Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Tour: The Holders by Julianna Scott



Title: The Holders
Series: Holders Series
Book #: One
Author: Julianna Scott
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Source: ARC For Review 

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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? (taken from goodreads.com)
A mash up of Harry Potter and X-Men type stories, The Holders is a captivating tale of supernatural powers. I began reading with with little expectations, but I was soon swept away by the unique and lovable characters. Although the concept of teenagers with individual superpowers isn't the most original, Scott spins the idea in an intriguing new way. 

I'm a sucker for tales of specialized schools for children/teens with unusual abilities. Whether it be Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or Gallagher Academy, I can't get enough of them. Even the X-Men movies fascinated me. As a result, I immediately enjoyed learning about St. Brigid's. 

I adored Becca's spunk. As far as main characters go, she is an extremely enjoyable one. Her devotion to her mother and younger brother earned my respect immediately. She isn't one to be pushed around, and yet she isn't overly stubborn. It's rare that I come across a heroine in young adult literatuer that doesn't bug me a few times throughout a story. 

The romance in The Holders surprised and delighted me. While I knew there would be a love interest from the moment Alex entered the picture, I had no idea their romance would consume so much of the story. Passionate and earnest, their relationship drew me and had me turning pages as fast as I could. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but there are definitely some dramatic twists and turns that had my inner fan-girl squealing with delight and surprise. 

This novel was a wonderful introduction into the world of Holders. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and now I'm ready for the next one. It seems to me that Scott has unearthed a tale that could easily become one of the next big things. I have extremely high hopes for the next book, and I cannot wait to learn more about this world. 

Overall, I was extremely impressed by this debut. I'll be recommending it to lovers of fantasy and romance across the board. 
"When you listen you hear the sounds and silences. You hear the words people say, and the words they don't say. Real listening takes more effort than most people are willing to give."