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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 i 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 in her life? Then Laurel finds out about Sam’s ominous ancestry and a whole different fear arises. Fear of who Sam really is. Fear of her own feelings. And when she learns the dark truth about her own future, a sinister secret that will change everything as soon as she turns nineteen, she wants to run and hide, but soon realizes that there is no hiding from fate. Sam may be the only one who can help her escape her destiny, but then she has to start trusting him again, and time is of the essence because he has his own fate to deal with. Still, Sam is determined to stop Laurel from meeting her doom, even if that means he has to make a drastic move that will separate them for good.


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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 i 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 in her life? Then Laurel finds out about Sam’s ominous ancestry and a whole different fear arises. Fear of who Sam really is. Fear of her own feelings. And when she learns the dark truth about her own future, a sinister secret that will change everything as soon as she turns nineteen, she wants to run and hide, but soon realizes that there is no hiding from fate. Sam may be the only one who can help her escape her destiny, but then she has to start trusting him again, and time is of the essence because he has his own fate to deal with. Still, Sam is determined to stop Laurel from meeting her doom, even if that means he has to make a drastic move that will separate them for good.

30 review for House of Guardians

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    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 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 story so scattered. It really lacked finesse and I feel like the plot just got stuck in a hole it couldn't get itself out of. It's just unexplained back and forth musings and interactions until 60% when FINALLY some of the actual background comes into play. The next thing I'll touch upon is the heroine. Girlfriend had zero appeal. So obviously look are not important. And I guess I do appreciate that she wasn't the usual trope of "I have no idea how attractive I am to the opposite sex but am the hottest things to walk this earth." But, she always commented (and other people as well) on how haggard she looked and put no effort into personal grooming to at least look a little put together. On top of that, this girl was a bore! She had zero interests. Didn't like any sports, music, art, school. She had no motivation to look into college. Again I can't really find a positive thing to say. YET, she's got demigods (yes, finally, we learned who these other guys are) chasing after her tail. Also, just a little side note. I never like the actual "good guy" love interest in these kinds of books! I'm a weirdo, I know. Sure, technically they're the good guy but come off as so angsty and a total jerk. It's just a bunch of back and forth because they like the heroine, but destiny (or fate, or rules etc) dictate he can't be with her. So he just plays a bunch of mind games but plays the victim when the heroine calls him out on his crap because the rules he has to follow are such a cruel mistress. I always like the bad boy, or alternative choice more. At least those dudes are honest! Swing and a miss for me. It's a shame, I was hoping for some guilty pleasure reading to commence here. I will refrain from giving it any rating though because I got super ranty and probably shouldn't have picked up a YA trilogy in the first place, haha.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annemarie

