Shield & Shade

Shield & Shade
Author(s)
Age Group
13+
Published Date
February 03, 2021
ISBN Number
978-1-7321405-8-5
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For fans of STORM AND FURY and MORTAL INSTRUMENTS. The Ascended Guardians series is a supernatural thrill-ride that never lets up.

It’s been over ten years since fifteen-year-old Zoey Taylor wandered away from her family home in the middle of the night. Or so she’s been told, repeatedly, by her mother—but the only thing Zoey knows for sure is that when her older brother, Corinth, found her in the woods, safe and unharmed, she returned with a crippling fear of the dark and no other memories from those lost days—except strange flashes of sharp teeth and red-flaming hair.

Since that time, she’s become a star pupil and is on track to graduate early … if and that’s a big IF her overprotective family doesn’t get in the way of her dreams first.

But when one of the wealthiest, enigmatic philanthropists on the planet—Gabriel Stanton—shows up on her doorstep on Thanksgiving Day, and reveals the truth about what really happened to her all those years ago, it completely shatters her perception of the world.

And the story isn’t anything like what she’s been told.

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Angels and Demons
Overall rating
 
3.5
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot/Story
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
4.0
Zoey is just your ordinary girl with a good-looking best friend named Trevor who she has a huge crush on. But she misses out on a lot of fun because of her absurdly early curfew her parents set. Years ago, Zoey was kidnapped and her parents have kept her on lockdown ever since. However, nothing is as it seems, including her best friend.

Then, there's Cruz. He works at the diner she frequents and has a crush on her. When she invites Trevor over for dinner and Cruz shows up too, things take a turn for the crazy.. She discovers Trevor is a demon and her brother is half-angel. Forced to face an army of Shades, Zoey myst rely on Cruz to save the day, and her family.

SHIELD & SHADE is full of angels and demons who are fighting a never ending battle with characters you can't help but cheer for. Zoey will do anything to keep her family safe, but that isn't the easiest thing to do when your opponent is a sadistic demon. Cruz is sweet and loyal and refuses to turn his back on Zoey. Then, there are her brothers and Alistair who fight for what's right.

The author does a great job of holding your interest and paints her characters in a realistic light even in the paranormal setting. Both Cruz and Zoey's reaction to the demons seem appropriate and I love seeing their interactions. The only thing that seemed unnecessary were the point of view changes. There are so many that it takes away from the story a bit. Another character it switches to is Alistair, who is one of Zoe's brothers friends.


Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of paranormal stories about angels and demons. Fans of the Fallen series might also enjoy this series as it sort of reminds me of it.
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