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Saturday 2 February 2013

Dominion by Melody Manful {Review}

I feel very privileged to be kicking off this blog tour presented by Bewitching Book Tours for the first book in the Guardian Angel Series; by Melody Manful. In this first stop you'll be treated to an excerpt, book trailer, my review and an amazing tour-wide giveaway! 

Title: Dominion
Author: Melody Manful 
Release Date: February 16, 2013 
Pages: 258
Series: Guardian Angels #1
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy


Book Description

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?

My Thoughts

Dominion is written in alternating point of views between two main characters, Gideon and Abigail. Abigail is the damsel in distress, but one that knows how to fight and shoot like an assassin. Then there's Gideon, an angel from Grands who's only purpose in life is to harm the humans that other guardian angels are trying to protect. Then there's Tristan, the guardian angel as we know them, the protector. These are the characters that make up Dominion's love triangle.

Abigail has recurring nightmares of a boy named Gideon who tries to kill her. As she tries to convince herself that it is nothing more than a dream, she is introduced to a "Gideon" in the flesh, the new student in her class. Abigail panics and fears him as she realises that he is the boy in her dreams. However, as time goes by Abigail is soon attracted and curious by Gideon, she doesn't realise that by entertaining this idea she has put herself in front line danger as Gideon's only purpose in coming to Earth is to kill Abigail! 

Dominion was a good and enjoyable read. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters and even Gideon, the villain, was hard to hate. I really believed in the love triangle and it was hard to pick one side as you see the positive points of both boys. Tristan was easier to love, granted he is perfect, however, Gideon is that tortured soul that you know has potential and goodness inside it's just a matter of getting it out to the surface, I don't know why us women always like a challenge with men LOL.

My one dislike of Dominion was that I did not really feel like the first half of the story flowed well with the second half. When I was reading getting towards the middle of the book I thought that it was coming to an end, but then a new story kind of begun and I was much happier with the ending on the second half. However, the amazing yet unpredictable story line, the great characters and the twists and turns in the book more than made up for this shortcoming.

I am eagerly anticipating book 2 in the Guardian Angel series as Dominion finished off on a cliffhanger. Melody Manful did well in her debut novel and I am impressed with the unique premise of her angels. With so many paranormal angel books published, she has done well in writing a story different from the rest. 


I’m going to divide you into groups for our Titanic memorabilia speech, which if you all remember, is this week.” Mr. Bernard said. “Speeches are due before the week is over.”

One of the students murmured, “Oh, no.”

Mr. Silas, you and Miss Cells will be group one,” Mr. Bernard said, looking at Tristan and me. “Miss Tate, you and Mr. Duran are—” Mr. Bernard was interrupted by the sound of the door as it busted open. Everyone looked toward the noise.

Standing in the doorway was the guy I bumped into. The moment I saw him, my heart dropped. I prayed he was lost and wasn’t in our class. Frankly, I didn’t understand my uneasiness upon seeing him. He gave me bad vibes.

You must be Mr. Chase,” Mr. Bernard said, and the boy walked toward him.

I am,” he answered. He looked around the classroom, and his gaze stopped on Tristan.

To my surprise, Tristan looked like he knew the boy because he gave him a half-hearted smile.

You’re late,” Mr. Bernard said, and the boy looked at the clock on the wall.

I was actually here before the bell rang.” His eyes moved to mine. “Miss Cells can vouch for me.” I froze at the mention of my name. I wondered how he knew my name, but then I remembered I was known pretty much everywhere—the price of being famous. “She bumped into me and ran off.”

Someone please shoot me now. A few people chuckled. Jake cast a backward glance at me and grinned.

You’re excused this time, Mr. Chase. Find a seat. I’ll assign you to a group.”

Mr. Chase can join Jake and me,” Danny volunteered. I wasn’t surprised.

It’s Gideon,” the boy said. “Gideon Chase.”

What?” I blurted out in surprise at the mention of his name, and then all eyes turned to me.

Gideon? His name was actually Gideon? Why Gideon?

Miss Cells, are you all right?” My outburst had obviously startled Mr. Bernard. Gideon stood beside him, confused, but the moment his eyes met mine, he smiled as if he knew why I was scared.

I—I’m sorry, I didn’t—” I looked down in humiliation.

Maybe it was just a coincidence. This guy couldn’t be the same Gideon from my nightmare.

Well,” Mr. Bernard continued, “take a seat, Mr. Chase.” 
My first impression of Gideon was that he was hot.

My second impression of him was dangerous.

My third impression of him was murderer, because if he was anything like the guy from my nightmare, he was going to kill me.

Book trailer


About the Author: Melody Manful

Melody Manful was born on June 8, 1994, in a town in Ghana called Tema. She started writing at a very early age and has been doing it ever since. Melody has two siblings and lives in Denmark with her family. She loves music, reading and writing, and she puts a great deal into making her friends happy. 

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

The cover looks fun! I am glad the second half worked better for you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the excerpt!


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