    So, this book is basically, what if we had Twilight, but with Demi-gods instead of Vampires. The difference is, when I first read Twilight, I actually liked it. I was only two pages in and boom, a word in a different language (which seems to be a bit of a pet peeve of mine), namely Dutch. Thankfully it stayed with one word, but there was also a lot of Greek (Old Greek?). I guess it makes sense but the whole "Everyone around me suddenly started talking in a weird language until I asked them what So, this book is basically, what if we had Twilight, but with Demi-gods instead of Vampires. The difference is, when I first read Twilight, I actually liked it. I was only two pages in and boom, a word in a different language (which seems to be a bit of a pet peeve of mine), namely Dutch. Thankfully it stayed with one word, but there was also a lot of Greek (Old Greek?). I guess it makes sense but the whole "Everyone around me suddenly started talking in a weird language until I asked them what they were saying, then they realised..." Not quite how bilingualism works. The main character is half-Dutch. She's scared of dogs (she says). She should be super relatable to me. She wasn't. Let's start with the Dutch part. She is Dutch and keeps complaining about the rain. Sure, Dutch people DO complain about the weather the whole time, but seeing her describe the winter of her new place as "mild and wet" and worrying about that... What do you think Dutch winters are like? Maybe, uhm, I don't know, mild and wet? "It even rains in summer, omg?" uhm... like it doesn't in the Netherlands? The Author actually is Dutch, so maybe the main character just complains a lot? -Nah, she does. She definitely complains a lot. Next is the whole fear of dog thing. She definitely didn't seem like she was scared of dogs. "Well, I'm scared, but I'll pet this dog" "I'm so surprised how I can stay with just this dog, because usually I'm scared" She didn't actually seem scared, except for maybe the first scene with the wolf-dog. This could have been written so much better. I am terrified of dogs. I actually did date someone with a dog once. I tried (and succeeded in) not showing how scared I was, but my brain was going overdrive, I had to prepare myself before entering his house, and when the dog would jump on me, or force me to pet him (it would start jumping at my face if I didn't, so yeah, I felt forced), I would want to cry. (which I didn't, but you get the drift). We spend all this time in her head, and she keeps trying to convince us she is scared of dogs (by saying, wow, how can I do all this despite being scared of dogs?) while never actually showing us any of that fear. The plot of this book, oh gosh, that's something else. First we have the classic (twilight-like) girl falls for super pretty guy who seems to like her back, but keeps being hot and cold to her. "Oh my gosh I have no idea what to think~" Then, about 300 pages in, we get to the main plot, which is just... weird. She has to have a baby with a demi-god, but obviously not her boyfriend, because his baby would kill him (but his mom did just fine, because she's alive?). Also, baby that kills mother? Breaking Dawn anyone? Does this even make sense to anyone? Then there's the characters. The main girl rarely does anything of her own accord, and if she does, it's incredibly, incredibly stupid. Like, going to the guy who's trying to impregnate you whether you want it or not, just to figure out if the memory of her boyfriend dancing with someone else (his fiance btw) is corrrect, stupid. This whole book is everyone else dragging her around against her will, and her complaining about it (which I guess is very Dutch). But she never does anything about it. Oh I guess she does have a scar which makes her super unique. She keeps telling us about this when she gets dressed though halfway through the book stops caring because main dude has already seen it anyway. (what about everybody else? You're only hiding it from cute boys you want to date?) Main dude is super, super, super controlling. "I'll pick you up by the end of the morning," he says as if it is an already sure thing. "I haven't said yes." "That's not necessary, it wasn't a question." "I don't really have a choice here, do I?" He is standing in front of me, tall and imposing. His head slightly bent forward. I can smell his leather jacket mixed with some other, heavenly, scent. "No, we will spend the entire day together. No matter what." ^How scary is that? But of course, everything is forgiven, because he's so HOT. Yeah... That's pretty much him, controlling hotness, I guess. "I command you! Do you understand what that means?" Why would she let him command her? Yes I understand what that means, that means I never ever want to see you again, you creepy controlling aaaargh. And he's not even the only one. The antagonist. People she barely even met, everyone and their mother try to control her. Sander smiled. “And I had no idea you had trouble following orders.” Did you really just say you expected this girl to do as you said, when she didn’t even know you? Is everyone in this book super controlling, or just the characters we hear about? The romance is insta-lovey and feels like it stays that way? Main dude is rude and mean, but like I said, he's HOT so who cares? Main girl is whiny and let's him walk all over her, but that's just romantic I guess? Who wants to talk or get to know each other if you could just date this hot stranger that is super controlling of your friends and who you talk to instead? The writing is... not great. Some sentences seem obviously translated from Dutch, and make more sense in my mothertongue than in English. Some of these are probably typo's, and definitely nothing a good editor wouldn't fix, but finding yourself retranslating things to Dutch to find that, oh, it makes sense like that, is weird. "Just think about [sic], Laurel, okay?" "denk (think) erover (about), Laurel okay" "the God's son of the underworld" You mean the God of the underworld's son? Then there's the Greek myths. I love the Greek Myths. I love Greek gods and goddesses. I do not love what was done with them in this series. Hades and the devil are comparable? How? What? And they have a Greek person, that is supposedly well-versed in myths, claim this? Stereotypes much? Hades isn't an evil god, the Greeks didn't have evil gods. All gods had good and bad aspects, that's kind of their thing. Also Dionysos too. Aaargh. Sure, I just read a book focussed solely on him, but this shows such an unnuanced view of him, and that's such a pity. "Yeah, he drinks a lot, even though he gets super ill, can't be helped, because he's Dionysos son." The stereotypes are strong in this one. Very strong. Apollo can only kill men, and Artemis only woman? But what about Orion that Artemis (or possibly Gaia, to be fair) accidentally killed? What about Bouphagos? What about Adonis? Artemis has dots on her forehead? I guess we're well out of mythology and into the fantasy then? I haven't been able to find any reference to that, nor seen dots on statues of her? The misinformation is big, and I guess we can just say it's fantasy and leave it at that, but with sentences as "Everyone knows MISINFORMATION" it's just super annoying. I get it, everyone has a basic idea about the greek gods, but at least look into it a bit more if you are going to write about it. "I know who you are," I tell him with a steady voice. "Who do you think I am?" ... "Tell me!" Tell me that doesn't scream Twilight? Some of these scenes just seem to copy the scenes from Twilight directly, I swear. 'You can copy my homework, but make up to switch it up a little.' There's even references to a handsome-vampire film called "equinox" like, you can't tell me this wasn't Twilight inspired. I really really really hated this book, and it's a miracle I even finished it (what Corona does for you, eh?). The plot is not there for most of the book, the characters are bland and stereotypical. The story is repetitive, and the writing style could use some good editing. It's 100% not for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Lyamuya

