Week 23 of 2018 Reading Challenge 'A Book with a Green Spine'
To say that I loved ‘Keeper’ by Kim chance is an understatement and to categorize it into the top 20 YA novels of 2018 would be modest. ‘Keeper’ is magic, and it most certainly left a mark.
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.
I was instantly drawn to this book the second I saw the gorgeous green color and the magical image of Lainie on the front cover. I didn’t even need to read the blurb. I knew that somehow I had to fit it into one of the categories of 52 books in 52 weeks.
I don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to reading YA or Fantasy novels, being a 35-year-old mum I tend to shy away from them, but Kim Chance managed to convince me with her youtube vids and Instagram stories to take the plunge and give it a go. And I am so glad I did, surprisingly I thoroughly enjoyed this genre of book.
Character development was spectacular; I fell in love with every one of them. My favorite, Maggie, the comic-loving best friend of Lainey, she could have a whole book and story of her own.
The dialogue was refreshingly natural. There was no babbling for the sake of word count, no complicated sentences with overly large words and it flowed smoothly.
The plot twists and mystery, WOW. This novel will keep you on your toes with unpredictable scenes flying at you from every direction. I had no idea what was going to happen next which kept me engaged the whole way through.
I have found in the past that some authors tend to repeat the same ‘gifts’ that their supernatural characters contain. From book to book, author to author, it becomes monotonous. But ‘Keeper’ didn’t make me feel that way. The supernatural element felt unique.
I'm shocked at how much I enjoyed this novel. Young or old, you need to give it a go!!!
Congratulations on your debut novel Kim I can't wait to read your next piece of work.
What are you reading at the moment? Let me know in the comments below. Perhaps you could recommend another YA novel for me to read.