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House of Guardians

(The Ambrosia Trilogy #1)

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When 17-year-old Laurel Harper decides to go live with her estranged father and stepfamily, she’s unaware of the fact that her fate was already sealed the day she was born. She is now exactly where some higher power wants her to be. But it’s not until she meets the proud and mysterious Sam Laurens that she feels something strange is going on. Why does he keep interfering ...more
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published October 24th 2016 by Sand Publishing
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Alyssa
May 04, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 72%

I know, I know. I was forseeing a DNF at 9% and lasted this long. I stuck it out because A - I love Greek mythology fantasy/pnr adaptations. B - It is a trilogy, so maybe it was just taking a while for this story to find its groove. I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt.

So, this is definitely YA. And I feel like at this point, I should know better. That's my bad. Unless it's extremely well written, YA just makes me frustrated usually. The writing was definitely juvenile and the
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Sandra Lyamuya
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT.
Maybe not all of it since there were some parts that literallry wanted me to smash my phone. (Thanks heaven i didn't ) Still the book was absolutely amazing, I am a huge fan of anything related to the Gods of Olympus and i was on edge the whole time i was reading this book.
Sam is a great guy that i some time wished i could punch for pushing Laurel away almost everytime. Glad i got to understand a bit of his selfish actions in the end.
Laurel also made me want to slap her, i mean has
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Patricia Grigg
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this trilogy. It was just what I needed to clear my head before starting to write my third book. I liked the series enough to continue on with the next parts of the story. Hopefully, you too will enjoy this trip by a mortal among the old gods.
Courtney
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down once I started. The plot of the story was good and didn't feel ridiculous or silly. I liked the whole prophecy that gets revealed and that whole do you actually control your fate or is it some higher power?

I liked the characters and liked seeing their relationships developed throughout the story. I liked how despite their rocky start at the beginning of the book, Laurel and Renees relationship develops to the point where they start seeing
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Maureen Moyes
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MoMo’s Book Diary enjoyed "Destined" and gladly recommends this as a 4 star read. If you enjoyed the Twilight saga you will love The Ambrosia Trilogy!

MoMo Book Diary Review:

Beatrice Sand's debut novel "Destined" is the first part of The Ambrosia Trilogy. It is a truly awesome suspense read which kept me up until the early hours.

The author introduces the characters with emotion and describes each scene perfectly. There is a continuous thread throughout the book luring you into the mystery. You
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Kristy
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! Laurel is just like a normal teenage girl. Her emotions are all over the place although part of it is because Sam also has issues with figuring out his emotions. As you find out more about Sam’s life as a demi-god it makes more sense why he does what he does. Poor Laurel doesn’t ever know how things are going to go between them and to be perfectly honest I don’t think Sam does either. As Laurel learns more about Sam’s world things do not get any clearer. Especially when ...more
Deanna Massengale
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New Author for me, New Obsession

It's not often that I come upon a new author and after reading one book, MUST read all the rest immediately. Such is the case with the first book in the Ambrosia Trilogy - House of Guardians by Beatrice Sand.

Having always had a passion for Mythology - especially Greek - I often cringe at the thought of putting a modern spin on the traditional stories because more often than not, that modern rendition is not worth the time or effort to read as it was poorly
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Kathryn
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Cydney
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
House of Guardians by Beatrice Sand
Published: Genre: Fantasy
E-book, 420 pages
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I was pretty caught up with this series, I did see a similarity to Twilight with the main characters age and some of the similar circumstances. But overall for me the relationship between Sam and Laurel was one that any high schooler would want minus the life-threatening actions of a demigod, and mixed signals of their relationship. I did enjoy the history that Sand provided, I also liked that some
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Cassandra
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mythology
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Felicia
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Chris
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmm choppy writing but great plot

There was a review I read that made me want to read this. It was about the writing style. They were right.

I often had to go back and re-read to figure out how/where things changed. The author could have used a better alpha reading team to help with the confusing and repetitive bits.

