Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Reluctant Guardian by Melissa J. Cunningham ~Review & Giveaway~

Author:   Melissa J. Cunningham
Published:  September 20th, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: approx. 82,000
Genre:  YA Mature Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Topics such as suicide and sexual abuse implied but not described
Recommended Age:  14+
Synopsis: Guarding Brecken Shaefer—a dark and dangerous rebel—is harder than it looks.
Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward, right? Unfortunately, eternal rewards aren’t given out so freely when you take your own life.
Required to pay the debt for committing suicide, Alisa must become a guardian. It sounds easy enough, but not when the boy she is forced to protect has a dangerous secret and wants absolutely nothing to do with her.
Brecken Shaefer isn’t any normal teenager. He has special gifts that are sure to make Alisa’s afterlife miserable. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. Not only must Alisa face her own demons— but to protect Brecken, she must face an evil so heinous that it threatens to destroy their souls completely. Alisa is tired of hiding from her past. When the easiest thing to do is run, can Brecken give her the strength to stay?

My Opinion

So, when I first started reading this, I thought for sure Alisa was going to be that annoying character. She kills herself, she tries to con Gram with her smile.....etc.
However Alisa grows on you. She is a very relate able character. It was rather nice to read about her tribulations.
On a whole the story starts strong, keeps you reading page after page....then you can hardly wait to see what's going to happen in the next book. I mean heck with the roller coaster of emotions through this story you can't help but to enjoy this Author's world.
Author Melissa Cunningham did a fabulous job of melting a strong story-line with awesome characters.

About the Author
Melissa J. Cunningham began writing five years ago when she decided, out of the blue, to enter a community writing contest and won first place. From that moment on she had a new love: Writing. Melissa is a member of the League of Utah Writers. Her past publication experience includes a recurring opinion column called Writing Reality, for her local newspaper: The Leader

Melissa's first novel: Reluctant Guardian, was accepted for publication through Clean Teen Publishing in August 2013.

When Melissa is not writing you can find her spending time with her family and her horses, cats, dogs and chickens or reading. Melissa is also a local music teacher.

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  1. Thank you SO much for reviewing my book and having me on your blog! I am so glad you liked it! Sure do appreciate the shout out!

  2. I'm excited to read this book and find the author captured something amazing.