Author: Kim Chance
Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Flux Books/North Star Editions
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.
After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.
With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.
About the Author
Kim Chance is an English teacher from Alabama, currently residing in Michigan with her husband and three children. When not writing, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and two crazy dogs, binge-watching Netflix, fangirling over books, and making death-by-cheese casseroles. Keeper is her first young adult novel. Kim is also a YouTuber who loves connecting with other writers.
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Warning: May contain spoilers (maybe only a few)!
Keeper by Kim Chance is a fantasy read about Lainey, a teenager whose past is a mystery to herself. Lainey is goal-oriented, she gets good grades and aims to study at top schools for college. Everything changed after she saw a dead woman in an emerald dress. She thought it was just her mind playing tricks on her, but it started following her around. Little did she know that not everything can be explained by logic.
I mostly read sci-fi and fantasy books, that’s why Keeper caught my eye immediately. I love its catch-phrase, “Magic always leaves a mark.” The book features different supernatural creatures like witches, warlocks, seers, faeries, praetorians, etc. Surprisingly, almost every main character is a different creature although some are really unexpected. The back story is well-written. Lainey’s family history was really something.
It was also quite nice how a female character led the story. Every witch from Lainey’s family was assigned to be the Keeper and protector of the Grimoire. It felt good to read how bold those women are in upholding their family’s mission.
Maggie, Lainey’s best friend is human. Yet, she embraced every truth about her friend’s past. It was adorable how Maggie’s into comic books and superheroes. She actually does remind me of someone. Aside from that, she stood by Lainey even when things got pretty crazy.
There’s also Ty, Lainey’s love interest. I did not feel anything at all! I don’t know what’s with all these romance thing to me nowadays but it just feels forced! You see a weird guy fighting on the streets, you suddenly found out that he’s your new classmate. You skip classes with him and bang! Thinking that Lainey aims to be the top of the class. Yes, maybe she’s a little preoccupied of all the revelations but I just don’t feel something real between them.
The story was told in 1st person point of view by Lainey. It was okay, but it gets awkward at times specially in the first half. It felt uncomfortable when I was starting it but it went good on the second half. There are also parts of it where everything felt rushed.
Overall, I rate Keeper by Kim Chance 3 out of 5 stars and I recommend this to fans of fantasy books and those who are interested in supernatural creatures.
I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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