ARC Review: Keeper by Kim Chance

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Title: Keeper

Author: Kim Chance

Date: 30th January 2018

Publisher: Flux Books

I am so thankful that I was approved on Netgalley to review this book because as soon as I read the synopsis, I knew it would be my cup of tea and I was right. Keeper was the first book that I read on my Kindle and I really enjoyed it. Kim Chance created a book that is fun, entertaining and gripping, with a hint of danger. There were a few plot twists I wasn’t expecting (some I did) and I was left wanting to read more. While it isn’t the best book I’ve ever read (I think it has to do with the fact I’m more used to older characters so a 16 year old girl was a bit different) I did enjoy reading it and found myself laughing out loud at some parts.

Lainey Styles is your average 16 year old girl, until she is attacked by a 200 year old witch who won’t leave her alone. It seems impossible and as hard as she tries to convince herself that it isn’t real, she has to face the reality she is being haunted. With the help of her comic-book loving best friend Maggie and street fighter Ty, they piece together the mystery and realise that Lainey is also a witch.

She isn’t just any old witch though. Lainey is a Keeper, just as her mother was, and she has the ability to unlock and use the Grimoire her family has spent centuries trying to protect. But the Grimoire was stolen by the Master, a dangerous and malevolent man who is hell bent on ruling the supernatural world. It’s Lainey’s job to get it back.

I will start off by saying that it does take a little while to get into the action of this book. I felt that it took a bit of time to get to all the witchy magic, but once we do it is great. There is action, drama and fighting scenes (I love those), as well as twists and turns that made me gasp (yes, they were that shocking). The writing was fun, bubbly and easy to read. Kim Chance perfectly captured the way a 16 year old girl would react to being told she is a witch and the language she used was perfect.

The characters in this book are just as good! Lainey was wonderful, smart, funny and unique. It was great to be in her mind and experience the emotions that we would be feeling in her situation. She doesn’t just accept what is happening to her and I loved that. I also enjoyed seeing her relationship with her Uncle Gareth and his girlfriend who is a seer (Lainey’s parents died when she was young) and how much they cared about her.

As for Lainey’s best friend Maggie, well…how can you not love someone who always uses superheroes for analogies (I’m a big Marvel fan). She also says ‘holy crapkittens’ which made me chuckle, and she will do anything for Lainey, something I could definitely appreciate. Ty was a little mystery that captured my heart the more we learned about him. He’s charming, a total kickass and kind towards Lainey. While they may have seemed a little cheesy and cliche, I ended up loving the characters, especially our mysterious 200 year old witch.

Yes, there are some YA tropes thrown into this book, but I felt that they were different to others and it was refreshing. I found myself flying through Keeper, especially after the halfway mark and the last quarter was my favourite part. There is a lot of action, magic usage and problems that Lainey and her friends encounter. We have an interesting villain who wants magic for himself and is ruthless when he doesn’t get his way.

Overall, Keeper was an engaging read and it has left me wanting to read the next one (let’s home Kim Chance does write it because I need answers to some things). It is not the best YA book I have read and even though it is a little similar to others, I ended up enjoying it. When it comes to giving this book a rating, I am deciding between 3 1/2 stars and 4 stars, so I’ll give it the higher one!

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Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Date: 23rd May 2013

Publisher: Hodder

I remember hearing about this book when it was only available as an e-book, and I was absolutely against getting an e-reader, so I never read it. Then, a couple years ago I found it in Waterstones as a paperback and was so excited to finally read it. But I never did, until I picked it up at the end of November (it took me so long to read as I was reading a few at the same time). I wish I had read it sooner because it was great. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but it was fun, fast paced and entertaining (everything a book should be).

Penryn and her family are hiding and on the run from the angels that invaded their world. It has been six weeks since they began to destroy everything that they know and supplies are running low. It’s not just the street gangs that come out in the day that you have to worry about, it’s the angels that prowl the night sky. While on the run, Penryn’s little sister is taken by one of the angels and flown away. Penryn has to find her and to do that she must work with her enemy; the angel known as Raffe, who she saved from being killed by his own kind. They have to work together to survive and find their way to Penryn’s sister before it’s too late.

I had been so used to reading third person novels that it was quite a change to read in first person. It definitely took some getting used to and I had to remind myself that it was the mind of a 17 year old girl, so there wasn’t the descriptive elements that I was used to. That being said, Susan Ee created a book that was fast paced and full of action. We are thrown right into the thick of it and we never slow down. The scenes where they had to fight their way out, or seek out supplies to survive, gave the book a sense of realism. I found this book so easy to read, which I think is something we need from time to time.

As for the characters, I loved them, especially Penryn. She was such a kick-ass character who was strong, selfless, witty and always ready for a fight. There were situations where she had to be strong where others would fail and she was smart, always thinking out of the box. It was refreshing to read from a characters perspective that wasn’t always fawning over a boy and complaining about their life. Speaking of the boy, Raffe was just as good a character as Penryn. He was complicated and mysterious, but that obviously comes with being an angel. When the two were together I couldn’t help but smile and laugh along with them. It seemed so natural and that was one of the best things about this book.

Not only are the main characters amazing, the supporting characters aren’t so bad either. Especially Penryn’s mum who is a little bit crazy (we all need that sometimes though). Then again, if I saw some of the things that happened in this book, I’d go a little crazy, too. I can’t mention others as it would give away the plot, however, everyone had a role to play and were there for a reason.

When I finally put down the other books and focused on Angelfall, I flew through it. There was so much action, especially towards the end of the novel and it was heart pounding. There were some shocks along the way that surprised me and I can honestly say I am already looking forward to the next book. Knowing that it is a trilogy is even better because I love it when books have a definitive beginning, middle and end.

Overall, this was a great book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don’t even have anything remotely bad to say about this book and I know that if I had read it when I was younger, I would have adored it even more! I am going to give Angelfall 4 stars.

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