I was over the moon to be asked to be apart of The Holders blog tour! I have a wonderful swoony excerpt to share with you all today, my review and some super giveaways! I hope you all enjoy! 🙂
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.
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 destiny gets in the way, and they are all in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind forever.
THE HOLDERS is a modern day fantasy about incredible powers and extraordinary people.
“Oh… My… God!”
Julianna was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent the majority of her educational career convinced she would be a musician. However, after receiving her music degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized that she’d been born in the wrong era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in zoot-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true calling might be elsewhere.
While Julianna had always excelled in writing throughout school, she’d never considered it a career possibility until about three years ago, when she’d gotten her first story idea and decided to go for it. She grabbed her laptop, started typing away, and has never looked back.
Julianna Scott Author Page: http://www.juliannascott.com
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The Holders on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13579352-the-holders
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The Holders is such an awesome start what I expect will be a fantastic new series. I love how in-depth but easy to follow the storyline is and I was easily intrigued and sucked in from the first chapter!
What I really like is the setting for the book – Ireland! I’m from Northern Ireland, so I really enjoyed it being set here especially because it doesn’t happen that often.
The writing is great and I was interested they whole way through. The world building is brilliant and I love how we got a good history of everything in the story – it really did add a lot more depth. I wished we got the Gaelic translations though – I’m still wondering what some of the little snippets meant.
There is a great selection of characters in here and *hands up* I’ll admit it, I have myself another book boy crush – the super cute Alex *swoon*! There are some fab quirky characters that float on the outskirts of the storyline, who really did amuse me throughout.
Main character Becca is a very protective older sister and for a very good reason – people would love to take her brother (Ryland) away, they say the voices in his head are anything but normal. 2 complete strangers turn up and claim to be able to help Ryland – they want to take him to a school in Ireland. Becca immediately says no but she is won round by a cute guy called, Alex, who shows her something extraordinary.
Becca accompanies Ryland to St. Brigid’s, to make sure everything is OK. But when they arrive Becca starts to learn about her heritage and where The Holders fit in. Things become more surprising as time goes on and Becca is left stunned with how things play out!
I adored the romance – it was slow, sweet, and wasn’t forced. The lead up to the ending is tense and I love how every shocking piece of information clicked into place so perfectly.
This a complex, action packed, different sort of story that I would easily recommend.
Bring on book 2!!
*Special thanks to Strange Chemistry for the review copy*