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{November 26, 2011}   {Review} Guardian of Time by Linda Hawley (The Prophecies #2)

From Goodreads: It’s the near future, and society is government controlled.  Technology tracks everyone, personal privacy does not exist, and even food supplies are being monitored. The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG, which fights against worldwide oppression. Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson, a paranormally-gifted operative, who unseals The Prophecies with her powers. With the government doggedly pursuing her, she goes underground, fleeing the Pacific Northwest, but not before leaving three murders, one suicide, and an explosion behind her. Will she and her companions survive to change the world after everything twists and turns upside down?


This modern day 1984 is just as riveting as Orwell’s novel, but if I had to choose, really choose, I’d take Hawley’s series over Orwell any day.  Why?  Not only has Hawley created a unique futuristic novel, but she’s also done much research into current events of our time, weaving them into her story and making it even scarier than 1984 ever was.  The future Hawley represents isn’t that far away; 2015 will be here before we know it and the multiple references to current leaders, epidemics, and catastrophes makes this all the more real for the reader.  Multiple times, as I read, I pulled up short and thought to myself, “that’s right, the U.S. is trying to pass this law,” or “That just happened,” causing me to wonder what the real outcome will be if certain laws are passed, etc.  Books that cause me to question my own here and now are one of my favorites, and Hawley really doesn’t disappoint in this sequel to Dreams Unleashed.

I actually liked this novel even more than the first, partially because its main focus is the future, whereas much of Dreams Unleashed concentrates on the past and the future, jumping back and forth a bit.  I highly enjoyed this main focus of Guardian of Time as the events are much more continuous and, as I’ve said before, scary.  I also feel like it was a bit easier to read since it mainly stayed in one timeframe, though, don’t get me wrong, I loved Dreams Unleashed as well! 

I really enjoyed the paranormal aspects of this novel.  Hawley has added this one twist to our future—and, in my opinion, it’s paranormalcy at its best.  I love the fact that Ann can invade dreams and change events, both past and future, by adding or taking away key elements within the dream.  I may be the minority here, but I’ve always wished I could make my dreams a reality, and Ann’s dreams actually are, which is just too cool.  Honestly, this novel really will take your breath away.  I can’t wait for the third installment in this series, especially as this novel ended on such a cliffhanger!  Five stars. [Scroll down for the giveaway of Dreams Unleashed]

Read what Linda Hawley had to say about her usage of current events within the series.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Thanks for reading my books and for the eloquent review!

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