Title: The Holders
Author: Julianna Scott
Series: The Holders #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Received for review from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads)
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?
Just sometimes, I read a book on my Kindle that I really wished I owned a physical copy of. The Holders was one such book. I know there are bookmark functions etc, but nothing really beats flicking back through a book to sections you loved and rereading them. And there were a lot of sections I would have flicked back to in The Holders.
Interestingly, it took me about three days to get past the first chapter (not entirely the book’s fault – I was very distractible at the time) but once Becca and her brother arrived in Ireland, things really kicked up a gear for me, and I just couldn’t put it down. To the point of trying to snatch a sentence or two while getting dressed. I just had to know what happened.
Well, I sort of knew what was going to happen – a couple of the plot twists were fairly obvious – but I didn’t care in the slightest. The characters were great, the relationships between them even better. Becca and Alex’s romance was so well done – bursting with believable romantic tension enough so that, had I been reading a physical copy, I would have been skipping ahead to try and find the next scenes involving them together. It was just so very romantic, and yet – within the fantastical context – utterly believable and real. With some ‘shout at the book’ moments thrown in, for good measure.
So, while it’s nothing particularly new or even daring, it was just perfect easy, indulgent reading, and I absolutely loved it.
And I might just have to buy that physical copy.