The Seers (Holders #2)
After 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 uninvolved with Darragh as they claim. A race to uncover Ciaran’s secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems to have their own agenda. Becca will have to call on every ability at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometimes the answer is more dangerous than the question.

The Seers (Holders #2) Details

TitleThe Seers (Holders #2)
Author
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2014
PublisherStrange Chemistry
ISBN-139781908844460
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Magic, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

The Seers (Holders #2) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    After finishing this sequel to The Holders , I still maintain that this is a massively underrated series. It has a Harry Potter meets X-men vibe but will specifically appeal to teen girls/young women the most. The story itself is not entirely unfamiliar but Scott puts her own unique spin on paranormal boarding schools, superpowers and teen romance. It's fast-paced, funny, a little creepy at times, but certainly always entertaining and addictive. For the first time in what feels like forever, I After finishing this sequel to The Holders , I still maintain that this is a massively underrated series. It has a Harry Potter meets X-men vibe but will specifically appeal to teen girls/young women the most. The story itself is not entirely unfamiliar but Scott puts her own unique spin on paranormal boarding schools, superpowers and teen romance. It's fast-paced, funny, a little creepy at times, but certainly always entertaining and addictive. For the first time in what feels like forever, I find myself wanting a YA paranormal series to never end. Becca returns in full-force with her sarcastic humour making the narrative sparkle on each page. In short: I like her. But I need to say more than that too. She's realistically flawed, brave without being ridiculously so, willing to fight for the ones she cares about and a perfect balance of heroine and insecure teenage girl. I have one main criticism of this series and that's that no other female character is anywhere near as developed as she is. Chloe (Becca's friend) is inoffensive but pales in comparison next to the depth of Becca's personality - something that I hope will sort itself out in the next book. And the new character of Shannon is also entirely one-dimensional. I appreciate that the rules of the magic in this book make the main players male but I'd ideally like to see more from other female characters in future.In this sequel, the story picks up not long after we left off. I'll try my best to avoid spoilers for the first book as much as possible. The last book left us with one clue as to how Becca could defeat the power-crazy Darragh and save not only Holders but possibly the whole of humanity... Ciaran Shea. But how and if he will help still remains a mystery as Becca, Jocelyn, Alex and Cormac take a trip to Adare Manor and find themselves amid the bitchiness and pomposity of Holder aristocracy. However, Ciaran won't be easy to find and Adare Manor appears to hold some dark secrets of its own - it seems that Becca and Jocelyn might not be the only ones interested in the information they seek. The main question becomes who to trust in this race for the truth. Sound exciting? It is!Though, perhaps what I love most about all of this is Alex. As far as YA paranormal love interests go, he easily has to be one of the best. I mean... he blushes. He's sweet and considerate but doesn't treat Becca like a baby. The two of them support one another and - apart from a couple of mild instances to keep the tension going - they are refreshingly free from drama. Plus, I like the maturity of their relationship and the way the sexual side is handled in this book. Scott doesn't attempt to pretend teen hormones don't exist and introduces that side of their relationship gradually but realistically. They're easy to root for and easy to love because this book isn't primarily about romance and its dramatics. Love is present constantly in the background, but there are more pressing issues to deal with and the author never loses sight of this. The ending of this book is shocking and sad but leaves a little room for hope too. I honestly don't know how certain issues are going to be resolved or if they even will be. Ms Scott is just a little bit evil - you never know what kind of hell she'll be willing to put you through. But I can't wait to find out.
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  • Julianna Scott
    January 1, 1970
    For anyone itching to get a taste of THE SEERS, I thought I'd let you in on a few of the images that helped me envision the story and the places and items in it. I hope you enjoy!First off, we have Adare Manor, an actual castle estate where a good portion of the story takes place. From the outside......and the inside.The main entry lobby.The Gallery, where the formal gala is held.Guestroom parlor of Jocelyn's room.Collage of the manor and grounds.In the story......there will be fancy clothes.... For anyone itching to get a taste of THE SEERS, I thought I'd let you in on a few of the images that helped me envision the story and the places and items in it. I hope you enjoy!First off, we have Adare Manor, an actual castle estate where a good portion of the story takes place. From the outside......and the inside.The main entry lobby.The Gallery, where the formal gala is held.Guestroom parlor of Jocelyn's room.Collage of the manor and grounds.In the story......there will be fancy clothes......a cemetery with secrets......a seer stone with a clue......and a ring that tells a lie.We will meet new Holders with new abilities......and old abilities will begin to grow.That's all for now [can't give too much away just yet ;-)] but if you'd like a bit more, you can check out my Pintrest board of inspirations for the story here: http://www.pinterest.com/juliannalsco... or visit The Holders Series website here: http://www.theholdersseries.com/Home_...XO!~JS
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  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    January 1, 1970
    ► I'm not a stalker. No, no, really, I'm not. Yet I'll stalk Julianna Scott's blog for sure to know when the next book will come out. Yes, it's that good. Why, I think I can safely say that I'm pretty obsessed with this (underread!) series right now. I'm shamelessly in love with Alex, because he is a wonderful male lead. Period. Okay, want to know more? What can I say, the guy blushes, is loyal and trusting but oh so humanly insecure sometimes, he cares deeply about his friends and his love for ► I'm not a stalker. No, no, really, I'm not. Yet I'll stalk Julianna Scott's blog for sure to know when the next book will come out. Yes, it's that good. Why, I think I can safely say that I'm pretty obsessed with this (underread!) series right now. ➊ I'm shamelessly in love with Alex, because he is a wonderful male lead. Period. Okay, want to know more? What can I say, the guy blushes, is loyal and trusting but oh so humanly insecure sometimes, he cares deeply about his friends and his love for Becca is maybe one of the most adorable thing I've had the opportunity to see. I must admit that at this point I wasn't far from the obsession : the tiniest gesture or conversation made me smile so big, I probably looked like a moron, but oh well : he made my heart beat faster and to be frank, it's quite rare. In a word, here's a male lead like I would want to find more often in my YA books as he represents a refreshing change from the asshole/controlling guys we often find in PNR. I mean, I do like a snarky evil from now and then, but I'm not immune to this kind of charming love interest, even more because he does manage to make me laugh, in his quiet and non show-off kind of way. ➋ Becca isn't flawless, yet it made her very relatable and believable : she's meaning to do whatever it takes to help and protect those she loves, but sometimes it's just too hard, you know? She's no hero, but a regular girl who happens to have powers and for that I'm grateful. I loved to see her discovering her abilities little by little, overwhelmed but eager to do the best she can. Moreover, she can't stand bullies and doesn't hesitate to stand for people who don't get a