Title: The Holders (The Holders #1)
Author: Julianna Scott
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
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?
Things I Liked About This Book:
1. Ireland – I wish more books were set in Ireland. Seriously. I also wish I could go to Ireland after reading this book. I really like reading books that take place somewhere other than the
U. S., so that element of this book made it a real treat. I also would really like to learn Gaelic so I can know all the sweet things Alex says to Becca!
2. Ryland – Honestly, I just wanted to hug him and take him home. ‘Nuff said.
3. Becca – Becca is one tough chick. Originally I liked her for her fierce protection of Ryland. Then, as the story went on, I grew to like her as she slowly let her guard down and allowed herself to like people, and love Alex. She realized that she could be strong, but also that it was okay to trust people.
4. The romance – This book was ridiculously romantic, almost to the point of being a little corny, but it was just what I was in the mood for, so that was okay.
5. Sequel – I am happy that there’s going to be a sequel, but I also really liked that even though this wasn’t a stand-alone, it didn’t end on such a cliff-hanger that I actually felt frustrated. Sometimes I get frustrated with cliffhangers because while I’m waiting for the next book, I sometimes forget other things about it and have to reread it. I really liked that even though there will be a sequel, the ending to this book was satisfying enough to tide me over and not running screaming down the halls.
Things I Think Could’ve Been Better
1. The explaining – I felt at times like a lot of the story was explaining things; the adults at the school or Chloe or Alex just telling Becca how things worked, what it meant to be a Holder, stuff like that. I kind of wished she had found out more things for herself so there would be a little less summary and more action, but all in all I enjoyed Julianna Scott’s writing style. It was clear and engaging and made me want more, despite this flaw.
All in all, I was impressed with Julianna Scott’s debut. It wasn’t on my original debut list and I hadn’t heard much about it when I got the tour request, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book, and am very glad to have discovered a great new author! Character interview to come!