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Destiny has two ways of crushing us…by refusing our wishes…and fulfilling them.Vie had no idea when she descended into the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming that she’d find herself mesmerized by the mysterious and alluring eyes of one Carter Stone. And Carter believed he knew everyone that lived in his rural town until the day he locked eyes with Vivian Thorne. He couldn'tDestiny has two ways of crushing us…by refusing our wishes…and fulfilling them.Vie had no idea when she descended into the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming that she’d find herself mesmerized by the mysterious and alluring eyes of one Carter Stone. And Carter believed he knew everyone that lived in his rural town until the day he locked eyes with Vivian Thorne. He couldn't help but wonder what was different about this girl he had known all of his life.He was right, Vie was the beautiful young Guardian that had been sent to their world looking for Carter and she did so merged in the vessel of the Thorne girl. Their meeting sparks a passionate romance between the two and soon after they embark on their journey to uncover the secrets of a past that they begin to realize they both shared. Their forbidden connection unleashes a war with disapproving parties and the lovers find themselves on a mission to uncover the truth of their not wholly human existence and their unbreakable bond. Darkness falls as Lucian returns to settle a score with them and their lives take a thrilling and terrifying turn. The only way for Carter to stop Lucian and save the one he holds most dear is to unlock the secrets of his past and unleash the powers within him. What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane? Gotta be fate!Deeply passionate and extraordinarily suspenseful, Descended captures the struggles between doing what is expected of you and unleashing your destiny, between fulfilling prophecies and desires, between loyalty and love....

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  • Bonny Bon Bon
    2019-05-19 02:51

    Firstly id like to thank Debra Ann Miller for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review I think the cover is absolutely stunning. I would have given the book 3 1/2 stars if I could have only because I had a little trouble getting into the first few chapters of the book I'm glad I persisted because I found myself engrossed and not wanting to put it down. I suppose that is because I am a sucker for soul mates and love concurring all. Definitely worth reading. One body, two souls. Cant wait to read Ascended (Book 2 in the series)What happens when a guardian, on a mission to help a boy discover his destiny and in turn becoming the 'chosen one' who will save man kind from the evils of Lucian falls in love with said boy? From the moment Violet heard about the upcoming mission she knew she had to be apart of it. She knew it was somehow her destiny to be involved and when her best friend Gabriel informs her that she will be inhabiting Vivian's body so that she may guide a boy named Carter to discover who he really is and uncover the reason for the darkness that is within him, she is ecstatic. But it may not be as easy of a mission as Gabriel and Vie expected.As time progresses with the mission and the connection between Carter and Vie becomes increasingly stronger, some guardians question Gabriel and Vie's motives and the progression of the mission. Although Vie's soul has successfully merged with Vivian's body she continuously questions her feelings for Carter as she is unsure if the love she feels for Carter is her love or Vivian's even after Gabriel's assurances that Vie's soul is in control and that Vivian has no part in any decisions or feelings.If that isn't enough on her plate she has to contend with Jeremy, Vivian's boyfriend not understanding why Vie no longer loves him, 2 jealous woman (whom are jealous of the relationships Vie has with Carter and Gabriel), Lucian trying to kill both Carter and herself. Oh and there's the small detail of Violet not being who everyone thinks she is and that she may play a much bigger part in Carters life and destiny than anyone could have predicted

  • Dianne
    2019-05-23 08:06

    When the destiny of a teen boy is in trouble and he could turn to the darkness, a beautiful and powerful guardian descends to save him, using the body of another. But does fate and destiny have more in store for these two? Does evil have a score to settle with them? Is there more to their meeting and falling in love than they realize? Vie is an immortal guardian, but something about the human, Carter pulls her in like a magnet. How can he affect her so? Will the hidden truth bring them closer together for eternity or will it tear them apart, even if Carter is saved from the horrors of the dark side??Descended, book one in the Fallen Guardian series by Debra Ann Miller is a warm story of love, soulmates, loss and the joy of rediscovery. Ms. Miller’s writing is refreshingly suitable for all ages, one to be shared with younger readers who enjoy paranormal tales. The story flows smoothly at a pace that is relaxing and almost lyrical until evil rears its ugly head and the battle wages. Not all questions were answered, but a door was left open for more to come. Well written and not overly detailed, each page almost turned itself.Series: Fallen Guardian Saga, #1Publication Date: October 13, 2012Publisher: Debra Ann MillerISBN: 1480177806Page Count: 273Genre: YA Paranormal RomanceAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  • Linda
    2019-04-26 07:45