say in the matter and I must confess that I was grinning hard each time she would have told someone to get lost. My only complaint would be that sometimes Becca comes as a little TSTL - not too bad, otherwise I would not have enjoyed the book, but she did trust a little too easily for my taste at some point, and perhaps she should keep her temper in check sometimes... I mean, YOU STUPID! But then, she is believably flawed, that's why I could overtake it, because I have no idea how I would have reacted in her place... Easier said than done, huh? ➌ Moreover, the development of Becca and Alex's relationship was great and really well-handled in my opinion. Indeed after book 1 we could have feared that unnecessary drama or overcheesery (I know, it's not a word) was coming but fortunately, it never happened. I love them together. ➍ Trust issues and complots. Remember how I found The Holders predictable? Nothing like that in The Seers, where the story kept me captivated and managed to surprise me along the way : the characters have no idea who they can trust, and as the witnesses of this masquerade, we don't either. Truth be told, it's maybe one of my favorite kind of plot, so I was really pleased by all the developments this sequel offers us. Not to mention that I found the atmosphere a little darker and even creepy at some occasions : it is very promising for the future of the series, isn't it?➎ Concerning the secondary characters, we get to meet several interesting new ones, but shhhh - I can't say more otherwise I would spoil all the fun for you and we wouldn't want that now would we? However, and on this I second what Emily said in her review, I would have wanted to see other female characters grow in importance. While Chloe stays nice but dismissed still too often (though it might change in the future), I didn't like the addition of Shannon, since she was one dimensional and well, our stereotypical bitch : this kind of character never fail to annoy me because they don't ring true, especially when the "hate" is instantaneous. However, I did appreciate that the drama didn't involve Alex - Yeah, I *might* be a little overprotective of the guy. Meet him and you will understand, trust me. ➏ As in the first book, the writing is addictive and I find myself wanting to know more and more... Now I have a millions questions and FOR PETE SAKE WHEN WILL I KNOOOW?? TELL MEEEEEEE!!! ► In a word, if you love YA PNR, I don't see why you couldn't love these books. That's true, there is romance and the plot is predictable at some points, especially in the first book, but isn't always more or less the case in that genre? What I can say is what you won't find : you won't find an asshole as a hero, you won't find an annoying heroine who spends her time melting on the floor because of the asshole mentioned above, and you won't find boredom for sure. What are you waiting for?For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    January 1, 1970
    "...For a long time it was enough-more than enough. More than I ever thought I'd have." He paused again, swallowing twice before continuing. "But then I met you. And feeling the way I do about you...having what we have...if you were to..." He tried again. "If..." He took a deep breath. "All that other stuff, it isn't enough anymore. I couldn't go back." Awww...this series is just too cute. No, really, it's way too cute for it's own good. Where this one excelled in character growth and adorable "...For a long time it was enough-more than enough. More than I ever thought I'd have." He paused again, swallowing twice before continuing. "But then I met you. And feeling the way I do about you...having what we have...if you were to..." He tried again. "If..." He took a deep breath. "All that other stuff, it isn't enough anymore. I couldn't go back." Awww...this series is just too cute. No, really, it's way too cute for it's own good. Where this one excelled in character growth and adorable situations involving my absolute favorite character, Alex, it also lacked the drive with which I wish it would go. It has so much potential, and I really did start to see it break through those barriers here, but it never takes that leap, you know? I crave the intensity that this series lacks...but I still find myself soaking in all the perfection that is the characters (or rather-Alex and and Bastian)."For the record," I glared. "I'm not like the other girls you know; I will throw a book at you.""And I'm not like the other guys you know," he smiled, glancing up. "I'll throw it back."-Bastian lolI think my largest problem, in part, is that I read some pretty intense YA (I mean, as intense and gritty as YA can get) and I just expect that out of all of my YA books-which is wrong anyway. I just love an intense build up and the execution that follows-nothing is more gratifying than a high-powered finale. And this book does that-it builds up beautifully...but then the fights are all like wah wah... See the contradiction, for me, here? This big scary thing is looming...but there's no follow through. Aside from the writing, which is my only other problem with the series, as I mentioned in book one, this is my largest gripe with the stories.I scowled at the floor as we stepped off the last stair and into an empty hallway. "I don't know, maybe...""What did you want him to do? Sneak off to some secret lair with a sign on the door: 'Bad Guys Only, Mwa-ha-ha'?" -Alex and Becca spying (I don't know why I found this so humorous)But, what I like most about these stories is the general happy tone on each and every page and the fact that it's all actually pretty good. I mean, I hardly have any issues with the story, aside from a lack of build up and cheesy writing-that's all in all a pretty good book these days, which is sad to say. Anyways, my point is that these books just make you feel good, and I don't think we get enough feel good books these days-there's too much drama riddled with angst, deception, lies...it's nice to read a book about good, pure characters who fall in love and would do anything for one another. So refreshing. But I do love my angst, deception, and lies....lol The people who love us most can always find a way to make us smile, even if we are dead set against it-a fact that was often as annoying as it was comforting.And my least favorite thing from book one was taken care of pretty well in this installment. As in, it was almost non-existent. Alex and Becca's love felt authentic and unforced (again, refer to review one-I didn't dislike their romance and it wasn't forced, but, anyway, look back to it if you don't understand my rambling) and completely natural. And with that natural little romance came natural little jealousies and insecurities...awwww my little Alex!The question should never be "do you fight," but "can you fight," because fights happen, that's just the way it is. What's important is how you handle it. The strongest couples aren't the ones who avoid fighting, but the ones who do fight and are able to grow from it, and come out on the other side with something better than they had before.This is where my love for book two really won out-I like seeing these little quirks in a relationship (but mostly on the boy side-shut up) and I was worried from the first book that this wasn't possible. Sorry, I just don't like reading happy-go-lucky and I always have a perfect relationship books-can you say boring?? (We women are a fickle breed, aren't we?). So anyway...my favorite thing about this story was Alex's love and devotion to Becca. He was sweet, kind, understanding, and he was always there for her-forever a support system when she doubts herself. I don't think I would have found half the enjoyment I did if it wasn't for my adorable, tortured Alex. He was so sweet beyond words in this one.We all want to stand up for ourselves when the hateful people of the world put us down, unfortunately most of us rarely do. We'll defend others to the grave, but when we are the ones attacked, most of our snarky comebacks and witty retorts go unsaid to everyone but our own bedroom mirrors.And Bastian! I was ecstatic about this addition to the story. I can't say much, but his cavalier and I'm better than you attitude cracked me up beyond words and I was never without entertainment when he was on the scene. I had a perpetual smile every time he was around and I couldn't help but be addicted to him as a side character. Especially when he and Alex were there together :P. Happy happy me. So, all in all this was a wonderful story that overcame a lot of faults from the first story. And, might I say, it is totally underrated. No, it's not perfect and yes it screams a tiny bit juvenile from time to time....but it's eons better than some of the drivel making a ton of money out there. It's so odd to me how some books make no waves whatsoever, yet they are a million times better than some of the highly anticipated and hyped books out there. It's just so weird! Where these books lack in hype and street cred, they shine with heart and substance. I only hope that people start seeing how amazing this understated series is, and begin to let it worm it's way into their hearts. It certainly did, mine. For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Vera
