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Guarding Angel

(Fallen Redemption #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  30 reviews
An exasperated guardian angel.
A stubborn human.
A distracting charmer.
An interfering demon.

Heaven and Hell are about to be turned upside down.

I don't hate being a Guardian angel. What's frustrating is being confined to this rank for a millennium while everyone around me has earned their colored wings and gone off to help the humans plan their lives, inspire art, and fight d
Paperback, 1, 484 pages
Published May 16th 2014 by Strong Lane Publishing
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Bisky Scribbles
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most in depth, well researched and well thought through stories I’ve read for a while. It was so immersive that I stayed up all night reading until I finished.

This had all the elements of a story that I like. History, complex villains, atmospheric fight scenes and foreshadowing that REALLY has me curious about what will happen in the next novel. I rarely read books twice. I get bored too easily. But I will read this again when the next in the series comes out. I’m more excited
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enael is just trying to guard her wards and move to becoming a Keeper of the Books of Life. That is, until she meets Kaspen, a charismatic Guardian that shows her that there’s more to her existence. She, in turn, realizes that there’s more to Kaspen then meets her eye. She is more drawn to him than anyone before him, but her own past keeps her from letting him in. When Enael is introduced to Yasva, Kaspen’s former lover, she is thrown into a love triangle so dangerous that it is unknown if she a ...more
Chrissy Swagerty
Did Not Finish. Got to around 30%

One of the ideas in this book is that humans are reincarnated and before their reincarnation, they choose the path their next life will take. One minor character chooses the path of emotional strife and one of the things she will experience is rape. She chooses to be raped . She not only chooses to be raped but is "adamant that her son be conceived from rape".

That's a big fat nope from me. No one would ever choose to be raped. On the flip side of that that me
Rachael Slate
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romance-spiked fantasy that definitely lives up to its gorgeous cover!

Guarding Angel is a beautifully written, enthralling tale of guardian angel Enael’s struggles to find her own destiny while guiding the lives of the humans she's responsible for. The world-building is fantastic and definitely drew me in from the very beginning. I loved the idea of each person having their own personal guardian, helping them through their lives and the temptations they chose to experience.

When Enael meets Kaspe
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Now normally I don't read too many adult books and normally I'm not a fan of angel books, but Guarding Angel has renewed my faith in both. This was such an original and refreshing take on angels. I was sucked in right from the get go.
There are numerous secondary characters in this novel but I fell in love with each and everyone of them regardless if they were a good person or not. My favourite character was Tabi
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, owned-read
Guarding Angel is epic. I was on an amazing emotional roller coaster ride from the start. The simple summary would be it is a tale of good versus evil; angels versus demons. The book, in my opinion, is much more complex than that. It is a kaleidoscope of different levels of angels, demons, minions, humans and beliefs. It was disturbing, entertaining, emotional, and, for me, philosophical. It is a book that I will return to again. And again.
It is hard for me to choose what I loved best about thi
Ken Baker
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Coming from indie author S. L. Saboviec, Guarding Angel is a well-produced piece of literature. Many, if not most, indie works are production nightmares with badly designed covers, poor formatting and prose littered with glaring errors. Not so with Guardian Angel. You can see this is an author who spent time not only in the writing of the book, but also its design and production.

The cover design is flawless; I can honestly say that I have never seen anything quite like it in the indie world so
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guarding Angel (Fallen Redemption #1) by S L Saboviec

