I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have started too many reviews with this phrase “_____ is just an ordinary girl.”, but I am happy to announce that this time that phrase doesn’t describe the heroine at all. In some ways Becca is just ordinary. she feels all of the same things that a normal 18-year-old woman would feel, but in more ways than not, Becca is extraordinary. I’m not even talking about the fact that she is a member of a magical race called the Holders. No, Becca is revealed to be extraordinary long before we find out she has magic abilities. What makes Becca such a great character is who she is not what she can do. She is fiercely loyal to and protective of her little brother Ryland, and at the beginning of the book, it is her need to protect and care for him that defines her. As the story progresses and Ryland no longer needs her to constantly fight for him, she has to figure out how to live her own life.
Ryland hears voices and everyone except Becca believes that he is very sick because of this. When the father who abandoned them seven years ago sends for Ryland to come live with him at the special institution he runs, Becca is dead set against it. When Alex (I’ll tell you more about him later) confirms what she has always believed, that Ryland is sane and the voices are real, he is able to convince her to let him go. But Becca will only allow it on the condition that she gets to go with her brother and help him settle in. This is when Becca is no longer defined as her brothers protector and her character really starts to develop.
I really liked how all of the major decisions were not made for Becca. In a lot of supernatural novels, everything is already set in place and the hero/heroine just has to deal with it, but Becca was responsible for her own story. She went to Ireland because she refused to allow her brother to go without her and she chose to stay because she truly enjoyed it there. She and Alex do share a supernatural bond, but her feelings for him come from a place of sincerity. She picks Alex before she finds out about the bond they share, and that is just the way it should always be. 🙂
The abilities that the Holders have are very fascinating. They are all variations of powers that we have all heard of before, but the author brought a freshness to them. Most Holders only have one ability and the strengths of their abilities vary. It’s the limitations that the author places on what each Holder is capable of that kept me interested.
The romance between Alex and Becca was adorable! They were so sweet and tender with one another. I am a hard one to please when it comes to romance lately. I’ve read so many, and it is just difficult to pull those emotions out of me. I was afraid that I had become immune to cute! But this relationship gave me all of the feelings that I look for in a romance.
Unless a book is very sad, I rarely tear up while reading, and I was very pleasantly surprised that this book was able to bring a few tears to my eyes. There was a moment between Becca and her dad at the end, that was so touching I couldn’t help but get misty eyed. Becca spends so much of this novel guarding her feelings from him. He hurt her so badly when he left her all those years ago. I myself and am a daddy’s girl and you don’t get to be one of those without knowing that your father will always be there for you if he can. So Becca has spent the last seven years baffled as to why the father who seemed to love her so much left her. This is a very complicated and beautifully written relationship, and her father better have a darn good explanation for why he left because her pain broke my heart.
The Holders is a very imaginative, emotional, and entertaining read. I already have the next book The Seers downloaded in my Kindle, but I am going to have to take a break before I read it because this book wiped me out. I highly recommend this to fans of romance, magic, drama, and a little mystery.
Because of mild language and violence, I would recommend this book to ages 12 and up.