First, I have to admit that I am partial to books that feature angels, demons, and soul mates. That being said, this book was fantastic!
Zoe faces the standard YA dilemma of being the unwilling participant in a love triangle that includes her best friend, and the hot new guy in town. But there’s a twist: her best friend, Kieran, happens to be her Guardian Angel; meanwhile, the hot new guy, Shay, is a half angel, who has also been assigned to guard her…and to top it off he just might be her soul mate! The romance between Zoe and Shay is both sweet and intense, while her concern and love for Kieran are genuine, but also decidedly sisterly.
Although the relationship issues seem neatly tied up by the end of the book (after all who can compete against a soul mate?), there is just enough room for doubt to make me sure that there will be more to come. And that has me excited, because I am #TeamKieran all the way!
The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos features additional good guys that include werewolves and fairies, and bad guys that include demons, and your garden-variety high school mean girls. This diverse cast of characters fit together seamlessly, to create a complex back drop for the coming Armageddon-style throw-down against evil, that will coincide with Zoe’s eighteenth birthday.
So, was there a downside to this book? Well of course, nothing is perfect! But my criticisms are very minor, and none of these issues took away from my enjoyment of the book. For example, I would have liked to see a little bit more development of the relationship between Kieran and Zoe to show why he fell in love with her, and if he will really be able to compete for her affections.
Additionally, the final battle scene fell a little flat for me; I would like to have been provided with more details, and I would have liked to see Zoe break out as a total bad-ass. Then again, these are all things that might be addressed in the next book in the series, which is due out in April of this year. Needless to say, I can’t wait to read it!
You can order hard a copy of The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos on Amazon by clicking here, or download the ebook version by clicking here. After you have read it, let me know: are you #TeamShay or #TeamKieran?