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Monday, February 3, 2014

{Blog Tour} THE SEERS by Julianna Scott (Holders #2) with review and giveaway!

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


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.


 So if you've been reading me for any length of time, you know that this past year I've totally fallen in love with a publishing company and their multiple imprints. Angry Robot. I haven't read a book from them I haven't liked, whether it's from their YA line of Strange Chemistry, or Angry Robot, or Exhibit A, their mystery line, these people have a knack for finding the most amazing authors out there!

Did you read THE HOLDERS? When I was reading it for this tour, I was utterly enchanted by the devotion Becca has towards her little brother, Ryland and the lengths she would go to insure that he is happy and healthy and not ripped from those who love him. I was really prepared to hate the mother for being weak, but as the story progressed (and really, the pacing was wonderful, the characters believable, the romance realistic, and the information was told/given to you in such a wonderful way) I fell hard for it.

I'm so glad I had THE SEERS to follow up reading immediately! In the first book we have Becca and Ryland leaving their mom for a school in Ireland that is purported to help Ryland with the voices he's hearing. And the school is run by their father, Jocelyn, who abandoned them years before. After we worked through everything in The Holders, we are now seeing Becca introduced into the fold of Bhunaidh. She finds them distasteful because they look down upon those who are not "full-blooded" including their own children if they are lacking a gift! It isn't just the uber-rich Becca finds offensive, but more that they would reject their own families if they aren't special enough.

Julianna Scott weaves a wonderfully enjoyable tale about these gifted persons with a touch of mystery in trying to find out what is in Ciaran Shea's journal. There is such love of all forms: familial, friendship, and relationship, and such great interactions between the characters. None of the characters are perfect, they are all so believable because of their flaws: arrogance, jealousy, feeling invincible, etc. Your heart will swell with the characters, it will cheer them on as they discover their abilities and learn how to use them together, it will twinge with grief, you will hope for more immediately...

I really enjoyed THE SEERS and cannot wait to read more in this world Ms Scott has created for us! I know this review is on the short side, but I totally struggled with what to tell you and what not to tell you. I hope I didn't spoil a thing for you! :) 

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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