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Reluctant Guardian (The Ransomed Souls Series #1)
     

Reluctant Guardian (The Ransomed Souls Series #1)

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by Melissa J. Cunningham
 

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Guarding Brecken Shaefer-a dark and dangerous rebel-is harder than it looks. Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward,

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Guarding Brecken Shaefer-a dark and dangerous rebel-is harder than it looks. Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward, right? Unfortunately, eternal rewards aren't given out so freely when you take your own life. Required to pay the debt for committing suicide, Alisa must become a guardian. It sounds easy enough, but not when the boy she is forced to protect has a dangerous secret and wants absolutely nothing to do with her. Brecken Shaefer isn't any normal teenager. He has special gifts that are sure to make Alisa's afterlife miserable. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. Not only must Alisa face her own demons- but to protect Brecken, she must face an evil so heinous that it threatens to destroy their souls completely. Alisa is tired of hiding from her past. When the easiest thing to do is run, can Brecken give her the strength to stay?

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http://www.insidebjshead.blogspot.com/2013/10/reluctant-guardian-by-melissa-j.html

So, when I first started reading this, I thought for sure Alisa was going to be that annoying character. She kills herself, she tries to con Gram with her smile.....etc.
However Alisa grows on you. She is a very relate able character. It was rather nice to read about her tribulations.
On a whole the story starts strong, keeps you reading page after page....then you can hardly wait to see what's going to happen in the next book. I mean heck with the roller coaster of emotions through this story you can't help but to enjoy this Author's world.
Author Melissa Cunningham did a fabulous job of melting a strong story-line with awesome characters.

http://www.insidebjshead.blogspot.com/2013/10/reluctant-guardian-by-melissa-j.html

http://vampirelovingdork.wordpress.com/

Well this book has been sitting in my TBR pile for a while now and all I can say is WHAT ON EARTH WAS I THINKING???

Incredibly well written and a totally unique take on life, death and what could be beyond. The characters are so real my heart was breaking for them.

Touching on subjects so often shied away from in YA books this author does an incredible job of mixing in the paranormal with real teenage issues.

A well deserved 5 stars from me. Amazing!!! V""V

http://vampirelovingdork.wordpress.com/

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940534145
Publisher:
Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date:
09/20/2013
Series:
Ransomed Souls Series , #1
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
1,049,771
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa J Cunningham (also known as M.E. Cunningham) comes from a land, far, far away, and ended up on a little farm in northern Utah, living with numerous magical creatures: horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and a goat. Cunningham began writing quite by accident when she fell through the fabric of time and dropped into the mysterious land of Terratir. Favorite topics include ghosts, monsters, dragons, and magic. Cunningham also likes TV, going to the movies, and camping in the mountains as long as there are no spiders, mosquitoes, or ticks. Cunningham's first book, Reluctant Guardian, was published in August 2013. While always in search of the strange and unexplainable, this author will write each story as it is discovered. Be on the look out!

