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Determinant (The Guardians of Vesturon #3)

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NOTE: Though this is the 3rd installment of the Guardians of Vesturon, it can be read as a stand alone novel.

January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening, after working an especiall
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Published June 30th 2012 (first published June 26th 2012)
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Aug 26, 2012 Sheri rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The third book in The Guardians of Vesturon series was my favorite, although I loved the first two books as well. Determinant is fast paced and full of adventure and surprises that will be sure to keep you guessing. Plus, it is packed full of hot guys…who can resist?

January is a great character. She has had a tough life but despite her past, or maybe because of it, she is a strong lead and knows how to take care of herself. She is easily likable and fun to be reading about. I really love Rykeria
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Another fabulous installment with my favorite aliens
Characters: So good.
Plot: An interesting tale with a twist that made me smile and want more
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Rykerian (honestly Jurek, lol)

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

January has her day and well, even with her predicament, I want to be in her shoes. Not only Rykerian but then there is hunky Jurek. With a lot of things going on January
Elisabeth Wheatley
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book. I became very attached to Maddie and Rayn and I didn’t want to leave them behind, even if Rykerian is a bit difficult not to like. In the end, I found myself liking this book more than the previous two and adoring January and Rykerian to bits!

The plot:
Okay, you could probably split this book into two novellas with their own beginnings, middles, and ends, but I think it worked. I saw the same “problem” here that I did in the previous
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
Another great book. Now we are finding out about January, Rykerian and other people. I can't wait for book 4 in 2013.
Jul 31, 2012 Tana rated it really liked it
Determinant (The Guardians of Vesturon #3) by A.M. Hargrove

A.M. Hargrove has given us a third book in this series The Guardians of Vesturon, this book is by far one of the best books in this series and I expect the series is only going to get better. A.M’s writing is easy to read, her words flowed well, and character and plot are also well written. Determinant can be read as a standalone but I do suggest you read Survival and Resurrection to get to know everyone.
This book has everything a good b
Jul 30, 2012 Clara rated it really liked it
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A couple of weeks ago I read the first novel of The Guardians of Vesturon series. Survival was okay, the characters really stood out to me, but I didn't love the whole idea of the Guardians. Determinant is the third installment of the series, and I'd still say the same thing if I was telling someone about this series. I love all the detail and the weirdness of all the characters, but the whole E.T. like people just didn't make sense, for me a
Best yet in this series! DETERMINANT digs deep, emotionally, mentally. January St. Davis didn't grow up in a warm and loving home and she never knew why. She excelled in school, graduated first in her class at sixteen, and for her graduation present, her parents kicked her out of the house, after dropping a HUGE bombshell aimed straight at her heart. (At this point, I have to say, her parents are now my all-time most hated characters.)

January's story is entwined with Maddie's story, (Survival, R
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Aug 08, 2012 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
I signed on to be a part of this blog tour for Determinant months ago. I knew this was book three and I also knew they said this book could be a stand alone but I really wanted to read the first two books first. I have to say that I'm glad I read the other two books first. It helped me feel like I knew the other characters and some history as well.

Having said that, I liked this book better than the other two. I think I just like Rykerian and January more. Rykerian was my preference in the other
Bookish Michelle
Sep 08, 2012 Bookish Michelle rated it it was amazing
I must say that this is my favorite book from the series! It's goodness in every page! While it is good to read the first two books before heading onto Determinant, it can also be read as a stand alone but I'll still advise you to read the first two books because they are good! Besides, you'll be able to appreciate Determinant even more if you follow the series!

Having a family that doesn't love you back sucks. It's pretty bad and January was one of those whose family didn't even care for her at
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Oct 16, 2012 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads

Can I just say where to begin...... I read this book is 7 hours! I told the kids to leave me alone and go bother their father because mommy needed some "ME" time! Okay that is how good this book is. Laundry and cooking and cleaning be dammed! A.M. has crafted and created a world where I want to live minus the bad stuff and the diseases of course. But HOLY HADES Rykerian can we have Alien babies??

