Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris.
It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together.
But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and travel through time to change the course of history. But in order to become the Eighth Guardian in this exclusive group, Amanda must say good-bye to everything—her name, her family, and even Abe—forever.
Who is really behind the Annum Guard? And can she trust them with her life?
About the Author
Meredith McCardle attended the University of Florida and received degrees in magazine journalism and theatre. She later studied law, graduating from Boston University School of Law. Meredith spent seven years working as a commercial litigator by day and writing by night before committing to writing full-time. This is her first novel. She lives in South Florida with her family, where she is now working on the next book in the Annum Guard series. Learn more: www.meredithmccardle.com.
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4.5 Stars Wow, what a thrilling intense adventure through time, that takes us through corruption, conspiracies, betrayals, lies, deception and murder!!! THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN is full of soo much awesomeness, all packed in one little book!!! I don't even know where to begin with all of this book's awesomeness! The world building was so complex and full of layers of plot and character development that made this book what it was, a bombshell of a debut!! The characters were interesting... They're was a few I didn't really care for at first, but then as the book progressed, they kinda grew on me. But I was and still am a little iffy of the love interest, Abe. He's supposed to love Iris (Amanda) with all his heart, and have her back until the very end, no matter what. Yet he didn't, not at first any way. I can't say to much on that without giving spoilers away, but there was a very big important part in this book where his loyalties and trust in the girl he loves is tested, and in my opinion, he failed, big time!!! Granted, something was hanging over his head, but he didn't believe in Iris at first, and was willing to separate himself before even knowing the truth behind it all. And with that part my whole faith in him—in them as a couple, went right out the window. As far as I know he is the main love interest in book two, BLACKOUT, but he better do some serious making up to Iris before he gets my love, again!!! But as far as the other characters go, they were great! The main character Iris was awesome!! Yes, she did kinda drive me crazy in the beginning, and even manged to get a couple eye rolls out of me from time to time. But then I put myself in her shoes, and if I was just ripped out of my life and tied to a bed and told time travel existed, and that I had to join or bad things world happen to me, then yeah, I would probably be acting the same way she was. So after that I softened towards her and got to see her for what she really was: An awesome, hardcore chick, that wasn't afraid to get the job done, even when the job seemed impossible!!! And that's why I loved Iris, she made the impossible, possible!! THE PLOT Amanda Obermann just wants to graduate from training school and become a CIA agent with her boyfriend and love of her life, Abe in tow. But things aren't as simple as she thought. There's a whole new world she's about to be pulled into, and she's totally unprepared for what's about to begin on Testing Day... Amanda Obermann, Code name Iris. She was forced to leave that birth name behind on Testing Day when she was knocked out, dragged out of school, tied to a gurney, and told she'd graduated testing day and is now apart of a secretive organization that travels back in time to change history to fit their future. But nothing is right about any of that, and Amanda—No, Iris, is determined to find out just what game they're really playing... Iris is considered an outsider among the Annum Guard—the secretive organization she's being forced into. She'll be the Eighth and final Guardian if she passes her probational period, and then will be granted the rare opportunity to travel back in time and change the course of history. But Iris is struggling with her adjustment in Annum Guard. With everyone being so secretive, and making her feel like she doesn't quite belong, it makes following her superiors not too high on her to do list. But her choices are very limited: Either join Annum Guard, or spend the rest of her life in an 8x8 cell, forced to forfeit her life, as Time Travel cannot be known to the public. So with Iris having little to no choice, she reluctantly does as she's told and joins Annum Guard. Until her final testing mission reveals something that could blow the whole top of the corruption within the guard, and who's really behind it. Iris is not prepared to sit back and take the fall for the corruption within. She's determined to uncover the truth behind everything, and everyone who is involved. But theirs just one problem? She's a wanted fugitive in the present for crimes she did not commit. So that means time and an unlikely teammate are her only allies... Iris will have to weave through time to uncover conspires, reliving the past of love ones she didn't know were entangled in the guard. While evading her teammates, trusting an unlikely ally, and staying one step ahead of time. Time is running out and the game has just begun, the race for her life is for sure, and death is inevitable, but who's death is what's uncertain.... Race through time with Iris as she uncovers conspires, tangled webs, lies, deception, betrayals, and unexpected friendship and alliances. First I have to tell you I am not a fan of Time Travel books. Really, I try to steer clear of them all together. They're just not really my thing.... But, there was something about THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN that compelled me to want to read it. Something that was so appealing that I couldn't deny my urge. So I picked it up for review and waited forever to read it. But when I did FINALLY read it, OMG is entranced!! Meredith McCardle has to be like the Time-Travel master!! It was full of soooo much drama and action and adventure. Intertwined with dates and times of history that gives us a whole new look at our countries past and their struggles. She seriously had to do her homework on this one, and I give her mad props for producing such a gem within the Time-Travel book world!!! NOTE: I received an ARC from Skyscape/Amazon for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own and are not influenced in any way!
