Review: Survival (The Guardians of Vesturon #1) by A.M. Hargrove

13077293Title: Survival (The Guardians of Vesturon #1)
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Published: Nov. 14, 2011
Pages: 276
Genre: YA, paranormal
Review: ebook provided by author
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"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."
While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.

I received this book to give an honest review.
So first let me say that I was really enjoying this book up until we meet the guardians. After that I just could not fully understand the scenes that were going on. I had so many questions on to why this person would do that and this person do this. 
We are introduced to Maddie and she seemed to be a very likable character she has had it rough and is now on her own going to college. She doesn't really open up to anyone just because she feels she is bad luck. So when she decides to go hiking on her normal Christmas hike that she has been doing since the lost of her father she doesn't think twice of the danger that is lurking. This is where we meet this strange man I would like to call him a serial killer as he has done this kind of thing before. What he does to her has her hurt and almost dying which then enters the guardians. 
Now who the guardians were I totally didn't think of them being the way they were so that was a nice surprise thrown in there. We get to read on as Maddie is healed from her injuries and she falls in love with Rayn which we all know is not suppose to happen. 
What happens when Maddie and Rayn get together? Well you have to read to find that out, and the cliff hanger well there is a major one in this one. 
So let me tell you why I gave this book a 2 rating. The way the author seemed to switch up the character Maddie from how she was in the beginning was bothersome. She mentions she is clumsy which is normal but yet when she lives with the guardians this girl is a total accident prone chick. I mean the way she is doing this is way too clumsy. Now while we are on this part of being clumsy when she starts fighting back towards the end she is on does that happen? I mean it shows she can fight without knocking herself out and plus she runs for the heck of it and doesn't trip on branches? Makes no sense. 
The back and forth between Maddie and Rayn was enough to drive me batty...I mean literally it was like "oh he is hawt I totally want him." Rayn " I can read your mind." Maddie " Oh no I need to remember that because I am so embarrassed." Now it didn't totally go like that but you get the picture. I feel like they could have done better without the back and forth with liking not liking, can be with you, can not be with you type thing going on.
So my last issue is now this is probably going to be a spoiler what is the mark on Maddie's back!!! It was never mentioned and I would have loved to have known what it was. Maybe in book two there will be another mention of it? 

A.M. Hargrove
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).
So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz, Tragically Flawed, Tragic Desires, and Exquisite Betrayal.
Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

(If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but….)
You can also find her on Goodreads as Emerson St. Clair. Her novella series, Dirty Nights, is available and those are a little dark, a little erotic and a lot sexy!


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