Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blackout by Meredith McCardle ARC Review

Blackout #2

(Annum Guard #2)
Meredith McCardle
Genres: YA, Time Travel
Published: January 13th, 2015
Seventeen-year-old Amanda Obermann (code name: Iris) has more on her mind than usual. As a member of a covert government organization called the Annum Guard, which travels through time to keep history on track, Iris has been getting some particularly stressful assignments. Plus, Jane Bonner, the Guard’s iron-fisted new leader, seems determined to make life as hard as possible. Thankfully, Iris has Abe (code name: Blue), her boyfriend and fellow Guardian, who listens to her vent—and helps her cope with her mentally ill mother’s increasingly erratic behavior.

When Guardians start to disappear on their assignments, Iris makes a terrifying discovery: a “blackout” squad is targeting anyone who gets in the way of a corrupt force that’s selling out both the Annum Guard’s missions and Guardian lives. Together, Iris and Blue must go undercover to untangle the Guard’s elaborate web of secrets and lies. But when Iris discovers that the terrible truth may involve her own father, a former Guardian undone by his own greed, she must decide how much she’s willing to risk to rescue her friends…and how dangerous the consequences will be for all of humanity.

A thrilling time-traveling adventure that spans from Abraham Lincoln’s assassination to the Cuban Missile Crisis and back to the present day, this pulse-pounding sequel to The Eighth Guardian reveals that playing with time can turn into a deadly game.



The Eighth Guardian (Annum Guard, #1) Blackout


A thrilling, twisted plot, with deception and corruption fueling the vengeance through time and back, with determined heroines ready to fight to the end for the truth, with betrayals and shocking revelations that will shake this world to the very core... BLACKOUT is a sequel not to be missed!!

BLACKOUT was a much anticipated sequel for me after the ending of THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN! I LOVED book one and was ecstatic to get back into this complicated world. I really enjoyed BLACKOUT, and was so SHOCKED at the way it ended. Man, that cliffhanger almost killed me!! It was absolute torture not knowing what will happen next. If it's one thing that Meredith McCardle knows how to write, it's thrilling, heart-pounding anticipation to keep you reading or wanting to read more!! Well done McCardle!!

One issue that I did have with BLACKOUT though, was the slow pacing. Sometimes I can look past it, and lately with some books I even enjoyed the slower pace and thicker world development. But in BLACKOUT, that was not the case. It felt like it was almost halfway through until something really stated happening. And after LOVING THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN, I had really high expectations of BLACKOUT, maybe even to a little to high.

BUT... BLACKOUT still turned out to be pretty awesome nevertheless. I REALLY enjoy this world setting, and traveling back in time, and the characters were awesome. But my feelings for the love interest Abe, still has not increased much. But it really wasn't a big issue for me at all. But Iris was a great heroine: Strong, determined, smart, skillful, and prepared to go to any lengths to save her friends and the people in danger of the corruption.


Amanda Obermann, code name Iris was recruited into Annum Guard—a secret organization that travels back in time to change the course of history and shape their world for a better tomorrow. But when corruption and betrayals sent the guard spiraling out of control, Iris realized the hard way that playing with time can become a deadly game...

After the take-down of Alpha and his corruption within Annum Guard, Iris is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered world and rebuild a new life in the guard with her longtime boyfriend, and love of her life Abe. But where everything is suppose to be coming together and mending, it's falling apart in shreds. And Iris isn't sure what to do about righting all the wrongs that are unfolding before her eyes at lightning speed. But when members of the guard start going missing, they all become targets to be next, including Abe, the one thing keeping her sane in all this insanity...

Iris must unravel the web of deception and corruption that was left in the wake of Alpha's destruction. But where to start and who to trust becomes the key factor in taking down this unknown person named XP who happens to be the leader behind of it all. And knowing that any member of her team could be taken on any mission at anytime makes it even more frightening. But Iris is no rookie at dealing with shady people, and now that their playing with the ones she loves, theirs no ending to where she'd go and do to save the people she loves, even if she has to travel back to where it all started, alone...

But as Iris uncovers hidden secrets years in the making, she realizes just how deep she's gotten herself in, and just how dangerous uncovering these hidden secrets really are. But most importantly, before it's all said and done she may be the last one standing, if she makes it out alive...

Overall, BLACKOUT turned out to be a pretty good sequel, though I did enjoy it's predecessor more, but by the end I was hooked and totally shocked with the ending!! I think anyone who enjoys time travel with action and adventure, mystery and corruption, thrills and strong heroine's will definitely enjoy this trip back in time to uncover America's hidden secrets...;) I will be eagerly anticipating book three, and if it's anything like the first two books I'm sure I'll definitely enjoy it!!

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 headshot
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. I haven't read many time travel books but I really enjoyed the ones I did read, so I'm curious about these. I don't mind slow pacing in books, and if the author always keeps you guessing what'll happen next then I'm sure I would enjoy the story!

  2. Oh, cool! I hadn't heard of this series before, but I adore time travel books - they present history in a way more interesting light! As I was reading the description of this, I wasn't sure if it'd be our history or if it was some history in a fictional reality. So glad that it's ours :) Just have one question: Iris' boyfriend, Abe, isn't actually Lincoln, is he? It mentions going back to the assassination, so maybe he was somehow saved and recruited to be a guardian. Hope not...although it could be interesting. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sure was!

  3. Other than the slow pacing of this one, which admittedly causes some concern for me, this series sounds awesome. Until I read your review of the first one, I hadn't heard of this before. After your review, I seemed to see it everywhere. But I knew there was a cliffhanger ending, and I forced myself to wait. And wait I will, until I can read this series, back to back, beginning to end!

  4. Time travel books are among my most fav so going to check these out

  5. I hadn't heard of this series. I'm in the middle of book 2 in a trilogy, and it's moving so slow..annoyingly slow. This series sounds interesting and I'm sure at some point I'll pick it up. I just don't think it will be my next read. Thanks for the review.


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