3.5 Stars

‘Humans make their incarnation plans before birth and it is the Guardians sacred duty to ensure nothing interferes with following that plan.’ Enael isn’t a confident guardian angel and continuously doubts her ability to guide Daniel on his chosen path. When he fails to resist the temptation that comes in the form of Miriam, Enael seeks advice from her archangel Rehniah to see what she can do to bond with her charge and help him keep t
Heidi Barnes
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by this book. Not my normal read, it is in the genre I like most. From the first page it drew me in and kept me interested because I wanted to know what Enael's secrets were. Where there were times she frustrated me because I could see what the answer to her questions and she could not and I wanted to reach in and shake her, to me that is good writing because it means I am emotionally invested in the characters. I don't want to say much more because I don't want to give spoilers, ...more
Amy Softa
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
So what motivated me to pick Guarding Angel? I have to confess the concept of a paranormal romance centering around reincarnation is what pulled me in. I am a believer in reincarnation and wanted to see how the author worked it into her story. Angel stories also tend to be one of my favorite branches of paranormal genre, right behind vampires and before werewolves…yes I rank them. So the desire to work more indie authors into my reading rotation and a story that caught my attention it was the ri ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series
Enael was more human than I expected her to be. Despite being a supernatural being charged with keeping her Wards on track, she suppresses any desire to connect with them. She was more a jailor than guardian in that she refused to really understand who her Wards were. It was plain to see they were more than just a human who chose a path and needed an unseeing guide to ensure they stayed on that path. They were souls reincarnated multiple times whose histories revealed their thought processes, t ...more
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or my review in any way.

The author asked me to review this book before the cover reveal of the second in the series, Reaping Angel. I was a little bias actually, I don't usually judge a book by its cover, but with a book like this you just can't help it - it's so pretty! It sounded like my kind of thing as well, so I said yes. You know what? It was fantastic.

I really
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WOW what did I just read????

firstthoughts Very in-depth. A lot of story line to grasp. This was a looooong book and not the easiest reads but well worth it. Though at times I did want to stop I"m so very glad that I didn't. The world that the author unfolds is like none I've ever experienced before and probably never will again.

myreviewEnael is a guarding angel or Guardian. She is assigned "Wards" to watch over from conception to death. Where she returns their souls to Heaven for reincarnation. It's during one of
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the idea of this novel; the way that Saboviec has blended traditional ideas of heaven and hell in the Christian sense and mixed them with religions from all over the world. She has taken all the ideas of angels and woven them into a tapestry that blends in perfectly to the story. I loved the way that the angels were ranked, giving new life to old terms such as Seraphim, Nephilim, Archangels, Cherubs, Muses and Guardians, and giving new stations to a
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fantasy genre is one I have not read widely in, so you can take my comments with a grain of salt. That said, any work of fiction needs to hang together and engage the reader on its own merits, genre conventions notwithstanding.

My response to Guarding Angel is mixed. On the positive side:
• The prose is clean and well crafted.
• The created worlds of Earth, Heaven and Hell are reasonably convincing, to varying degrees. Earth wins this prize, with its scenes and characters alive on the page.
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Title: A Publisher’s Read
“Guarding Angel” by S. L. Saboviec

Reviewed by B. Smart
9:07 p.m.

Guardian angel Enael’s world is shaken to the core when she meets Kaspen, a charming and mysterious angel who completely alters the way she perceives the human race. Unlike her, he empathizes with his wards, influencing them easily, and she slowly finds herself falling for him; not knowing the reason for their inescapable attraction to one another. All is well until Yasva, Kaspen’s malevolent ex-love
Guarding Angel is a very interesting read. Enael is a guardian angel who is responsible for guiding humans through the paths they have chosen as souls. Enael finds it difficult to understand or properly guide her charges, until she encounters Kaspen, a fellow guardian who is responsible for her current charge's temptation. Fascinated with Kaspen and his ways, she becomes embroiled in the plots of a newly fallen angel to rule the world.

This book is fascinating. The world building is fairly good,
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I loved the premise–a book from the perspective of Guardian Angels isn’t something you come across every day, so I was excited to start reading. I LIKED the book (it kept me sane during a week-long stay in a hotel with a two-year-old): I liked the world-building, I liked the characters, and I loved the discord. I had a few small issues with, you know, ALL of the main characters burning off their wings and heading to Hell just when things got a little tense, but I guess I u ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from LoP (Lovers of Paranormal)*

I absolutely love to read books that are about angels! In Guarding Angel we are thrust into the life of an angel named Enael. She is a guardian angel who desperately wants to be promoted to the job level of Keeper. She doesn't seem to connect with the humans she guards and that seems to obstruct her plans. She looks down upon the humans because she doesn't quite understand them. When she meets a
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book introduces you to Enael, Guarding Angel for difficult Wards. She meets Kaspen, a fellow Guarding Angel she can't get out of her head. Thanks to his former lover and her jealousy, her world is turned upside down.