    January 1, 1970
    Review posted 12/18/13 Finally! I couldn't wait to get my hand on this book after The Holders. Reading this book makes me want to go to Ireland and stay here!Just like The Holders which is the first book in this series, this has the X-Men meets Harry Potter feel which I love. Aside from that, it’s funny, poignant and fast-paced and leaving you wanting for more.Becca is mature and yet can be stubborn at times. She gives her father headaches as of course, any normal teenager would. I can relate t Review posted 12/18/13 Finally! I couldn't wait to get my hand on this book after The Holders. Reading this book makes me want to go to Ireland and stay here!Just like The Holders which is the first book in this series, this has the X-Men meets Harry Potter feel which I love. Aside from that, it’s funny, poignant and fast-paced and leaving you wanting for more.Becca is mature and yet can be stubborn at times. She gives her father headaches as of course, any normal teenager would. I can relate to her in a sense that she’s protective of her family or of the people she loves and she fights for what’s right. Just like her, I do know what happens when you fight for the ones you love and tend to fight for underdogs too - you get in trouble!!! I love the banter between Becca and Bastian. Bastian is just cool and can dish it out to her good. Becca and Alex’s relationship was eloquently written too, most especially the bond that they shared. I also love love and I mean love the way Alex’s character was written. He’s so not your typical book boyfriend he’s not commitment phobe, nor full of angst, mad-at-the-world boy.He’s so definitely not a Neanderthal either, you know, Alpha-Males-Me-Love-Jane book BFs, which makes his character different and more lovable.Don’t get me wrong, I love my alpha-males book boyfriend, but that can get old at times. He’s character seems very relatable and normal. He’s also mature and lets Becca be Becca, he just supports her and he fairly lets her do whatever she wants. He seems so cool, calm and collected and she grounds Becca. But make no mistake, he’s definitely not, and I repeat, not a push-over. I also love how Becca felt when he staked his claim – Becca is his… After all they’re Anams, they shared that unbreakable bond… Though Alex does have some issues of his own, I love how he tackles each situation maturely, (well almost…) as much as he can.I wished (view spoiler)[ that there was more of Rid and Anderson. I love their normal fighting banter. (hide spoiler)]My heart ached for the other characters: (view spoiler)[ Bastian, Chloe and Steven…but I do hope that they’ll find their own HEA in the next book… (hide spoiler)]I think the book’s ending was satisfying. Though it leaves you wanting for more it does not end in a cliff hanger. I can’t wait for the next book for sure!!!
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  • Whitley Birks
    January 1, 1970
    I can't. I'm sorry, I just can't. I can't finish a book where the main character is actively pissing me off on every single page. Every time Becca turned around, I was either rolling my eyes or wishing I could throttle her. I only made it about a third of the way through, so take the rest of the review with the caveat that I could have been proven completely wrong by the end of it. Also, the lack of a star rating is intentional. (It's a lack, so as not to count towards the average. I only rate D I can't. I'm sorry, I just can't. I can't finish a book where the main character is actively pissing me off on every single page. Every time Becca turned around, I was either rolling my eyes or wishing I could throttle her. I only made it about a third of the way through, so take the rest of the review with the caveat that I could have been proven completely wrong by the end of it. Also, the lack of a star rating is intentional. (It's a lack, so as not to count towards the average. I only rate DNFs if I get half way or more.)On to the book. The subtitle of this thing should "rich people are mean fart-faces but I'm not mean for saying that." I simply could not stand how judgmental and spiteful Becca was.So much of this book depended on me agreeing with the book that being rich is evil, and I simply couldn't do it. Look, I get it. I get the outrage at the wealthy. I get hating on snobbery and self-righteousness. And even though I don't agree with it, I at least understand hating people who have when you have-not. What I will never go along with is the kind of narrative short-hand applied to acceptable targets which results in books going "lolololololol, all I have to do is say they're rich without actually bothering to show any of the negative personality traits that people hate." Because that's what this book did. It showed a bunch of people merely existing in nicer clothes than Becca, while she called them every name in the book for it. "Uhg, she has clothes and they're nice clothes. That bitch!" She called everyone who came within spitting distance a snob, all while exhibiting more stand-offish, aloof, spiteful behavior than any of the so-called "villains" ever did. She decided to hate people on sight for no reason, again and again, going so far as to spend a whole fucking page talking about how she was sooooooo justified in hating one girl all because...she...had evil eyes. And this could have worked (it wouldn't have been for me, but still) if only these other people had done anything. But they didn't! They were silent set dressing, never getting speaking lines.And then there was the "be nice to your help" bit which was accidentally obscenely insulting. I would rather have my employer say "not now" with a hand-wave than have to deal with some little teenaged brat that assumes I'm spineless, meek, and cowering, in need of protection from the big, bad, meanies. Please, books everywhere, do not try and "defend" the service industry by portraying them as doormats who need to be rescued. If you can't figure out why that's insulting, step back from they keyboard until you can. (And in a hotel that fancy, you'd only get the tippity-top of competent, badass employees anyway. Because that's how economics works.)And of course, we've got Bastion and Steven, the oh-so-mysterious twins. Becca, she of the "I hate everyone for judging me" fame, decides right from the word go that Steven must be a sweetie because he's got a stutter and likes books. She assumes from the first minute that he must be so much better than all these other fart-faces based on...a few moments of small talk. So she reveals her secret mission to them. I swear, if there is any justice in this world, the only appropriate end for that plot line is "Steven totally told his parents, because stuttering doesn't make you nice anymore than it makes you stupid and actually he was an evil mastermind."Bastion was a different issue. While I grant that she had an interesting reason to be all up in arms over that guy, he never actually did anything mean. She flings every hateful description she can think of at this guy, but...eh, he was a little disinterested, that's not the same thing as being "stuck-up." And he didn't get mean until she was verbally attacking him.It's a shame, because the plot of the book had potential to be quite interesting, and I really did want to know where it went. But I could not get over Becca as a narrator. I wanted to lock her in a closet and tell her she couldn't come out until she stopped throwing a hissy fit.A galley copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Sorry I couldn't recommend it.