    The Guardians were an elite group of angels who have devoted their entire existence to protecting the Gates of Heaven and the world below. This is a unique story about fate, relationships, and the struggle between good and evil.I have to admit I had a problem buying into Vivian’s medical condition, it seemed to be a little extreme considering she had brain surgery and managed to keep all of her hair. I suppose it is possible, I decided to just go with it because there was a higher power at work here and it is fiction.This is a complicated story with many facets that I did find engrossing. The characters are well developed even though their complete histories are not exposed until later in the story. Ms. Miller has done an excellent job weaving her story together. The plot twists were well thought out and enthralling.Spiritually takes center stage while religion takes a back seat even though Vivian’s father is a minister at the local church. I loved the relationship between Violet and Gabriel. Well, I have to admit, I loved everything about Gabriel. He was, by far, my favorite character and the one who tied heaven and earth together so seamlessly.The plot moved at a good pace and had a lot of depth for a debut novel. Ms. Miller didn't mess around with dipping her toes in, she jumped in with both feet. I can see where some readers may think this story ends in a cliffhanger but it does come around full circle. It will be interesting to see how Violet’s and Carter’s story continues.Format/Typo Issues: I found a small number of proofing errors.**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** August 16, 2014

  • Jonel Boyko
    2019-05-19 02:58

    This was such a very heart-warming story. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside while at the same time keeping you quite intrigued. Miller has mastered the art of suspenseful narrative. She provides all information necessary for the advancement of the story, while keeping back just enough to keep the reader intrigued. Rather than just plonking all of the information down in one long narrative, she feeds it to us bit by bit. The story itself is also fairly well written. The descriptions are concise, to the point, but provide you with a sense of what or who you should be looking at. I did find that the actual purpose of the story didn’t become completely apparent until about midway through the novel, but it was still quite enjoyable.Some of the characters in this novel were quite well developed. You knew where they came from, or at least as much as the characters themselves did. You also got to know a bit about their personalities. However, some of the characters were a little one sided. I also found that the dialogue gets a little stilted at times. Not a lot, but just enough to break the flow of the story. The cast as a whole was quite intriguing and pulls you in to this world. At the end of the story you find yourself wondering, who in the world are these people? What’s going to happen to them and what is their purpose? You find yourself wanting to reach for the sequel to continue on this journey.Please note that I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Angel Lepire
    2019-04-29 00:51

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story in this book. Though I'm not much of a romance reader, I found the characters engaging and really wanted to see how things came out for them. While I know there is a sequel to this story (possibly to be more than 1?), I did find myself wondering if there was a book before Descended? It seemed like there was back story eluded to in here that I felt like I was missing. Maybe it was just to be left to the reader's imagination, but I would be interested to know what has happened before between Lucian & Gabe, etc.One of my favorite things about this book was the main character, Vie. Part of why I've been a bit put off with romance novels, is they sometimes seem to take a strong female role and turn her into an insecure twit, always questioning her love interest's motives, wondering what he's thinking or why, blah, blah, blah. In Descended, the author helps to remind us that if Vie questions anything about what Carter is thinking/doing, it's because she has a mission to complete, and she needs to gather all the information she can to complete it sucessfully. I liked that she was a strong character throughout the book.Great book, great story. I will be reading the next one to see what becomes of these characters.

  • Stacy Sabala
    2019-05-08 06:54

    This is the first book in the Fallen Guardian Saga. Violet is a guardian and is finally getting her first assignment. She needs to merge with a human girl named Vivian Thorne. Her assignment is to find Carter Stone and help him realize his destiny. He is the chosen one and she has one year to complete the task. With the help of her best friend, Gabriel and the other members of her team she is excited to finally have a chance to prove herself.Violet, or Vie, enters Vivian’s body while the girl is still in the hospital after brain surgery. Merging with her body is harder than Vie expected. Vivian fights for control, especially when Jeremy is around. Jeremy is Vivian’s boyfriend and produces strong emotions from her soul. Vie has to push Jeremy away in order to continue with her assignment. She claims amnesia where she doesn’t remember him. She is able to get him to back off as she finds Carter. She feels guilty interfering but knows when she is gone, Jeremy will have Vivian back.While the guardians are in Newcastle, Wyoming trying to complete their mission with Carter and keeping him safe, one of their own is following the road of betrayal. The guardian Reese is disillusioned by the guardians’ ways of dealing with humans and seeks out to help Lucien, the fallen angel. Reese believes that he too is fallen and that is where he is supposed to be. Now that Reese has joined Lucien and his demons, Gabriel fears for Vie’s life. He wants to send her home, but she is making progress with Carter and he can’t justify the actions. While his tries to make her see reason of how dangerous this mission has become, she argues and refuses to go. During the argument, Vie develops this golden aura around her. Gabriel is completely shocked and then smiles a huge smile. He knew his best friend was special and this divine development is what they need to turn the mission around.Unbeknownst to the guardians, another of their kind is filled with jealousy when Vie is allowed to go on the mission and she is not. She is determined to find out why. When she learns the secret, the shock is almost overwhelming. She decides to reveal this information to Lucien where she strikes up a bargain. The knowledge about Violet’s soul is the secret to the mission. Few know the truth and now Lucien has an edge over the guardians. When Gabriel learns the truth about Violet, he sees red when he realizes how in the dark he was when this mission started. He is bound from telling her the truth to keep the mission on track. Lucien learns the truth and uses it against the guardians and Violet. Carter comes full circle as he protects Violet.This story was intriguing. The mighty angel, Gabriel, is the leader of the guardians. He is thought of as this powerful angel that is an important warrior protecting mankind. He is thought of as fierce and ready to battle. Yet he seems more human with how the author portrays his relationship with Violet. He is her friend and mentor. She makes him vulnerable and it shows with what he will sacrifice for her. They are very close and trust each other completely. Violet is trying to prove she is a good guardian. She is using trial and error, plus her instinct to get the job done. Her determination is felt by the reader as the story progresses. The author makes her relatable to the reader. She has had training, but she realizes that her first mission is not easy and she has to think on her feet. Her confusion about her feelings for Carter and her abnormalities as a guardian is front and center throughout the story also. It adds to her allure as a main character and the reader roots for her the whole story. She is finding her way in a world she was dropped into. I wasn’t happy how it ended but I know it was preparing for the next book. I will definitely read it to see how the story progresses.