That being said, I finished the book because I wanted to see how things would play out.

Things I liked: The interesting take on the children of the gods. The way fate and
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Marisa Valle
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, supes
I feel that this had the potential to be so much better than it was. I had problems with the main characters. Sam was such a jerk to Laurel. He played with her like a yo-yo. First he would seek her out because he just had to see her but then he would warn her to stay away from him & ghost on her. I understand the logic behind his actions but they just didn't seem reasonable to me. Laurel was such a doormat. She would cry and get angry at him and vow never to let him near her again but then ...more
Patricia Boman
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Frustrating

Takes more than half of the book to even begin to start to have a point. Poorly edited with many grammatical errors, this book is unbearably frustrating. The female lead character, Laurel, is portrayed as weak and powerless, and if it weren't for her volunteer efforts with the homeless, (which ends up being a contrivance solely engineered to finally help her understand Greek mythology) there really isn't much written about her character to redeem her. The overnight closeness she
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Shaunta
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
House of Guardians is a young adult story with mature language and reference. This book from start to finish is hard to put down and I managed to finish it in one night because it was captivating especially if you enjoy mythology. The story kept things interesting, funny and with some angst between the hero Sam and heroine Laurel. Aside from a few spelling errors the only issue I found was with Laurel's' character. She often acted like an incompetent whiny immature naieve pre-teen who couldn't ...more
Dora Okeyo
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
My friend Luc recommended this book. She said "if you are looking for the teen angst then trust me, this book would either make you pull your hair out, or simply groan."
Luc was being Luc, overly dramatic!
This book has the teen angst indeed and it does not help when you have demigods who are sworn not to mingle let alone fall in love with mortals. It's got a steady pace and the author did her research into Greek mythology getting the basics of the gods right, so it was quite interesting as it
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Melanie Weber
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
spoilers

It was a very repetitive book. Back and forth with the 'we can't be together' so they split then got back one or the other. Very tiresome! I don't think I will buy the next book and I hate not finishing a series but when it got to the end where he comes up with a way to keep her safe all she does it throw a fit and say she wont do it because she didn't have a say totally turned me off of her! I'm mean come on its either do as he arranged, which isn't bad at all, or allow Adrian to have
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kathleen
May 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Confusing

Okay so first let me start by saying I love everything with mythology any type the characters in this book are interesting I am the type of person that I have to read about from start to finish this book has dragged on the storyline has so much potential to be amazing and the characters have room for growth the lead character Laurel is a whiny teenage girl that is confusing … Now with that being said there's three other books to this trilogy I am interested in the storyline because the
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Literary
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Falls Shorts

I started this book in hopes of settling into something juicy. I have no problem with YA but this story was something I nearly had to force myself through.

First, it’s like a remake of Twlight except no vampires in this one. Second, Laurel is the most annoying female lead I’ve read in awhile. She’s like a child with an temper tantrum. Instead of heading advice she runs head first causing danger to everyone else. Maybe that’s part of the appear but I found myself more than once
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Gemma Cameron
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had so much potential but unfortunately for me it was not well executed. I generally like all things mythology but the characters of this book fell flat and didn't hook me or even care what happened to them. The story was slow moving and came in bits and pieces. There were parts that seemed like the author just threw in ideas and then forgot about them. For example Laurel taking sedatives then just stopping because Sam said so. If only it were that easy in life.
I struggled to finish
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Jolene Dretzka
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Demigods, yum!

This book was a fun, exciting, heartbreaking ride. If you thought you loved Twilight your in for a surprise, vampires aren't the only interesting thing a mortal can fall in love with, try demigods. I would gladly take Sam over Edward any day. The author not being from or placing this story in the U.S. also adds to the intrigue factor. The characters also approach life and general situations realistically and the supernatural element that uses Greek mythology to tell the story is a
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Caroline Doig
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book and I voluntarily leave my review.
This is the first book of Beatrice’s I’ve read and reviewed and I must say that I really enjoyed reading it. This book ends in a cliffhanger so I need to get my hands on book 2. Mythology and magic is the setting for this book. Laurel has moved to Vancouver to be with her father and the step- family, she ends up working in her fathers restaurant and that is where she meets Sampson. Sampson is a dark Demi god and it was his destiny
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Mel
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book has potential, as well need a editor too.