January has had a rough life. She has lost a friend who has just up and disappea
Dec 30, 2012 Sitt rated it it was amazing
This book is the third installment of the Vesturon Guardian Saga. I read the first and the second installment and was totally mesmerized by a series of events. This one follows the life of January St. Davis and her relationship later on with one of the Yarrister Clan members of Vesturon, Rykerian. The book is divided in several partitions so you might get a glance of thoughts from each January and Rykerian. It is well organized to the end and has some funny parts as well. Anyone who knows the ot ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens and Adults!
Series review short and sweet

While I do readily admitstrugglinga bit with the first two (as I do with most authors 1st works) the payoff is most certainly worth it. Book 3 was awesome and A.M. Hargrove is one author to watch. It maybe just because I am not really big into sci-fi but never the less I am really glad I stayed with the series it is different andthoroughlyenjoyable!

Rating - 4 stars!

Recommended for - teens and adults

Stalk A.M. (she is really great to interact with and I'm proud to
Sep 05, 2012 Meghan rated it really liked it
I was beyond excited to receive this book from Anne Hargrove! If you've been around our blog for a little while, you know I read and reviewed the first two in this series and loved them both desperately! I was even lucky enough to do a interview with the very lovely Hargrove, in which we learned lots about the books and I got to pay her lots of well deserved compliments. You can read that review here.

So I waited ever so impatiently for book 3, and I am very much pleased with what I received in t
Oct 12, 2012 Tess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: utopya-con-2013
When I first heard that Determinant was coming out, my first thought was where is Hargrove going with this...I thought Resurrection pretty much resolved Maddie and Rayn's issues, but I love them so I was ready to read some more books starring them AND then I saw that it wasn't Maddie and Rayn's story after all. It's Rykerian's, Rayn's brother, story. Then my mind was all like...okay let's give this a try because it's either going to be a bust or bomb (the good kind). GUESS WHAT?! It's the BOMB! ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Alexia rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Where to begin? I was blown away by Determinant - it's definitely my favourite in the series. My emotions were on a major roller coaster ride - completely haywire!!

Rykerian is so sensitive, sweet, sensual, loving and romantic - the list could go on. He's the type of guy that would carry you on his hands and kiss the ground you walk on! Ok, he does have his moments of typical 'guyness' (is that a word? lol), but what guy doesn't? He gained a mate but also lost a close family member - I was gutte
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
This story starts out with a prologue type thing in third person p-o-v. All we know is that this group of guys are stealing a deadly virus from the Center for Disease Control. They come across the girl, and all we know afterwards is that the girl can read minds. Then, the Bad Guys spread the virus around for what we think is 'to save their planet'.

Then, we skip to a girl's point of view, and she's trying to head home, even though she's ready to pass out, has a really high fever, and his hallucin
Maghon Thomas
First, I know this is book 3, but I felt like you could jump in and read this one alone. It’s written well enough that you get background and info without a dumping of it. Yes, you will know that there has been events in the past, but it wouldn’t hinder reading for you. I know I’ve just said its written well, but I love this writer’s style! And of course I love the whole book.

January is a broken, scared, depressed, defeated girl, yet somehow she survives all these terrible things. Thank goodness
Jul 23, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinion.

Rating Clarification: 3.5 / 5 Stars

I suppose I came into this book with just average or "meh" expectations. Although I enjoyed the previous two books of the series, I was a little on edge about the introduction of a new character from Maddie's life on Earth - Ja
Beth Cutwright
Nov 14, 2012 Beth Cutwright rated it really liked it
What an awesome read!! I completely felt for January St. Davis and her life pre-graduation at age 16. She had straight A's and was the class valedictorian;she thought that would make her parents proud of her. When she arrived home that evening, after not seeing her parents and younger siblings at the graduation, she was thrown out of the house and told not to return. What a shock that would have been! She had never felt love from either her mother or her step father. Now, at sixteen she was on h ...more
Soma Rostam "IOB"
Aug 01, 2012 Soma Rostam "IOB" rated it really liked it
Well, this is the third book in the series, Guardians of Versturon, but as the author stated, it can be read as a standalone. Although it wasn't required, I decided to read the first two books (Check out my reviews here and here). I liked this book very much, and I wonder whether I would have liked it that much if I didn't read the first two books. So you might want to give them a try then read this! Fortunately, the first book, Survival is free on Smashwords (Download it here), and the second b ...more
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Oct 13, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it it was amazing
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5 Stars