  • Stacey
    2019-04-23 08:09

    I received this book to read for a review. I had high hopes, as the book description really captivated me. Although I felt it lost a bit of the paranormal romance someplace and just went to romance and in the end found the paranormal again....I loved the ending of the book and curious as to where to story is heading. I know we werent to be cheering for Gabriel to be the love interest, but I LOVED the character and found myself rooting for him and not the intended love interest of Carter Stone. I felt the main character of Vie/Vivian was a little one dimensional. She seemed quite immature to me to be in such a pivotal role as a Guardian. I know this is a YA book, and I am not a YA, BUT the story seemed to go off in the direction of two love sick teens who then out of nowhere the boy declares he loves her and the timing just seemed forced. I would have loved to actually had an opportunity to know more about the characters Reese and Fallon. Both of whom appear in the begginning of the book and both go before Lucian and then are never heard from again, that is until the last chapter. Fallon hands over a knife of some sort for a trade....yet you have no idea what she is trading for. You never find out what she got in return from Lucian, and SPOILER ALERT**** (view spoiler)[.... You never find out why or why Reese sided with Lucian or pretended to side with him. You are introduced to characters who dont seem to play much of a role at all but are fillers. Such as Tess. It was fine in the beginning since you learned Vivian had befriended her etc, yet (view spoiler)[ after the homecoming dance out of nowhere she pretends to be taking Vie to Carter but only to drop her off to Lucian, without any explaination as to why or how this was planned and as far as us readers no Tess had nothing to do with him in the first place. Additionally you are introduced to an Indian tribe and one of the head guys can apparently see Vie's true soul, it is never confirmed and yet by things he says to her it appears that she was apart of the tribe....yet this is never confirmed. Not sure what the purpose of the tribe introduction is. I felt there were far too many forced references to try to appeal to YA with music references and then quoting the actual songs. To me that not only dates the book but the music references really didnt seem to add anything to the story. I also found there were a lot of grammar and punctuation errors in the book, many times something that a character was saying ended in a ? yet they were not asking a question. It was interesting read and I liked the fact it dealt with "angels or guardians as they are referred to" and it wasnt heavy with religious references as what often happens with books of this nature. I enjoyed the ending but felt the middle of the book didnt really build up to a bug suspenseful climactic ending as I had expected since it was presented that the guardians were gearing up for a huge battle of some sort and they need Carter, my guess is it will come in future books.(hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  • Julie Ramsey
    2019-05-18 06:11

    DescendedFallen Guardian Saga book 1byDebra Ann MillerDestiny has two ways of crushing us…by refusing our wishes…and fulfilling them. Vie had no idea when she descended into the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming that she would find herself mesmerized by the mysterious and alluring eyes of young Carter Stone. And Carter believed he knew everyone that lived in his small tight knit community until the day he locked eyes with Vivian Thorne. The usually timid girl, suddenly turned firecracker, had captivated his attention and ignited his soul. He couldn’t help but wonder what was different about this girl he had known most of his life. She was different, changed somehow; he could see it in her eyes. This was not the girl Carter knew as Vivian. He was right, Vie was the beautiful young Guardian that had been sent to their world looking for Carter and she did so merged in the vessel of the Thorne girl. This merge is a secret mission that doesn’t stay hidden for long from Carter, who is immediately charmed by Vie’s witty, lightly sarcastic personality and riveted by her beauty. She is intrigued by the gripping and strong connection she feels almost immediately when she looks into his eyes. Their meeting sparks a passionate romance between the two and soon after they embark on their journey to uncover the secrets of a past that they begin to realize they both shared. Their forbidden connection unleashes a war with disapproving parties and the lovers find themselves on a mission to uncover the truth of their not wholly human existence and the reason for the unbreakable bond they seem to share. But then darkness falls upon Newcastle as Lucian returns to settle a score with them and their lives take a thrilling and terrifying turn. The only way for Carter to stop Lucian and save the one he holds most dear is to unlock the secrets of his past, which he has suppressed for years, in order to unleash the powers within him. What no one seems to know is that Vie holds the key to Carter’s concealed memories? What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane? Gotta be fate! Deeply passionate and extraordinarily suspenseful, Descended is a story for those who truly believe in the idea of a soul mate. It captures the struggles between doing what is expected of you and unleashing your own destiny, between fulfilling prophecies and desires, between loyalty and love.This is a great read with characters you'll love & a story that keep youturning pages until the very end. It's full ofeverything you need to keep the story interesting. I really enjoyed it alot.This is the first book I've read by this author &I'm interested in reading more.I rate this book 4 starsJennifer Wadkinscomplimentary book given for a free review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com

