Monday, January 7, 2013

The Guardian by Gerald Lund‏

The Guardian

When Danni McAllister receives an antique pouch as a birthday gift from her 
grandfather, her first reaction is disappointment. 
"Don't assume that something is empty, just because there's nothing there,"
her grandfather warns. Danni learns that for nearly two hundred years,
the mysterious pouch-with its astonishing hidden secrets-has been handed
down from generation to generations, and each new owner has had to discover
for themselves how to access the power it holds, or suffer the penalty of using 
the pouch unwisely. While Danni struggles to understand the power of the pouch, 
her father's discovery of a rhodium mine makes her parents the targets of a deadly
extortionist plot and the strange pouch is Danni's only hope of saving her family.
 Jewels thoughts:
 I have read several books by Gerald Lund - and I have enjoyed them all.
 He has a way of telling a story that truly brings it to life for the reader.
 This book is no exception. I'll admit that when I bought this book I did it
 without really knowing what the book was about and bought it solely on the
 knowledge I had of the Author's previous works I have read. 
 I don't regret that decision at all.
 As a reader, I appreciated how the book begins 150 years in the past to give us
 information about the pouch, without revealing too much. 
 The reader ends ups learning about the pouch along with Danni, 
 even though you "feel" like you know more than she does.
 The main conflict of the story caught me a bit off guard - which is good, 
 I like to be surprised! The element of the pouch adds so much uncertainty
 to what happens that I literally couldn't put the book down because I had
 to know what would happen next.
 This is the kind of book that can be read and enjoyed on multiple levels. 
 You can just read it for the fun and adventure of the story, or it can make 
 you think. What does the pouch represent? Did Mr Lund want the reader to see 
 it as a symbol for something specific, or is it even a symbol at all? Along with
 the pouch Danni is given four "remembers" (things to remember about herself),
 do they apply to just Danni or can we apply them in our own lives? Then we can 
 also analyze Danni's relationship with the pouch - how she perceives it, uses it,
 relies on it and how that changes throughout the book. And finally, there are the
 relationships Danni has with the members of her family and Rick (her best friend)
 and how those change. There's so much to think about - I love it! 
 This book can be enjoyed by adults, teens, and even Tweens 
(those who aren't afraid to tackle a 600+ page book). 
 It's clean, it's fun, it's suspenseful, and a joy to read.
 I will add my one disclaimer - I have one irk with this book. 
 It's really a minor thing, but it's a mistake that I think should have been caught
 and it bugged me. Here it is: Mr Lund, you CAN'T take the battery out of an iPhone
 and then put it back in. The battery is sealed inside the phone.
 I understand that not everyone owns an iPhone, but someone involved in the
 publishing process should have had that knowledge and caught the mistake. 
 The story could have remained the same and not caused me grief if they had just
 changed what type of phone she had. Sorry, I know it's nit-picky, but it bugs me.
 Don't let it keep you from reading the book though - The Guardian is truly one of
 the best books I have read recently.
you can pick up the hardback here

you can pick up the kindle book here

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