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(Guardian Trilogy #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,201 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2009 (first published March 1st 2009)
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Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
ETA: NOTE: this is not the book, "Fallen" by Lauren Kate

I need half stars... I liked this better than a 3 but not quite a 4... but definitely closer to 4. LOL. Call this 3.75 stars.

Okay, so this was a quick little read that surprised the bejeebus out of me. I went in thinking that I'd likely flounce by chapter 2, but I wound up reading the whole thing in one sitting and am very much looking forward to starting up book #2.

1) Writing needs some good editing (some repetition, some punctuation, so
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this book - Absolute genius.

Magdalene has never had friends or a place to call home due to the constant moving with her aunt who is a photographer. Life changed for Magdalene when her next residence would be in New Orleans for a year with roommates. Private School was also an added change. Nonetheless, her fulfillment of sending messages to those who have died helped her bring income.

Magdalene is a tough cookie, smart, and has a good sense of humor. Which makes this book more enjoyable as
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book starts out with a girl who moves to a new town, finds herself in life threatening situations but is miraculously saved each time by a gorgeous boy who moves impossibly fast, who has a very noticeably different body temperature, knows her name without her telling him, and he wont tell her who/what he is because they can't be together and he's trying to protect her. Oh, did you think I was reviewing Twilight? That's funny because several times I thought I was reading a very bad version o ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm 70 pages into the book and I can't bring myself to read anymore. I thought it would be good but boy was I wrong.
My biggest pet peeve with this book is the names. THE NAMES. MY GOD THEY ARE AWFUL. The book is set in American and so far that I've realized none of the characters are foreign besides Eran and he has the most normal name of all!!! I'm a big fan of exotic names but for Pete's sake KNOW WHEN TO TURN IT DOWN.
My second one is all of the plot holes. They are everywhere.
The fact that
Susie Hatfield
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally write reviews, mainly because I am a freelance editor. I am breaking that rule for this book though! I was pleasantly surprised with the level this book reaches. Not only is a good read, it captures you and pulls you along with Mags as she fights to understand her feelings and learn more about the things happening around her. Laury's ability to develop characters to whom you can easily identify with, and cheer for, is unparalleled in the books I have read lately. The detail in w ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Fallen is just another one of those angel stories. Really, it was a chore to read, filled with flat characters, plot holes, and a story that just didn't work.

It can be classified as a mixture of this:
Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer
and this:
Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

I am not accusing the author of copying these two books; I am merely pointing out that the similarities are too obvious and difficult to ignore, and that this book blurs in with the other popular paranormal novels out there. It lac
I'm not usually a fan of Angel's, fallen or otherwise due to books like Hush, Hush which was OK, Fallen which I didn't enjoy and a few other's I can't remember or have repressed the memory.
But then I came across Daughter of Smoke and Bone & Angelfall and both these books managed to change my mind & revisit the genre.
This Fallen manages to fall in between for me. The story itself is intriguing and your kept guessing for maybe a little bit too long IMO, I nearly gave up at one point but at
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
The premise of this book was interesting and slightly different than others, but it left so many hanging threads that it left me not really loving it or hating it.

What I liked:
1. the premise
2. the location (who doesn't love New Orleans?)

What I didn't:
1. How can she be the only messenger left if they can 'fall' or be reborn?
2. If you have a guardian to protect you, why would you not tell him that people are trying to kill you?
3. What was the point of the whole 'we can't be together because of th
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING! It was intense and definitely original. I've read plenty of angel books but none have come close to this books plot. The characters are original and funny. Maggie is strong, independent and is used to being closed off from others. So when she realizes shes going to have three roomates with her shes a little apprehensive but they grow on her and become one big family. Then theres the kids at her school are major snobs and some down right hate her, but some arent even human. ...more
Amber Friel
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
It was good....... but the kindle edition was FULL of errors, but what can you expect for 1.99. I was a little bummed by the editing. I think that's what kept this from being a "really good" read. Also, it was a little predictable in the way YA fiction tends to be. However, the two main characters were well developed, and I think with a better editor and more focus, the sequel might be worth a read.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-kindle-read
my SIL was definitely right in saying that I'd totally love this book! WHY DID IT HAVE TO END? I'm just glad the next books are out, so I don't have to be sad forever.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
**This book was submitted to The Book Hookup but did not influence the review**

Celeste’s review: If you know me you know I love stories about angels. And look at that cover!! So simple and beautiful! Ahhh, onto the book…it starts with Maggie moving to New Orleans while her aunt (her caretaker) is off on a photography job for the next year. She will be living with her aunt’s friend and 2 more roommates. Nearly straight away Maggie’s life is in danger: from a creepy man staring Maggie down and mak
**This book was submitted to The Book Hookup but did not influence the review**

If you know me you know I love stories about angels. And look at that cover!! So simple and beautiful! Ahhh, onto the book…it starts with Maggie moving to New Orleans while her aunt (her caretaker) is off on a photography job for the next year. She will be living with her aunt’s friend and 2 more roommates. Nearly straight away Maggie’s life is in danger: from a creepy man staring Maggie down and making every fiber of
Shawna LeAnn
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook-books
This was a really great little read. I finished it within a night because I could not stop reading it. The story moved well and the characters really grew on me. I only hope there is a second book to this, because I would not mind one bit learning more about everyone in this book. Laury Falter has made a supernatural book that I have not came across yet, and I loved every page of it.