I really love Greek mythology everything about God's is interesting for me. But the story turned out to be a bit to melodramatic for me, reminding me somehow of twilight.
The characters could be much more interesting with more insight I mean more description how they look like and with more emotional insight, facial expressions, as well for description for the surroundings to pull the readers in as well to build up excitement, this was missing from
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Stacy Gallina
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun series

I really enjoyed this trilogy, the characters were great and the plot was unique. The titans and Olympians twist was great. I could not get enough of laurel and Sam, their relationship went against many odds. I liked how the author matured laurel in the series, and as she grew up her relationship changed too. I was hesitant about reading about an 18 year old, but luckily this was not a true "ya" book and does have sex in the 2nd and 3rd book. I was happy about that, I mean come on, hot
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Jodi
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the story immensely, minus the multitude of spelling errors which I highlighted as notes on my Kindle. The story was a new take on Demigods and Titans, good vs. evil in a young adult genre. I really enjoyed the main characters Laurel and Sam and the story kept me engaged up until the end. The only thing that made me give it four stars rather than five were the many misspellings that I found distracting and annoying. Perhaps the copy I got was an advanced reader copy. I can only hope so, ...more
Charlotte Render
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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muts
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story

Loved the setting of this book, and the Greek demigods. A fresh story of forbidden love.
It takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and keeps you wanting to read more.
I really want them to find a way to be together. What shitty luck that the universe doesn't want that to happen....or is someone influencing it?
Will be reading the next book asap To get to the bottom of it.

Even woke up this morning dreaming of demigods, that's what I get from reading before I went to sleep.

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Porsha
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Umkay... I'm disappointed!

The concept of this story is great.... the execution is terrible. This book reads like a bad teen drama, although in its descriptions it states it's not necessarily a young adult novel.. and it's not- it's worse. The lead character Laurel ruins the entire story - 406 page's of childish, immature, idiotic behavior, it's unreal. And she is the only character that comes off as a complete simpleton. Read at your own risk. 2 star rating for all the other character- this
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Kimberly C. Winslow
Jan 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
UGH!! Painful to get through.

I feel like I need to be treated for whiplash after reading this. The author made both main characters equally pathetic! I just don't get how they could have ever developed feelings for each other to begin with when they are both so immature, incapable of having a complete conversation, spending any time together and then the hot cold mixed messages? This is the best example of a dysfunctional and doomed relationship. I struggled to finish this book and won't put
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Lavana Sanchez
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
As Laurel fate being controlled by the Gods in order to create a demigod child with Adrian descendant of God of the Underworld. Sam son of Apollon tries everything in his power to stop that from happening to the mortal girl he loves deeply.
Even going far as to get help from the Titans his enemies. His marriage to his cousin and the warning signs of his feelings erased from the Gods has no impact in stopping the mortal girl he loves from creating a child with Adrian. His sister and friends comes
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Beatrice Sand lives in a tiny green village in the Netherlands with her husband and an adopted tortoiseshell cat called Sofie. She found her motivation to write when her niece told her there was nothing better than reading about breathtaking vampires, which resulted in The Ambrosia Trilogy, with hot, sinful demigods. Before Beatrice started writing, she worked in the tourism and hospitality ...more

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“Is this really a demigod? I don’t exactly know what my expectations were – it’s not like I have anything to compare it to. But I certainly did not expect a demigod to be walking around in ripped jeans with a beat up face and complaining about a headache. I didn’t expect someone with such sad, tired eyes. But I also know that under normal circumstances, that same face is flawless.” 0 likes
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