Keeper Review

Title: Keeper
Author: Kim Chance
Series: Not Available (First book in a series)
Publisher: Flux Books
Publication Date: 30 January 2018
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Pages: 408
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 05 February 2018 - 07 February 2018










Goodreads Synopsis:

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.
With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.



Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

Amy from A Magical World of Words read this book I think in November or December last year and she loved it. So as someone who trusts her tastes in everything, I decided to request a copy of this book to review! I got my copy towards the end of December. I am really interested to see how this book plays out. I am going into this completely blind. Wish me luck.

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Flux Books for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

It was abundantly clear to see that the author knew exactly what she was doing. She pulled me in right from the beginning. Her writing was consistent and it was very good. The pacing was really well done and the detail was just right in a lot of places. I really loved the dialogue between Maggie and Lainey. It might have just been my inner geek but I lived for them.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was really well done. We are drawn almost immediately into the story. The author doesn't use the entire beginning to introduce us to the characters, instead she spreads this information out really well. Whilst the story drew me in, it wasn't difficult to slip out of it. This is a double-edged sword in my opinion but I definitely think that it worked for this book. The story is super easy to get into because no matter where you stop and start again, it is easy to remember what has already happened. The ending had just the right amount of tension to leave me wanting more.

Character Thoughts:

I really liked Maggie. It was as if she spoke to me soul. Each character was different but I felt like their roles in the story is what determined the differentiation. I liked the characters but I would have liked a little more characteristic behind the secondary characters. However, despite this, I really liked this cast of characters.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I went into this blind and it actually surprised me. The writing was really good and the plot was both unique and something that pulled on popular ideas. The characters worked really well. Maggie was definitely my favourite because I could connect to her extremely well but I still enjoyed reading about the other characters. Thank you so much to Netgalley and Flux Books for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

Yours in Reading,

Melleny

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