    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 th 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 the girl have no selflove for herself to go beyong for a guy who kept pushing her away more than once. 😒 I seriously wanted to stop before i even reached half of the book because it kept repeating some dramas and i am sorry but i hate dramas, again the only reason why i liked this was because Olympus was in it. For those with patience then i recommend this book to them because it is long 😫. Also very good, especially the end. No one can escape their fate, let's see if Laurel can.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Grigg

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    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 ea 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 each other as more like sisters than strangers. I will admit at some points during this book Laurel did get on my nerves, I think it was the fact that she doesn't listen when she's told not to do something. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing but at some points in the book I was questioning her actions. At first I wasn't too sure if I liked Renee but she actually grew on me and I like how she tries to protect Laurel from Sam and the others. I would love to see more of her and Don and can't wait to see how their relationship develops. I loved Sam and Laurel's relationship, you can tell at the beginning there is something between them and I think the author did a good job of drawing it out and not having them instantly being together. I liked seeing from Sam's point of view, I felt like you got to see why he acts the way he does and you get to see into his world a bit more. I found myself also getting to know the other characters a bit better as well, since most of their interactions are with Sam you get to see their actual personalities come through. The author described the settings of the book well, I found I could picture where these characters were set, like other books I've read and just couldn't picture it. Sometimes I did find it suddenly jumped from one scene to the next and I did get a bit confused but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book and easily for read on. I would have liked a bit more description on some of the characters as I found some a bit vague. Sam and Adrian probably were the characters that I found had more description. I didn't want a two page decription but a little bit to help me picture them helps. Laurel I would like a little more description on, I think in the book her eyes are mentioned but not too sure. This my personal opinion as I like to see the characters when I read them and saying they're all muscular (not complaing) isn't enough of a description. I also found that there was a points quite a few typing errors, usually I'm not bothered by one or two now and then but in some cases it did distract me from reading, however, not enough to stop me from finishing the book. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I liked that it ended on a cliffhanger as it's already got me reading the second book in the trilogy. I can't wait to see how the story continues and to see how characters and their relationships develop.