A Fascinating Story of Time Travel & Its Uses <blockquote>Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris. It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together. But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and travel through time to change the course of history. But in order to become the Eighth Guardian in this exclusive group, Amanda must say good-bye to everything—her name, her family, and even Abe—forever. Who is really behind the Annum Guard? And can she trust them with her life?</blockquote> First rate conceptual use of time travel combined with political intrigue and espionage. Imagine Amanda's shock the day the letter arrives with the invitation to attend Peel Academy. A place so exclusive that you don't apply to attend, they invite you. Yet somehow her mother knew what the letter meant, because she immediately went into hysterics, locking herself in the bathroom and screaming nonstop. What convinced Amanda to accept wasn't the invitation letter that talked about being trained to help the US government in any way they saw fit. No, it was the phrase that school representative whispered in her ear a week later, "legal emancipation." No more of her mother's bipolar extremes to be weathered, no more taking care of the person who should have been taking care of her, complete and utter freedom. Well, not so much freedom, but still, it got her out of small town Jericho, Vermont. Amanda and Abe started dating almost from the word go, and had planned out their future already. All of which was shattered when Amanda was the first junior in 30 years to be selected to graduate from Peel Academy a year early. She should have trusted that sinking feeling in her gut when she first saw the man with the green tie at her tests on Testing Day. After her name was called to graduate she went up and got the envelope with her assignment and went to her dorm room, and he was sitting there, waiting for her. The envelope containing the name of the agency she'd been assigned to. . . all it had were two words. <em>Annum Guard</em> . Suddenly she is at the Annum Guard house being told her name is now Iris. Everyone she's ever known, family, friends, all gone now, for Amanda Obermann no longer exists. Just Iris. Annum Guard is highly classified, and very few people know of its existence, which could explain why she's never heard of it in all the years she's been training to be a government operative of some sort. She's there on a trial basis, as the group wants to expand, and they need a test subject. Her choices are to stay and follow orders or end up being 'disposed of.' Clearly she elects to stay. But she blows her first training mission, and nothing is what it seems. From day to day she never knows what kind of treatment to expect from the leaders. Eventually she gets sent on her first real mission, the mission that will determine if she stays at Annum Guard or is disposed of, as she knows far too much about them by this point to ever be set free. Her mission is to prevent something from happening. She's sent with two older operatives who have no intention of following her lead even though she'd been assigned team lead. Yet she manages to pull it off, because there's no way she's allowing them to dispose of her. Upon their successful return little things begin to start falling apart. She gets ahold of some confidential information and discovers some horrifying secrets. Secrets people in places of power will kill to keep. And they're trying to kill Iris. Luckily one of the other agents who catches up to her believes her, or does once the two read the proof Iris found. Proof that something is very wrong in the organization. From here on out it is one nerve wracking jump through time after another as Iris and her colleague try to stay one step ahead of the bad guys while unraveling the mystery at the same time. The question is, will they make it, or will the secret die with them? Along the way Iris grows up, seeing just how selfish she'd been since the whole experience with the Guard began. Her colleague admits it's not all Iris' fault, that the others in the organization resented her before she even arrived and they could have made more of an effort to be welcoming. Add that to all the lies they were both told and it becomes much easier to see how these two who had been at each other's throats were now literally putting their lives into each other's hands. Fast paced, entertaining, full of interesting takes on what might have happened during certain historical events, this is a quick and fun read. It ended leaving me looking forward to the next installment in the series, as there are still so many unanswered questions, and mysteries yet to be solved. Not too mention safeguarding the country, for if this technology ever fell into the wrong hands the world as we know it could change in the blink of an eye, and no one, other than the jumpers, would even be aware that anything had changed. Lots of interesting concepts to wrap your head around while you wait for the sequel.