How did I get it?:
Net Galley, thanks to Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry
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.
I was really impressed by The Holders. It captured my attention from beginning to end.
I enjoyed the way in which Julianna Scott developed the characters. She spent at least half of the book gently building the character. This enabled the reader to really understand them and root for them. Becca is a great main character fiercely protective of her ‘different’ brother. Alex as the love interest was incredibly sweet and gentlemanly. The relationship that develops between them happens gradually and it is realistic.
The Holder history was intriguing and well thought out. I did find the plot slightly predictable as I could see where things were going to go and I wasn’t overly surprised about the twist halfway through the book. This didn’t stop my enjoyment of it though. I thought the plot being simple helped to not get too bogged down with details and it allowed me to enjoy the book for what it was.
Would I recommend it?:
Splintered- A.G Howard