Marked by Passion,
This review is from: Marked By Passion: Number 1 in series (Guardians of Destiny) (Mass Market Paperback)
Gabe is a Gurdian of the book of Earth. After her father's death (or rather murder, as she later finds out), she inherits an ancient Chinese scroll that brings on her powers. Most of them seem to be for destruction, of which she is, of course, very wary. On the heels of the scroll, more people start popping up in her life - her long-lost brother, another Guardian (of book of Fire), and her father's ghost. The only one she is happy to see is her brother. She lusts after the other Guardian, Rhys - but, quite deservedly, doesn't trust him. Her father, Wu, is driving her to distraction, being dead but still authoritative and bent on making her a perfect Gurdian - something Gabe has no intention of doing.
Well-rounded characters, some kick-ass, some creepy. Whilst the baddie could be seen from miles away - his psychological baggage discussed prior to the unveiling enough to guess, some other twists were unexpected. For ex, the involvement of ex-boyfriend Jesse and his role in scroll's re-appearance weren't obvious. Nicely done.
My only bone to pick is the French phrases. How on earth those of us who don't speak French are supposed to know what Gabe is discussing with Madame?!!!
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