by Julianna Scott Series: Holders #2 Genres: Fantasy Published by Strange Chemistery
on February 4th 2014 Pages:
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After nearly being drained of her ability and betrayed by a man her father trusted, Becca Ingle was left with one clue — Ciaran Shea. He holds the key to the downfall of the power-mad Holder, Darragh, and can ensure the safety of both Holder and Human kind alike… but is he willing to help?
Becca, Alex, Jocelyn, and Cormac set out for Adare Manor to meet with the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of pure blooded Holders of whom Ciaran is a rumored member. However, when Becca discovers that they might not be the only ones after the information Ciaran has, everyone begins to wonder if Bhunaidh might not be as uninvolved with Darragh as they claim.
A race to uncover Ciaran’s secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems to have their own agenda. Becca will have to call on every ability at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometimes the answer is more dangerous than the question.
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Disclaimer: Please note that I received this ARC from the author/publisher because I am on the book tour. I also feel like it’s necessary to state that I am an intern at P.S. Literary, and Julianna Scotts is an author represented by P.S. Literary (though I have never spoken and/or met her before).
The plot is fast-paced, amusing, tension filled, and something that kept me entertained from start to finish. A paranormal boarding school isn’t that unique of a setting, I will give you that, but Scott manages to bring it alive in a new way. I’ve always been partial to boarding school stories too. The Book Geek said it has a Harry Potter meets X-men vibe, and I couldn’t agree more.
I can’t go too deep into the plot without giving away spoilers from the first book, however. Just trust me when I say, if you like fantasy YA, you’ll really enjoy this series. But I will say this, I pride myself in being able to predict what will happen next in a book. Okay, well, maybe not pride myself, but it happens a lot. In this book?
There was a lot I did not see coming. That impressed me so much.
Becca, Becca, Becca. This girl is strong and her sarcastic (even sometimes snarky behavior) is something I very much enjoyed. It really helped bring the voice out in the story and made the narration flow. The best part about her, in my opinion, was how realistic she was. She was flawed ad insecure, and I admired that. I admired how she began to fight through those insecurities and how she was willing to fight for those she cared about, no matter the cost. Not to mention the clear character growth she has is very rewarding to watch.
Alex: If there was ever a swoon worthy character, it’s him. I love me a good boy, and Alex is sweet and adorable and supportive. I love that in a book boyfriend, because that’s what I’d want in real life too. Yes, bad boys are awesome, but good boys are even better.
There are quite a few other characters in this book, and Scott does a great job of balancing them all and giving them distinct enough characteristics that they can hold their own. My favorite new addition to the story was Steven.
Oh. My. Stars. Alex/Becca for life, everyone. This is a romance I can get behind wholeheartedly. While I like the bad boy on occasion, I’ve been getting rather sick of them, so Alex is a refreshing, amazing change of pace. He’s kindhearted and even sensitive. Becca and he have a healthy relationship, though it’s not entirely drama free (where would the fun be in that?).
That said, romance isn’t the main focus on this story (which I also appreciate in a book). It’s a constant, yes, but the plot revolves around Becca finding a way to stop Darragh.
Read this series. If you love fantasy, read it. If you love a good twist, read it. If you love a good boy, you want to read it for Alex. Trust me on this one.