Bodyguards [NOOK Book]

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On the verge of her twentieth birthday, Vivien’s worries are those of a typical young woman: doing well in college, gaining more independence, and maybe managing to show Brad, her classmate and sometimes jogging partner, that she wouldn’t mind taking their burgeoning relationship to a different level.

Everything changes in the blink of an eye. Vivien stumbles into a knife fight, watches a man die in front of her, and soon listens, stunned, as ...
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Overview

On the verge of her twentieth birthday, Vivien’s worries are those of a typical young woman: doing well in college, gaining more independence, and maybe managing to show Brad, her classmate and sometimes jogging partner, that she wouldn’t mind taking their burgeoning relationship to a different level.

Everything changes in the blink of an eye. Vivien stumbles into a knife fight, watches a man die in front of her, and soon listens, stunned, as Brad and his brother Aedan tell her a story of magic, vampires and a murderous ruler intent on killing a princess in hiding – a tale in which she is the princess and heir to a realm she didn’t know existed.

Vivien’s first instinct is to refuse to believe this incredible tale, even if it comes from a man she is attracted to. But when her self-proclaimed bodyguards use magic to take her to a different world, the edges of reality start blurring and Vivien has to figure out who she truly is.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015857696
  • Publisher: Kallysten
  • Publication date: 11/10/2012
  • Series: QuickSilver Codex , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 450,827
  • File size: 496 KB

Meet the Author

Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers' reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels.

To see her other stories, including free short stories and sample chapters, visit her website at kallysten.net
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  • Posted February 26, 2014

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    Another winner from Kallysten! Rating:  4 1/2 stars I received

    Another winner from Kallysten!
    Rating:  4 1/2 stars

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

    Vivien’s a jogger – I applaud that she can, me – not.  But the jog changes in an instant and then the story changes.  But is it all a dream or is it of things to come?  Why not take a chance and read in order to find out for yourself.

    Bradan and Aedan are her protectors and they also happen to be twins.  The reader gets to see some of the special bond that twins seem to have.  It’s something that most of us can only imagine.  Yet they are also individuals who are as different as night and day.  

    What I love about this book is that Vivien is not accepting about what she’s been told.  No matter that you may be a fan of paranormals, are you really going to believe someone that you really don’t know?  Makes the story more believable that way – especially about something that you really believe doesn’t exist.  And the other world isn’t made out to be a romantic place either.  All of this makes for a great adventure/suspense tale.

    Kallysten gives her readers some fight scenes and it just reminds me of the swashbuckling scenes in the old movies.  Our three main characters all seem to be stubborn and none wants to give an inch.  Just like in real life, the romance comes naturally.  The author goes about building the story first and then when the time is right, that’s when things start to change.

    The reader gets the perfect ending.  It leaves you ready for part two.  And this author was nice enough to include an excerpt of Quickening, which came out in June 2013, but it’s just a teaser.  It’s also an incentive to continue this series to see what Kallysten has in store for her characters next.  I can’t wait!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the beginning, I h

    I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the beginning, I had it read in one day. The fact that she was a princess and had two bodyguards and she know about none of it differently had me intrigued and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the supernatural or even just a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

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    The first book in the QuickSilver Codex is an intriguing fantasy

    The first book in the QuickSilver Codex is an intriguing fantasy that whisks readers to another realm.
    Vivien is a typical young woman on the verge of her twentieth birthday; she’s going to attending college, gaining independence and hoping to take her burgeoning relationship with her classmate Brad to a different level.  Now she’s in a different realm, she has bodyguards, learns magic and vampires do exist and the icing on the cake she’s a princess and heir to the throne and has a murderous ruler intent on killing her. What’s a girl to do when all this happen; run and hide or try figure out whom she is really is?
    This steady paced story is full of action, suspense, romance and adventure as the author brings this fantasy to life with vivid imagery and strong bewitching characters.  The story captures the imagination and keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end and gets them totally caught up in the events that take place.
    There is romance between Vivien and Brad but most of this portion of the story focuses on her new situation which the author describes in vibrant detail that has the reader totally empathizing with Vivien’s plight.  Vivien captures the heart, but seems a little whiney until she steps forward, but then she had a lot thrown at her at once and I think she will prove to be a force to be reckoned with once she’s on her feet.
    Kallysten always produces the best stories and this time is no different. She has created an intriguing and enthralling fantasy that promises a great reading time and I can’t wait to read the next installment of the QuickSilver Codex.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

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    I received a copy of this eBook from Kallysten in exchange for a

    I received a copy of this eBook from Kallysten in exchange for an honest review. Highly recommend to everyone. It's a great story and another example of Kallysten's amazing talent. She never disappoints with her story's. Always leaving you wanting more! I was hooked from the beginning and read it in one day. Can't wait to read the other books in the QuickSilver Codex series.

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

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    Another great series from Kallysten. This hooked me from the sta

    Another great series from Kallysten. This hooked me from the start to where I read it straight through til the end. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book.

    I loved all the main characters in it for different reasons. Vivian was very relatable in the situation she was put into. She finds out that she's this princess from another world no less that needs her help to over throw the king since she's the rightful heir. Where all Vivian wants to do is finish college and maybe date her cute running partner Brad. Only to find out that he's actually one of her bodyguards. Both him and his twin brother Aedan. They took an oath when they were young to protect her. She has her moments where you definitely get frustrated with her and want her to think about it from their side of things but again it is understandable that she's thrown into this position out of nowhere.

