Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle Audiobook Review


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The Eighth Guardian
(Annum Guard #1)
Meredith McCardle
Genres: YA, Time Travel
Published: May 6th, 2014
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?


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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!!


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 I was 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!
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Meredith McCardle is having an awesome giveaway in support of her latest release, BLACKOUT!! 


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I grew up in South Florida dreaming up stories in my head and writing down the good ones. I attended the University of Florida and received degrees in both magazine journalism and theatre. In a moment of sheer practicality my senior year of college, I realized that journalism wasn’t my passion and that theatre was nothing more than a hobby, and I went to law school. After graduating from Boston University School of Law, I spent seven years working as a commercial litigator by day and toiling away as a writer by night. Following the birth of my first daughter in late 2009, I left the law behind to focus on my writing full-time.

I live in South Florida with my amazingly supportive husband, my two lovely young daughters and my hyperactive wheaten terrier.


  1. sounds like a great series. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This sounds like an intense and action-packed book, and those are the kinds I am going for lately. I haven't heard too much about this one, but your review was enough to ensure me that I would like it!

  3. I'm currently reading this! Thanks for the thorough review! I'm so excited to feast on this series. :D

  4. Have not yet read this book, I am all way's carrying a book around with me everywhere I go & I read every night.

  5. love a time travel book so this is a must for my TBR list

  6. At first, I thought this was another Hunger Games/Divergent type of spin-off, but then the whole time travel issue came in and the book sounds really interesting!

  7. OMG, I luv reading time travel novels. Divine. Wow, prize kindle is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the kindle to work and eat again.

  8. I had never heard of this book before but it sounds good! I haven't read many time travel novels but I would like to read more. It's great when the characters start growing on you throughout the book, that makes the story all the more exciting.

  9. Time travel story is a big no for me. It's confusing with its back and forth in time. I'll think I'll give this a try none other because of Iris's character.


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