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Reluctant Guardian 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. LOOOVVEED IT!!!! It tuched my heart in way i never thought a mear book could. Praise for the author who maneged to make this book outstanding withought the slightest bit of sex or cursing. I loved thepersinallities of the charecters. They were funny and lovable at the same time. I adore the plot of the story. The whole idea of suicide and how that litteraly creates the whole story. I think its cute how Alisa and Breken met. They are totes adorbs and i loved every word they shared together. This book is acceptible for ages 12 and up. READ! ITS A LOVELY STORY AND WILL CAPTIVATE YOU START TO FINISH?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good. Great read, even for a guy. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Couldn't lay it down. Made me laugh and cry clear through!
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Alisa thought everything would be perfect if she died. She has had a hard time while she was alive so she should get an easy afterlife. That is not what she gets after she commits suicide. She has to be a guardian to a boy named Brecken to get to move on. Brecken isn't a normal boy. He has to take care of his sisters and will do anything for them. He also is different and holds many secrets. Something dark is after him and it is up to Alisa to save him. That may be hard to do when she has to let go of her past and begins to fall for him. Can she save him and move on to a better place or will her own past and the darkness stop her? This is a little bit of a hard book. Alisa has been through so much that it makes you feel so sorry for her. Even after she dies she has to face the fact her dying has an impact on those she loved. She tries her best to forgive and move on and it shows just how much she grows as a person.Brecken is a great guy even if he does stupid things sometimes. He does them for good reasons. He has a past even he doesn't understand. I really like the guardian aspect of this book and how they all aren't great people. This is your normal book with Angels it's something so much more. This book will reach down inside you and make you feel everything the characters do. If you want something fantastic to read pick this up. I love the cover and after reading the book one scene stands out that fits the cover perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the best. Everything was well written, and sometimes i wish i could be in the book. My only problem is that its too short : )
Jenny1977 More than 1 year ago
Do you believe in life after death? Guardian Angels? How about love at first sight? Read this story and you will for sure become a believer. I absolutely loved this story, but first, there were two reasons why I decided to read this story. Reason one, its FREE on Amazon and everybody loves FREE, right? Reason two, its a Clean Teen Publishing author and I love everything CTP. There were so many surprises in this book, which made this book resistible and extremely amazing. I love how the author broke up each chapter and made it focus on one character at a time. Usually, I don't like that kind of setup, but with this story, it just fit. The characters were so lovable and the plot was very well written. I loved the love/hate relationship between Brecken and Alisa. These two characters make this book an awesomely heartwarming story and I wish that real life could be this way too. This story had so many ups and downs to it, but it still drew me in and kept me reading. This is an incredible debut story and I highly recommend it to all to read. This book gets my five book star review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captivted me with the first page. I love this book so much, and i cant wait to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great until it got sloooow
Brittthebookworm More than 1 year ago
*I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review* This book explores the idea of suicide; what could possibly drive you to such circumstances, how it effects those you leave behind, where you go afterwards and whether you would change anything you did if you got the opportunity. The author created her own version of afterlife that captivated the reader and I loved how she created it with parallels to our world. The idea that this could be happening without us knowing it; that when you shiver for no reason, it is the dead walking through you or when you have an urge to do or not do something it is a guardian speaking into your ear... I loved it!! Alisa has just committed suicide as she can't handle the world her nan and best friend have left her in. We get to live her past memories with her; some very dark. I especially liked how we got into Brecken's head as well. The relationship between the two leading roles just flows through the pages, at first it was fun to read and as we got on a bit, it did get a bit cheesy at very occasional moments. The just as we think things are folding together again, Melissa hits us with something evil that quite a lot of author seem to like throwing at us... A cliff hanger :) Can't wait to re-enter this world the author has created in book 2 xxx Happy reading everyone
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite When pain and despair seem insurmountable, Alisa Callahan chooses suicide. Right away, however, she discovers that she did not make a good choice because she does not get welcomed into heaven and the loving arms of her Gram and best friend, Natty. Instead, she has to redeem herself and that leads Alisa to the same feelings of insecurity and hopelessness she had in life. Reluctant Guardian by Melissa Cunningham relates the task Alisa needs to fulfill in order to be redeemed and have a chance to get to heaven and enjoy the everlasting peace she thought she would find. Acting as the guardian for Brecken Shaefer, a teenager with plenty of troubles of his own, is not the easy job Alisa thought it would be. In fact, this assignment leads both Alisa and Brecken to the gates of hell where they face demons trying to steal their souls. For a girl who always took the easy way out, is there any hope of success? Reluctant Guardian by Melissa Cunningham casually but clearly portrays not only the anguish that leads a young girl to suicide, but also the devastating effect this event has on the entire family. Without preaching, there is a message about salvation and redemption and the choices that can have a dramatic effect on the eventual outcome of every life. It is easy to feel Alisa’s doubts and joys, wondering with each new scene whether she will be successful or not in her role as Brecken’s guardian. With some interesting twists and surprises, this is a story well worth reading.
DDBean More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book that touched you so deep and it hit so close to home that it made it hard to write a review? Well that is what happened when I read Reluctant Guardian by Melissa Cunningham. I had to take a step back and clear my head before I could get near the keyboard. This was an awesome book and even though it is meant for YA, I think people of all ages would enjoy it.  This book really shows how our individual decisions can affect and change all of those around us. Reluctant Guardian was a very apt name for this book. Alisa sure did not want to be a guardian for Brecken. She does find, eventually, that it is not as bad as it seems. Do not be surprised when you find yourself wanting to slap this guardian upside the head…. She is kind of hardheaded. This book covers several important topics. The teen suicide and depression being the ones that most stood out to me. This is one story that you will find difficult to put down. I give it 5 stars*****. When a story is so good that it is difficult to write a review, it deserves all of the stars it can get. 
SavannahMae More than 1 year ago
This book, "Reluctant Guardian" by Melissa J. Cunningham couldn't end any other way, but it's the best ending to book that I have ever read. Alisa is a young woman who has a lot of problems. After looking a few loved ones and having a very painful past she decides that she can't live with herself anymore. Believing that death would be a better choice and she will finally have peace she kills herself. She finds out that death isn't all it's cracked up to be and is given a chance at redemption: to become a guardian and save someone from themselves. She doesn't want to in the beginning, but she will do anything to get her redemption. Brecken is a boy with many gifts. His life is full of pain and misery. He can communicate with guardians and see the evil shadows that have been following him around for years. When he meets Alisa he is taken with her, but refuses to accept her help and wants to do things his own way. "Reluctant Guardian" by Melissa J. Cunningham was not only gripping but it filled my heart with compassion for these characters. It is the perfect story for young adults. It teaches readers that our actions affect everyone around us. It was well written, and has an easy to follow plot. The characters are relatable and well developed throughout the story. This book tugged at my heart from the first page to the ending sentence. Reviewed by Rebecca Micco for Say What? Savannah Mae Kids (1/14)