From the author of the Guardians series, Lola StVil now tells the story of the children of the Guardians, The Noru. So far I have read 5 of the 7 novels, all of which have their own merits.
The story follows Pryor, the daughter of Death and Guardian angel Marcus and at 14 years old, is the leader of the Noru team, a team which she deserted a year ago on the day they where suppose to be announced to the angel world as the new guardian team. She leaves the angel world to go to a human high school and makes friends with Randy, a geeky human boy. When she turned her back on the angel world she also turned her back on the boy she is in love with, Aaden, son of demon Rage and the teams second in command.
The team come back together when a new evil emerges and wrecks havoc on the angel world. But a year is a long time and the members of Pryor’s team have been through more than she knows. And the new evil turns out to be someone well known to her father, leading to betrayal and pain for Pryor.
The six members of the Noru team, Pryor, Aaden, twins Key and Swoop ,Bex, future Kon (king) of the paras and Easton, a Quo, are joined by Randy to protect the human world from the new evil.
The first five books are a rollercoaster ride of fear, fighting, love and heartbreak, Pryor must leave her youth behind and step up to be the leader she was born to be. She will have to reunite her team and build them back up to the demon fighting unit they once were, while dealing with the lose of a family member and being torn away from her parents.
There are things about this series that are not popular amongst readers, there are a number of rather graphic sex scenes that aren’t really suitable for the YA genre. To put it in a mothers point of view, my 11 year old daughter won’t be reading these books for a few years. I don’t think the scenes are necessary but they do add a depth to the books. Most of the reviews I have read on this series are not happy about a 14 year old losing her virginity which I can completely understand, if it was my daughter I would freak, but Pryor is no normal 14 year old, she has been killing demons since she was a toddler, I would imagine that would make one grow up quickly.
There is a bit of predictability about these novels, the very Twilight style love triangle and on again off again love affair, and the expected teenage drama, but there is enough solid storyline and realistic stupidity, like getting drunk and getting into trouble, that make them worth reading. The storylines are not just fight, fight, win and next please, the characters deal with some very realistic problems, such as drug addiction and teen pregnancy amongst others.
In the very basic sense its normal teenagers that are very mature and have super powers and have to save the world while trying to keep up with their homework and life’s everyday challenges . Except these teens are a brand new species of angel and no-one in their world knows what to expect from them, if they are good or evil or somewhere between.
If you are looking for something a bit different, something that has that little bit of predictability thrown amongst the completely blindsiding then this is the series for you. If your looking for boring teen romance, yeah this is not going to be your thing, move along. The books are well written with a lot of thought and imagination put into them and personally I am looking forward to reading the next two books.
Happy Reading, until next time.