Book Review: The Seers (Book 2) by Julianna Scott

17457717Synopsis:

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.

About the Author: Julianna-Scott-Nov-2012-250

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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My Review:

I really feel that this series would make a fantastic movie. It’s kind of a paranormal sci-fi that uses all the familiar aspects of YA that we’re used to, but in a shinier wrapper.

Becca is a great character. She’s not one of those soppy teen angst types that you just want to slap; she’s funny and courageous without being too unrealistic – which is hard in a book with some very strong fantasy and supernatural themes. She did let the side down though a few times and dipped out of character by blabbing to others who could have been against her, but hey – we all do that in real life, so actually, although annoying for a hero to do, was actually very believable.

From a writer’s perspective, there were a few clichés in there, in terms of characters and events, but the whole thing is written beautifully and flows well. I did feel the plot slowed down in places, and personally I like more action and less talking (but that’s just me) I did read the first book before this one, and you really do have to read them in order to truly understand the character motivations and events that take place. There was a bit of swearing in this, which is dancing a fine line for a YA book. As an author myself I understand the debate; there’s a need to make dialogue believable and if something bad happens your character isn’t going to yell, “Fiddle Sticks’ but, in saying that, parents still want their kids reading something cleanly appropriate. Sh*t, I don’t think I even have the answer to this one myself!

The front covers are very classy, but don’t really say much about the story. I’d have preferred a few characters on the front as a visual and also to clearly define it as YA fiction to the less researched reader.

Overall I’d give The Seers 4 out of 5 stars, if you enjoyed The Mortal Instruments series – you’ll love these books.

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