Saturday 8 February 2014

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

17457717After 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 univolved wit Darragh as they claim.

A race to uncover Ciaran's secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems t have their own agenda. Becca will have to call on every ability at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometims the aswers is more dangerous that the question. 

It’s hard for me to describe what I thought about this book. Obviously I loved it as much as the previous book, The Holders, but it was so different than the Holders.

The Seers picks up some weeks after we left The Holders. Becca, her father, Cormac and Alex are preparing to travel to Adare Manore to meet with the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of pure blooded Holders in search for answers to their many questions. But as it seems Becca and her group of friends are not the only one looking for those answers. We get to meet a lot of new people, some whom I immediately liked like Steven, some whom grew on me like Bastian and some of them I still don’t like. Generally all the aristocrats were quite irritating they were to stuck up with status and prestige and if I were Becca I would hate being around them too. At the same time we still got to see the characters from book one. Especially Alex and Chloe were still important. But from time to time we still got a glimpse of what Min and the others were doing back at the academy. I loved that, most of the time when a book has another location than in the previous book authors seem to forget that some great characters are still left behind at the old place and that readers might be curious about them.

In The Holders Becca discovered her abilities as a Holder and she was getting used to moving from the US to Ireland. She was busy with making new friends and falling in love.
Becca returns in full-force with her stubborn and protective nature and her sarcastic humor. All these elements made her lovely and at the same time realistically flawed. Not to forget she’s still brave, sure she acts before she thinks sometimes but we all do that sometimes and that’s what made her so realistic and great. It was also great to see that her relationship with her father developed further and that they finally got to know each other again. And we got to know why he abandoned Becca’s family all those years ago.

Like in the first book there were enough plot twist to keep the book interesting and at the end we got the action. I can’t wait to read till the third book comes out after what happened at the end of the book. Everything can happen and I’m curious how it will turn out. The Seers was everything I expected from it after reading The Holders. A must read for everyone who loves YA fantasy books. 

Open interantional
Prize: A signed copy of both The Holders and The Seers, series swag (bookmark, character booklet, etc), a crystal ball necklace, and a custom-made Celtic gown inspired by Becca's gala dress!

Author bio
Julianna wos born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent the majority of her educational career conviced she would be a musician. However, after receiving her music degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized she'd been born in the worn era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in zood-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true calling might be elsewhere.

While Julianna had always exelled at 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. 

Title: The Seers
Author: Julianna Scott
Series: Holders 
Genre: fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Strange Chemistry 
Publication date: February 4th 2014
Pages: 384 (paperback) 
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