    I was definitely torn between the brothers. Brad is so sweet and loves Vivian but is torn by his promise and what is proper. He wants to be with her but he knows that he shouldn't. And Aedan who has been alone for so long and sacrificed so much for her without her knowing.

    Vivian falls for Brad but I have a feeling that she may come to love Aedan too. I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

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    Vivien, almost 20 years old, lived at home with her Aunt Anabel

    Vivien, almost 20 years old, lived at home with her Aunt Anabel and attended college. She had a crush on fellow student and running partner, Brad. Life was simple until she found out she is the princess of Foh'Ran, a world far away from earth, and Aunt Anabel and Brad are two of her three bodyguards. Things are never as they seem.

    Fantastic story! So much happens in this book but to tell you more would be a huge spoiler. I just have to say that her bodyguards are fiercely loyal and terribly sexy! I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

    I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

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    ~ Keep these intriguing stories coming ~ I devoured both QuickSi

    ~ Keep these intriguing stories coming ~
    I devoured both QuickSilver Codex installments, Bodyguards and Quickening, over the weekend – now I am forced to wait for the next release, Bloodchild. 

    I am not sure why I keep letting Kallysten do this to me. I find myself so entrenched in the worlds she creates that it is often a couple of days before I recover and can attempt to read another book. I find myself wondering what Vivien, Braden, and Aedan are going to face next. Her ability to fully develop characters without subjecting the reader to prolonged dictions is startling. As a reader, I thrive on her sharp-decisive writing style. She has introduced me to a triad of characters that I am eager to see find their happily ever after. 

    Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

    ***Same Review Posted on both Bodyguards and Quickening***

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

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    This is my first book from author Kallysten and I¿ve been totall

    This is my first book from author Kallysten and I’ve been totally blown away. I really loved Bodyguards. Bodyguards tells the story of a 19 year old woman, weeks shy of her twentieth birthday. Her name is Vivien. And her whole life is about to change.

    Right away the book starts on an eerie note – a nightmare. Something about getting this type of an insight to a characters mind always makes me empathize with them a bit more. Dreams are pretty intimate, and when they are nightmares you really get to get a peak at what can really drive a person. The whole first chapter is just filled with this foreboding aura, and it had me flipping pages as quick as I could.

    But its not all doom and gloom. There’s a love interest here by the name of Brad. And Vivien has a crush on him. And she gets the courage to ask him out. And Brad denies her. I really had to laugh at Vivien’s reaction when he turned her down. I would have (sadly) reacted the same way. The fact that I could see a bit of myself in Vivien really endeared me to her a bit more.

    As the blurb says, Vivien witnesses a knife fight, and then learns the truth about Brad – and his twin brother Aedan. They are sworn by oath to be her bodyguards, and she is a princess. Then they take her to Foh’Ran, an alternate world. I really am not a “portal” person. I don’t go for the swirling mist, the rippled circle, whatever it is that characters use to jump from one world to another. But Kallysten may change my stance on that. There’s not all kinds of focus on the actual portal, which is something I am grateful for. And the other world of Foh’Ran, although it may not be as modern, is certainly an interesting world. It is full of beauty, and for lack of a better word, magic. Although its residents would scoff, and insist you call it what it is – The Quickening. There are vampires and channelers, Quickening shields and castles. And this is where Vivien really learns more about herself, and how she is descended from Foh’Ran royalty.

    A bit about Brad, cause I love a leading man. He’s everything a leading woman dreams of, aside from available. Brad has a thing about being “proper” and as it annoyed Vivien, it annoyed me. But luckily for us all, Brad is not all brawn – he definitely has brains. And ladies, keep an eye out for him. At one point he makes a speech to Vivien that made me stop breathing and pant at the same time. Killed me and repaired me all at once. And I am more than sure it had the same effect on Vivien.

    One character who I thought was infinitely interesting was Aedan. Aedan, whose life took an entirely different turn than his brother, has some obvious issues he should work out. But I really want to know his back story in more depth. I found him to be so intriguing and… barely harnessed. I won’t blow any secrets about him, but suffice it to say I thought he was fascinating. And as I like to harass authors, I might have to see if I can pry any information to see if Aedan will be featured more prominently in the future. There is also the matter of a woman named Ciara, whom definitely needs more face time with the readers in the future!

    I really enjoyed this story. I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released. The characters and the world were captivating. And there is a beautiful first kiss, one befitting a princes – or any girl who has given her heart away. I am a sucker for a good kiss, and Vivien’s definitely lived up to my hopes.

    I just finished the book this afternoon, so I have not yet researched (read: stalked Kallysten’s website) to see what’s in store, but I know I definitely will be in line when the next book in the Quicksilver Codex is released.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

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    What if one day, shortly before you turned 20 you were suddenly

    What if one day, shortly before you turned 20 you were suddenly thrust into an alternate universe, told you were heir to the throne, and that people wanted to kill you? That is exactly what happens to Vivien, and the resulting story shows us Vivien’s journey and her struggle to understand all of these new changes.

    I love the way this author creates a character; providing depth and a sense of the struggles that are detailed with heart and well described emotions and events. Worlds are created with enough similarities to be familiar and yet different, and the fantastical pieces are defined with a majesty that brings forth a vivid picture to the reader.

    While this is the first in this series – there is some unfinished business that leaves you guessing, and there are still the characters of the bodyguards, twin brothers Aeden and Bradan that have not been as fully explored as Vivien would: I can only assume that we will find they develop more fully as the story progresses. A superb lead in for a series and it leaves me wanting to read more for the conclusion of this series.

    I was provided the eBook ARC by the author for the FMB Blog Tour. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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