Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: The Seers by Julianna Scott

Book: The Seers by Julianna Scott
Series: The Holders #2
Released: February 14, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Pages: 430 (Kindle)
Rating: 4 stars

*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review*

 The Seers (Holders, #2)

 From 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.

I'm going to try something different for my reviews for a while (or now on, depending on how it goes). I need a better way to sort my thoughts, instead of just rambling on, and on, and on... Let me know if you prefer this format, or the old one.

 Note: As will all series continuations, this review will contain spoilers for the first book. Ye be warned.

I rather enjoyed this book and its predecessor, The Holders. It's a good combination of paranormal and contemporary, all set in one of my favorite places that I've never visited, Ireland. The Seers picks up directly where The Holders left off. Which, if you've read my reviews before, you know I enjoy. I despise missing scenes between books. I don't like being left out of the action. I hadn't heard anything about it until I received it from Netgalley, which is rather a shame, because I liked it and I think others will as well.
Becca is back in full force. I love her as a MC. She's intelligent and snarky. I love her wit, and her fierce protectiveness over her friends and family. But she's not perfect by any means. She's stubborn, sometimes almost to her detriment. But she's strong, and willing to learn. She tries not to show weakness, even when I felt like she should. So basically, she's a fully-realized character, and I adore her.

Then there's Alex. How could anyone not fall in love with Alex? He's quiet and strong. Caring and protective. He's insecure and loving. He's most definitely a perfect match for Becca. I particularly enjoyed the back and forth in his relationship with Becca. Are they perfect? No. But they do compliment each other nicely. They have their ups and downs, talk about it with each other (YAY!) and come out better for each other in the end.

Also making appearances are Chloe (who I would really, really like to learn more about her in the 3rd book, okay?), Jocelyn (whose relationship with Becca is improving but still complicated. I'm enjoying the back-and-forth between them), Cormac (who is awesome and please tell me more about him, kthanksbye),a as well as a few of the other characters from the first book.

We're introduced to Bastian, whose parents are the leaders of  the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of pure blooded Holders. I couldn't get a read on Bastian at first-probably because Becca couldn't either. But by the mid-part of the book, holy moly, do I like him. He's great. There's lots more characters we meet while at Adare (Bastian's home), but no one really of consequence, other than his brother who does become a major factor.
The group from St. Brigid's head to Adare Manor to talk to the Bhunaidh to see if they will help them locate Ciaran Shea. Shea is, of course, the key to finding Darragh and thwarting his diabolical plans. While some places of the story were a bit slow, it still maintained a nice pace leading up to each twist and turn. To tell you more would be all kinds of spoilery, so you'll just have to read it for yourself.
There were definitely a few surprises, which I rather enjoyed. I love when I am legitimately surprised in books, as it doesn't happen as often anymore. If you read it, by all means, PLEASE tweet me or leave a comment. I desperately want to talk to someone about this book.
Absolutely. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes Harry Potter, the X-Men or any other book with a bit of supernatural flair to it. I can't wait to read the next one!
Happy dance

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of this series before but it sounds really interesting. Thanks for the review.

    PS... I nominated you for a Liebster Award