  6. 5 out of 5

    MoMo

    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 kn 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 know there is so much unspoken but its not until around half-way that you start to get the full picture and I found my mind sparking off in different directions at what could happen next. I laughed, I cried, I sat up until the early hours trying to breathe with Laurel as she finds her way... This sexy and mysterious tale focuses on 17 year old Laurel who has recently moved back to Vancouver Island where her father, Martin, owns his own restaurant to live with him and his wife, Mia and her daughter, Renee, who is also 17. Laurel and Renee could not be any more different and Laurel feels that Mia is constantly expecting her to morph into Renee - which she will certainly not be doing! Laurel is hoping to build a relationship with her father but it is difficult finding time to get to know each other. I enjoyed that the author tells the story from Laurel's perspective in the main, with a few chapters from Sam, where we get insight into his world. Sam is struggling with leading the life he knows is set out before him and these new feelings that he has for Laurel. The more he stays away the more he is drawn to be there when she finds herself in trouble. There is an undeniable attraction between Laurel and Sam, which the author beautifully introduces at their first meeting, and builds each time they meet. They share some sensual scenes although there is nothing too "adult" in nature in this teenage/ young adult novel. I will not give any more of the story away but it is not a straightforward new adult romance. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys the mystery of a sexy, dangerous story and although it is not a thriller it is certainly a thrilling read. I can't wait to read the second book, Sacrifice, which is due for release in 2017 with the third and final part, Ambrosia, following on from that. I would like to thank the author, Beatrice Sand, for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to its release date.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    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 Olivi 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 Olivia finally tells her about her “destiny.” The beginning of the book jumps around a little. I am never sure how much time has passed but the author eventually helps you to figure it out. And it just might be my little pet peeve but I like when the author notes at the beginning of the new section with a statement as to how much time has passed. For example at the beginning of chapter 6 she just says that “Sam keeps his promise and doesn’t bother me again. When our eyes meet in the hallways, his are cold. I still don’t understand what happened between us the other night at the beach,…” How long ago was the night on the beach? A week? Two? Or just a couple of days? I’m picky about my timeline but that is really my biggest gripe about the book. There are technically 2 “bad” guys in this book and, to be perfectly honest, one was a total surprise to me. It was a lot of fun to watch both of them get knocked around by Sam. It was a fun story that has a lot of directions it can build on. The supporting cast of characters are fun as well. My favorite ones are Sam’s cousin Olivia, Laurel’s step sister Renee and Sam’s best friend Don. I can’t wait to see how Renee and Don’s relationship goes in the next few books. The one thing I have noticed in all of the Greek stories I have read or see is that Zeus needs to brought down a peg or two (or ten). The way some of the things in the book unfolded I am left wondering if Apollon did not set up some of the attraction between Sam and Laurel to keep his own premonition from becoming a reality. I am also left wondering how Laurel is going to explain to her dad and step-mom why she can’t come home from college for a couple of years. I can’t wait for the next book to come out! ~Kristy Long

