Guardian of Paradise
by W.E Lawrence
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: W.E Lawrence
Pub Date: September 2015
Genre: Young Adult
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In 1888, Kira Wall, surviving daughter of missionaries swept away in a tsunami, lives a primitive, but enjoyable life with natives on an isolated island in the South Pacific. But her serene world is turned upside down when an Australian merchant ship, commanded by the sinister Captain Darcy Coleman, arrives with an overabundance of modern and lavish goods. Kira suspects ill intent. Chief Ariki refuses to listen to Kira’s warning, forcing her to uncover the real plan of the captain on her own. Unfortunately, she has a distraction. A six-foot tall, blond, and handsome distraction. Trevor Marshall, doctor and botanist, hopes to find exotic plants on the island to research new cures and medicines. He is dedicated to science, but when meeting the strong-willed, beautiful Kira Wall, he’d prefer to spend time researching her—all night.
The captain thwarts Kira’s attempts to call him out at every step, turning the village chief against her. With only Trevor and her best friend Malana by her side, she stalks the captain and his officers through the dense, predator infested jungle, toward the island’s inactive volcano. Frustrated by her failure to reveal the captain’s true intentions, Kira begins to think maybe she’s wrong about everything. Then an explosion and earthquake bigger than anyone on the island has ever seen renews her resolve. Was the blast natural or man-made? She is determined to prove it was the captain’s doing. Kira races against time and the island people’s naivety to stop the captain from destroying her home and killing everyone she loves.
My Review: This was a mix feels for me. In a lot of ways I wanted to read this book, and then in some parts, it wasn’t my usual read. But I dove in and was really shocked! Full of surprises and details to love.
Kira is on an isolated island. Things are actually nice and shes happy with the life shes got. But her world is going change very quickly. Her happy a calm days, aren’t going to be around for a while. When Captain Darcy shows up, things get rowdy.
Here he comes with a ship full of goods. But whats the catch? Why would a ship with all these good just show up on this random island? There must be a reason, because when have you seen something like this where the Captain really had no ill meaning?
Anywho, Kira isn’t having any of it. And when she isn’t taken seriously, she decided to find out on her own. Although she’s going to need to find a way around Trevor. A really cute doctor, who is ready to research her all night long. After all, Kira is much more interesting than some plants.
In the meantime, Kira doesn’t stop. She will figure out what is going on. It even gets to the point where people are hating and turning against her. Yet she continues on, even if that means she only has Trevor and Malana by her side. But Kira is so determined, she would still do it, with or without anyone by her side. The closer they get, the more dangerous it seems. The faster they need to move against the clock. The details and suspense is so perfectly done. Its hits the high points at the perfect moment. You can’t help but enjoy this book and its characters! Very well done by Lawrence and I can’t wait to read more books by the author!