  • Melanie
    2019-05-07 05:59

    3.5*sreview posted here...http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.co...Descended was a good start to the Fallen Guardian series. The synopsis is very accurate in its description as we join Violet & Carter on their journey of discovery, discovery of love, of life and of potential, two souls made for each other and needing each other to realise their own destiny. The book was filled with likable characters, especially Vie & Carter, they were made for each other and that was put across quite well. I can’t say that I connected to them emotionally but I did enjoy reading about them and I could appreciate their qualities & what they brought to the book. I also liked Gabriel’s character; he had a best friend role and shared a secret that might have been nice to delve into.The storyline was good, to be honest it took me a good while -25% of the book- to get into it, I felt the beginning could have been thinned out a bit or maybe just given flash backs throughout the book of what happened because by the time our two main characters had met, I had nearly lost interest in the book and was having to push myself to read it; Saying that, once they met and had their connection, I did enjoy it a whole lot more. I liked the idea surrounding the plot, how Vie came to be in her new body, her mission, it’s not new, it’s been done before but I liked it none the less. I was slightly confused as to their roles, were they guardian angels with wings etc. or were they simply guardians with angel like powers? The Guardians also seemed to have free will and freely felt emotions like love & envy and were also capable of lying & keeping secrets…. So again, are they angels? I always love anything to do with soul mates and I liked the way it was handled in the story, there is a sort of innocence to our main couple, they are very clean cut & perfect and their relationship was super sweet making it easy to see how they connect so well. I also liked the way a couple of belief systems came together because for all we have different beliefs, their message was the same and I always like when American Indian spirituality is brought into a story & I hope the reservation will feature again in the sequel. I liked the main threat to the couple, who doesn’t like a good versus evil scenario? Especially involving heaven & hell and I loved what the main couple were meant to become and am curious to see what will happen next for them. Why is everyone so interested in them? We get a little knowledge but I don’t feel we know the whole scenario yet. So, after a shaky start, this turned out to be an enjoyable read and as I said, I’m curious to see what will happen now for them & there are still answers to be found so I would read the sequel for sure.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-13 06:50

    Destiny has two ways of crushing us…by refusing our wishes…and fulfilling them. Vie had no idea when she descended into the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming that she would find herself mesmerized by the mysterious and alluring eyes of young Carter Stone. And Carter believed he knew everyone that lived in his small tight knit community until the day he locked eyes with Vivian Thorne. The usually timid girl, suddenly turned firecracker, had captivated his attention and ignited his soul. He couldn’t help but wonder what was different about this girl he had known most of his life. She was different, changed somehow; he could see it in her eyes. This was not the girl Carter knew as Vivian. He was right, Vie was the beautiful young Guardian that had been sent to their world looking for Carter and she did so merged in the vessel of the Thorne girl. This merge is a secret mission that doesn’t stay hidden for long from Carter, who is immediately charmed by Vie’s witty, lightly sarcastic personality and riveted by her beauty. She is intrigued by the gripping and strong connection she feels almost immediately when she looks into his eyes. Their meeting sparks a passionate romance between the two and soon after they embark on their journey to uncover the secrets of a past that they begin to realize they both shared. Their forbidden connection unleashes a war with disapproving parties and the lovers find themselves on a mission to uncover the truth of their not wholly human existence and the reason for the unbreakable bond they seem to share. But then darkness falls upon Newcastle as Lucian returns to settle a score with them and their lives take a thrilling and terrifying turn. The only way for Carter to stop Lucian and save the one he holds most dear is to unlock the secrets of his past, which he has suppressed for years, in order to unleash the powers within him. What no one seems to know is that Vie holds the key to Carter’s concealed memories? What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane? Gotta be fate! Deeply passionate and extraordinarily suspenseful, Descended is a story for those who truly believe in the idea of a soul mate. It captures the struggles between doing what is expected of you and unleashing your own destiny, between fulfilling prophecies and desires, between loyalty and love.This is a great read with characters you'll love & a story that keep youturning pages until the very end. It's full ofeverything you need to keep the story interesting. I really enjoyed it alot.This is the first book I've read by this author &I'm interested in reading more.

