Book Review: The Eighth Guardian (Annum Guard #1) by Meredith McCardle

Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris.

It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together.

But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and travel through time to change the course of history. But in order to become the Eighth Guardian in this exclusive group, Amanda must say good-bye to everything—her name, her family, and even Abe—forever.

Who is really behind the Annum Guard? And can she trust them with her life?

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This book is easily 5 stars because of how much fun it was for me to read. Is it perfect? No. I found plenty of flaws and minor errors but it is so easy for me to look past that. Meredith McCardle is now on my must watch list with this novel.

I’m a nerd and I love history. I do not, however, love historical fiction with few exceptions (ie: Code Name Verity). I really consider this historical fiction. The events presented are real events with the tweaks necessary to make it fictional without detracting from those real events. You get to learn history and have fun with this sci-fi book at the same time! McCardle notes the changes she makes at the end but it is very obvious she did her research and incorporated it well.

Iris is a great MC because she is not without her flaws. When I read a book with an MC who knows what to do in every situation I get mad because that’s simply not possible. Iris is presented with this weird future that she was not raised to see coming. So, when the mention of time travel comes up she immediately laughs it off because that’s what a real person would do, no matter how trained that person is. She’s also somewhat selfish, but not so much so that she is unbearable, and that really helped me connect with her. She’s 16 years old, of course she should be somewhat selfish in life and death situations or being taken away from her boyfriend. One of the best main characters I have read in a long time.

The supporting characters were done pretty well but I wish we got to know more of them then we did. Yellow is the only one we get a deeper look at as well as Indigo but I really want to know about all the others, Zeta included.

The romance was quite minimal which I loved. I enjoyed Abe but I love that the story was not focused on them. Rather, it was focused on Iris’s situation and conflicts with some references to their relationship. It’s just done so well and I love a book that doesn’t rely on the romance. More importantly, I love that there is no flipping love triangle!!! THANK YOU!

Overall, a fun story about time travel and history which I found very hard to put down. I am super excited for the sequel!

5stars

Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

“What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. “

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This is one of the first books I picked up when the dystopian craze hit and ever since I read it it has set the bar very high.

This really is my favorite book of all time. I enjoy that you get two characters and both are so realistic, making them easily relatable. What I really love is that this book doesn’t just appeal to one gender over another (not that books do but it gets both perspectives). It was personally the first one I read that did this and other books are now going to be doing the same at the end of a series rather than the beginning (ie. Allegiant, which is still a great series).

The plot isn’t something so farfetched either. It is certainly plausible and possibly makes it that much more interesting. June is an amazing heroine and it is intriguing to see her struggle and grow. Day is an excellent counterpart to the Republic and their voices really give the reader a feel for what it’s like during this time for both the rich and the poor.

If you’re going to want to read one novel, this is the one. (Then you will have to read Prodigy, then Champion, because they are just that good.)

Final Decree:

5stars