Marked : Soul Guardians Book 1

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Sixteen-year-old Kara Nightingale is unpopular, awkward and positively ordinary-that is until one day she is struck by a bus and dies... Within moments her life changes from ordinary to extraordinary as she wakes up in a mysterious world with a new career-as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls and where demons feed on the souls of mortals. When an Elemental child is kidnapped, Kara is sent on a danger-filled quest and plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything she could ever imagine. From the best-selling author comes this captivating, funny debut novel and winner of the Readers' Favorite more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • Createspace
  • Scotts Valley, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1461017092
  • 9781461017097
  • 875,412

About Kim Richardson

Kim Richardson is the author of the Soul Guardians series. Born in Northern Quebec, Canada, she later studied in the field of 3D Animation, and became an Animation Supervisor for a VFX company. For many years she worked on big Hollywood films and stayed in the field of animation for 14 years. Since then, she has retired from the VFX world and settled in the country where she writes full time. To learn more about the author, please visit: http: // more

Our customer reviews

Marked is another example of why the self-published route is so flawed. It had a good idea behind it and elements of the story were well-imagined. However, it was in dire need of an editor to take a red-pen to it. Kara was a promising protagonist, but her voice got lost. She tended to think in witty-one-liners which were often so incongruous to the situations she was in that it was hard to take her seriously. Her character tended to take even the most bizarre situations with a flippant acceptance. When I expected contemplation, confusion and dramatic pause, she ploughed on through the narrative. This, inevitably, had a rather detrimental impact on the pace of the book as a whole. Because Kara was dead, she didn't need to sleep. This, coupled with the "let's plough though" style of the writing, meant that everything seemed rushed and under-described. Considering the setting, there was little world-building involved and I found that I simply could not suspend my disbelief long enough to enjoy the promising story. Overall, this is one of those books which had potential. I wonder if Richardson tried to go the route of conventional publishing but didn't get anywhere. I've found that a lot of agencies ask for the first 10,000 words / 3 chapters of a manuscript. That chunk of this book was so rushed that I can see why the book would have struggled in mainstream publishing. It did get better, but that's not much of a recommendation really, is it? This could have been a four star story, but it's two star prose. So that's what I'm giving it!show more
by Laura Williams
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