“Determinant” continues Author A. M. Hargrove’s magically imaginative contemporary sci fi series “The Guardians of Vesturon.” Vesturon is a planet in a distant galaxy, a peace-loving entity whose Guardians patrol other systems to keep peace and to prevent war-like species from ravaging other planets for resources and populace. One team of Guardians is based on Earth, in the Smoky Mountains. In this entry to the
Janelle Stalder
Aug 08, 2012 Janelle Stalder rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I had to give the book before this only four stars, just to show how much better I thought this one was compared to it. They are both great though, don't get me wrong! Determinant just seemed to have everything the first was lacking. I'm not even sure what that is, to be honest. In the beginning of Survival I found myself confused by the numerous flashbacks, and just trying to learn the characters and story. When I realized just what kind of book it was, I was SHOCKED, to say the least. ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Shelly rated it really liked it
This is the third book in this series, but it's able to be read as a standalone. I do have the other two books, but I was concerned that I wouldn't have time to read them all and stay caught up with my other review books so I opted to just read this one. I didn't have any problems getting into the plot of the story so it really was good as a standalone. I also don't really feel like I need to go back to read the first ones.

I enjoyed the sci-fi plot of this story a lot. I liked the 2 main charact
Aug 21, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it
I thought this was a wonderful story. January has had a tough upbringing, and after learning a big secret the day of her high school graduation, she is forced to leave her cruel/heartless parents and loving young siblings behind. January then heads off to college where she gets used to this new lifestyle. She creates new friendships, but one of her friends and suite mate (Maddie) suddenly disappears, reappears, and then disappears and after two years, is still not heard of. As January is still f ...more
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My Thoughts:

The third book in this series is a little different that the first two. This book doesn’t follow Rayn and Maddie, although they do appear throughout. Determinant is told from January’s perspective as well as Rykerian’s. We met January while Maddie was in college, and we’ve known of Rykerian since Maddie was saved from her abduction. January’s story starts before Maddie’s did--on the day of her high school graduation.

This book was a great surprise. After finishing book two on the series I, felt like our main characters had an amazing conclusion. Therefore when I saw that "Determinant" was about my second favorite Prince Alien (no offence intended, just my way of showing my love) my interest skyrocket from 60 to 120. It was a fast moving story, fill with romance, angst and of course some war and politics movement. What I love of this new series is that Hargrove does not try to push angst by mixing love betwee ...more
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But some quick notes first. I actually had NOT read the previous books in the series (I've been meaning to forever) but I heard that this could be read as a stand alone, so I jumped in. I had absolutely no difficulty following the story, and feeling like I knew the characters. I may have enjoyed it even more by reading the previous books, but I still thought it was a great read without them.

"I didn't sign-up for this!" Love that quote! Love, love, love it!

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Nov 09, 2012 Simone rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. January finds out on her graduation day that she was a product of rape, not only did her family not show up for the ceremony, she was thrown out of the house the very same day. I loved how the story started out as a drama and turned into a sci-fi novel. My only issue was that January didn’t come across as a strong female character that I’d have expected to develop because of the situation she was in. Other than that, I think it wa ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Determinant is the 3rd book in The Guardians of Vesturon series. Ms. Hargrove writes a fast paced, well written plot with lots of twists, turns, romance and heartache that will keep you captivated from the beginning. I could put the book down once I started reading and finished it within a day.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Dec 11, 2012 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Once again this 3 rd book didn't disappoint. More detail and introducing a new species ready for a more adult audience. Excellent once again.
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The Guardians of Vesturon (4 books)
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  • Resurrection (The Guardians of Vesturon, #2)
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