The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian

The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian

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by Carey Corp
High school sophomore Alex Grabovski is cursed with a gift: the ability to see the goodness and evil in her fellow human beings in the form of halos—rings of light or darkness—that surround the body. Her goals in life are to keep moving, find her best friend, and to remain invisible. A new foster family and new school offer her a real chance at a normal


High school sophomore Alex Grabovski is cursed with a gift: the ability to see the goodness and evil in her fellow human beings in the form of halos—rings of light or darkness—that surround the body. Her goals in life are to keep moving, find her best friend, and to remain invisible. A new foster family and new school offer her a real chance at a normal life. But in order to stay, she must accept that her gift, The Gift of the Saints, has been bestowed for a purpose and confront the overwhelming darkness she fears.

Then he appears.

Gabriel is a Seraph, a guardian angel sent in the mortal body of a sixteen-year-old boy to protect Alex at the time in her life when she needs it most. Although he is as old as time, Gabriel’s teenage form reacts to Alex in an unexpected, unprecedented way. He falls hopelessly in love with her.

When their school erupts in violence, Gabriel and Alex realize why the guardian was sent. But can they rise above human emotions to fulfill their destinies, even if it means the outcome will rip their fragile world apart?

The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian is a 2010 RWA Golden Heart® finalist for best young adult fiction.

Thrilling and oh-so-romantic, THE GUARDIAN will keep you up all night, turning the pages! —Kristi Cook, author of HAVEN

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The Halo Chronicles , #1
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Meet the Author

Originally from California, Carey currently resides four miles from downtown Cincinnati with three badly behaved pets, two delightfully challenging children, and one incredibly supportive soul mate.

Since high school, she’s bummed around Europe, learned Italian, found a job that she loves, and written three novels for teens.

Things that haven’t changed since high school: her love of punk rock and Mohawks; infatuation with John Hughes films; feeling like she doesn’t fit in (unfortunately it doesn’t end with high school) and a love affair with Jane Austen.

Things that have changed since high school: love of roller coasters (not so fun when you get old); having free time; finally knowing what fulfills her as an individual; not caring so much that she doesn’t fit in.

