Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Seers (Holders #2) by Julianna Scott - Ashley's Review

Hello! And welcome to our stop on the blog tour for The Seers by Julianna Scott! We have a giveaway for you, as well as Ashley's review of The Seers. You can also find links to Ashley's review and pre-reading of The Holders below.

The tour-wide giveaway that we have for you includes a signed copy of both The Holders and The Seers, series swag (bookmark, character booklet, etc), a crystal ball necklace, and a custom-made Celtic gown inspired by Becca's gala dress, which will be made after the winner is chosen and the desired size provided. So make sure you scroll past the review to the Rafflecoptor form to enter!

You can find the rest of the tour stops, which will be updated on a daily basis, by visiting Xpresso Book Tours. Thanks for stopping by!

--Ashley & Paul

About the Book

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Title: The Seers (Holders #2)
Author: Julianna Scott
Published by: Strange Chemistry
Publication date: February 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Ashley's The Seers Pre-Reading
Ashley's The Holders Review
Ashley's The Holders Pre-Reading

Synopsis: 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.

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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Ashley's Review
*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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