The Holders

The Holders

by Julianna Scott


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The Holders by Julianna Scott

17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother – from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland’s “problem” and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.

She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together information about their family’s heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for—but, they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908844439
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Julianna was born In Pittsburgh, Pensylvainia, and spent the majority of her educational career convinced she would be a musican. However, after recieving 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.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two daughters. The author lives in Chicago, IL.

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'A fierce and intelligent heroine, a sibling with a challenging destiny to discover, a heart-warming romance, and an X-men type school for special powers in the Emerald Isle, all add up to a superbly gripping tale. I loved Becca and can't wait to read more of her world. A fantastic read!' 
– Suzanne McLeod, author of the urban fantasy series

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The Holders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW I received an E-ARC of this book from Strange Chemistry, Angry Robot via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review and opinion. I have to be totally honest I find the gem on the front cover quite ugly, though that said I’d still pick up the book and read the blurb. Of coure there's a byline on the cover too, "How far would you go to protect the ones you love?" I love a good byline and I can say without giving a spoiler that Becca will go as far as she need to in order to protect her brother Ryland. The byline could also refer to someone else in the book, but why and who you will discover when you read it yourself.The blurb did pique my interest, though the Goodreads Blurb is even better and much longer and I feel both blurbs represent the book quite well. Upon reading the book, the “ugly gem” is explained in the book, Mmm not sure if I’d change the cover, some may find the ugly gem off putting. Then again the cover kind of grows on you in time. I just feel that the cover could have been even better than it is. Now to the book itself, I enjoyed it, even more than I expected to, and even though at times I could see where the plot line was going. There are plenty of little twists that are more unexpected too. Becca and Ryland are the main characters in this book. Becca is the older sister who has always had to look out for and protect her little brother Ryland who is different. Ryland hears voices. Becca helps their mother see off all the so called experts who want to help/lock Ryland away. Becca and Rylands father left years ago so Becca has grown up quite quickly and to say she is bitter towards her father is rather an understatement. Finally two strangers turn up who do seem to have Rylands best interests at heart so Becca reluctantly agrees to accompany Ryland to this “super school”called St Brigids and is in Ireland. The one thing Becca dreads is seeing their father, you see, he is the head of the school. The one bonus about the trip is spending time with one of the “strangers” who Becca becomes closer to on the journey Alex. So there’s lots of twists and turns, apparently Ryland is to be the great saviour of the Holders race. Yes Ryland is a Holder, like his absent father. Holders have special powers and at the St Brigid’s are protected and taught how to control them. The book is well written and I did really enjoy it too. It was an easy paced, flowing read, with little mysteries revealed along the way. Did I enjoy the book? Yes, Would I recommend the book? Yes, I think those who liked Harry Potter may find a new series to interest them here, though told in a more “grown up” way and the perspective of Becca, a strong female character. Would I read a BK#2? Yes I would, this book did leave me wanting to learn more and I love the developing relationship between Becca and alex as well as becoming attached to some of the older teacher characters. Maybe I’d like to see more of Becca and Rylands mum in Bk#2. Would I read more by Julianna Scott? Yes she’s an author I would both look out for and recommend too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pick a character then pick their looks and anything that was not given!
BookLabyrinth More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed ‘The Holders’. The plot kept me interested, and I loved Becca’s narrative voice. It was a book where you aren't wholly surprised by anything that happens, and yet the whole book is still so entertaining. What’s most interesting, to me at least, is that ‘The Holders’ had an insta-love element to it, which I would normally despise, and in this case I couldn’t get enough of Becca and Alex. Without giving too much away, their relationship is based on a bonding element to do with Holder powers. Normally this would have me all up in arms about free will/choice, but somehow I loved their romance and the way it was presented. Maybe this is because Alex is such a sweet love interest: he’s a very caring guy who is so kind to Becca. There’s an instant camaraderie between the two characters, and that easy rapport made me love their relationship. Even beyond anything romantic you could tell that the characters were such good friends. ‘The Holders’ features a very cool X-Men like element where the Holders have power, but they also have a powerful enemy who