What they say:
When Eve is rescued from a horrific coach crash by her teachers, she is shocked to discover they possess super strength and speed. But what happens next is even more harrowing.
In the aftermath of the crash she discovers that everyone in her life from neighbours, doctors, dentists, teachers, shop keepers and even her family and friends are actually super strength Guardians sent to protect her. They all have one thing in common, a single minded ferocity that she must be kept alive at all costs.
However, she is surrounded by secrets and lies. Those in the know deny all knowledge of what happened that fateful night. Everyone else carries on as normal, seemingly unaware of the new strange world that she has stumbled against.
With the help of Seth, her best friend, Eve discovers the prophecies surrounding her true identity and the super strength she too holds. With her Guardians pledged to protect her, her closest friends ready to die for her, her own hopes and dreams are put on hold whilst she battles to control the amazing powers she has been bestowed with.
But those that seek to destroy her move ever closer. Will the Guardians be enough to protect her when so many are prepared to stop at nothing to see her dead? And will she be strong enough to fulfil her destiny when the time comes?
What we say – review by Charlotte Foreman:
If you’re a book hoarder like me, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I refer to a read that’s been sitting on your Kindle for an age; a book that you really want to, and keep meaning to, read but something always gets in the way. And then you finally get to dive in and find yourself completely blown away. That, my friends, is the exact story of me and The Sentinel by Holly Martin.
Starting with a bang, the opening scenes prove to be the catalyst of change in Eve’s life, as everything she’s ever known is pretty much blown apart. Huge secrets are forced into the open and, together with pieces of her seemingly boring pre-sentinel life, the truth of her existence is revealed. A lot happens in the story, with it’s large cast and an abundance of shocks but I won’t be giving out any spoilers.
Eve sometimes seemed a little childish but she’s 17 and literally carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, so a few tantrums seem more than reasonable. I loved Eve’s gaggle of guardians, both their dedication and the effect her emotions began having on them, as I felt it gave a real depth to their relationships. With the protective guard, spell-bindings powers, a lightening fast pace and a destiny to fulfil, it’s all a little intense so a little romance breaks the tension nicely.
Seth is lovely and I wish there had been much more of him in the book. But with the massive amount of action going on, his absence is understandable and only serves to make the heart grow fonder. Plus, with more books in the series, I’m sure he’ll be given the spotlight at some point.
An utterly thrilling YA fantasy read.