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    What do you read next if you are a teenage girl who was obsessed with Harry Potter when you were younger?Answer= This seriesThe Holders is a really enjoyable YA series that brings to mind both Harry Potter and X-Men in the best possible way. It is close to being too derivative but manages to surprise me with its originality at the same time. I actually think it is a series that is often overlooked- maybe the teenage girl geek market is a small one? Still, it is romantic enough to appeal to Twili What do you read next if you are a teenage girl who was obsessed with Harry Potter when you were younger?Answer= This seriesThe Holders is a really enjoyable YA series that brings to mind both Harry Potter and X-Men in the best possible way. It is close to being too derivative but manages to surprise me with its originality at the same time. I actually think it is a series that is often overlooked- maybe the teenage girl geek market is a small one? Still, it is romantic enough to appeal to Twilight fans while also being Sci-Fi-y enough to appeal to more logic-minded teens. Okay, enough of my selling the series! "The Seers" took off right where The Holders ended. It has actually been over a year since I had read the first in the series so it took me a little while to reorient myself. However, once I got going (about 10% in or so), I had a hard time putting it down. It was a really nice mix of romance (true love, mating-bond style) and action. Some of the fighting scenes were intense and kept me on the edge of my seat. I also loved the breadth of Becca's powers. I enjoyed seeing her in action and learning more and more about the extent of her abilities. My only complaint is that sometimes Becca was a bit TSTL. I thought she trusted a bit too easily and sometimes made rash, not well thought out decisions. However, I enjoyed the book so much as a whole that I couldn't really even muster up a modicum distain for Becca. Can't wait for the next one to come out. **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAlso reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesThis is a cute series that I'm glad I've been able to keep up with. I'm not claiming that it's mind-blowing, but the plot bounces along a t a nice pace.This book opens with Becca getting ready to go to some sort of a snooty gala held by Holder purists. This group would love to add her father to their ranks, so they've been given an invite to the event. However, the only reason that they've agreed to attend is to be able to talk to a Seer who may know s 3.5 starsAlso reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesThis is a cute series that I'm glad I've been able to keep up with. I'm not claiming that it's mind-blowing, but the plot bounces along a t a nice pace.This book opens with Becca getting ready to go to some sort of a snooty gala held by Holder purists. This group would love to add her father to their ranks, so they've been given an invite to the event. However, the only reason that they've agreed to attend is to be able to talk to a Seer who may know something about Darragh. It's too dangerous for anyone to find out about who and what Becca actually is, so she'll have to pretend to be a low-level mind reader while they are there. And since her bond with Alex would also give her away, they will have to mask it, and pretend to be nothing more than colleagues.I usually don't like 'love triangles', but Scott did a good job with this one. It's not really a love triangle (for several spoilery reasons), but it appears that way to everyone else...including Alex. Of course, this adds a level of drama that Becca is blissfully unaware of, and gives the plot a little extra sumpin' sumpin'.Be warned:There was some high schoolish drama with a mean girl that I thought was kind of stupid and unnecessary. There's a kind of dance-off at the end... Really.And I really wish the chemistry between Alex and Becca didn't feel so blah. Alex just seems pretty dull. But then again, it's not like Becca is a wild-child.So.Normally, those things are deal-breakers for me, but in this book it felt more like a minor annoyance.It started out a bit slow, but once the story got rolling, it was hard for me to put it down. The addition of the new characters was good for the overall story, and I'm hoping to see them in the next book.Thanks to NetGalley for a digital arc in return for an honest review.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 rating. Hmm where to start. This book was hard to rate cause there was lots that I loved but there was just one thing that nagged at me while reading and that was Becca when she was trying to prove she was right. It's not a big thing but to me it just showed how young she could be and really frustrated me at times. If the whole book was her with Alex I would have loved her throughout cause them together is amazing. I mean seriously Alex is just totally swoon haha. I also missed the element o 4.5 rating. Hmm where to start. This book was hard to rate cause there was lots that I loved but there was just one thing that nagged at me while reading and that was Becca when she was trying to prove she was right. It's not a big thing but to me it just showed how young she could be and really frustrated me at times. If the whole book was her with Alex I would have loved her throughout cause them together is amazing. I mean seriously Alex is just totally swoon haha. I also missed the element of them being at the school and her relationship with Ryland. I loved her protective nature in the first book and was sad not to see that in this one. I did like the addition of new characters though. Gotta love Bastian and Steven. The last 10% of the book was just awesome. I started reading faster cause I wanted to know what was going to happen. Of course with there being so little left in the book I was getting nervous about fitting everything in before it ended. And I'm glad to say while there is some unresolved stuff the book does not end in a cliffhanger. It gives you just enough to make you want to come back for more which is my favorite kind of ending of a book in the middle of a series. Oh and yes I do love that the bitch is named Shannon ;).
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  • Jenni (thebookbonnet)
    January 1, 1970
    I really can't wait for this one! I just hope I haven't built it up too much in my mind like I usually do. I've been on a bad streak with sequels, here's hoping the streak burns out before I get this one!*please be awesome, please be awesome, please be awesome* >_<
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ANGRY ROBOT Ltd and Netgalley.)This is book 2 in the ‘Holders’ series.**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 – ‘The Holders’.**Becca and co are off to France to attend a meeting of pure-blood Holders, hoping to be able to talk to an important man – a seer who may have been involved with Darragh.Unfortunately though he turns out to be a very difficult man to catch.Can the seer help them? And ho (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to ANGRY ROBOT Ltd and Netgalley.)This is book 2 in the ‘Holders’ series.**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 – ‘The Holders’.**Becca and co are off to France to attend a meeting of pure-blood Holders, hoping to be able to talk to an important man – a seer who may have been involved with Darragh.Unfortunately though he turns out to be a very difficult man to catch.Can the seer help them? And how will Becca manage among so many Holders?This book was okay, but I just found myself getting bored. (Sorry Julianna).Becca was once again fairly headstrong in this book, although she also acted pretty rashly at points. Confiding in people who may be your enemy is not the best of ideas.The storyline in this was okay, and it started off pretty well, the pace really let it down for me though. As the story went on I felt like it was just dragging. All anybody ever seemed to do was talk, and I just wanted the story to move on! There was also quite a lot of information in this one again, which once again this slowed the story down.The romance in this one was good, and was definitely the best part of the book for me. I really liked Alex, and the spark between the pair was undeniable. I was really shocked at something that Becca did at one point during the book though, and thought that she didn’t really think before acting. I also wasn’t impressed that she didn’t even acknowledge why Alex felt jealous!The ending to this was okay, but we were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger, and by the end I had really lost interest to be honest. I just wanted people to stop talking and start doing.Overall; Sorry Julianna, but this was just not my cup of tea.4.5 out of 10.