believes humans to be inferior. This enemy wants to ‘collect’ Holder powers and take them for himself. But despite what some reviewers on Goodreads have stated this didn't feel like a rip-off at all. There are so many books, TV shows, and movies about a school for ‘gifted’ students, and while there was definitely an X-Men vibe to this book, it was just that: a vibe, and not at all a direct copy. While the themes and some of the plot fit in well with other stories of the genre, there is such a uniqueness to the characters and their story. What else can I say about this book? I just wholeheartedly enjoyed it. The characters, including the side characters, were great, and I loved reading about their abilities. The Holder mythology was incredibly interesting, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the next book. Every element of 'The Holders' kept me reading until the very end; it was one of those books that you just can’t set down.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
The Holders is total awesomeness. The characters are wonderful. This storyline is fantastic. The romance is heart-melting. Julianna Scott is an awesome writer and storyteller. I fell in love with this story. Becca is my kind of strong heroine. Alex is definitely my kind sensuous, sexy lead guy, and I adore him. Scott has penned an incredible story about a human race that has supernatural abilities. But Scott absolutely touched my heart with the beautiful romance between Becca and Alex. Alex is a just melt-your-heart-swoon worthy guy—the way he talks, touches and loves Becca—he made my heart skip a few beats. The scene between Becca and Alex at the end of this novel had me in romance heaven; their words of love and trust to each other had my heart swooning. Becca is seventeen and hell bent on protecting her little brother Ryland, keeping him away from all the people who would like to have him committed to an institution for hearing voices. But she never expected her deadbeat dad to send two of his guys from Ireland to take Ryland away from her. One of her dad's guys, Alex, tells her that Ryland is not crazy, that he is what known as a special race called the Holders. Becca starts to trust this twenty-two year old with beautiful eyes, but there's no way she’s letting her little brother go to Ireland without her. Becca thought she was going to Ireland to change her brother's life. She had no idea her life was going to get a supernatural makeover along with her falling in love with Alex. The Holders intriguing storyline had me glued to the pages, this unique race from Ireland with their special mind powers, and Becca and Alex’s beautiful romance, I’m definitely ready for the sequel. I highly recommend The Holders as a must read.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
For the past year I've picked up more than a few Strange Chemistry titles featuring strong heroines, mature and strengthened by their independence. Without a doubt, Julianna Scott's The Holders is no exception! When I first began reading I had high expectations to be thoroughly intrigued, but I didn't expect the urge Scott's writing built in me to read furiously until the end. I fell for the characters, the plot, and the beautiful presentation of Ireland. Rebecca Ingle, 17 years old and self-charged with protecting her younger brother, Ryland, is a force to reckon with. Scott opens the novel showcasing the most admirable trait that any character can have and Becca has loads of: fierce loyalty. The voice she's created for young Becca is honest and strong; even when she's afraid of change or danger she still comes across as real. I thought it was extremely interesting how her rage, which could be considered a flawed trait in certain scenes, was perfect because it came out in her protective streak over the ones she loved. The voices Ryland hears in his head have alienated him and made him the target of several offers to be locked up in mental facilities. Becca is completely against them all until her family is approached by representatives from a school in Ireland. Alex Bray convinces her that her brother is special and that the voices he hears are a sign of his emerging power. St. Brigid's Academy becomes a beacon for Ryland who may finally find the help he deserves. Becca tags along in hopes that she can be there for Ryland until he settles down and to make sure he's truly safe. The transition reveals the truth about why Ryland is special for a Holder and what his role is in a centuries old prophecy. The Holders could remind readers of X-Men, or even Kate Kaynak's Minder, but the fantasy elements are just a touch more intricate. Not to mention the fact that the Holders race began after regular humans were blessed by an Irish goddess many centuries ago. The idea of humans with superpowers is nothing new, but it's the little things about the Holders' society and control of power that sets Scott apart from the rest. I am so thankful this is only the beginning of a series because I couldn't imagine not being able to read a continuation of Becca's story. The Holders is a novel too entertaining and emotionally charged to pass up! *ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review* Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books
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Name-Annabeth Ava Shadeslayer. Looks- Short dark brown hair. Wears a long black dress and a wicked smile. Her eyes are a bright violet. Personality- She is fun loving and odd. She secretly rides horses at night, and her bestfriend is the princess. She is a maid, but dreamed of being a brave night, though it is improper for a lady to wish such things. She dreams of one day finding who can love her for who she is.