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Massengale

    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 written 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 written. This is not the case with House of Guardians. Having written this trilogy with her niece in mind, Beatrice Sand has done a fine job of writing so that the story appeals to not only young adult readers, but "not-so-young" readers as well and especially Mythology fans ( of which the latter two groups I can claim membership). She presents the characters as modern renditions of the Gods, explaining how they came to be, as well as maintaining their traditional characteristics and importance within the Greek Pantheon. Then she weaves an intricate story full of drama, danger, passion, and purpose for which each of the characters - Gods and mortals alike - play important roles in maintaining the plot. I was totally immersed in the various twists and turns she took that also kept the story interesting. I am now preparing to read the second book in the Ambrosia Trilogy: House of Terrors, and if it's anything like House of Guardians, I won't come up for air until I've completed it! Great read and wonderful beginning of a new series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Punkin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Greek Good guys, and guys. Catty women and God's galore. I liked the history lesson. However the Greek (or whatever) that even goodie couldn't translate was irritating. Upon a second reread, I am annoyed. Downgraded to 3 stars. It took forever to do anything. It was all talk and no action. H was a bit of a wishy washy controlling dick. h was a whiny brat who did whatever without a care for anyone else. Meh. I am curious as to what happens but not excited to read another book like this. Greek Good guys, and guys. Catty women and God's galore. I liked the history lesson. However the Greek (or whatever) that even goodie couldn't translate was irritating. Upon a second reread, I am annoyed. Downgraded to 3 stars. It took forever to do anything. It was all talk and no action. H was a bit of a wishy washy controlling dick. h was a whiny brat who did whatever without a care for anyone else. Meh. I am curious as to what happens but not excited to read another book like this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Great book with a catching story! Would recommend to anyone who likes Mythology/ fantasy books! 4 stars because of spelling errors throughout the book and lack of timeline.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had high hopes for this story, but alas... I was hoping the greek mythology aspect of this novel would be more immersive, more pervasive. It wasn't. I always imagined Mt Olympus would be in a more heavenly location. But if it had to be on Earth, I would think it would be on another plane maybe, other dimensional perhaps. Definitely in Greece though, not Canada. Sorry Canada, but it is called Greek Mythology for a reason. Then there is the matter of the hotel. Where is a fashionable demigod suppo I had high hopes for this story, but alas... I was hoping the greek mythology aspect of this novel would be more immersive, more pervasive. It wasn't. I always imagined Mt Olympus would be in a more heavenly location. But if it had to be on Earth, I would think it would be on another plane maybe, other dimensional perhaps. Definitely in Greece though, not Canada. Sorry Canada, but it is called Greek Mythology for a reason. Then there is the matter of the hotel. Where is a fashionable demigod supposed to stay when visiting family? In a hotel of course... on Mt Olympus. That was a deal breaker for me. But let's talk about the characters who populate this story. I don't remember being so indecisive and wishy washy at that age. Sam ending almost every interaction with Laurel by saying 'this has to be the last time, we can't be together" drove me to distraction and yet, he kept coming back. And Laurel is ridiculous and irritating. They were trying to save her from being impregnated by a lord of the underworld and all she did was whine about making her own decisions and wanting to go back home. It's like she wanted to get raped by an entitled demigod. There was one solution to her predicament and not one of them tossed it out there. If she had hooked up with Sam and got pregnant on her own it would have thwarted Adrian (and he offered her anything on that last night... at the fisherman's shack, but she declined). Defying the Gods blah, blah, blah... and yeah, I know they kept saying she wouldn't survive a pregnancy with a descendant of Apollon, but his mother was still alive and kicking so... surviving is possible. Even if she didn't want to go there (after hearing about how demigods are raised), wouldn't she want her first time with the sex to be with someone she loved and not possible rape?? Eighteen years old, raging hormones... you sure wouldn't know it by this story. I want to know what happens in the next two books, but do I want to know enough... to be determined.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cydney Reads

    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 o 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 of the ancient Greek dialect was written into to the story line. The writing style is truly what kept me going throughout the book, and I did like the story line. While reading this I recalled just how much I love Greek Mythology, and it influenced my recent purchase of Mythology by Edith Hamilton, and Norse Mythology by Jake Jackson. I would have loved to see Laurel make some of her own intelligent decisions. Sometimes you do need to be rescued I get that, but every single time? Also, there were moments when you could tell Laurel was going to do something completely foolish but hey that’s why Sam is his savior. I would like to find out what happens between the two of them, I’ve seen the covers of the next two books, so I can kind of tell but I’m not to sure I am ready to sit down and read them right now

