Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Descended by Debra Ann Miller

Title:  Descended
Author:  Debra Ann Miller
Series:  Fallen Guardian Saga #1
Published:  October 13th 2012 by Debra Ann Miller
Page Count:  294
Genre:  Young Adult Christian Fiction
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Destiny has two ways of crushing us…by refusing our wishes…and fulfilling them.

Vie had no idea when she descended into the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming that she’d find herself mesmerized by the mysterious and alluring eyes of one Carter Stone. And Carter believed he knew everyone that lived in his rural town until the day he locked eyes with Vivian Thorne. He couldn’t help but wonder what was different about this girl he had known all of his life.

He was right, Vie was the beautiful young Guardian that had been sent to their world looking for Carter and she did so merged in the vessel of the Thorne girl. Their meeting sparks a passionate romance between the two and soon after they embark on their journey to uncover the secrets of a past that they begin to realize they both shared. Their forbidden connection unleashes a war with disapproving parties and the lovers find themselves on a mission to uncover the truth of their not wholly human existence and their unbreakable bond. Darkness falls as Lucian returns to settle a score with them and their lives take a thrilling and terrifying turn. The only way for Carter to stop Lucian and save the one he holds most dear is to unlock the secrets of his past and unleash the powers within him. What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane? Gotta be fate!

Deeply passionate and extraordinarily suspenseful, Descended captures the struggles between doing what is expected of you and unleashing your destiny, between fulfilling prophecies and desires, between loyalty and love.

My Review:

This was such a very heart-warming story. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside while at the same time keeping you quite intrigued. Miller has mastered the art of suspenseful narrative. She provides all information necessary for the advancement of the story, while keeping back just enough to keep the reader intrigued. Rather than just plonking all of the information down in one long narrative, she feeds it to us bit by bit.

The story itself is also fairly well written. The descriptions are concise, to the point, but provide you with a sense of what or who you should be looking at. I did find that the actual purpose of the story didn’t become completely apparent until about midway through the novel, but it was still quite enjoyable.

Some of the characters in this novel were quite well developed. You knew where they came from, or at least as much as the characters themselves did. You also got to know a bit about their personalities. However, some of the characters were a little one sided. I also found that the dialogue gets a little stilted at times. Not a lot, but just enough to break the flow of the story. The cast as a whole was quite intriguing and pulls you in to this world.

At the end of the story you find yourself wondering, who in the world are these people? What’s going to happen to them and what is their purpose? You find yourself wanting to reach for the sequel to continue on this journey.

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