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Monday, July 21, 2014

{Blog Tour} KEEPER by Ingrid Seymour -- with review, excerpt, and giveaway!


Keeper by Ingrid Seymour
400 pages

For them, free will is a luxury . . .

Greg Papilio both wants and dreads his impending metamorphosis. He's tired of being an ugly runt--always picked last on the basketball court--when he could be strong and what girls call "drop dead gorgeous." But as much as he looks forward to the transformation, he also fears the caste it will inevitably assign to him. He doesn't want a common caste. He wants a powerful one, a cool one.

Samantha Gibson is average. She's short and a little full around the hips--a terribly cute look for a future chef. She's two years away from culinary school, from her uncaring parents, and from carving a perfectly Human future. She wants independence, a career and a quiet life of her own.

Except fate couldn't care less about what Greg and Samantha want and gives them exactly the opposite. Greg's metamorphosis assigns him a caste that enslaves him, while Samantha's chance to attend Le Cordon Bleu is taken away. But things are never as interesting as when Ashby--an intriguing blonde with a hidden identity--enters her life with a splash.

Greg's fate is to be Samantha's Keeper, to protect her at a time when someone wants her dead. He will stop at nothing to ensure her safety, even if her secret past proves deadly, even if he's keeping her safe for someone else.


Grab Keeper Vol. One (first part of the story) for .99 cents on Amazon.

Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. She’s a young and new adult author. She writes in a variety of genres including romance, urban fantasy, paranormal and horror. She loves pizza and sushi, Sunkist and gum. She believes in vampires, witches, but not zombies (uh-uh, never!) She writes to loud music, daydreams constantly and spends too much time in twitter!! Find her there? ;) Ingrid has incredible fun doing what she does, but more than anything she enjoys hearing from her readers. It’s a dream come true.


 I received a complimentary copy of Keeper to read and review honestly. The following review is my honest opinion. Compensation for this review was not offered nor would it have been accepted.

KEEPER is an enjoyable YA fantasy that starts off with a glimpse of each teenager's life. Samantha, Greg, and Ashby all have one thing in common from the get go and that's a mother figure that is a tad annoying. Greg wins best mother, however, because his mother is just hoping for the best for her son and wants him to have love in his life. She's a tad annoying with how she refuses (initially) to consider any other outcome or what Greg wants, but ultimately she loves him and wants what is best for him.

Samantha's mother is a raging b-word with a capital B, but Ashby's mother takes the cake for being just plain Evil. Yes, I capitalized that on purpose. She's Evil.

The Morphid idea is a unique and interesting one and I would certainly like to read more history about it. As it stands now by the end of this book, we only have hints and glimmers as to each caste. Their society is practically non-existent now and they blend into human society now as much as possible. The idea that your fate is predetermined is fairly solidified in that you cannot choose what you will morph into. Everyone's morph changes them both physically and mentally. When you come out, you get a "mark" that looks more like a scar. Ashby's mark was expected. Greg's was not and is one that his parents weren't even aware of. And Sam, who didn't even know she was a Morphid, gets an interesting Dual mark -- she has two in one circle.

I definitely want to read on in this series and learn more. More about Regent Danata, Ashby's Evil mother, more about Greg and the Keeper caste, more about Samantha and whatever she is. I need more history on the Morphids, I want them to talk more to the old sorcerer and learn as much as they can so that I can know, too! 

Staggering into his bedroom, Veridan threw the door open. He viciously kicked it closed behind him. His neck burned like the damned must burn in hell. A tremor ran down his spine, making his legs shake and almost give way. He grabbed the bed’s footboard for balance and took a deep, halting breath. It was becoming hard to swallow, even breathe. He loosened his tie with great difficulty, but it didn’t help.
He lurched toward the armoire in the far left corner. Collapsing to his knees in front of it, he fumbled for his talisman. His hands shook and his teeth chattered like he was in the middle of a blizzard. He was burning, yet felt cold.
It took him a long, excruciating minute to undo two shirt buttons and pull out the heavy pendant that hung from his neck. He cradled the object in both hands, afraid to let it drop from his trembling fingers. The talisman was made of pure silver, round with a coin-sized onyx set in the middle. An intricate pattern was carved in the outer ring, with lines upon lines crisscrossing each other—lines with no end or beginning, which could store a bit of magic within their confines.
Veridan pressed the amulet, face down, into a recessed spot on the armoire. A hidden drawer clicked open at the bottom. Close to a convulsive seizure, he pulled it open. Several magical items lay inside the thinly cushioned interior. His eyes zeroed in on a small wooden box. He blinked as his vision blurred, and hurried to retrieve the case. He lifted the lid and prayed that his elixir would work.

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