The Holders by Julianna Scott

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As an adult, I can see all the ways in which this could have been so much better, but authors writing for the YA market are not allowed to write anything dangerous. So The Holders has some good supernatural ideas (which are not properly developed) and might be useful for younger readers on dealing with divorce and how to make new relationships.
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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 find out 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.
 

About Julianna Scott

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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.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Strange Chemistry. 368 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Jun 24 2013

As an adult, I can see all the ways in which this could have been so much better, but authors writing for the YA market are not allowed to write anything dangerous. So The Holders has some good supernatural ideas (which are not properly developed) and might be useful for younger readers on dealing with divorce and how to make new relationships.

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