The Seers by Julianna Scott
Book #2 in the Holders series
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: February 4th 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Strange Chemistry
Christal’s Review – 4 Skulls – B+
The Holders is such a fun series! It has somewhat of an “X-Men” vibe, but uses the Irish cultural and aristocracy to elevate the story and make it unique. I think these books MUST be read in order; no skipping around here. The end of The Holders left some questions unanswered, but with a definite lead, and The Seers picks up right where it left off.
Becca , Alex, Jocelyn, and Cormac are searching for a man named Ciaran. They found out he was involved with Darragh’s schemes in the previous book and think he might be hiding among the Holder elite, the Bhunaidh. They travel to Adare Castle to try to track him down and find that there are many more people involved in Darragh’s plot than they thought.
I really love Becca; I think she is a terrific character. Now that she is together with Alex, they make a perfect team. I loved seeing them grown closer in The Seers, but it was also nice to see them having some realistic relationship growing pains as well. They are very sweet together and their exploration of “the sex” was handled realistically. The romance in this book is really just a side point though. It’s all about Power here, and definitely focused on those who have it. I thought that Ms. Scott did a very good job balancing Becca’s growing powers without making her seem too powerful.
As for the side characters, it’s always nice to learn more about Jocelyn and his involvement with Becca’s mother. I think each book will peel more layers back and give Becca the chance to understand why her father made the choices he did. The new characters of Bastian and Steven were interesting. I wasn’t sure what to make of them at first, but I ended up liking them both immensely. I also love the character of Chloe; she’s just so sweet and optimistic. She lives in this little happy bubble and makes the world a little brighter for everyone around her. She has a tough time in this book and I’m worried about how well she will pull through, but I think that Chloe has strengths we have yet to see.
Though this book ended on a bit of a sad note, I am interested to see where the next book takes up. I think we will have more face-to-face interactions with Darragh and I’m thinking we’ll get to find out just how powerful Becca and Jocelyn really are. I highly recommend The Seers to anyone looking for a good YA read. Start with The Holders though; this is a series you definitely won’t be disappointed in!
Thank you to Netgalley and Strange Chemistry for providing an ARC copy of this book!
Series Reading Order:
1. The Holders
2. The Seers
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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