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Guardian of the Dead[Reading] ➿ Guardian of the Dead Author Karen Healey – Varanus.us You re Ellie SpencerI opened my mouth, just as he added, And your eyes are opening Seventeen year old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school She hangs out with her best f You re Ellie SpencerI opened my mouth, just as he added, And your eyes are opening Seventeen year old Ellie Spencer is just Guardian of Epub / like any other teenager at her boarding school She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline But then everything changes The news headlines are all abuzz about a local string of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark the victims were discovered with their eyes missing Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie s circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, You need it It will save your soul Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality.

Guardian of the Dead Kindle Ú Guardian of  Epub /
    Guardian of the Dead Kindle Ú Guardian of Epub / of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark the victims were discovered with their eyes missing Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie s circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, You need it It will save your soul Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality."/>
  • Paperback
  • 333 pages
  • Guardian of the Dead
  • Karen Healey
  • English
  • 15 February 2019
  • 0316044385

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    Guardian of the Dead Kindle Ú Guardian of Epub / of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark the victims were discovered with their eyes missing Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie s circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, You need it It will save your soul Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality."/>
  1. says:

    There is a lot to love about Guardian of the Dead Here s the shortlist a smart, kind of nerdy heroine the freedom restrictions of boarding school use and explanation of Maori myth by a white author who has the balls to point out in the text the colonial nature, possible inaccuracies, and just plain wrongness of Maori myth written down by white people high school use of a university library, because serious shizz calls for serious research patupaiarehe fairy type creatures , on There is a lot to love about Guardian of the Dead Here s the shortlist a smart, kind of nerdy heroine the freedom restrictions of boarding school use and explanation of Maori myth by a white author who has the balls to point out in the text the colonial nature, possible inaccuracies, and just plain wrongness of Maori myth written down by white people high school use of a university library, because serious shizz calls for serious research patupaiarehe fairy type creatures , one of whom is Titiana in Iris s production of A Midsummer Night s Dream because I m not the only one who likes art to imitate life casual treatment of varying sexualities a hottie who is half Maori, half well, something else and I could go on But do you want to know what I loved the absolute most about this book The ending I won t go into detail or talk about the action ending because I don t want to ruin it for you cause oh my gosh is it cool , but I can still tell you why I love this ending.Things go crazy, Ellie falls in lurv which may become love in the future, and Ellie and love interest have to save the world It s life changing, obviously, but Ellie doesn t let it derail her life completely She doesn t possibly blow off her art school application The Lost Saint or get married right out of high school Twilight Saga or ditch her best friend in the face of tru lurv Infinite Days and harsh circumstances Extraordinary or even, and this is the big one, drop out of school in order to save the world which apparently cuts off the possibility of being a brilliant academic and instead becomes a mostly silent side character in the round up the loose ends epilogue Hermione oh Hermione.Instead, Ellie keeps going, gets excited about going to college and majoring in Classics, and tells love interest that she ll visit him when she s on break She simply takes all that she s learned from these life changing events with her, because that s what smart girls do.So, if you want to read an urban fantasy a little light on the urban grit or paranormal romance a little light on the romance that s headed by a smart girl, this is your book It s also your book if you want to read the Maori Percy Jackson equivalent, a good boarding school romp, a murder mystery, a different kind of fairy bookBook source Philly Free Library How often do you see YA books with a teen character who is asexual Not often I m not going to lie and say it s not a big deal at any point, but it is not THE big deal And it is not a problem ever, except to the people crushing on the character