  • Ramneek
    2019-04-27 04:03

    'Descended' is a brilliant debut novel by Ms Ann Miller and it is such an enjoyable, lovable and thrilling read, much different to the usual angel novels out there in the YA genre. The writing is brilliant and keeps you turning the pages, I can't wait for more of Ms Ann Miller's work!Violet is sent to Earth by the Guardian Angel's to complete a mission. Her mission is to get as close as possible to human boy, Carter whilst in her human vessel. For reasons unknown to her the mission is very important and neither Violet or Carter know how important Carter is and what his true calling is. This becomes harder and harder when Violet starts falling for Carter but is it truly her or is it her vessel's feelings? It doesn't help that the fallen angels are after Carter too.Violet/Vie is a very likeable character she was funny and feisty and was such a refreshing character to read about due to the lack of these kind of heroines at the moment. I really loved how Vie was the strong one in the book rather than your usual male guardian/fallen angels. Gabe, who was Vie's boss-type person was a very strange character, we knew he liked Vie and felt a strong connection with her but it didn't really go further than that for a lot of the book.Then there is Carter, Vie's 'forbidden' love, he was so lovely, he was dedicated and just so lovable, I really enjoyed reading about him!Vie and Carter were so adorable together! I loved reading all their scenes, they weren't all mushy all the time, they were funny and sarcastic with each other and had a really endearing relationship! They were really innocent and playful perfect for any teens to read about.I felt the mythology was a bit too simple and obvious at times, I wanted Ms Ann Miller to delve more into the world of the Guardian and Fallen Angels, perhaps a bit more history on them, but fear not, there is a sequel!The story is quite slow at the beginning and the first few pages of the book are confusing until you get the certain point where you figure it out, but it is always difficult introducing such a detailed group of paranormal beings. The narrative is written really well, although it is slow at the beginning, like the plot, it definitely starts to pick up when the plot is also picked up.This is a really brilliant paranormal angel book for teens and young adults, the book is written brilliantly and I shall be buying/reading the sequel and hopefully be reading more of Ms Ann Miller's books in the future!*Thanks to the lovely Ms Ann Miller for the free copy in exchange for a review*

  • Michelle
    2019-04-27 05:05

    The Guardians is a book about a divine group created by God (?) that goes on missions to protect the world and heaven from evil...I think. Violet is a guardian with Gabriel sent to earth on a mission to guide the chosen one without interfering with free will. It was actually an interesting story. A little on the religious side but not pushing any particular one. Well it seems Christian maybe, based on the names but it wasn't like overly in any direction. Basically God has a plan and we (and the guardians) must blindly follow it...that bothered me a bit but it did add to the story a little.(view spoiler)[Violet is living as Vivian and Vivian is dying or she will die soon and Gabriel is Violet's bff and boss kind of. I figured he loved her...he kept saying friend but it was obvious he had feelings for her and she only felt friendship. The sudden and unexplainable fall for carter had me very confused but as soon as the chief told the story of the two kids I knew it was them. They've loved each other since forever. They are true blue soul mates. They make me insane with frustration but I really liked the relationship that was being built. I hate that Gabe loves her but I LOVE that he values their friendship and will not jeopardize it. And that he is beginning to care deeply for carter. Jeremy pissed me off. He is such a jerk at the end but he redeems himself. I get that he is hurt but he has to see something is up. And Vivian you dumb dumb dumb girl! Why would you ever sell your soul?!? I can't fathom how a religious person like her would have done that. And the image of Lucian described in this book is nightmare inducing. Truly freaky stuff.The beginning was a little eh but the end. Oh the end was so good! It was edge of your seat stressful craziness. I did feel like it fell a little short. Vie just is gone but she saves the day. She stops Gabe from selling his soul and Carter is able to remember his past and reach his full potential. He is now ready to fulfill his destiny. And he is still hopelessly in love with Vie and says he'll wait for her. We don't know where she went (we can guess) and we know Vivian is in the hospital again with Jeremy by her side. I. Really want more vie/Carter. They are really cute together. The need each other to unlock their "powers". They keep saying Vie was just a human but she is clearly so much more.(hide spoiler)]The story is a little young at some points but it is interesting. I can't wait to see where the story goes.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-07 02:48

    Thank you, Ms. Miller for providing me a copy in exchange for a review.I was a bit skeptical in the beginning. First impressions do count but despite the ratings, the premise did sound intriguing. I like the little summary Goodreads provided so I gave the book a chance. And wow. I was surprised once I finished the book.The beginning of the book started off a bit rocky for me and I guess it seemed a little too enthusiastic. Vie is a great character, but she was too overbearing in the beginning. Once she settled on Earth she mellowed down a bit and then did I find her a good person. My reason why this isn't a 5-star rating is the beginning and that majority of the characters were trying to be too humourous. Perhaps, I'm too serious for the jokes going around in this book? No, I started laughing during the middle so the beginning was definitely a bit too comical.It's rare for me to find a book revolved around angels that I enjoy. And I think it's because those books focus too much on the structure of the Heaven in their minds. Descended didn't really talk much about Heaven itself but more of the people in it. I liked that and it also didn't make the book overbearing with its religious(?) aspect. I don't even know if it could be considered religious. In short, I did enjoy the plot going on. Refreshing like a cup of iced tea in summer.The characters were simply amazing. I felt they were all a little childish in the beginning (AKA too comical), but they definitely developed and that's a sign that these characters are golden. Like I said before, I loved Vie. I think she's better off being a human than her Guardian status. Being in her human vessel grounded her and I think she needed that to realize that what's going on is serious. Way more serious than her not being treated like a proper Guardian.Gabriel was scarce in the book, in my opinion. But what I did see of him was good things. I just believe he needs to lighten up and mellow down. Carter on the other hand was almost perfect in my eyes. He did have a few flaws, but none I really cared about. I loved him with Vie and I hope they can be together as Vie's (view spoiler)[not really a Guardian! (hide spoiler)].The book definitely got better as you read. I struggled a bit in the beginning because I wasn't used to the humour going around, but when Vie got to Earth - everything got better.

  • Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)
    2019-05-17 00:47

    A huge thank you to Debra Ann Miller for the copy in exchange for an honest review!Despite being a self proclaimed non-fan of YA, "Descended" is a teenage paranormal romance fanatic's wet dream. [Can I say that in a YA review?! argh.] While the story started a little slow, the plot is a great mixture of loyalty, betrayals and secrets with a solid dose of angels and demons. Violet or Vie is a Guardian which is similar to angel and in angel land these Guardians go on missions. They take over a "host/vessel" taking front seat of all bodily, emotional and mental functions. I found that slightly creepy in a parasite-ish way but it works, less hostile take-over and more monthly lease. The main character, Vie, is an assertive, confident young lady and it was so comforting not to have a damaged protagonist for once. She's on a mission to save this guy called Carter and knows what needs to be done, though she gets slightly distracted by her surprise whirlwind romance with Carter... Oops. But what young teenage girl doesn't go completely ga-ga over their first groundbreaking relationship? It's not your typical teenage romance though, Miller builds this relationship beautifully. It has a love at first sight feel but stays grounded in friendship, conversations and carefree antics. It got a little church preachy in a couple of scenes, which I don't like, but it didn't stray too far into full on church mode and imparted a few choice life lessons. It's not a dark novel and even in suspenseful situations "Descended" still came off as sweet. The ending is an almost literal cliffhanger that kind of requires you to read the sequel if you give even two hoots about what happens to Vie and Carter. Considering I definitely want to find out what happens next I will obviously be checking out the sequel - Ascended.It wasn't bad as far as YA goes, the characters weren't overly exaggerated, the plot didn't get too dramatic and the romance wasn't desperate Romeo and Juliet. It was a very lovely, light read that given my recent emotionally exhausting books was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend it if you are a lover of YA paranormal romance.xxxGeorgeFollow me on Facebook

  • Tiffany Loves Books
    2019-05-07 01:44

    So... I started reading this novel feeling a little lost. Let me be honest, it had been a while since I read the blurb and I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Well that being said, the preface drew me and was a total distraction once chapter one started. It was a kind of over-anxious attempt to complete a puzzle while only having one piece. Make sense? I was in over my head. I managed to maintain this sense of confusion for the first couple of chapters... Then I completely fell in love. The story is well set up and once the story telling starts I was completely swept up into it. It is an impossible to put down, action packed, romantic, suspenseful read that is captivating. Miller manages to always maintain the element of the unknown that allows for many surprises and constantly keeps the reader guessing. I love how Miller does high school drama. It is unique, well done and never boring or dull. I love Vie's wit and her quick and smart responses. I love the wide array of well-developed characters, the attention to detail and a very well done third person narration. All in all, it is an excellent read. I was completely captivated and am looking forward to the sequel. I love the resolution to this novel- It ends well yet it left all this intrigue and a few unanswered questions which make reading the sequel a must. I love the romance in this novel and how utterly spellbinding Descended is. This is a read I definitely recommend. *I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review To see more of my reviews visit my blog TiffanyLovesBooks

  • Ann-marie
    2019-04-27 00:56

    Descended was a nice romantic fantasy that is easy to get into from the first chapter. You meet the main character, Violet, who is on a mission (that she adamantly wanted), as a Guardian Angel to help prepare the savior of their world against the devil and all that comes with it. But how can she do that without directly showing him his destiny and interfering, which is directly against the rules?This is Violet’s first mission, and though she is not sure what to expect, she goes into it with an open mind and heart. Violet takes over the body of a sick high school girl, Vivian, and has to assume that role, without her true identity showing through. She is ready to prove to herself, and the other Angels, that she can safely lead Carter to his destiny. She never expected the presence of the Devil being so heavy. Her Guardian, Gabriel, accompanies her, and even defends her choices that other Guardians wouldn’t dream of making.Violet soon learns that dealing with the devil, along with the secrets that she discovers is more then she bargained for; but she is a fighter, and fight she will. Who would have thought it would be so hard to deal with Vivian’s emotions and reactions showing through?This is a good YA romance, and I enjoyed the narrative flow of this novel, as it really helps you gain insight in the characters involved. This is also a clean read, and safe for all young readers to thoroughly enjoy as much as I did. The ending will leave you hanging, and eager to read the next segment in this series.