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  • ★MC's Corner★
    January 1, 1970
    This is so good! I enjoyed reading it so much! The action, drama, romance... I love it!Can’t wait for the next book! Amazing! I want to know what will happen next!MORE The Holders please!*MC’s CORNER*• The excitement starts with Becca & Alex’s handshake. *giggle*• Next…Bitch in the town bitches!!! *ghetto me*• So apparently Becca has new discovery with her power. IT WAS SOOOOO COOL!• Then let’s welcome new characters!!! They’re twins! And… (just read it! GOSH!)• SPOILER: Chloe found her Ana This is so good! I enjoyed reading it so much! The action, drama, romance... I love it!Can’t wait for the next book! Amazing! I want to know what will happen next!MORE The Holders please!*MC’s CORNER*• The excitement starts with Becca & Alex’s handshake. *giggle*• Next…Bitch in the town bitches!!! *ghetto me*• So apparently Becca has new discovery with her power. IT WAS SOOOOO COOL!• Then let’s welcome new characters!!! They’re twins! And… (just read it! GOSH!)• SPOILER: Chloe found her Anam. And she fainted. #awkward• Some part Becca is so irritating! Nakakainis lang. *annoyed*• Oh Gosh! I’m so crushing on Bastian! His “secret” is jaw dropping!!! OhMyGod!Ehem.. dear Ms. Scott. Bastian’s novella please.Thank You• I love “The dance” part… and everything after that. It’s perfect!• The only I don’t like is the part when Becca cut her hair! What have you done? ARC provided by Strange Chemistry & NetGalley in exchange of honest review. Thank [email protected]
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Just... wow.It will be really difficult for me to do a proper review with out spoiling anything, so this may be rather short, but if you take nothing else from my rambles, take this: read this book. Even if you didn't much care for The Holders.Sounds odd I know, but it seems that most of the people who weren't crazy about The Holders felt that way because of the predictability of the plot. I can not fault them that, as I agree, the story itself was very predictable, but for me it didn't hin Wow. Just... wow.It will be really difficult for me to do a proper review with out spoiling anything, so this may be rather short, but if you take nothing else from my rambles, take this: read this book. Even if you didn't much care for The Holders.Sounds odd I know, but it seems that most of the people who weren't crazy about The Holders felt that way because of the predictability of the plot. I can not fault them that, as I agree, the story itself was very predictable, but for me it didn't hinder my enjoyment. The Seers however, TOTALLY DIFFERENT. There wasn't a thing in this book that I saw coming, and there was so much going on that I was surprised how quickly I got through it.I would love to talk story, but as I said, I'm not confident I won't spoil something, and since I don't believe in using spoiler tags in a review before publication, I will finish of my review with a list.What I loved:Becca (Loved her before, love her even more now. Her growth was amazing to watch, but through it all, she stayed true to herself and those she loves.)Alex (*swoon* He is so adorable and sweet, I want to lock him in my pocket! If you finish this book without wanting date him, something is wrong.)Becca/Alex Relationship (It grows in The Seers, but still remains realistic, sweet, and free of the typical YA romance tropes like drama and love triangles. They are cemented in my top 10 YA lit couples ever.)Bastian (New character, loved everything about him as well as what he added to the dynamic overall.)Steven (Another new character, and he has a disability. I know, right?!)Setting (Most of the book is set in a refreshed castle/hotel that I have come to learn is a real place, and it has now made my bucket list.)The Becca/Jocelyn Relationship (I love where they went in this story.)The Ability Usage (A lot of the characters, Becca particularly, use their abilities much more than in the previous book, and it was really fun to see. I also enjoyed the new abilities introduced in The Seers and can't wait to see where they go in the future.)The Story (It never stopped, was incredibly intricate, but never felt heavy or confusing.)I short, there wasn't much about this book that I didn't love, and kudos to Ms. Scott for upping her game in such a fantastic way! Can't wait to see what happens next!
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  • Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
    January 1, 1970
    Since I finished The Holders I have been desperate to read the follow up so when I got the chance to read The Seers I literally jumped at the chance. I said in my review of The Holders that 'This is a world I can become involved with, and these are characters that are already dear to my heart.' And I truly meant it, it may have been a while since I stepped into Becca's world, but Scott has written it so well that the time isn't a problem.One of things I enjoyed about this book is Becca and Alex' Since I finished The Holders I have been desperate to read the follow up so when I got the chance to read The Seers I literally jumped at the chance. I said in my review of The Holders that 'This is a world I can become involved with, and these are characters that are already dear to my heart.' And I truly meant it, it may have been a while since I stepped into Becca's world, but Scott has written it so well that the time isn't a problem.One of things I enjoyed about this book is Becca and Alex's relationship. It doesnt follow the same pattern that most young adult books follow. By that I mean, they don't fall in love then break up over a misunderstanding. Yes they fall in love, and yes there is a misunderstanding on both parts but they deal with it. They don't act like children and run off crying to their friends that this thing happened when really it was nothing. They accept there was an issue and they both step up and take blame for their own part in this and if anything they come out stronger.Scott also handles the sexual side of their relationship beautifully. Here we have to people who are in love. They are Anams (soul mates), by the very definition they are bound to each other for the rest of their lives. It would be unrealistic to ignore that they have growing feelings and would want to take their relationship to the next level. Scott embraces that but still stays true to the young adult genre. While Becca and Alex talk about it, and plan for it, it never really happens. Then when it does happen we are not met by a full on sexual encounter, in fact what we get is something much more special.
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    When does the book come out?! I can't wait any longer!