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    3,5 mythological starsYou ll see the big stories, the ones that have formed the shape of the world around you And you carry your own mythologies with you, so you can see the stories that are important to you, the ones that parts of you believe Eleanor Spencer is a good girl, so after her mother survives cancer and wants to spend some quality time traveling with her husband, she offers attend a boarding school Points for not whining about it Then, paranormal stuff happen Cute guys Some cr 3,5 mythological starsYou ll see the big stories, the ones that have formed the shape of the world around you And you carry your own mythologies with you, so you can see the stories that are important to you, the ones that parts of you believe Eleanor Spencer is a good girl, so after her mother survives cancer and wants to spend some quality time traveling with her husband, she offers attend a boarding school Points for not whining about it Then, paranormal stuff happen Cute guys Some crazy murders aside Other good points Multicultural characters Diversity ethnicity and gender orientation M ori myths Did I mention she is not orphan, vegetarian but big , and can use taekwondo Not so good Low self steem shocking in YA, right And about Mark view spoiler I m not happy with the lots of lies, excuse me, omissions , he tells Ellie, and that she forgive him so easily, specially the monster thing Ellie is right when says he is very much like Reka hide spoiler The other thing is when Ellie left for cofee, and view spoiler left Kevin, knowing Reka is bad news Okay she is a teen and the guy is goodlooking but srly, she didn t know yet who is murdering people hide spoiler Una cosa que me result interesante con respecto a los mitos maories, con respecto a los dioses, es que me pareci bastante semejante a como cuenta el mito babil nco de los primeros dioses Lo del dios, la hija, el incesto, la huida Lo otro es lo que cuentan de los patupaiarehe, y creo que resulta evidente de donde sac la idea Poul Anderson para The Queen of Air and Darkness and Other Stories view spoiler con eso me refiero a las hadas pelirrojas y rubias en la niebla, siendo monstruos, defendiendo su cuasi extinci n y que estuvieran mucho antes alli que los primeros indigenas hide spoilerPatupaiarehe look like monsters in some stories, but they re beautiful in a lot I guess people believedin the beautiful version And the ideal of beauty changes If I d been born two hundred years ago, I bet I wouldn t look like this The stories shaped me They shape everyone, inside and out, but methan most, because I m magic MmmmMe gust tambien lo de como los mitos afectan a las personas, y como evolucionan con el tiempo, forman parte de uno, y se transforman mutuamente Asi como que la mayoria de las historias antiguas que conocemos han sido escritas por occidentales, y adaptados por ellos.Ahora, si nos queremos poner pesados podriamos decir que otra vez la chica rubia y blanca P keh es decir no maori salva el dia, aunque fue un esfuerzo hech0 por varios y podria hasta referirse a la union de todos para salvar el dia hasta con Iris haciendo su aporte El intento de dar un cierto matiz de gris a los villanos se agradece.Algo que no me gust es que la chica de 17 a os ande bebiendo cerveza y vino, s soy densa con eso, y puede que les parezca normal , pero no tiene sentido en la historia y resulta idiota el estoy sola voy a emborracharme hasta enfermar ug.Lo que si nunca se explic es de d nde sali la m scara La hizo alguien como el Smith, pero por qu hace lo que hace y precisamente con esa persona Por otra parte, el epilogo me pareci de m s, yo lo habria dejado asi, me refiero a lo de Mark Aunque me gust que no hubiera una insta soluci n.Entretiene


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    Guardian of the Dead is a unique YA novel that takes place in New Zealand and involves M ori indigenous New Zealand myths I wanted to love this novel so much, and almost did Unfortunately, it suffered from a severe case of literary ADD Did it want to be a coming of age novel M ori folktale Urban fantasy adventure Love story Of course, it can be all of this and , but when one aspect of this story picked up, the others would suffer Guardian of the Dead begins with seventeen year old Guardian of the Dead is a unique YA novel that takes place in New Zealand and involves M ori indigenous New Zealand myths I wanted to love this novel so much, and almost did Unfortunately, it suffered from a severe case of literary ADD Did it want to be a coming of age novel M ori folktale Urban fantasy adventure Love story Of course, it can be all of this and , but when one aspect of this story picked up, the others would suffer Guardian of the Dead begins with seventeen year old Ellie in the middle of her first year at a private boarding school on New Zealand s South Island Initially, the reader becomes invested in Ellie s world as she struggles to fit in, crushes on a mysterious loner, and starts discovering clues that something in her world is amiss The Ellie we first meet is a smart, snarky girl who would be a great protagonist if it weren t for her ridiculously low self esteem Yes, this is a YA novel, and teens are infamously insecure, but Ellie takes it up a notch She frequently describes herself as a girl who is both overweight and extra tall While at first it is interesting and refreshing to read about an overweight main character, it becomes old very quickly as so much of Ellie s inner monologue is self bashing over her size Although we first meet Ellie at her exclusive boarding school that is not what this story is about As with many YA books these days, as the story picks up, Ellie s teachers, homework, and responsibilities quickly fall to the wayside In fact, Karen Healey introduces so many ideas and concepts and story lines that Guardian of the Dead doesn t really flow into a seamless novel Everything ties together but I couldn t help thinking that this novel needed a bitfocus It either needed to have some sections cut, while others were expounded upon or it needed to be turned into a two or three part series It s hard to articulate what I mean without giving away spoilers Guardian of the Dead introduces to many twists and ideas that all I can say is this ended up so much differently than what I expected when it began Further, ideas, people and small plot lines are introduced that don t actually matter to the ultimate climax of the story Finally, Guardian of the Dead takes place in New Zealand and involves a lot of traditions and culture about the islands I couldn t help getting the idea that this was written for a New Zealand or Australian audience because so many words, ideas, and attitudes were alluded to without a full explanation Not that the novel suffered from it, everything was easily figured out from the context in which it was written And truthfully, it was refreshing to read a novel about a foreign culture without a ton of info dump however some background information would have been appreciated Although I loved this story while reading it, and definitely recommend other fans of YA to check it out, I couldn t help wonder if the main reason I like it so much is because it is all new to me I love folklore and creation myths, and Guardian of the Dead has a ton of it If I were at all familiar with the folklore in this book, would the lack of focus beirritating Possibly But despite it s flaws, Guardian of the Dead also has a likeable central character, a mystifying mystery, and a sexy guy What else does a decent YA need


