The Missing Guardian Review

Title: The Missing Guardian
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Series: The Descendants #1
Publisher: Snow Wings Publishing
Publication Date: 10 October 2017
Source: Publisher/ Author
Format: E-book
Pages: 220
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 06 October 2017 - 07 October 2017










Goodreads Synopsis:

Seth Reid didn't mean to run away with a shapeshifter.

When he lost his Dad one year ago, Seth's world fell apart. Om the verge of pushing the rest of his family away, he meet Belvedere, a quirky shapeshifter, who seeks help to eliminate a dark infection that threatens the Four Worlds of Life.

But when the guardian of the world of air and wind goes mission, everything falls apart. Seth is pulled into the Void, where be meets a dark figure who's determined to become one with Seth.

On an adventure filled with dragons, elemental crystals, and an unknown prophecy lost over time. Seth questions his ability to help. And the more his doubts grow, the stronger the dark infection becomes. Will his bond with his siblings be enough to stop the infection?

And if Seth succeeds, will he finally be able to move past his father's death?

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I absolutely adore Snow Wings Publishing and all of the books that they publish. I tend to enjoy them quite a bit and when I read the synopsis for this one, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity! I am hoping that I really enjoy this book and because of what I think of Snow Wings Publishing, I think that my expectations are little high for this book. But I have a lot of faith!

Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of her book! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The author's writing clearly suits the middle grade genre. Her writing is quick and easy to get into but it represents the middle grade genre by having quite a young energy. The dialogue felt a lot like the things I would say to my bother and mother when I was upset. I thought that MacFarlane's writing was simplistic but it also had a lot of depth to it.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was generally slow paced and I would have liked it to be a bit faster. Whilst the book goes by quite quickly, it often felt like the plot wasn't progressing. I enjoyed the world that MacFarlane created but felt that the explanation wasn't enough to stop the reader from getting confused time to time. At the end of the day I did enjoy the plot.

Character Thoughts:

Seth is so much younger than I expected him to be. At twelve there wasn't much that I could find accessible except maybe when I compared him to twelve year old me. I thought that Seth was portrayed well but I did not like his sister all too much. Seth also had more substance to him compared to the other characters.

The other characters played their roles quite well but every now and again they would fall flat.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I thought that this was a great start to a series and a great middle grade book. I think that there are a lot of middle graders who will definitely enjoy this book, particularly those who are around Seth's age. The writing was true to the genre, the plot was slow paced but was still enjoyable. The characters had their ups and downs but at the end of the day Seth really shined as the main character. Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of her book!

Yours in Reading,

Melleny


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