Author: Julianna Scott
Publish Date: March 5th 2013 by Strange Chemistry
17-year-old Becca spent her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The abandonment of their father, the so called 'experts' who insist that voices in his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the constant threat of being taken away to some hospital and studied like an animal. When two representatives appear claiming to have the answers to Ryland's perceived problem, Becca doesn't buy it for one second. That is until they seem to know things about Ryland and about Becca and Ryland's family, that forces Becca to concede that there may be more to these people than meets the eye. Though still highly skeptical, Becca agrees to do what's best for Ryland. What they find at St. Brigid's is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together the information of their family's heritage, their estranged Father, and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they've been waiting for. However, they are all--especially Becca--in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind. She meets Alex, a Holder who is fiercely loyal to their race, and for some reason, Becca and Ryland. There's an attraction between Becca and Alex that can't be denied, but her true nature seems destined to keep them apart. However, certain destinies may not be as clear cut as everyone has always believed them to be. Becca is lost, but found at the same time. Can she bring herself to leave Ryland now that he's settled and can clearly see his future? Will she be able to put the the feelings she has for Alex aside and head back to the US? And can Becca and Ryland ever forgive their father for what he's done?
WOW….The Holders is one of those books that grabs your whole attention from beginning to end.
Becca hopes that St. Brigid will be the place that can help her brother Ryland. She only agrees to allow him to go if she can go with him to check the place out, and make sure Ryland will be happy there. Becca is prepared to pull him out and take him home if she is not satisfied. Becca is definitely not happy about her estranged father being around. Even though she has harsh feelings towards him, she has never talked down about him to Ryland to crush his illusion of a great father.
Alex, a Holder, explains the history and abilities of the Holders to Becca. Outsiders are not aware; however, Alex and the other Holders feel confident she will keep the secret because of Ryland’s involvement. Becca is drawn to Alex, learning his hardships growing up; she is baffled by his ability to have passion to help everyone else.
With a rebel Holder out in the world to gain complete power, St. Brigid may not be as safe as originally thought. Will the one to save them all be strong enough?
Becca’s personality is amazing. The strength and passion that she has to protect her brother is an overpowering trait. She is not afraid to stand up and speak her mind, which makes her a very strong character in this story. This strong will causes conflict with her father. She just cannot get over the abandonment and pain that he put her mother through.
Alex is extremely swoon worthy. His ability and passion to take care of others and to protect the Holder race is off the chart. For all the hardships his childhood brought, he has this forgiveness in his soul that is with out a doubt one of his best traits.
For the plot, wow, just plain wow. I loved the Holder race and what it represented. I loved the other Holder characters in the story with their hilarious bickering, however always there when needed. Unexpected betrayal, fascinating twists in the story, and the attraction between Becca and Alex makes his story an incredible read.
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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