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    Eleanor Ellie Spencer is attending a boarding school in New Zealand in lieu of her last year at high school Her parents have left on vacation to celebrate her mother s miraculous recovery from cancer, and they have left Ellie in the prestigious yet dreary Mansfield College Things are shaken up a bit when her best friend, Kevin, becomes attracted to an ambiguous woman even though he has always claimed to be asexual And later on Elie finds herself falling for the mysterious Mark Nolan, a youn Eleanor Ellie Spencer is attending a boarding school in New Zealand in lieu of her last year at high school Her parents have left on vacation to celebrate her mother s miraculous recovery from cancer, and they have left Ellie in the prestigious yet dreary Mansfield College Things are shaken up a bit when her best friend, Kevin, becomes attracted to an ambiguous woman even though he has always claimed to be asexual And later on Elie finds herself falling for the mysterious Mark Nolan, a young man in her Classics class that everyone seems to be talking about Guardian of the Dead never really caught and kept my attention One contributing factor could be my lack of knowledge regarding Maori myths and folklore, as they seem pretty prevalent in the book Sometimes when the characters described the myths I felt like they were reading it from a textbook, rather then having a normal conversation At some points the book bored me because it felt as if the author was stringing events together instead of creating a solid storyline Honestly, by the end of the book I was glad to be finished with it.Still, the book had some good parts People who are aware and understand Maori legends will wholly appreciate it, and devour all of the allusions and references in the novel The horror and action sequences were great and provided a break from the slow pace of the first 200 pages Healey s writing was good and she has a noticeable knack for imagery.I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn t mind a slow start and individuals that know about Maori culture


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    I was lucky enough to read this book in manuscript form It s funny, intense, magical, dark, and scary an urban fantasy for teens in a New Zealand setting so vividly and perfectly described that I honestly felt I was there, even though I ve never been to New Zealand in my life I love the distinctively different magic in this novel, and the emotionally truthful relationships among the characters I can t wait to read manynovels by Karen Healey


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    I didn t really know what I expected when I got this book, not really familiar with any New Zealand myths, so I was pleasantly surprised how good this book really was.Karen Healey weaves an interesting plot that mixes myths, mythology and mystery that makes Guardian of the Dead a very unique take for this particular paranormal element The writing draws you in, leading you into the drama but with a leashed pace.The characters were written really well and I connected with all of them right away I didn t really know what I expected when I got this book, not really familiar with any New Zealand myths, so I was pleasantly surprised how good this book really was.Karen Healey weaves an interesting plot that mixes myths, mythology and mystery that makes Guardian of the Dead a very unique take for this particular paranormal element The writing draws you in, leading you into the drama but with a leashed pace.The characters were written really well and I connected with all of them right away I liked there banter and the easy way the story folds around them.At first, I thought this wasn t a book for me, and not till I got through the first 100pgs was I even hooked But after a certain point, it becomes extremely intriguing It commands your attention While the story may confuse some, which in a way it will, just keep in mind that you have to take the time and not rush this book to get the answers you need.I don t want to say to much, as not to give away what this book is really about So all in all I thought Guardian of the Dead was a gripping, captivating and thrilling book that I loved It s different, in all the wonderful ways imagination can be.I would love to seein this world A very well done read


