I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN by Meredith McCardle! See below for my review and a chance to win a giveaway!
About THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN: 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.
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?
Publisher: Skyscape (Amazon)
Genre: YA time travel thriller
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-eighth-guardian-meredith-mccardle/1117781240?ean=9781477847138
Amanda is a student at Peel Academy, expecting to go into the CIA with her boyfriend Abe when they graduate next year. But when she is pulled after Testing Day a year early, Amanda is whisked away to become the eighth member of the Annum Guard, a secret time-traveling agency. She is allowed no further contact with anyone, including Abe, and is even given a new name--Iris. Even worse, she discovers her place in the Annum Guard is far from secure. If she fails, she'll be incarcerated in solitary confinement for the rest of her life.
This was a fun, entertaining read full of intrigue and twists. The historical parts as Iris travels back in time are interesting and well-written. The novel is fast-paced, and the characters we meet are compelling and fully realized. My only real issue was the romance. It didn't feel fully fleshed out to me, probably because Amanda is whisked away from Abe by the second chapter. I would have liked some flashbacks to their relationship so that when [something spoilery happens] it has more of an impact.
About Meredith McCardle: Meredith McCardle is a former lawyer who lives in South Florida with her husband and two young daughters. Like her main character, she has a fondness for strong coffee, comfortable pants, and jumping to the wrong conclusions. Unlike her main character, she cannot travel through time. Sadly. Her debut, THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN, will be published by Skyscape/Amazon Children’s in Spring 2014.
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Author on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6930476.Meredith_McCardle
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