Now, I have read books about fallen angles, and I love the idea and the stories that come along with it. But this
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book.
It's so much more different than the normal YA of a teen girl who is clueless, immature and just basically annoying.
I know there were some comments about other people wishing that she would write a sequel but I disagree.
I think that this is one of those books that ended perfectly the way it was and will leave the rest to your own imagination.
The only things in this story that kinda bugged me were that you really had no idea what was going on with the main chara
This started out as a series I hadn't really even heard about and ended with me running around the house screaming that I need to buy the next book ASAP!

Maggie is a kick ass female, independent, witty and doesn't require saving 24-7. Ok fine so the hero does save her but that was totally his job.

Eran *fans self* I found him addictive. I turned the pages hoping he would be on the next one. The intense passion and devotion he has for Maggie is perfect, breathtaking and everything I love to read ab
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I like the different twist on the storyline. She is a messenger and he is her protector. I liked how many things were answered when you read closer to the end and yet there were still questions to be answered.
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Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Way much better than fallen from Lauren Kate ..... Wow just wow!!!! It took me a while to start reading this book as I was unsure that it would be good... Again... WOW!!!
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
First thoughts:

At first glance you might not think there's much to this book, it looks like a simple read, one you can just quickly read and move on. But it isn't, the depth to this book was really good, the story itself was intriguing and worth the effort. I really loved the fact that it wasn't all action, I liked how the tension and action slowly built up, it gave the reader time to understand the situation and question things that were going on. The characters themself were filled with perso
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorite
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Shy The WidowMaker
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to say this may be one of the most unique reads I have read in a while. This book hooked me from the first few pages and held me there. I flew through this one because it was just that cool of a read. I will start out by saying having this book set in New Orleans was one of the main draws that made me want to read it. I love everything about this area and the author had such vivid descriptions especially of the people and places of New Orleans with a lot of the action happening on Jackson ...more
Maggie has lived with her Aunt, a Freelance photographer, as long as she can remember. Theirs was a life of constant travel, never staying more than a few months in one place. Then, suddenly life changes for Maggie. Her Aunt gets a cushy overseas job, and Maggie is dropped off in New Orleans, there to spend her senior year with a long-time family friend Maggie has never met before.

In New Orleans Maggie quickly settles in but is bothered by creepy feelings she doesn’t understand. A strong-willed
Anna McC
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow! I loved this book. Laury faulter knows exactly how to draw the reader in and keep them reading until the very end. The beginning was a little slow but I didnt mind as much as I normally would as it gave me time to be introduced to the fantastic characters. The author has managed to weave together a brilliant book full of romance, suspense and mystery. Laury Faulter has managed to do this through her wonderful plot which leaves the reader sitting on the edge of their seat.

Maggie can deliver
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Where to begin? It was an intriguing read.

Maggie. Maggie was a really great character to follow, but for different reasons then I would normally think so. I usually love snarky, sarcastic tough heroines but Maggie was relatable, just a regular girl going through life understanding that she is a little different.

Maggies ‘family’ – Ezra, Rufus & Felix added light heartedness and for them I was grateful. I always found myself smiling at the domesticity.

I loved the parts with Eran in them, he
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Of all "angel" fantasy series that are out there, I would have to say this is one of the best in terms of a storyline.

Maggie Tanner, is an independent 18-year old girl, who doesn't need someone to watch over her. She's tough, does what she wants and she has the ability to visit the afterlife in her sleep delivering messages from those on earth to their loved ones in the afterlife. She doesn't think she needs help until strange things start to happen to her and she meets a mysterious guy, with a
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
In Fallen, Maggie is a messenger who moves to New Orleans and shares a home with her aunt's friends, while her aunt goes to Paris for a year. As a messenger, Maggie delivers messages from the living to the dead. In New Orleans, she meets Eran. Eran always seems to be around at the right moment, saving her from getting hurt. Inexplicably, she finds herself drawn to him and his mysterious life. The story takes us through the daily life of Maggie, in a new private school and the danger that surroun ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Story was interesting, and a bit different. Though I did see similarities in the relationship between the two main characters that I see in this author's other series (Residue) -- the whole 'insta' love thing -- it was an enjoyable read. Few editing issues, but it didn't deviate me from reading. On to the next. :)

I will say, I would read this series before the Residue series. These characters make an appearance in the Residue series. I just have not figured out the timeline yet -- how it goes. T
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Other books in the series

Guardian Trilogy (6 books)
  • Eternity (Guardian Saga, #2)
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