The Seers by Julianna Scott
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.
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Another brilliant book written by Julianna Scott. I adored her first book in this series, The Holders, and this was one of my most anticipated book for this year! I was really excited to see where this book was going to take our characters following the revelations of the last. Becca is just as kickass in this book as she was in the last, but this time we're invited to see a more vulnerable side of her. We see Becca struggling with the high society of Holders at Adare Manor and the bitchy behaviour of one particular young Holder, Shannon. I liked seeing the other side of Becca's character - I love me a strong heroine but I definitely think that it's important to make our protagonists realistic, and everyone has their limits. Becca is used to defending others, not herself.
There were a few issues with Becca for me: she seemed much more immature and irresponsible in this book that in The Holders. I'm not sure if this was because of how far out of her depth she was in this situation with Darragh, but I found myself wanting to shake her every now and then. The relationship between Alex and Becca is equally as strong as in The Holders, but with further development. I'm so glad that, even though their relationship is incredibly important, Ms. Scott doesn't entirely focus on that relationship in the book. It isn't based on their love and it doesn't get in the way of the plot.
The plot of this book was a little less exciting than the previous. The Seers focuses on Becca, Jocelyn, Alex and Cormac finding out more information about a diary and Darragh, so needless to say there wasn't quite as much action. I enjoyed reading about the twists and turns, and the god awful attitude of the aristocratic Bhunaidh. I loved he introduction of two new characters; the two Bhunaidh brother Steven and. They bring some surprises and make for some brilliant relations between our main characters. I think Bastian is going to be one of my new favourite YA characters ever. He is actually amazing. I'm not going to chat much about him because I don't want to spoil anything!
Overall I really enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to the next one! I need to know what happens to one of the characters - I hope everything turns out okay because it is just far too cruel! Good job, Ms. Scott; another winner here :).
Giveaway time! :)
We've got fantastic prizes for this blog tour!
Prize - open INTL:
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. (Will be made after winner is chosen and can provide desired size.)