The Holders

by Julianna Scott

Osprey Publishing | March 5, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Holders is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

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—but, they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.




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Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1908844442

ISBN - 13: 9781908844446

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great character driven novel The Holders is a familiar tale. It’s actually the second book about a boarding school for kids with special abilities I’ve read this month! But Julianna Scott manages to take a familiar concept and infuse it with enough of her own ideas and brilliant characters so that it’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement. Our journey into the world of The Holders is guided by a teenage girl named Becca. I love Becca’s narrative voice. She felt like someone I would want to be friends with. She’s quite clever, having graduated high school when she was only 15, but isn’t stuck up about it. She’s also fiercely loyal to anyone she cares about – especially her family, and this immediately earns her points in my book. And if that weren’t enough she’s brazen, courageous and speaks her mind, no matter what. She’s someone you can respect and someone that you want to cheer for. In a similar vein it’s also really easy to root for Becca’s relationship with Alex. Like Becca, Alex is an extremely likable character. If you’re tired of the “bad boy” trope than you’re going to love him! He’s so sweet and genuine. I like that they were drawn to one another right away but still had to work to be together. Their romance was never easy or obvious or without obstacle. But it was also totally swoon worthy and adorable. The further I get in writing this review, the more I realize that it was really the characters that sold this story for me. Too often in YA novels, familial realtionships are forgotten or pushed into the background. The Holders, on the other hand, is all about family dynamic. There’s how protective Becca is of her younger brother. There’s the way Mother and daughter have bonded to keep the family going. And complications over meeting an estranged father again. I loved seeing so many different focuses on familial relationships. There are a lot of other things to love about The Holders – a detailed history and Celtic element come to mind – but it was really the characters that sold this novel for me. It wouldn’t have been the same story without them. Julianna Scott takes her time revealing what’s going on and the beginning can be a bit slow. But I found this detailed beginning really fleshed out what I was getting into. I would have liked if the pacing was picked up a little, but it is the first in the series, so perhaps the second book will move along faster. Recommendation: If you prefer novels that are more fast paced and plot driven this one may not appeal to you but if you like character driven novels AND if you’re a fan of X-Men and Harry Potter and happen to have a love affair with Ireland (who doesn’t?) this book is for you. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-03-22

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The Holders

by Julianna Scott

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1908844442

ISBN - 13: 9781908844446

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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—but, they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.




From the Trade Paperback edition.