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Note: This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca).Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Angry Robot for providing me with a complimentary Kindle e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.My Review: I reviewed "The Holders", the first book in this new YA supernatural series, back in February 2013. It was a strong start to a brand new series so I was eager to be given the chance to review thi Note: This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca).Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Angry Robot for providing me with a complimentary Kindle e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.My Review: I reviewed "The Holders", the first book in this new YA supernatural series, back in February 2013. It was a strong start to a brand new series so I was eager to be given the chance to review this second installment in the series. I'm happy to report that The Seers is even better than The Holders.Becca remains a good, solid main character. She's still strong, sassy and a bit bad ass-y. But even though we witness her insecurities and fears (which makes her more believable in my book) she comes off as a strong character that the reader can rely on. While Ms Scott has given the reader a solid female lead I do wish that other female characters (namely Chloe and Shannon) were given more page time so that their strengths and character development could happen. Unfortunately without more page time these two young women were the clichéd 'Bubbly Sidekick' and 'The Mean Girl'. I would have loved to see more development to their characters and maybe even shown a different kind of strength that Becca doesn't possess. Just a thought.One of my favourite relationships remains the bond between Becca and her father, Jocelyn. It's a new relationship for the both of them and I like that the awkwardness between them, as they try to figure out their relationship, was believable. I will admit that I was hoping to get a better insight into Jocelyn but I suppose I also wouldn't like it if I knew everything about this interesting and mysterious character right off the bat either. Here's hoping that the next book in the series sheds some light on him.There are a few new characters who are added into the mix which spice things up considerably - namely Stephen and Bastian. Without giving anything away, I just have to say that I loved Bastian from the get-go. He can hold his own with Becca and his strength and determination keeps Becca on her toes. Stephen has a quiet presence and I'm hoping (and predicting) that he makes a bigger appearance in future books. That's all I'm saying about those two guys.For those of you who adored Alex's character, fear not, he's by Becca's side but he is admittedly more in the background. He remains a very unique leading man in that he's this quiet, strong guy (who blushes, no less) who adores Becca and is a calming force for her. But he's not a doormat either. I honestly can't think of main male character like him. It's refreshing to see him relate to Becca as she continues to be independent and 100% herself. He supports her and loves her but doesn't try to be the hero and save the day. It could easily get annoying or make Alex seem like a wimpy wuss but the way his character is written, I believe it and I like him.I also felt that Becca and Alex's relationship went to the next level in a couple of ways. Yes, they're still teens in love but Ms Scott didn't let it get sappy or overrun with teenage angst. When they had their issues, instead of breaking up over a trivial 90201-esque misunderstanding, they handled it maturely and it showcased the strength of their relationship. Scott also deals with the budding sexuality between Becca and Alex well. They are each other's Anam (life partners) so to ignore the fact that they may want to take their relationship to another level may not have played out well realistically. But Ms Scott also realizes that she's writing a YA novel. Let's just say Ms Scott walked that fine line well.In this book, the storyline is taken away from St Brigid's School and I found that change of venue refreshing. I loved seeing another side of the Holders' world as Becca and her group travelling to Adare Manor to hob nob with the Bhunaidh (pure blood Holder aristocracy). It's a whole new world for Becca as she interacts with the Bhunaidh with their numerous social rules and favour carrying. Becca has a hard time adjusting to the new rules especially the blatant and cruel discrimination that she witnesses from the Bhunaidh towards people they think are 'lesser'.There were a few differences between the first book in the series and The Seers.In the first book I felt like the budding romance between Becca and Alex took more of a front seat. In this book, I enjoyed that the storyline and character development were in the forefront. I think that was a very good call for the author to make. For those romantics out there, you still have the romance but it stays a little in the background while the tension and story building are right up in front.The Seers also had less of a Harry Potter meets X-men feel to it ... and I was ok with it. I know, right? I was surprised that I didn't miss that element. But The Seers held its own with it's pace, storyline and twists. It broke out of the Potter/X-men comparisons and is beginning to hold it's own - and that's a very good thing. And I'm happy to report that the issues with predictability (that I struggled with in The Holders) are a non-issue here. The twists in the storyline and the twists in the relationships threw me and I loved it. All in all, this was a great and refreshing addition to this budding new series. While readers are left with no major cliff hanger I'm still eager to see where things head from here.Recommended. (Tip: read 'The Holders' first!)My Rating: 4/5 stars
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  • Kerri (Book Hoarder)
    January 1, 1970
    There's a lot to enjoy about this series, and I think that readers who are looking for books with a touch of magic, a strong female character and solid friendships will really enjoy this series and this latest book. The Seers opens with Becca travelling with her father into the hornet's nest, as you might call it - to find out more information they have to put themselves directly in danger, and she has to hide quite a bit about who she is and also her importance to those who are around her. I ha There's a lot to enjoy about this series, and I think that readers who are looking for books with a touch of magic, a strong female character and solid friendships will really enjoy this series and this latest book. The Seers opens with Becca travelling with her father into the hornet's nest, as you might call it - to find out more information they have to put themselves directly in danger, and she has to hide quite a bit about who she is and also her importance to those who are around her. I have to admit that this book pleasantly surprised me, for some reasons I'm going to put behind a spoiler cut, here. As soon as we met (view spoiler)[Bastian, I was certain that there was going to be some sort of love triangle, even if he just pined after the main character from afar since she'd bonded to Alex. I am very, VERY glad to say that I was wrong, and not only that, but it turned out that Bastian is already bonded to a boy he'd met awhile ago! See, I love it when authors subvert the tropes like this - no love triangle, and inclusive relationships, too. (hide spoiler)]I also love the message of the importance of family that runs strongly through this book - it was there in the last book, too, but it's even stronger in this book. Becca and Bastian are both passionately protective of their brothers, and I believe that is what brings them together in this book, even though Becca is immediately extremely distrustful of him. Their relationship slowly grows throughout the book and it was a pleasure to see it - and to see Bastian opening up to Becca, especially when you realise that there really isn't anyone who he can trust, other than his brother. Becca continues to be a character who I like, even if her temper gets the best of her at times. Sometimes that grated on me, but to be honest I don't know whether that was a fault in the writing or just something that I notice because she reminds me too strongly of - well, me. She's impetuous at times, but brave and loyal and stubborn. If anything Alex is the weakest link in these books - we know that Becca loves him, but I would have liked to see more development of him in this book, other than the person who Becca is bonded to.There were some moments that made me roll my eyes, mostly the exposition that takes place here and there. Now, I don't really mind exposition, sometimes it's the best way to get things across without adding unnecessary bulk to a book. I do want it to sound like it could come from the mouth of the character who is writing it, though, and there were a few moments in 'The Seers' where I felt as though I was reading an adult talking through the mouths of characters who are supposed to be teenagers. The abilities in this book continue to be fascinating - my only want is for MORE of them, more action and more drama. There's a lot of development of personal relationships in this book, which I love, and there's a good old fashioned mystery and hunt for the truth, too. I guess I would just like some more, but I guess there's always the third book to give that to me!Altogether, a solid sequel and this is a book I'd recommend to readers who love magic and a solid female lead who isn't afraid to stand up for herself and those she cares about.Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Ashley Ferguson
