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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Have you ever had shivers run down your spine for no apparent reason or felt like someone was watching you, even though you were alone?
Whitney has.
Weeks after her dad died in a drowning accident, sixteen year old Whitney Lane is afraid she might be going crazy, just like her mom.
She saw shadows moving along walls, whisperings around corners and blurs of motion from the cor
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Whiskey Creek Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mandy Reads Indie Anderson
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do you believe in Angels? What about the evils of the world? Whitney is about to come face to face with both.

From the start you see Whitney dealing with a grief like no other: losing a beloved parent to a tragic accident. We see as she has to pick up the pieces in the aftermath as her mother has checked out on the family. No kid should have to be an adult at 16. It is not fair. But Whitney does it and makes sure her remaining family is taken care of. She was an excellent character in my eyes. I
Ethan Gregory
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review can be found at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...
My Thoughts:

I was approached by Inkslinger PR about reviewing this read by Courtney Cole a month or so ago and was a little confused, I had definitely heard of this book before. Oh hey, guess what? It was already on my TBR. It was a win-win all around. This book was Courtney’s debut novel several years back and this is promo is to celebrate its r
LA Spiez
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-reads
"I know. I feel it, too. Whitney, am I crazy to say that I was meant to meet you? That it feels like all of this was meant to happen?" I shake my head. "I know it was. Everything that happened tonight was in my plan. And your plan. Our plans are connected. And tonight they collided." ~ Carter Kelley

Whitney Lane's life used to be normal. She was a regular girl turning 16, getting ready to get her driver's license and looking at cute boys with her best friend Delaney. That all changes the day her
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Does everything happen for a reason?

In the wake of enormous personal tragedy, sixteen year old Whitney Lane struggles to move on with her life. She finds herself juggling the responsibility of being a pseudo-mother to her six year old sister and trying to keep her mom’s rapidly declining mental health hidden from their small town’s rumormongers all while trying to navigate the turbulent waters of adolescence and boys. When she begins to hear strange noises and begins to see ghostly shapes flitt
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Whitney’s father drowned trying to save a boy from the riptide. How was she going to recover? And would her mother ever get better?

Ms. Cole makes Whitney a strong young woman who takes of her little sister and her Mom while the family tries to adjust to their loss and the grief they feel. Whitney is angry. She wonders why her Dad had to die and hates the boy that caused his death. As the book goes on, she finally begins to understand
Nadine ShelfLove
DNF 68%

This book wasn't for me. It's labeled as YA but it felt it was even for a younger. I agreed to review it due to the blurb, which sounded promising but when I reached the 70% mark and everything made no sense I lost my interest and gave up.

The writing didn't really captivate me - this includes the characters, dialogues, and attempt to create a mystical feeling. It felt stilted and dull. The book was missing the important LEADING PATH throughout the book to hold a readers attention becau
Sassy Savvy Fabulous
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is not often that I have the time to pick up a YA Paranormal book. Stories about mystical creatures especially angels and demons is one of my guilty pleasures. When I came across Guardian and realized that not only had Courtney Cole written a YA book but it was also a Paranormal, I jumped on the chance to read it. I could barely contain my excitement! Diving right it and setting off to begin a journey I longed for! Altough the story was slow to start, I devoured it in one sitting. I savored e ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This was a really great read! Excellent plot and characters and different from the normal paranormal romance! The author is so good at what she does...I love it when the reading is effortless and you're free to get involved in the mystery unfolding! I would rate it 4.5 stars...and I loved the underlying message of the existence of God and goodness and life after death...refreshing! ...more
Louise Seraphim Reviews
This is the first Young Adult Paranormal book I have read in ages, I haven't read any good ones for quite some time, so I haven't really been looking for any new ones lately.
Then I was asked to read Guardian and straight away, I knew it was going to be good and exactly what I had been missing.
Whitney, has had a rough time lately. Her father passed away, saving a boy from drowning. Weeks later she is still trying to come to terms with losing him whilst looking after her little sister, as her mum
*Review can be found here.

I didn't know what to expect from this book, because the synopsis was vague as hell. But it sounded so good! Was it a horror book, a ghost story, or some other paranormal being that we won't know about until we read it? I had no clue! And I loved that. It made everything so surprising and twisty.

