The Book: The Holders.
The Author: Julianna Scott
The Publisher: Strange Chemistry
The Pages: 368
My Rating: 4/5
17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother – from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland’s “problem” and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.
She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together information about their family’s heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for. However things are not as clear as they once were, and everyone is in for a surprise that will forever change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.
Review. This book is about a 17 year old girl named Becca. She’s always been the one looking after everyone else, being strong and protecting those she loves. So when the chance comes for her to let go of some of that control and responsibility for the possibility of her brothers safety, she’s is understandably reluctant. She eventually agrees to travel with her brother and she meets Alex and a whole world where she finally feels she belongs. She then faces realisations that change everything she’s ever known.
I read this book within three days. It is absolutely brilliant. The writing is so engaging and gripping that I struggled to put it down even for a minute. It jumps straight into the story and straight into Becca’s life and never gets dull or tedious. It’s interesting, exciting and funny from the first page till the last. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying it.
The storyline is exciting and action-packed, with magic and romance. It’s original, unique and exciting. An important factor of this book that comes through throughout the novel, the underlying theme of the entire story is the unrelenting loyalty and love the characters show for their family and friends.
The characters are so realistic and are portrayed in such an amazing way you feel everything along with them throughout the whole book. The main character Becca is in no way perfect, but that’s what makes her such a brilliant main character to travel through the story with. She’s hot-headed, fiercely loyal and not overly optimistic and goody-goody. This makes her feel so much more real. Yeah she irritated me at times but in a good way, in a way that made her more than just a character, more realistic.
Becca’s world and the world of the Holders is so unique and thrilling, it makes you wish it was real. It’s full of surprises and exciting elements such as the magic! I also love the use of Gaelic in the novel. As alot of it is set in Ireland, some of the characters occasionally speak in Gaelic. It gives a unique and, dare i say exotic, feel to the book. I know Ireland isn’t exactly exotic but the whole different language factor is definitely attractive in a novel.
Overall, this is a really really great, amazing, gripping page-turner that I would definitely recommend. 🙂