  • Val Richards
    2019-05-11 03:05

    I was given a free copy to read for an honest review.The story moves very fast, not really giving the reader time to invest in the characters. However, I did enjoy the story. It was different and as I read, I found that I wanted to know more. That is always a good trait for a book to have. The writing is different from a lot of YA books whereas it is ‘all knowing’. In other words, the POV bounces around to just about all the characters without warning. The romance at times seemed a bit forced, but still, I found myself wanting it to advance. Several times I thought the characters lacked the appropriate emotions for what was happening. The reaction of Gabriel and Reese and what I would consider huge reveal between the two of them, just didn’t seem realistic at the end. The ending felt rushed as some do when the writer is trying to wrap up parts of the story that need to be revealed or told before the book ends.It is an interesting story and even though it was a different type of read for me, I did like it. I am interested enough to read the next book in this series. There are still more questions that I want answered. I would recommend this book to readers of YA books

  • Michelle
    2019-05-17 02:08

    Violet is a young, inexperienced Guardian looking to prove herself. She’s sent to earth in the body of Vivian, a cancer stricken teen girl. With her mentor Gabriel guiding and watching over her, Violet has a year to complete her mission– getting Carter Stone to realize his destiny and keeping both him and the world safe from evil. With forbidden love, deals with the devil, romance, and high school, Vie has quite the year ahead of her.The narrative is told in third person pov, which I have a preference for; it allows each character to fully develop their own voice without being diluted and filtered through the main protagonist’s worldview.There are a few different song lyrics used in the book which may cause the author issues down the road. Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster debacle comes to mind. There have been instances of authors unknowingly violating copy-write and having to offer customers refunds for their books then reissuing a new, violation-free copy.Not all the questions that devolved during the story were answered at the end, leaving the story open for the next book in the series. This was a good paranormal romance and a true YA story. It was clean, and I’m comfortable with passing this along to my niece.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-06 02:55

    I tried really hard to enjoy this but it just didn't happen. Apparently angel books are not my cup of tea. :(Descended starts off slowly and there isn't much action until the last forty pages or so. I didn't connect with any of the characters whatsoever. The main character Violet's personality flip flopped from dogging someone to find out something or hurting someone and then the next thing ya know, she was trying to console someone after upsetting or hurting them so I didn't like her at all. Then there's Carter...who is almost as frustrating as Violet (he's a little better) and their insta-love thing, though towards the end it is explained that (small spoiler) they knew each other after all. Then we have our bad guy Lucian, who I found to be an over-the-top wannabe villain.To me the storyline felt like a lot of other young adult books around today. Girl meets boy, short time later we find that we're soul mates, etc. My biggest problem was the constant mention of how 'beautiful' Violet was...what is wrong with what most call an average girl? Why can't she be pretty and still be as wanted? Overall I wouldn't read this again or plan on reading book 2. All of that said, I have to give a low review because I found myself struggling to finish this.

  • Jasmin
    2019-05-11 09:09

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.Violet and Gabriel are guardians sent to earth to accomplish their mission: Get close to the "Chosen One" and help him find his strength.The main protagonist, Vie, is a guardian, who has to live in the body of another girl, Vivian, in order to get close to the "Chosen One". She is a strong and beautiful girl. In fact I think she is a little bit idealized, but I'm not bothered by it. I love her, too. The way she acts shows that she has great confidence in herself, so in my opinion one can't help but to admire her.The "Chosen One", Carter, is the stereotype of a popular highschool boy. He plays football, is goodlooking, sweet and so on.. He is a little bit of a hothead, still a cute boy though.In my opinion the whole story was very unique and I had a lot of fun reading it. Also I have to say Vie and Carter are so cute together :)!The story was lacking in the action part though (I'm hoping there will be some thrilling stuff in the following books) and was progressing really slow, so I decided to give 4 stars instead of five.Still a really nice read though!

  • Sheryl Seal
    2019-05-20 05:54

    I liked this book a lot! I found all of the characters really came into their own. Violet on her first mission as a guardian angel is out to prove herself and that she can lead Carter safely to his destiny was a really great story-line.I found it very suspenseful with a touch of romance and older ties that are binding for our heroine Violet. She is in a body of Vivian and takes on her appearance as well. Violet's guardian Gabriel, guides and defends her actions as she makes choices other guardians wouldn't make along the way.With so much going on including high school and learning about her past secrets and dealing with the devil. I couldn't wait to find out how she would handle it. With surprises thrown in here and there, the story all came together nicely and I will be waiting to read the next novel by Debra Ann Miller.I would recommend this book to young adult readers because it is a good clean read that was a real page turner for me.

  • Katie W
    2019-05-03 00:50

    I felt like there were two parts to this book, just as there were two parts to Vie. First of all, there was the YA romance part and then there was the fantasy/angel part. Vie descends into the vessel of Vivian, a soul sent to look for Carter Stone. Vivian is suppressed and therefore, her relationships with her boyfriend, friends, and dad change. She does occasionally break through, which causes some conflict. Vie is a very strong character and is a nice person. Although she hurts people unintentionally, she does what she can to mend relationships and to strengthen the ones she was sent to work on.I definitely liked the YA romance parts better than the angel parts. The first half is more YA and then second half more fantasy/angel. I thought it was all written in a way to draw the reader in and it was definitely entertaining, but that's just my personal preference. Content: swearing (most of it mild); some very mild violence; kissing (one almost intense make out scene).

