Sunday, May 31, 2015

ARIVACA: Guardians of the LightARIVACA: Guardians of the Light by John Poulsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

** I was provided a NetGalley copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Jesse Ballard’s life is filled with misfortune. His parents are dead, he’s been convicted of a crime, and a dark secret torments his soul. But when he’s incarcerated on a ranch for troubled teens he discovers his troubles have just begun. A Supreme Power has literally hijacked his life, bringing him to the ranch to make him the guardian of a powerful relic that was hidden away 2600 years ago when Solomon’s Temple was destroyed.

This book was a good read, and definitely something I could suggest to either of my kids or their friends. It was a little more founded in reality than my typical read - so a little more work for me to get through, but a cool PG story along the lines of Indiana Jones - religion blended with reality and paranormal overtones. The love/hate struggle between Jesse and Cedar makes for an interesting secondary theme in an otherwise fairly straightforward story of religious-artifact-needs-protecting.

I really liked Jesse. He's a very likeable character who seems to keep getting bad breaks, but as the story unfolds it becomes obvious that those breaks have all been for a very good reason. I also thought the way this book ended was very well done as a lead-in to the next in the series.

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