Series: The Holders #2
Published by Strange Chemistry on February 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
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.
THE SEERS is the second book in The Holders series by Julianna Scott. Last year I described book one, THE HOLDERS, as “a perfect book for an afternoon of light reading.” I’d describe THE SEERS the same way: it’s an enjoyable fantasy with a sweet romance and outspoken characters. A good book to spend the afternoon with.
THE SEERS picks up a couple of weeks after THE HOLDERS. There’s not a lot of recap of the events of book one, so for the first couple of chapters, I was lost and couldn’t remember who anyone was or what had previously happened. Basically, Becca, her father, and a few others are trying to find information on Ciaran Shea, but he died three years ago … and therefore couldn’t have been part of Darragh’s quest for power. Darragh is an extremely powerful Holder; he’s the bad guy of the series.
THE SEERS takes Becca and co. into the world of full-blooded Holders. Think of the pure-blood wizards of Harry Potter — the Bhunaidh place high importance on purity and magical ability. Becca really doesn’t like Bhunaidh society, especially once she finds out the head family has disowned one of their sons because he’s powerless.
The start of this book was a bit rocky for me. I couldn’t remember much of THE HOLDERS, and Becca was somewhat annoying at first. Her inner monologue and the way she was acting made me want to tell her “get over yourself!” But then I realized she was acting like a teenager would. And as the book went on, Becca’s attitude gradually changed, and I liked that she grew up somewhat.
Once I got to the halfway point of THE SEERS, I really got into the book. In the quest for information on Ciaran, Becca has to learn more about her own power, be more mature in the ways she deals with people, and work on her relationship with Alex. Oh, and do some rescuing, too, when things don’t go according to plan. I got into the mystery of Ciaran’s journal and what it would reveal. I thought the author used the power to see the future in a neat way.
The ending of THE SEERS might have been the best of all. Without giving too much away, I’ll say there’s a big rescue, a big tragedy that affects one of the new characters, and some good development for Becca and Alex’s relationship. Yeah, they go there, which I always love to see in YA books!
About the author:
Julianna was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent the majority of her educational career convinced she would be a musician. However, after receiving her music degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized that she’d been born in the wrong era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in zoot-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true calling might be elsewhere.
While Julianna had always excelled in writing throughout school, she’d never considered it a career possibility until about three years ago, when she’d gotten her first story idea and decided to go for it. She grabbed her laptop, started typing away, and has never looked back.
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