Rating: 4 Stars!

At the beginning of this novel, I wasn't sure I could read it. Not because it was bad or that I disliked the writing. It was so eerily similar to what my life wa
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Courtney Cole is fucking phenomenal! Her way with words is so unique and captivating. She's an extremely talented writer and I am so happy to have been given the chance to review this book. There wasn’t one point in the book where I was bored or disappointed. Everything about this story was unique and so well translated. It’s definitely the best demon/angel topic I’ve ever read bout. Growing up in a Christian home I’ve heard so

I didn't read Guardian when it was first released but I'm glad I had to opportunity to read it upon it's re-release. It's my favourite Courtney Cole book I've read so far! I wasn't expecting this, but I think the reason I liked the story so much was the emotional involvement. Even from the very beginning of the story Whitney's pain and sense of loss is palpable and devastating.

After a tragic loss Whitney 'Whit' is left fighting for survival. This fight is not only for herself but for her entire
Desiree Putaski
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? There are no random coincidences? Do we all have a plan written just for us? Do Guardian Angels exist to make sure we fulfill whatever plans have been made for us? Whitney Lane is about to learn there is a lot more to life than what she believed.

Of course, because this book deals with angels, demons, possession, forgiveness, and fulfilling our destiny; if you aren’t a religious person, you have to read this book with a very open mind. Far too
Chapter by Chapter
How great would it be to actually know that you have a guardian angel that has watched over you since the day you were born? One who reveals themselves to you to let you know that they have been with you through the good times and the bad? One who tells you that your “close call” was actually thanks to his/her doing?

For sixteen year old Whitney Lane. This actually happens. Filled with grief and stress due to the sudden loss of her father, Whitney has to grow up pretty fast in order for her to ta
Cézanne Hayden-Dilbert
I've been craving YA reads lately and Guardian was just wanted I needed. This book was a slow build but it didn't take long for it to grab my attention. It dealt with loss, grief, and this hidden world of angels and demons. It was easy for me to get caught up in the characters’ lives and it kept me turning the pages.

The book starts out with Whitney and her little sister Ellie preparing to say their final goodbye to their dad. Two months ago Whitney lost her father to a swimming accident. He was
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

I think all of us as human beings wonder at some point why we're here, why we have to die, and what will happen to us after we die. Guardian is a story which explores possible answers to those questions. Reading this novel was emotional in a positive way and even comforting at times in terms of grief and life and death. I can't remember identifying with a character as much as I did Whitney with the way she g
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I heard Courtney Cole was releasing a YA Paranormal Romance I immediately knew this was going to be a book I wanted to check out, especially after reading the synopsis. While I tend to lean towards paranormal books containing vampires and werewolves I found myself rather intrigued with this book's plot being centered around Angels, Demons and their fight over good versus evil.

Whitney is your average teenage girl, well as average as she can be since her father's untimely tragic death and her
Emma (BelleBooks)
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, review-copy
Firstly, a massive thank you to Courtney for sending me a review copy of Guardian!

To be honest, I've lost track of how many of Courtney's books I've actually read now, but each and everyone of them I thought were brilliant and Guardian is no exception to that!

Guardian follows sixteen year old Whitney as she struggles to keep her family together after her father's death.
Her mother has been pretty out of it for a while now, but her mental health is rapidly deteriorating. Whitney is trying to keep
Elizabeth (Your Ordinary Bookworm)
**I received a copy, as part of the release day launch, in exchange for an honest review

Initial Thoughts: I have always loved the paranormal genre and after reading this book I'm only reminded why! This book was so much fun to read and scary and creepy and fun again. I enjoyed it so much.

The Characters & Story: Whitney is a normal sixteen-year-old. Except that she is taking care of her little sister since their mom became unresponsive after their father drowned seven weeks prior. It's hard for t
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God! I LOVED IT!!! Can I have some more? Please like Pretty Please?????

I will try to stop behaving like a teenage fan girl who just saw JT or something..

Guardian is one of the best paranormal YA Romance books I have ever read!!