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked the premise of this story, but there were a few issues that I had. Laurel is the most wishy washy character. I found her so very annoying and inconsistent in her behavior. For example: she’s constantly going on and on about how the Gods are trying to run her life and how she has no control….and then she unquestioningly follows Sam’s commands about where she can go and who she can see. And this is BEFORE she knows the whole deal about them being demigods, etc. It was such a ridiculous and I liked the premise of this story, but there were a few issues that I had. Laurel is the most wishy washy character. I found her so very annoying and inconsistent in her behavior. For example: she’s constantly going on and on about how the Gods are trying to run her life and how she has no control….and then she unquestioningly follows Sam’s commands about where she can go and who she can see. And this is BEFORE she knows the whole deal about them being demigods, etc. It was such a ridiculous and contrary way to behave. With no reason given, Laurel decides to not date Adrian…because she’s told not to by two of her friends, Sam and Olivia. With no provocation, she’s just letting these other seemingly teenage people she just met tell her how to live her life. Laurel gets attacked by her sister’s boyfriend, and even after he makes a rather cryptic remark about what happened to the sister, her first instinct is not to check on her? The writing seems a bit immature, and there were editorial errors all over the place. I’m hoping it gets better with the next book though. Like I said, I found the premise interesting: Gods and demigods and all that jazz. But I think the book definitely needs more editing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    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 predestinati 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 predestination are used. The crazy little foggy island. The way power flows from the demi-gods, both Titan and Olympian. Things I didn't like: the confusing relationship between Laurel and Sam. I don't get it. They'd both say something and two seconds later either they'd forgotten they'd said it or the author did. She seemed so pliant sometimes and so belligerent others. Her behavior made no sense, it was inconsistent. Obviously it wasn't enough to make me put the book down and read something else, but it was enough that I won't pay money for the follow up books. Great plot line and world, though. I love it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. House of Guardians is an impeccably written story set out to capture the reader’s breath! The Olympian’s vision starring Laurel as The Chosen One results in confusion, rebellion, broken hearts, fear, romance and an unbreakable bond. As sparks fly between Sam and Laurel, the gods and Adrain will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Destiny is meant to be fulfilled without question, but the passion encompassing these two teenagers defy fate itself. Will their love be strong enough to withstand the m House of Guardians is an impeccably written story set out to capture the reader’s breath! The Olympian’s vision starring Laurel as The Chosen One results in confusion, rebellion, broken hearts, fear, romance and an unbreakable bond. As sparks fly between Sam and Laurel, the gods and Adrain will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Destiny is meant to be fulfilled without question, but the passion encompassing these two teenagers defy fate itself. Will their love be strong enough to withstand the many unsettling sacrifices in order to protect Laurel? Threats unbeknownst to The Chosen One further alienates her from a life of normalcy that she’s finally getting a handle on. This is the first series on Greek mythology that I’ve read and my eyes are riveted to each page. I’m completely enthralled with the key characters of this story so much so that I purchased the last two books before finishing the first. I opened my kindle or kindle app each free moment I had. It’s impossible to stop wondering what will happen next. I can’t wait to experience this next journey with the writer that’s becoming one of my favorite authors.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Valle

    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 he wo 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 he would smile at her and she would go right back to drooling over him. They had so many "farewell" scenes that after the first couple of times I didn't even care any more because I knew they were going back to each other eventually. All of Sam's friends were actually jerks. I don't know why Laurel would keep forgiving him after everything he did & said to her and after everything she was told by other people. I'm not even going to bother finishing this series. The only reason I finished the book was because I hate to start something & not finish it. I feel like a lot of scenes/conversations were repeated over and over. I was disappointed because it had an interesting premise.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Boman

    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 devel 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 develops with her stepdaughter is poorly fleshed out. Why the author introduces prescription drug abuse for a minute is a mystery that suggests one could stop using them simply because a male orders one to do so . It added nothing to the plot. Ugh. I read this whole book hoping that it would get better,; after all, it is a series, but this was not a stand alone book, but more of a leave alone book. Glad at least it was free because I feel my time was stolen. Don't bother trying to plow through this as there are tons more free books that are far more worth the read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shaunta

    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 t 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 take a hint instead of an mature creative artsy intelligent young woman of 17 that she was suggested to be. I truly struggled with liking her and sometimes it did distract from the book but the story was so good I pushed on. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing the outcome of the story. I am an independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock and am giving this book 4.5 Hearts.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    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 wa 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 was frustrating, the back and forth, indecision, burden of being a demigod and all that. I love the cover. I like the idea behind the story and found myself drawn to Lou and felt frustrated by so many of the characters, when it came to taking a stand and acting upon it, but yeah...in greek mythology the mortals and even other gods were powerless compared to Zeus, so, I can't demand much can I?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Weber

    😐 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 😐 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 his evil way. Come on it should be a simple thank you and a lovey goodbye to each other. Of course all she does it complain and whine and say he will be happy to be rid of her and his memories like he has a choice, which she knows he doesn't. Can't finish the series cause of that now it totally ruined it for me I could have handled the rest but not that.