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Halo Chronicles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. Definately looking forward to the next book. This author shows great promise!
JennetteMariePowell More than 1 year ago
When the author, who is a friend of mine (disclaimer), asked me to help her format her cover for the print version, I didn't expect to read this book. But each time I saw the description, I grew more intrigued, and finally had to check it out, even though I typically don't read YA. So I downloaded the sample, and was even more worried I wouldn't like it, because it's written in first person, present tense. I realize FP/PT is very common in YA, but I normally can't stand it. Yet, by the second time I hit page-down, the book had pulled me in so strongly I no longer noticed. Fifteen-year-old Alexia is an outcast, a weird girl who sees auras that clue her in to the amount of good and evil in a person, and who's been bounced from foster home to foster home since she was young. Her new foster parents are too good to be true, and the gorgeous new boy who rescues her from bullies on their first day at her new school is also too good to be true. But despite Alexia's efforts to push him away, Gabriel sticks around, and the two become fast friends with a growing, underlying attraction they can't deny. Eventually, it comes out that Gabriel is a Seraphim, a guardian angel whose purpose is help Alexia deal with and accept her incredible gift and destiny. With Gabriel's help and encouragement, Alexia puts the past and her fears behind her, and slowly begins to accept her gifts, friendship from others, and most of all, who she is. Their love story is sweet and poignant, with touches of humor and tearjerker moments. As others have mentioned, the ending is heart-wrenching, yet it's surprisingly uplifting at the same time. If you enjoy YA with a positive, paranormal element, The Guardian is a must-read. Even if you don't normally read this type of story, I encourage you to check it out - you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I freakin LOVED this book. I wish there was a second! Poor Jonah and Alexia! Even though i knew what was going to happen to Gaberial and Alex, i didnt expect it ti happen like it did! It keeps u hanging! I thought it would happen in like 2 years, not 10 months!!!!!!!! Must read (ages 11 and up due to some [not alot] sexual content) MUSTREADMUSTREADMUSTREAD!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Cant wait fir the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally worth the 2.99!! Left me on the edge of my seat! I literally could put it down for the whole day so i did the only reasonable thing i could think of and finished it. Really awesome! Sincerely from... -hoping theres a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was SO good and I loved every part. The end is kind of heart breaking and I wish it was different. Ages +12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very touching story. Must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved this book. The characters were very well written n I found myself invested in them. I look forward to the next book in the series to see how the characters continue to develop n grow. Recommend for 13 n above to some mature subject matter.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"THE HALO CHRONICLES: THE GUARDIAN" BY CAREY CORP This book was simply amazing. I am now seeking the rest of the series that I know this book must belong to. Carey Corp is a fantastic writer with the ability to write a story without worrying about taking chances with her characters. (By the way I couldn't help but picture Lucas Till as Gabriel, keep that in mind for a movie deal!) So many authors are afraid if they allow characters that their readers truly love to end up having an outcome that is not such a happy ending that they will lose the interest of their followers. I for one adore writers that are not afraid to put the lives of their characters on the line for the greater good of a story and I feel that Carey Corp is definitely one of these writers. I would recommend these books for not only teens but adults as well, this story captured me and held me until the very end and I can honestly say Carey Corp has become a favorite of mine from this moment on. Carey if you read this review know that I would LOVE to read the rest of your series, I am dying to know what happens to Alexia, Derry, and Jonah next! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book! The writing is phenomenal, the pacing is perfect and the love story kept me turning the pages well into the night. You'll be thinking about these characters long after you read the last page.
darkangel_1988 More than 1 year ago
Amazing Book! Sequel?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Please let there be more in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book very much I read it on my nook but I can't find the second book!Someone please help me!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and i didnt i mean its ok but there where parts i didnt the whole chores not a good life thing i mean u have to do chores for ur real parents then when she kept getting mad at the angel because its like against the rules for him to tell her certian tings but wen she hit the populars in gym was funny so yeah it was great an bad sorry but that was wat i thought
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Now waiting for the next that was due out in the summer, hopefully it will be out soon. Hoping love finds a way! Read it, u wont be disappointed!
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This book is pretty well written, although the other could have added more dialog.
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I loved the story as a whole but the ending made me cry in class everyone thought Iwas having a breckdown till Fab. was like its ok shes just reading a book talk about embarrsing
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I don't actively search self-published works. I'm trying to get over that prejudice and I actually have a couple self-published books in the queue. If it lands my lap, I'll read it. Still, I heard some buzz about this book and actually bought it for my Nook for $2.99. I heard it was really, really good so I thought, "Yes, I'll give this one a try!" So here's what happened: when I started the book I was rolling my eyes a bit. The sanguine language of yet another angsty, paranormal YA novel. But the next day when I continued I felt like it got better. A lot better. By halfway through I was planning on giving it four stars! Then last night I finished the novel and I shut off my Nook, lay down in bed, and I couldn't figure out what to rate the book. It went from "meh" to "great" and then it ended and I realized... nothing had happened! High schooler Alexia can see other people's halos. If they're evil their halos are black and she gets stomach cramps looking at them, but if they're yellow or gold the person is a good person and Alex can stomach being around them. Alexia is a foster child and she's just trying to get through to eighteen, though I don't know why because she'll still see halos after her birthday. Then suddenly a guardian angel is thrust into her life. They fall in love. Some side-plot stuff happens and we find out her guardian angel is only there to save her life. Apparently "The Gift of the Saints" has been bestowed about Alex, but by the time the book ends the reader doesn't really know what that means. Supposedly we'll find out in the second novel so maybe that book will have more of a point. If I remember to look for it, I'll probably buy it to find out what happens. And I should say, despite the lack of interesting plot, the book was very well written and the characters were enjoyable. Three stars! PS: Why is Justin Bieber on the cover of this book with badly photoshopped hair?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a waste of time efort and money