  • Flsunluvr
    2019-05-10 03:46

    Not a 5 only because the editing needs to be looked over again -- punctuation problems (quotations mostly) and a few typos were like speed bumps as I was reading along. The story itself was excellent! Violet is sent down from "The Gates" on a mission that some Guardians don't think she's quite ready for. She inhabits the body/vessel of Vivian, who is waking after having had brain surgery for her brain cancer. Gabriel is Violet's (a/k/a Vie)mentor and is sent down to help her with the mission and keep her out of trouble. Anymore about the story would require a spoiler alert! The characters are young - late teens, early 20's - but their age does not detract from the story and in fact it is pointed out several times that the Guardians are "mature" at about 20. This is the first in a series (3 maybe?) and I'm happy to see I can get Ascended this month for free w/my Kindle Prime subscription. Got Descended free with Pixel of Ink but would be willing to pay if I had to!

  • Anya
    2019-05-20 05:53

    *sigh* I tried but I just can't finish this book. The preface got me interested and during the first few pages I had high hopes but as I go along it just went downhill for me.The writing was awful and not believable. I don't like the characters especially the protagonist, dang she's flipping annoying! She was supposedly this clueless uber beautiful, talented and kind girl but as I read along she just confuses the hell out of me! Especially in the scene where she was when given the chance to make headway into her mission of getting close to Carter Stone, yes people the dudes name in the book is Carter Stone, after playing splash and sparks flying she totally bailed on him with no apparent reason and I was like duh!? (major eye rolling)I only got to page 26, I don't know if the book will pick up after but I don't have the energy to continue reading this right now maybe some other time or on second thought maybe not.

  • Charlotte
    2019-05-13 04:44

    This novel and I didn't get along too well. The way the characters kept pushing their beliefs and style of life onto everyone bothered me quite a bit. Vie/Vivian/Violet and Gabe/Gabriel did this a bit too much for my liking. I know they are Guardian Angels and all that but what does it really matter if some people don't believe in them or God. (who they seem to have never actually met) Their personalities weren't very distinct either and the dialogue kind of blended together to me at parts. Some of the characters' relationships seemed forced as well (view spoiler)[ what reason do not only Carter, but Gabe and Jeremy have to love Violet/Vivian so much? (hide spoiler)]. They would have been much more believable and relatable characters if their relationships had been explained in more depth.

  • S.K. Anthony
    2019-05-20 02:53

    I started reading this book not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised with the concept of the Fallen Guardian Saga. I found the story to be interesting with a new spin of the paranormal. I couldn't help but to keep guessing what would be the faith of the characters and I can honestly say I was surprised by the turn of events for Vie and Carter. And for Gabriel? without giving too much away, I can't help but root for the guy... I truly hope he gets a fantastic happy end too.Sadly not all the questions are answered, but that's the beauty of a saga... you keep coming back for more, way to create suspense! That being said, the second book is out and I'm going to get busy with it right now!

  • Paranormal Books R Us
    2019-05-03 06:02

    Guardians with feelings they shouldn't have, lost souls, and a fight against a horrible Evil. For me this book started with a spark of curiosity and ended up igniting a Need for me to see how it all came together in the end. A quote from a favorite Guardian that beautifully sums it up "Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward." By the end the characters have grown into something great and it all comes together with a few "Aha!" moments and an ending I did not see coming. Miller definitely has a gift for weaving in some big surprises and I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us in the next book! In my opinion this one is worth a read.

  • Jennifer Erwin
    2019-05-14 08:56

    I hate 2 star ratings but that's where "it was ok" falls at on here. It's more of a 2.5 star, somewhere between "it was ok" and "I liked it". That being said, this was not a bad book, but just not my cup of tea. It's a clean story, so it's safe for younger readers, but I'm not sure how I felt about Violet inhabiting Vivian's body, especially if she's human and not a guardian/angel. How does that even work? There was some build up and there wasn't really any action until the last 3 chapters, but I just wasn't feeling it. It didn't grab me and make me want to read book 2. Nothing against this author, but this book just didn't do it for me.

  • Alisa
    2019-05-09 01:02

    This book is about Vie and Gabriel who are Guardians. They are sent to Earth on a mission. This is Vie's first time as a guardian & her assignment is more of a challenge than she imagined. I do not want to include spoilers so I am leaving this a very general description. I felt the concept of this story was very unique and the characters were easily connected to. The love story is touching and you find yourself hoping they all find happiness. This is a YA novel and the second one in the series is also available. If you are a fan of YA fantasy novels this is one you should definately check out.

  • Sam
    2019-05-06 09:10

    First off, I received this through a book group.(ARR)#142 Descended (fallen Guardian Saga,#1) by Debra Ann Miller*note*Received: Monday, Oct 28th, 2013Time Frame: 4 weeksFor me, it started off really slow for my taste. It just didn't move along fast enough to hold my interest...:/ It may be that I'm just burned out from reading to many Angel books. I couldn't get myself to finish it within the time frame. DNF