Thursday, 6 February 2014

The Holders (Holders #1) by Julianna Scott

The Holders (Holders, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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17-year-old Becca spent her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The abandonment of their father, the so called 'experts' who insist that voices in his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the constant threat of being taken away to some hospital and studied like an animal. When two representatives appear claiming to have the answers to Ryland's perceived problem, Becca doesn't buy it for one second. That is until they seem to know things about Ryland and about Becca and Ryland's family, that forces Becca to concede that there may be more to these people than meets the eye. Though still highly skeptical, Becca agrees to do what's best for Ryland.

What they find at St. Brigid's is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together the information of their family's heritage, their estranged Father, and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they've been waiting for. However, they are all--especially Becca--in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.

She meets Alex, a Holder who is fiercely loyal to their race, and for some reason, Becca and Ryland. There's an attraction between Becca and Alex that can't be denied, but her true nature seems destined to keep them apart. However, certain destinies may not be as clear cut as everyone has always believed them to be.

Becca is lost, but found at the same time. Can she bring herself to leave Ryland now that he's settled and can clearly see his future? Will she be able to put the the feelings she has for Alex aside and head back to the US? And can Becca and Ryland ever forgive their father for what he's done?

The Holders by Julianna Scott

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Holders (Holders, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Becca is so concerned for her 10-year-old brother Ryland, that when his father wants him to go across the Atlantic to go to school in Ireland, Becca goes with him.
Becca is about to find out that this isn’t any normal school though, and that the pupils and staff there are ‘Holders’ – people who possess special powers.
Will the school be good for Ryland? And if Ryland has powers, why doesn’t Becca?

This was an interesting story, but it took a while to get going.

Becca was an interesting character. I liked how headstrong she was, and how much she loved her brother and defended him. She did maybe come across as a bit rude at points, but it seemed to always been in someone else’s best interests.

The storyline in this was good, but it did take a while to get going. I found the start of the story quite heavy on the information at points, and it took a while for it to really find its footing. I found certain points of the plot to be a bit predictable as well.
The romance in this one ended up being very good. Initially I didn’t really feel it, but as we got further into the story, it definitely improved. The romance did end up being quite obvious, but it was good, and chapter 22 was really good!
The ending was good, but was left fairly open for the next book in the series. There wasn’t really a cliff-hanger as such though which was good.

I was also lucky enough to be able to read the two bonus scenes for this book, provided by the author Julianna Scott (Thank you!) and I have to say that I really enjoyed them. The scene from Ryland’s point of view was good, and I loved the one from Alex’s point of view. More Alex please!
Overall; a good YA paranormal romance.
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. That cover is pretty boring but the concept doesn't sound too bad.