What I really loved about it is that we don’t focus on the romantic side of Whitney’s life or on the paranormal either. We focus on Whitney, on her life, on her character. It’s really hard not to let yourself go and turn the book into one of those paranormal books
Book Drunk Blog
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Guardian is a refreshing YA Paranormal Romance that I was lucky enough to have the chance to review! It tells the story of Whitney and her family, all of whom are struggling to get life back on track after the death of Whitney's father. Whitney is a strong character despite her recent loss, balancing the care of her family with her own sense of loss. If you haven't read the background on this story (see the link above in the intro) you should definitely check it out. Courtney wrote this book aft ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when the world that you know becomes one right out of your nightmares? Whitney Lane's life has changed dramatically in the last few months. A freak accident has taken her father away, leaving Whitney and her family devastated. Her mother is too lost in her own sadness to care for Whitney and Whitney's younger sister Ellie, leaving Whitney to shoulder the burden of moving forward and keeping everything together. With the steady and loving life she's always known unraveling before h ...more
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Courtney Cole's Beautifully Broken series, I wanted to read this when I had the opportunity. Guardian is a re-release of Ms. Cole's debut novel and it's a YA paranormal tale of angels and demons.

Guardian does a good job of setting up a seemingly "normal" sort of world from the start. 16 year old Whitney is trying to keep her family together. It's only been 7 weeks since her father drowned, her mother is grief stricken to the point of being bed-ridden, and her 6 year old sister is having n
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dealing with grief is always difficult. Our main character is Whitney and the reader is immediately faced with her initial coping with the death of her father. As a young character, you can almost feel the pain that she is feeling, as she speaks about her surrounding and those that are in it. Those whom are dealing with the great lost as well. She immediately, realizes that she must get into mind frame to push forward, not only for herself, but for others around her. Guardian has a very uniqu
FMR Book Grind
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review By Karin

The Guardian is not a romance. It is a YA paranormal story that is well written. Even though it is young adult, an adult that is looking for a quick read would like it. The main character, Whitney, is mature for a 16 year old. I mean, she has her moments, but honestly, she is not typical. She faces many obstacles that most would never imagine. Between a major loss in her family, and trying to navigate the waters of being a teen, she handles it with grace that can only be describ
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
***I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love blog***

Whitney Lane suffers from the tragic loss of her father. She is thrown into the role of taking care of her "checked out" mother and little sister. In the process of picking up the pieces of her family and helping them to move on, Whitney comes face to face with the whole other world of good vs. evil and she is smack dab in the middle of it all. What will happen to Whitney?

I'm sorry
Nerd Alert
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
***I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love blog***

Whitney Lane suffers from the tragic loss of her father. She is thrown into the role of taking care of her "checked out" mother and little sister. In the process of picking up the pieces of her family and helping them to move on, Whitney comes face to face with the whole other world of good vs. evil and she is smack dab in the middle of it all. What will happen to Whitney?

I'm sorry
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*ARC in exchange for honest review via Inkslinger PR*

This was my first book that I have read by Cortney Cole and if I’m being honest here, I was disappointed with the book. I was actually pretty interested in this book but once I started reading it, I was very disappointed.
· My first problem with the book is the characters. Whitney, Brady, and Carter. They each a certain thing that just got on my nerves. Whitney and Brady, I just couldn’t get in their character. And Carter, well he was just an a
The BookWhisperer
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Guardian was nothing like what I had expected. Surprisingly book description very much fits the story, but prior to reading the description would have been viewed in a very different context. The main character is a young girl name Whitney. She is a very strong and admirable young girl. I was impressed by her character's dedication and drive; especially when it comes to her family. In the wake of losing her father, in tragic rescue attempt, she doesn't miss a beat; just picks up and carries the ...more
Resch Reads
I would describe this book as light, relaxing, quick and enjoyable. I enjoyed this book, it wasn't light in the fact that the main character, Whitney and her family have lost their father in a tragic accident. It was light in there was no heavy relationship drama or heavy topics to deal with (i.e. rape, cutting, etc.). It describes your typical, sheltered teenager who wants to feel normal. She falls for the star jock at the high school who has "suddenly" taken an interest in me. The story progre ...more
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Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.

She loves giving advice, loving on her kids, red lipstick and blonde hair dye.

Courtney was born and raised in rural Kansas, but has since migrated south. She now lives in Florida and writes beneath palm trees.

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