    January 1, 1970
    This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*Holy moly you guys, I didn't think it was possible for this series to get any better than it already was, but I was sadly mistaken (but pleasantly surprised!). The Seers takes everything that happens in The Holders and makes it even more intense, mysterious, and raises the stakes 200%. There are new allies, new foes, and all sorts of people This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*Holy moly you guys, I didn't think it was possible for this series to get any better than it already was, but I was sadly mistaken (but pleasantly surprised!). The Seers takes everything that happens in The Holders and makes it even more intense, mysterious, and raises the stakes 200%. There are new allies, new foes, and all sorts of people in between.I thought Becca was great in The Holders - she's basically everything I want in a main character, although she does have her flaws. I think her flaws make her more human and more relateable though, so I was definitely ok with them. In The Seers, Becca is still basically the same witty, sarcastic, caring girl she was before, only now she's more mature and wants nothing more than to be able to prove herself to her father and the rest of the Order. And the whole time she's trying to help save the world, she's got to figure out how to fit in with the Bhunaidh. I loved watching her grow and change and mature even further, and I can't wait to see how she fares in the rest of this series. The romance in this book, although one of the main plot lines, is not overwhelming or annoying or any of those other bad things that usually come with too much romance in a fantasy novel. Alex is so swoon-worthy, and the heat is definitely turned up in this book. Becca and Alex struggle with things that normal couples struggle with and even have arguments and a big fight, but they always manage to work through things and end up becoming closer because of it. The Anam bond is definitely there and strong, but their relationship feels more like something that could happen even without that bond and I think that's part of the reason that I enjoy it so much.There are a few new characters introduced in this book as well, and I really liked how well they were developed. I started out wanting to slap Bastian in the face whenever he talked or was around, but I eventually grew to really like him and feel for him. I think there's probably a lesson in there somewhere about judging a book by its cover, because he's so much more than his outward appearance would suggest. I hope he's around a lot in the next book! Ciaran was also a really interesting character, and I would have liked to know more about him. Really, I just loved everything about this book. The plot is engrossing and moves along at a decent pace, the characters are all different and interesting, the magic is fun, the castle and the gala and the whole world of the Bhunaidh is enchanting on the outside and so warped and twisted on the inside, and all of it together makes for a book I couldn't put down. If you enjoyed The Holders, definitely get your hands on this book! If you want a YA contemporary fantasy series, these are the books you should read! 5/5, and I can't wait for the next book!!
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  • Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    See this review and others like it at Badass Book Reviews!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 w See this review and others like it at Badass Book Reviews!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!
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  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyEver find that series that’s the equivalent of binge-watching a new show on Netflix? The Holders is turning into that for me. I started reading THE HOLDERS days ago and finished it Friday night. I read THE SEERS, book two in the Holders series, today. All day. I couldn’t stop until I was finished. Every time I thought I could put it down for a bit, do something else, I didn’t. I picked it back up again. I even skived off making dinner – ordering out ins Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyEver find that series that’s the equivalent of binge-watching a new show on Netflix? The Holders is turning into that for me. I started reading THE HOLDERS days ago and finished it Friday night. I read THE SEERS, book two in the Holders series, today. All day. I couldn’t stop until I was finished. Every time I thought I could put it down for a bit, do something else, I didn’t. I picked it back up again. I even skived off making dinner – ordering out instead – so I could keep reading.I finished it a few minutes ago…and there was primal screaming because I reached that horrible moment there isn’t a “next episode” button to click. Just a long wait for the next book.One of the things that drew me into the series was the uniqueness of the world Scott has created. That didn’t diminish even a little in THE SEERS. If anything, the world did what it should in all second books – the author didn’t belabor the world she created, instead, she made it richer. Characters you thought you knew take on new depth but remain true to their original selves. The new characters don’t make the world feel cluttered, they give a deeper look into Holder society and I both loved and hated them (the ones I hated…I did so with good reason. They’re horrible people.)As with all second books, it’s difficult to speak to the plot without giving away major, or even minor spoilers. THE SEERS is no different in that respect. I will say that it’s a whirlwind. It has mystery, a return of the romance that I loved so much, surprises both good and bad.I won’t say THE SEERS end on a cliffhanger, because it doesn’t really. There’s no bombshell that has you staring at the words “the end” with a look of incredulous horror on your face. There are just questions you know are going to plague you while you wait for the next book in the Holders series. I know they’re going to keep poking at my brain for a long time…so much so I know I will be reading both of these books again while I wait.
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  • Janus the Erudite Artist
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly wish this book would continue on. It's been years but I am still hopelessly wanting to read the next book after I finishing it and hearing the news that Strange Chemistry closed out. I'm so glad The Seers turned out not to have that '2nd book syndrome'. It's just as well-plotted and paced as The Holders. I really enjoyed this book. With all the comparisons to HP that I've seen, it doesn't bother me. Books are inspired by other books, movies are inspired by books, everything around us I honestly wish this book would continue on. It's been years but I am still hopelessly wanting to read the next book after I finishing it and hearing the news that Strange Chemistry closed out. I'm so glad The Seers turned out not to have that '2nd book syndrome'. It's just as well-plotted and paced as The Holders. I really enjoyed this book. With all the comparisons to HP that I've seen, it doesn't bother me. Books are inspired by other books, movies are inspired by books, everything around us was created through an inspiration. And I see this book is on a plot twist that I am dying to see.
