Book Review: Dominion (Guardian Angels #1) by Melody Manful

I Dare You.
Look Over Your Shoulders.
Do You See Them?
They are behind you...
They are always behind you.

Abigail Cells had a nightmare the day before she met Gideon, the new guy in school who has every girl drooling just to be near him. In her nightmare, she was murdered by a magical creature. As she gets to know Gideon, she begins to remember pieces of her nightmare, and was shocked when Gideon turned out to be the creature from her nightmare. Who is Gideon really? Should Abby allow herself to fall completely for him, or is he the next disaster waiting to happen?


I might give away a couple of minor spoilers, because the blurb says so little about the actual story.

We have three main characters, Abigail, Gideon and Tristan. Abigail is a not so normal human. Her mother is a famous fashion designer and her father works for the CIA. And the winner for most unusual couple goes to... That's not all, because of her father's job they are in the witness protection program. Now to me famous fashion designer and witness protection program don't work together, because it's all about keeping a low profil and they are doing the exact opposite. So realism is somewhat missing in this book.

Continuing on, Abigail is also a walking contraction, grade A student, reading for the children in the hospital, but she also trains a couple of times a week with an ex-Navy Seal officer. So on one side she's this sweet and innocent girl, on the other side she knows how to kill people.

Gideon is a dark angel, he literally feeds on the misery of others. He doesn't make the best first impression, I mean he kills people and their guardian angels for fun without any remorse. The guy has no emotions, except hate, anger and contempt. He's an A grade asshole, which makes it very hard to like him in the beginning. Certainly when he has this whole 'ooh look at me I'm a badass' thing going on.

Tristan is the opposite of Gideon, quite literally. He's the good guy, the best guardian angel there is. The guy carries the world on his shoulder, but like the other characters he's too much. Gideon is too bad, Abigail is too contradicting and Tristan is too good. This makes it hard to relate to them.

The story then. Gideon is challenged by their king to go after Abigail, because Tristan is her guardian angel, but they are also 'nemesis'. So he infiltrates her life and slowly Abigail gets to him. He starts to feel things he's never felt before. Abigail is quite wary of him in the beginning because of the nightmare she had of him killing her, but before she knows it he's past her defenses. Now a romance between them isn't that easy with him being an angel and killing people.

Also there is this weird connection between Tristan and Gideon when they are close together. All in all it's very confusing and sometimes hard to follow what is going on. Some thing are not properly explained and it all mixes together. So not really a book I would recommend.

My favorite part about this book was actually the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They always relate to said chapter and are beautifully constructed. They're probably going to end up on Pinterest or something like that.

I gave the book 2 stars. It was well written and it flowed right, but Melody Manful needs to work some more on character and plot development.

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