know more. Thank goodness this book doesn't really have what I class as a cliffhanger but it does leave it very nicely open that your just like I want to gobble it all up.
If you like a chick that doesn't just go with the flow and is sassy and just plain kick-butt and awesome. You are going to enjoy this story and all that it offers.
In this series we have a girl who didn’t realise her importance in a world of fantasy creatures, the main focus here being demons. We get to follow her journey on becoming a Guardian so she can help fight against the demons and protect the human population. As well as this Aspen is searching for answers about her birth parents, as her mother died when she was younger leaving her as an orphan.
Yet again what intrigued me most is the romance aspect of this. We get introduced to a lovely dark character who instantly had my attention (I have a type what can I say?).
My only complaint is the whole “I’m not like other girls” vibe coming through a little strong. I’ll put a small quote below.
“I had a hard life. The Van der Klays took me in, and for that I’ll always be thankful, but it doesn’t change the fact I’m not like the normal stuck up, rich girls who usually attend St. Michael’s. I’m strong. And tough. I can take care of myself.”
Look, it didn’t bother me too much in general. This quote in particular though annoyed me. We have the usual trio of ‘bitches’ but other than that every other character introduced has been pretty cool so why are they basically all labelled as “normal stuck up rich girls”?
For the most part Aspen is a strong character and I’m excited to see where this series goes. I just hope it’s toned down a bit. Onto the next one!
I received an ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Once at the academy, things change a bit faster as the action begins not too long after classes start. There are two professors that I am leery of, well, one professor and one mentor, but when Logan arrives is when things begin to unravel for Aspen. It ends with some interesting twists, so I’m gonna grab book 2 and see what happens.
3.5 stars ⭐️
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Four years ago
Thirteen year old Aspen has been living rough on the streets of Chicago since she ran away from her foster home, following the death of her mother a year ago. Before dying, her mother had made Aspen promise to run away if strangers with odd coloured eyes ever came looking for her and tried to take her away.
One night, while scrounging the streets for food, Aspen is attacked by a demon but rescued by two Guardians, Master Patrick and Logan, who kill the demon. The men come to realise that not only does Aspen bear their Shadowguard Mark on her forearm but that the demon had been sent to kill her. They take her into protective custody and shortly after, Aspen is adopted by the Van der Klay family.
Aspen is now 17 years old and has spent the last four years being prepped to attend the prestigious St Michaels Academy for Guardians. Her foster brother, Lex is already a student there. By attending the Academy, Aspen not only aspires to become a Guardian, but hopes to find answers about her mother.
On her first day at the Academy, Aspen finds a friend in chirpy Cortney Elms and the sardonic Peter Michaels but gets off on the wrong foot with Lauren Thibodeaux and her posse as well as one of the Lecturers, Kevin Jones who teaches Demonology. She also finds herself the source of envy when it’s revealed that her mentor is Guardian Hendricks, the son of the Head Minister of the Guardian Council no less. Aspen is shocked when her mentor turns out to be none other than Logan, the Guardian who rescued her four years ago and who left an impression on her. Upon meeting Logan however, she’s hurt by his indifference and realises he has no memory of her.
Aspen comes to learn that several Guardians have gone missing and when a gig she is attending with friends is attacked by mundane demons, Aspen realises they were targeting Guardians and students only and not humans. Aspen escapes after being warned by a purple eyed higher demon but when he saves her again after her getaway vehicle is targeted, she can only wonder why he would do so. When Logan’s search for the missing Guardians once more puts her life in danger, Belial intervenes and saves her from Azazel again. Aspens begs Belial for answers.
“Very well, little mountain. You deserve an answer. You remind me of a young woman I met many years ago. Several young women, in fact. Your bloodline runs deep. If you have never felt so inclined might I suggest you research your family members’ identities? I believe doing so will be quite enlightening.”
Demon Guard is the first instalment of the Shadowguard Academy series. It was also my first introduction to the author and I was not disappointed. The author has concocted a highly entertaining, suspenseful plot, filled with unexpected twists and characters that leap from the page making it a truly engaging read.
From the offset, I found myself totally immersed in the premise of the story about an orphaned teen who is fostered into a high powered family, who enrols in a prestigious academy for demon hunters while trying to find out the truth about her past. Her quest leads her to a higher demon who seems to have all the answers and with whom she feels a strange connection to. The question is why?
The strength of the book lies in the exceptional character development and world building that the author has gone at great lengths to portray. We have a world in which Guardians, imbued with superhuman strength, speed and the ability to wield magic, originate from Thaddeus, a man who lived over a thousand years ago. God gifted Thaddeus with the skills to kill demons after his family were murdered. In return Thaddeus agreed to share the gift with others by remarrying and having offspring. A Guardian’s magic supposedly lies dormant until the age of 18. The Academy then helps them to wield their magic and develop their combat skills in order to kill demons. Some of these skills involve the use of Sigils. The four basic sigils in a Guardians arsenal are; strength enhancement, accelerated healing, resistance to demon venom and the beacon sigil for when one is in trouble.
Demons in turn come under three groups. Higher demons are the oldest and most powerful of their kind, their abilities making them the hardest to kill. Mundane demons do the bidding of the higher demons and aren’t very intelligent. Their venom is lethal however. If an antidote is not produced in time to combat their venom, the victim becomes one of them. Lesser demons are the result of a higher demon mating with a mortal. Despite their evil tendencies, they have some shred of humanity to overcome them.
I was impressed at how effortlessly the author was able to bring her characters to life through her impressive world building. Aspen is an feisty, appealing and resilient protagonist who the reader will instantly relate to. Losing her mother so young and living on the streets obviously toughened her up but there is a vulnerability beneath the surface and a desire to prove herself.
Logan was an equally interesting character who seems to have been through a lot in the four years since Aspen first met him. What has changed him from the patient and considerate youth who helped Aspen to the embittered man he’s become? Did he lose someone possibly?
Most intriguing of all however, was Belial. The scenes between him and Aspen positively sizzled with chemistry and were my favourite aspects of the book. He obviously has all the answers regarding who Aspen is;
“Can the Guardians really not know the jewel in their possession?”
What are his reasons for trying to protect Aspen? Why is she so important to him and what kind of magic is he waiting for her to come into? I can’t wait to find out. He’s certainly my favourite character though, but whether he is the the anti villain or the anti hero remains to be seen. I’m looking forward to reading more about Aspen’s journey as well as her heritage. Roll on book two!
Highly recommended for fans of urban fantasy, academy books, demons, guardians, strong female leads, mysteries etc
After a rough day of classes, Cortney convinces her to go to a see a small band with her and Peter. The place is full and the music is great. Aspen feels that she is being watched. She sees someone in the shadows that appears t be watching her. When they take a break to get something to drink, the watcher approaches Aspen. She becomes entranced and can't move away. One thing she notices is he has purple eyes. He tells her to leave and then the place is attacked by demons.
The story gets very involved after this point and holds your interest.
I received the book as an ARC and provided my honest review of the book. I ended up buying it too.