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    Guardian of the Dead gives a new perspective to the usual spiel of boarding schools, the outcast heroine and the hotch potch of supernatural elements The story is set in New Zealand and the setting closely reflects the story and mythology contained within the pages of the book It starts strong but somehow in the middle, it starts to lose its hold on the pace and the narrative and never regains it in quite the same way The mythology is not inserted into the story as seamlessly as possible and Guardian of the Dead gives a new perspective to the usual spiel of boarding schools, the outcast heroine and the hotch potch of supernatural elements The story is set in New Zealand and the setting closely reflects the story and mythology contained within the pages of the book It starts strong but somehow in the middle, it starts to lose its hold on the pace and the narrative and never regains it in quite the same way The mythology is not inserted into the story as seamlessly as possible and while it is fascinating, the frequent breaks in the narrative to explain the local legends gains a lecture academic quality that detracts from the story as a whole Ellie Spencer is interesting refreshing even but she doesn t have any definitive delineating quality at the end The relationships are dynamic and the interactions between the characters are well crafted but at the same time I felt a certain distance between them and myself as the reader I couldn t connect to them as I would have wanted to However, when all is said and done, I did like better than some of the other books I have read so far It took the same story, added a few other elements to it and set it in the rich historical and mythical culture of the Maori that has been little explored so far


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    If you enjoy reading about mythology, magic, supernatural beings, and learning about new cultures and folklores of other countries, and in this case New Zealand s, this is your cup of tea And if you like reading about strong heroines and young adult romance, then you definitely need to grab this book The book is about Ellie, a teen attending a boarding school in New Zealand In her obsession with a mysterious guy in school, Ellie finds herself with potential magical abilities and becomes invol If you enjoy reading about mythology, magic, supernatural beings, and learning about new cultures and folklores of other countries, and in this case New Zealand s, this is your cup of tea And if you like reading about strong heroines and young adult romance, then you definitely need to grab this book The book is about Ellie, a teen attending a boarding school in New Zealand In her obsession with a mysterious guy in school, Ellie finds herself with potential magical abilities and becomes involved in a war between faeries Although I found the book a little slow to start due to character and plot development, the action packed into the pages starting in the middle of the bookthan made up for it I have to admit though that the foreign words and concepts slowed me down here and there as I had to look to the Glossary section of the book for explanation Thank God for the Glossary Nevertheless, the book was full of humor, interesting tidbits and culture, and heart breaking moments that put tears in my eyes that I m sure I ll be remembering Ellie and Mark for a very long time For a new author, Karen Healy did a wonderful job weaving such a memorable story


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    When you have as many TBR books as I do, it s hard to keep track of what came from where If I had to guess, I d say I got this book off a list of good LGBTQ young adult, or possibly a friend recced it due to the presence of an asexual character The book isn t worth it just for that nothing is worth it just for checking a diversity box but it is worth it It s a lively bit of fantasy about a girl at a boarding school who you think you can fill in the rest of this one, and you can in br When you have as many TBR books as I do, it s hard to keep track of what came from where If I had to guess, I d say I got this book off a list of good LGBTQ young adult, or possibly a friend recced it due to the presence of an asexual character The book isn t worth it just for that nothing is worth it just for checking a diversity box but it is worth it It s a lively bit of fantasy about a girl at a boarding school who you think you can fill in the rest of this one, and you can in broad outline, but not in the specifics I ended up reading a lot of wikipedia articles on Maori legends to get educated enough to keep up with this one It s a bitliteral about its magic metaphors than I like my fantasy, but there s this very real, warm heart of friendship and young bravery to this book, and it worked.It s a debut, and it shows, but I liked it I liked Healey this is one of those books where you get to learn a lot about the author just based on what she loves And I ll read her next book, sure, but I m really interested in her fifth, her sixth, her tenth I have a feeling one of those will be a knockout


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    Ellie is just getting over the shock of her mother s cancer when she is sent to a boarding school on the south island of New Zealand There she makes a couple of good friends, excels in her classes especially Classics , finds herself strangely attracted to a young man, and encounters a woman who seems to have a strang power over her Ellie s odd misgivings about the woman prove to be true when Ellie learns her true nature This is a mystery adventure novel deeply influenced by Maori legends and Ellie is just getting over the shock of her mother s cancer when she is sent to a boarding school on the south island of New Zealand There she makes a couple of good friends, excels in her classes especially Classics , finds herself strangely attracted to a young man, and encounters a woman who seems to have a strang power over her Ellie s odd misgivings about the woman prove to be true when Ellie learns her true nature This is a mystery adventure novel deeply influenced by Maori legends and folktales Incorporating the legendary creatures and creation stories of New Zealand s indiginous peoples Healey tells a story of what happens when the spiritual world interacts with the human one The story unfolds slowly reaching a dramatic war that could mean the end of all life on the islands of New Zealand With a little romance thrown in, this is an interesting and engaging story Review is of an advanced readers copy

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