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  • Yodamom
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this YA tale of super powers, young romance, hot men, intense political intrigue and twists. It had all the elements of a good young adult read with a solid storyline and some fantastic characters. The powers these holders have are fantastic. I was slightly lost by not having read book 1 in the series, but the author did give some brief hints that made. I would suggest reading book one first, some of the plot lines sound extremely interesting.The story started with a young girl, Becca I enjoyed this YA tale of super powers, young romance, hot men, intense political intrigue and twists. It had all the elements of a good young adult read with a solid storyline and some fantastic characters. The powers these holders have are fantastic. I was slightly lost by not having read book 1 in the series, but the author did give some brief hints that made. I would suggest reading book one first, some of the plot lines sound extremely interesting.The story started with a young girl, Becca a holder, who had be betrayed by a trusted family friend. She must find this man who can lead them to saving both human and holder kind ( beings cool powers). She and her fellow holders travel to this meeting with some very uppity types who seem to believe in some kind of caste system with the most powerful holders at the top. There she must obey her guardian, and follow the rules. She doesn’t, she stomps her feet, acts like a rotten spoiled child, endangers everything and just irritated the heck out of me with her immaturity. Of course there is much more to her, and she does get better but boy does she pull some stupid moves.She is bonded to a young man Alex, dreamy sweet Alex. Yes, I liked him. I’m not sure how that all came about, it was in the first book. She is one lucky girl because on top of having Alex she is paired up with Bastian, a prince of sort with looks, power, secrets and attitude plus. There is a triangle of sorts, with a fun little twist. Oh, and there is a kick in the heart.Heartbreaking moments will have you grabbing for the tissue box. The cliffhanger ending will have you chewing your nails to the quick waiting for the third book.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic!! I loved this book! One of my new favorites!I loved the relationships and friendships in this story. And I loved all the new places and new people. I absolutely adore that the author took us on such an awesome adventure to amazing places! Great second book in a series. It is just not common for 2nd books to be great and this one was awesome. The characters are great and plot is so interesting. But my overall favorite part is how the author describes everything, from the castles and co Fantastic!! I loved this book! One of my new favorites!I loved the relationships and friendships in this story. And I loved all the new places and new people. I absolutely adore that the author took us on such an awesome adventure to amazing places! Great second book in a series. It is just not common for 2nd books to be great and this one was awesome. The characters are great and plot is so interesting. But my overall favorite part is how the author describes everything, from the castles and cottages to the characters. I felt as if I was watching a wonderful movie in my head. I could see it all so clearly. Such an imaginative story, as well. Where do people come up with these ideas?? I just loved it all. The unpredictability was so intriguing!! I thought I knew what was going to happen and I'd be all set to start rolling my eyes and then, BAM, someting else happens!! Thank you Julianna!! There was never a time I thought to myself, oh how predictable - such a treat. This wasn't some amazing mystery story, please don't misunderstand. It was just not the predictable, run of the mill kind of YA story. Which I appreciated!I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was happy to read this one too.I had forgotten how gut-wrenching the emotions in YA fiction can be, and true to form, Becca, the Holder of all Holders, with really important work to do, is more focused on when she gets to have sex throughout most of the book. If you can't handle the YA sensibility, stay away!I went looking for it though, wanting to see where the story I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was happy to read this one too.I had forgotten how gut-wrenching the emotions in YA fiction can be, and true to form, Becca, the Holder of all Holders, with really important work to do, is more focused on when she gets to have sex throughout most of the book. If you can't handle the YA sensibility, stay away!I went looking for it though, wanting to see where the story would go. This book does a good job extending the world introduced in The Holders by dropping Becca into a party situation with all the old Holder families. There is more of the society, the world and the expectation that being a Holder holds. I won't say much about the story because it is better within the context of the book. I will say that I had forgotten about the anam (soulmate) concept in this series, an element which makes everything far more complicated between the characters, and really appreciated the richness it added to the story this time around.
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  • Jilly
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book! The beautiful writing really makes me want to go to Ireland!Julianna Scott has created very realistic characters in the Holders & Seers. Rebecca, the main character is a firework: emotional, funny and sarcastic, loyal, and compassionate. Alex, her love interest is her stability. He is the perfect mature and stable counterbalance to her often reckless over-reactions. Their relationship is very sweet and cute. But, the relationship between Becca and her father is also well wr I love this book! The beautiful writing really makes me want to go to Ireland!Julianna Scott has created very realistic characters in the Holders & Seers. Rebecca, the main character is a firework: emotional, funny and sarcastic, loyal, and compassionate. Alex, her love interest is her stability. He is the perfect mature and stable counterbalance to her often reckless over-reactions. Their relationship is very sweet and cute. But, the relationship between Becca and her father is also well written as she slowly warms up to him and they start to build trust. We also get the new characters of Bastian and Steven in this book. Bastian starts out as a total tool, but turns into one of my new favorite guys! I just wish we could lock Julianna Scott in a room to write continually for me to have these books keep coming because I don't want to wait forever for the next book, or for the series to end - EVER! :)
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  • Abbie
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review) The Seers wasn't as good as The Holders.The first few chapters had a few funny lines, and started out pretty good. Unfortunately, it got boring pretty quickly after that. The pacing was slow in some places, Which made it quite dull. The characters weren't as great as what they were in book one. I really liked both Becca and Alex in The Holders, but in this installment, i didn't really feel anything for them. It picked up at the (I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review) The Seers wasn't as good as The Holders.The first few chapters had a few funny lines, and started out pretty good. Unfortunately, it got boring pretty quickly after that. The pacing was slow in some places, Which made it quite dull. The characters weren't as great as what they were in book one. I really liked both Becca and Alex in The Holders, but in this installment, i didn't really feel anything for them. It picked up at the ending, but i still didn't enjoy it that much.I wish i stopped at book one.
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  • JJ.
    January 1, 1970
    This series is, quite simply, really entertaining. It reminds me of the days when school-centered fantasy series for teens actually focused on something other than romance romance romance. (Don't get me wrong, there is a heartwarming love story throughout the last two books, but the book certainly doesn't make it of equal importance to the actual plot. Also, can we just mention how endearing Alex's blushing is?) While some of the cattiness and "me vs. everyone else, those stuck-up pretentious je This series is, quite simply, really entertaining. It reminds me of the days when school-centered fantasy series for teens actually focused on something other than romance romance romance. (Don't get me wrong, there is a heartwarming love story throughout the last two books, but the book certainly doesn't make it of equal importance to the actual plot. Also, can we just mention how endearing Alex's blushing is?) While some of the cattiness and "me vs. everyone else, those stuck-up pretentious jerks" attitude was a little grating in this book, but it was happily overshadowed by the fast-paced storyline and action. It's also been a while since humor in a young adult book actually made me smile, and multiple times at that!The publisher's been dissolved though, which means the 3rd and 4th book have been postponed indefinitely, but I'll be picking up the next book if/when it comes out!
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  • Magicreads
    January 1, 1970
    Oh My Lordy! I can't even. I. Can't. Even.Steven = want to hug and kiss him and lock him up in my closet and keep him forever!Bastian = <3 everything about him. EVERYTHING!Love Triangle = There isn't one! Thank God! (I was worried for a minute, but it's okay, never fear.)Alex = Mine. That is all.So happy I have a while to think about my review which will come closer to release.I <3 NetGalley!
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Although the first book was entertaining this sequel takes it to another level. I found it entertaining and unpredictable with a great show of growth. Both the plot and characters are refreshing in this series - my only complaint for the first book had been the too "Disney" relationship, but that's far from the case in this book. Everything was more than I expected and left me pleasantly pleased .
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  • Jess B.
    January 1, 1970
    Want Now.Anyone know when the cover art comes out?(UPDATE)LOVE IIIIIIIIIT! So much better than the first cover! Come on February!
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