Published by Strange Chemistry
Acquired from Author for honest review. Also participated in blog tour.
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.
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 destiny gets in the way, and they are all in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind forever.
THE HOLDERS is a modern day fantasy about incredible powers and extraordinary people.
The Holders.......well it certainly held my attention! This novel from Julianna Scott is well written, keeps you captivated throughout and has a great cast.
Focused on the YA Paranormal Romance genre - it hit it's target superbly and won't disappoint.
Our girl protag is Becca - she's one smart cookie having graduated high school at 15! She's also the self designated defender of her younger brother Ryland. You see Ryland appears to be a little sought after - many psych's and health professionals have knocked on their door over the years wanting to take him away because he's "special". Becca won't allow it. At 17 she takes on a more adult role than her mother at times.
Becca definitely becomes a force to be reckoned with as the storyline progresses - with many underestimating her will power.
One who does not doubt her is Alex... **insert swooning**!! He is a Holder and his role is to seek out unknown Holders and bring them to Ireland to learn and protect their secret race. And yes, Becca and Alex have chemistry! Can Becca let herself feel something for a guy that works under her estranged father - a father whom she has hated with a passion for so long?
The Holders has a good steady pace held throughout. My interest in the storyline did not waiver for a moment. The cast members we are introduced to are enjoyable and I look forward to reading more about each and everyone of them.
A long standing betrayal, a move to another country, a secret race, a new love, a kidnapping, some action - and of course a twist or two!! Ingredients for a good read :)
The Holders Series Page: http://www.theholdersseries.com
The Holders on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13579352-the-holders
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