  21. 5 out of 5

    kathleen

    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 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 book has potential I don't know if I would recommend this though it's a long tenacious read and you feel like you get nowhere it's just an endless loop of the same drama over and over again now the demigods and goddesses and the Titans the Greeks it's all very interesting so if you want to take a chance I know everybody is different with what they like to read

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jolene Dretzka

    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 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 refreshing break from the overpopulation of vampire tales that exist this day and age. So, if you are in for a fun new supernatural read that breaks from the norm, this is the book for you. I can't wait to get o copy of the next 2 books in the trilogy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Cameron

    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 th 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 the book but wanted to see what happened so I did. I will not be moving on to the next book. There were also very obvious spelling and grammatical errors that were a little annoying. Sorry just not for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Literary

    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 wonder 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 wondering what the hell is she doing? The story pace is extremely slow, picking up here and there. It ends on a cliffhanger and with Laurel being the tantrum child. I can’t say I’m interested in finishing the series. This just wasn’t for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    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 m 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 my part it took ages to get some excitement, there is no building up the excitement it could be so much better to develop the storyline. So not for me, sorry.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Doig

    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 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 to find Laurel, it has been written that Laurel will have Sampson’s baby who will be a demigod. I loved the characters and the storyline and I recommend this book. It’s well worth the read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Gallina

    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 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 Greek men, we all need our fantasy! Get the books, you will not be disappointed, and of course they must be read in order.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Render

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Out of Chaos came the first gods. Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades were brothers. They overthrew their father and re-divided the world. Zeus took the skies and earth, Poseidon ruled the oceans, and Hades took care of the realm of the dead." This makes it sound as though Chaos was their father, when in fact it was Cronos who was... having a character who was a professor of Greek philosophy should have had better knowledge. I don't know if I've been spoiled by the marvel that is Mythos by Stephen Fry or "Out of Chaos came the first gods. Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades were brothers. They overthrew their father and re-divided the world. Zeus took the skies and earth, Poseidon ruled the oceans, and Hades took care of the realm of the dead." This makes it sound as though Chaos was their father, when in fact it was Cronos who was... having a character who was a professor of Greek philosophy should have had better knowledge. I don't know if I've been spoiled by the marvel that is Mythos by Stephen Fry or not but I did not like the mythological inaccuracies of this version. Other than that the book is enjoyable, reminds me slightly of a Greek god version of twilight

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    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, 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, otherwise I don't know what the proofreaders were reading. That said, I am still interested enough to try to find and read the sequel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Really, really good I hadn't read the author's bio so I was a bit put off by what I thought were typos. Lo & behold, I discover she "ain't from around here" & everything makes so much more sense!!! Those "errors" seen by my American eyes & also encountered by American editors are the reason for a 4 instead of a 5. This story drew me in...enthrallingly. I haven't believed in mythical creatures so strongly since...well, in a long time. So despite what we can call a SMALL language barrier, jump in! Really, really good I hadn't read the author's bio so I was a bit put off by what I thought were typos. Lo & behold, I discover she "ain't from around here" & everything makes so much more sense!!! Those "errors" seen by my American eyes & also encountered by American editors are the reason for a 4 instead of a 5. This story drew me in...enthrallingly. I haven't believed in mythical creatures so strongly since...well, in a long time. So despite what we can call a SMALL language barrier, jump in! Read this book. Sam & Laurel are absolutely worth it!

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