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Marked (Soul Guardians Book 1)

Marked (Soul Guardians Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kim Richardson
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"Loved this book from the beginning to the end, and I can't wait to read the sequel." --Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Contest

"From the very beginning of this fast paced and imaginative book I was hooked. I couldn't put it down until the very end. I highly recommend this book!" --Geeky Girl Reviews

"An enjoyable read, and a unique read. The plot was interesting, and well-written."
--Review Haven: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

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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, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons and sworn protectors of mortal souls. But with her new job comes dangers of the supernatural kind and things quickly change from bad to worse. Kara is shunned by the Legion, and for reasons unknown demons seem to be following her. Nevertheless she must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil and save the mortal world—if she can survive the encounter…

From the bestselling author comes this thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure and funny debut novel.

Marked, Book # 1
Elemental, Book # 2
Horizon, Book # 3
Netherworld, Book # 4
Seirs Book, # 5
Mortal Book, # 6

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Kim Richardson is the author of the best-selling series, Soul Guardians. Born in 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 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 fulltime.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original and funny 7 May 2011
By Scott
Format:Kindle Edition
Marked was a great read with a fun character, Kara, who used to live a rather mundane life that consisted of painting and eating ice-cream all the time before she's hit by a bus and dies. Waking up she finds herself in an elevator, light engulfing her as she's taken to Orientation. Pretty soon it becomes clear: prior to her birth, Kara was marked and now she's dead and alone in Heaven, waiting for her apprenticeship to begin. David is supposed to teach her how to be a guardian angel, which is the responsible position of leading souls safely to where they're supposed to go. Now that Kara would rather leave to someone she feels is more suited for the task, like David.

David does his job well, and soon Kara realised she likes him more than she should, which is a major distraction because something's wrong. You see, Kara is supposed to save mortals from demons who feed on their souls. But instead, of saving the ones she's supposed to save, Kara keeps drawing demons to her, risking both her and the mortals' souls.
It seems the angels were not the only ones who marked Kara. David and Kara are running out of time in their endeavours to find out what's going on before Kara is lost forever.

Marked is original, well-written and surprisingly easy to follow and to get into, which I didn't expect given the strong need for world building due to the ethereal setting and fantasy elements. I liked the voice (Kara picking a sword because it sparkles and is pretty was so funny). It's also a fast-paced story, and it's certainly very refreshing to see something that hasn't been done before. The story kept me guessing until the very end. I couldn't put it down. The romance elements were laden with chemistry. I hope there's going to be a sequel soon. I recommend this one to all YA and fantasy readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Marked!!! 24 Aug 2012
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This book is a great read and is suitable for all ages . It had a really good plot and kept you hooked all the time. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy however, I am not a great fan of fantasy and I still really enjoyed the book surely deserves a better price ; one of my favourite reads of the summer!!!!!!!

By Orla,12
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This is possibly the hardest review I've had to write. Not because the book was bad, in fact I was rather impressed by it. No, the reason that it's been hard to review is that it's closest book I've come to on this blog that could be classed as "chick-lit". It's unfamiliar territory for me.

But don't let this stop you from reading it! The majority of my blog's readers are male, but I would still say that they should consider this book. Especially if they are looking for a light, easy read.

But it doesn't matter how hard I found it to write the review, what matter is the book itself. I really did enjoy it, and the thing that stood out most was the afterlife. Apart from the fact that it was staffed by various primates, it was such an imaginative place that was really uplifting to read about. (And kind of made me jealous that I wasn't there...). It's interesting to think of heaven as a kind of office (albeit an odd office) where angels administer the world's affairs. I really enjoyed the scenes set in this Angel-Office, called Horizon, although it was interesting to note that while it was referred to by the names of various paradises - Heaven was not one of them.

With all books there a few things that I think could have been done differently, and I would say that I thought the beginning is a little too fast. The main character dies straight away, which is fine - the book is about her death, not her life - but then gets to work as a GA almost immediately. I felt that she should have had training before going out on a mission.

But Overall I found the book to be an enjoyable read, an easy read - it wasn't hard to follow, and a unique read. The plot, which I haven't spoken about much here, for fear of revealing too much, was interesting, and well-written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marked 26 Dec 2012
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This book is truly amazing I cannot wait to read the next one! I recommend having a large space of time to read it in because once you start reading it's really hard to put down!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 22 Dec 2012
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Amazing - will definitively read the whole series. Great story, humour, I was glued to the book from the minute I downloaded it. I recommend it warmly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read. 21 Dec 2012
By CarolL
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I enjoyed this book and will probably read the others in the series. It seemed to be aimed more at the teenage/ young adult market but was non the less enjoyable for that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I did like this book but at times I felt a little bored in reading partly because it has a few editing mistakes otherwise I would have given it 4* as it has a interesting story line and left me wanting to know what happens next and the how the story ends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately different 27 Nov 2012
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I was unsure about this book at first, but hey let's try out new authors.......I am so glad I did. This book is a little unusual but really very compelling. A 16 year old Kara's life is turned upside down after being hit by a bus, then of all things she finds herself learning all about her new life as a guardian angel. I know you are saying.....what?!?!?! But it is really well written. The main character Kara is taken on a rollercoaster of learning, fun and adventure that teases the mind with new twists and complications. I loved it, I couldn't out the book down and read the first 3 books within 4 days!!!!!! Brilliant, just simply brilliant. Read it for yourself, you won't be sorry ~I recommend it to all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marked
Ok so it's a book for youngsters but I really enjoyed it all the same. It's a good story, and well written. Well worth a read
Published 8 days ago by T. V. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Good imaginative storie like the characters. Easy reading
Published 18 days ago by elise burrows
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
I enjoyed the book, but am not fussy to read any more in the series. Well written and the characters well described, but not a story that I liked.
Published 20 days ago by R. R. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Read
I recommend that you read this book as it includes both action and a small bit of romance as well so that makes Marked a great all-round book. Read more
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Wow it is the hardest book to put down as it is totally amazing and it makes you feel like your actually in the book as you share your emotions with characters and just wow never... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shelly romans
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
it was really good I couldn't put it down I will definitely buy the second book I would recommend it for people who like fantasy books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I got this book thinking it would be rubbish but it was amazing. One of the best books I've very read. Can't wait to get the next one! :)
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Wow I think this book is amazing I'm just waiting to read the rest of the series hopefully it is free
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was crazy cool
Loved the hole story and setting it was so different to anything I have read before and I loved it. The characters feelings were so real, like if you were in the same situation as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Melissa book mad
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
I thought this book was really good.there was a clear story line and it moved quite fast which is good. I enjoyed the adventure and romantic side of it, which was funny at times. Read more
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