Book Review: The Guardian of Bastet Jacqueline Battisti

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Synopsis

Cat-shifter Trinity Morrigan-Caine has discovered a demon is killing supernaturals. Magically challenged, she has every intention of letting handsome Alpha werewolf Gordon Barnes handle it. But after a dying vampire gifts Trinity a mystical amulet, she is drawn into the fray as the legendary Guardian of Bastet, a warrior born when the need arises.

Though Trinity initially rejects the role, she warms to the idea when Gordon agrees to train her—and their passion for each other grows as he teaches her to embrace her animal instincts.

As she begins to accept her destiny and believe in her growing powers, Trinity realizes the danger is even closer to home than she ever imagined—and she and Gordon are going to have to face the demon in a fight to the death…

About the Author:                           

Jacqueline Battisti was raised in Little Falls, New York where she met and married her high school sweetheart. They have two children and live near Rochester, New York where she is a stay at home mom and writer of the paranormal and urban fantasy of her vivid imagination.

Her first novel, The Guardian of Bastet, was published by Carina Press August 20, 2012. She is currently working on a sequel as well as a dystopian paranormal.

Her life has taken her from the trials and tribulations of working as an administrative assistant at various companies, back to college as an adult student, and then into the adventurous world of motherhood.

Jacqueline began writing seriously in 2007 after attempting NaNoWriMo for the first time. It was the first time she had disciplined herself to finish a novel. From there, her supportive critique group was formed and attended, and then she attended RT Booklovers Convention in 2009. Jacqueline attended their aspiring authors workshops and met with many talented writers who inspired her to continue writing.

Flash forward to today: Jacqueline has two children who are very outgoing and keep her on her toes. Cub Scouts, Daisy Scouts, play dates, school activities for the kids…then writing, reading current authors, following blogs, facebook, household chores, gardening and exhaustion for mom. Add in a new puppy, two furry feline children and fish and you have the craziness that is the Battisti household.

My Review

It was really refreshing to have a main character that wasn’t ubber powerful from the outset, yet gains some along the way. My only bug bear was that Trinity was really un-likeable! In fact, as it was first person, I almost gave up reading it. She was obnoxious, careless and above did not take her responsibilities seriously – which to me is an unforgivable character trait. However, she does change through the book – but having her like this to begin with (to this degree) was a gamble by the author.

As an author myself, I’d have never took that gamble, so she’s a braver writer than I – and unfortunately it might birth a few snarky reviews. But I really hope they read the rest of the book as it’s a promising start to a new urban fantasy series.  The love aspect was also a little frustrating, but to me that made the whole thing a little more believable – just because the supernatural is real, doesn’t mean that sweeping romance is too.

The front cover is fab and the book was well written – there’s nothing new in here story wise, but if you like a good urban fantasy, and want to start a new series, then have a read. I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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3 comments on “Book Review: The Guardian of Bastet Jacqueline Battisti

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to review my book and host me on your blog. Sorry it wasn’t to your liking, but perhaps the next one will be. Good luck on your own writing and have a great day!

    • Hi Jacqueline, that’s okay – I did like the book, just not the character; but it does look like she is changing by the end – which is all you can ask. I know first hand what its like to have a strong main character, that seems to thwart your story at every turn – it just means you have a realistic character on your hands.

  2. Thanks for sharing your review. The Guardian of Bastet belongs on my bookshelf and I am looking forward to reading it. evamillien at gmail dot com

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