Saturday, January 25, 2014

Early Review: The Seers (Holders #2) by Julianna Scott

Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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.

This is a cute series that I'm glad I've been able to keep up with. I'm not claiming that it's mind-blowing, but the plot bounces along at a nice pace.

This book opens with Becca getting ready to go to some sort of a snooty gala held by Holder purists. This group would love to add her father to their ranks, so they've been given an invite to the event. However, the only reason that they've agreed to attend is to be able to talk to a Seer who may know something about Darragh. It's too dangerous for anyone to find out about who and what Becca actually is, so she'll have to pretend to be a low-level mind reader while they are there. And since her bond with Alex would also give her away, they will have to mask it, and pretend to be nothing more than colleagues.

I usually don't like 'love triangles', but Scott did a good job with this one. It's not really a love triangle (for several spoilery reasons), but it appears that way to everyone else...including Alex. Of course, this adds a level of drama that Becca is blissfully unaware of, and gives the plot a little extra sumpin' sumpin'.

Be warned:
There was some high schoolish drama with a mean girl that I thought was kind of stupid and unnecessary.
There's a kind of dance-off at the end... Really.
And I really wish the chemistry between Alex and Becca didn't feel so blah. Alex just seems pretty dull. But then again, it's not like Becca is a wild-child.
Normally,  those things are deal-breakers for me, but in this book it felt more like a minor annoyance.
It started out a bit slow, but once the story got rolling, it was hard for me to put it down. The addition of the new characters was good for the overall story, and I'm hoping to see them in the next book.


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