With Guarding Angel, S. L. Saboviec has created an immensely thrilling fantasy story with local flair. The story comprises a broad variety of characters with sufficient depth, expertly woven situations and interesting interactions on Earth, in Heaven and in Hell. I had an exciti
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(Please be warned: mild spoilers lie ahead.) :)

Books about angels and demons aren't normally my cup of tea, but with a blurb like this, I couldn't resist. The book starts off following Enael, who is struggling to help her Ward, Daniel, adhere to his Incarnation Plan. I was surprised when Daniel's life ended but the book didn't, but since he's not the main character, I guess I shouldn't have been. Though not exactly a likable guy, Daniel was intriguing, and by the time Enael had moved on to guard
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The full review will be posted on my blog soon. But for now, here's a tidbit of my thoughts about the novel:

I was given a digital copy by the author in exchange of an honest review

The ‘angels-versus-demons’ theme is not unusual when it comes to novels that involves these heavenly beings, but that’s where the similarity stops between Guarding Angel and the other novels. What makes it apart is its intriguing plot and interesting world-building around the angels, humans, and demons.

Guarding Angel
Sharon Hatt
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heavens trials!
Enter a world of angels and their charges centering on an angel named Enael as she struggles with keeping her human charges in line, and finding her own place in the universe. Seeking guidance to more effectively help her charge she ironically finds herself tempted by the guardian (Kaspen) bonded to the charge temping hers. As Enael becomes closer to Kaspen, everything starts to change for her and she starts to question everything she once believed. Exciting start to not only a ne
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an intriguing story, if a little slow and ponderous in pacing at times.

Enael is on a journey of growth. Kaspen seems to be on the opposite path. And although their connection to each other was tangible, it was frustrating that a true relationship seemed just out of reach.

But. Given the events which unfold as the story goes on, how many of their choices are really their own, or just as a result of the scheming machinations of the hierarchy?

Manipulation, power,suspense and faith, all come
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting Premise.
I thought that the author's premise for the book was great. That being said though even though the writing was technically very good, great editing, the execution of the story just fell very flat for me. I like the characters, but found myself bored while reading several times, and really was unable to get into the story. I guess this one is just not for me. The only reason I did not DNF this book is because I physically can't. I do appreciate the authors inventive premise an
Natalie Cannon
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adored GUARDING ANGEL: it was addicting and interesting and tickled my fancies in the just the right way. The world-building, characters, and the characters' development were so spot on: Enael was very relatable and Saboviec outlined all her struggles so well that I kept rooting for her throughout the story, never becoming impatient for her realize such-and-such already. The adventure is epic; the lovers, true; the sadness and joy, real. I recommend this not only to all fantasy and history fan ...more
Angela Sanders
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Angelic Stars!!!

This is the first book I've read with such a twist on guardian angels. It's both beautiful, yet tragic at the same time. I cried for the guardians, their humans... This isn't just a battle of good vs evil, it's a book about learning to overcome your fears, loving someone wholly and completely; enough to sacrifice what you want in order to save them.
It's such an amazing story with a crazy turn of events at the end. It's a definite must-read! You won't be disappointed!
Actually I too read this. I found it interesting reading. It was so good I read from the beginning to the end in one day. That happens. I read something that's really good and I lose track of time. It was a great tale, in my opinion. ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read. The character journeys are engaging and kept me turning the pages well into the night. I found the author's descriptions to be robust, transporting the reader across time and through the realms. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
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Samantha L. Strong (formerly S. L. Saboviec) writes dark and beautiful sci-fi and fantasy stories about complicated characters. Like many Elder Millennials, she’d like to become an herbalist and live in an abandoned (and probably haunted) nunnery somewhere far away from people. She loves drawing sigils on everything, growing plants, and playing with her three adorable daughters.

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