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The Keepers (The Keepers Trillogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 29, 2013
About the Author
J.L.Block was born in America, but moved to Australia at a young age. Her two great passions are literature and music. She is currently finishing a degree in music while juggling work and writing. She is glad she can do all three because she feels anyone who is able to follow their passion is lucky to have the opportunity to do what makes them happiest in life. The Keepers is the first book of a planned trilogy which will be available to buy soon.
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I loved the concept of this book. Travel by crystal, a buried city, ancient races of magical people... it's all very intriguing.
Ava is a young girl fresh out of high school who is unsure of what she wants to do with her life. So she stays home and works at a grocery story. While this is classified as a NA novel, I think I might put it more into the YA category. At first, I have to admit that I wasn't too keen on Ava. She was whiny and scared of her own shadow. I kept waiting for some sort of explanation about a possible tragic event that would cause her to be so skiddish, but that's just her personality. By the end of the novel I had warmed up to her though. This novel is very wordy and carries a lot of (sort of) unnecessary explanation. There were times I felt like we were just being information dumped on, but none of the important questions were being answered. Perhaps in subsequent books all that information will be handy. A lot of time we spent on her father and step mother, but they really didn't play a large role in the book.
I know this is part of a series and I am actually excited to read the series to get some answers! I also hope that we get some backstory on some of the other Keepers in the rest of the books. I really liked learning about the different magical races.
Overall I did like this book and can't wait to read the rest of them.
The story itself is very good. I very much enjoyed the unique storyline and characters.
I did find the main char to unfitting of her roll for all but the last 5% of the book. Ava comes off as a whiny girl that's too afraid of her own shadow to do anything. I completely understood the animosity some of the other Keepers had against her. There's more than occasion where this character watched her companions in overwhelming fights and ran to hide instead of fight. It was disheartening when it's a main character.
I loved how the other keepers carried themselves especially Andre.
I found a large number of errors including missing words in sentences and wrong tense words in sentences and one inconsistency involving Ava's gem. They slightly impeded my reading because I had to make sure I was seeing correctly, I cannot speak on how they will affect other readers.
The book leaves off open, I don't know if there is another one yet, but I'd read it.
This book has a ton of potential and a very good storyline.. However, with the amount of errors I found I can not give it the 4 I would love to give it.
I give this book 3 of 5 paw
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Ava Fuller is an ordinary girl whose life seems to take a rather extraordinary turn.
Ava lives at home with her father, step mother and baby sister. She finished high school and took the year off to decide what she wants to do college-wise and spends time with her pre-med best friend, Jason.
Ava has a fear of something lurking in the dark. She thinks she is going to get attacked and one night, she does get attacked in the alley way near her work. This is the beginning of Ava's journey to discover that she is involved with a secret society of magic.
As part of this society, she is what is called a Keeper. Her role is to work with her fellow Keepers to intervene when there are magic forces at work within a particular society. As she is introduced to this society, there are many obstacles that Ava must face both with her new friends and her old.
The fact that she cannot reveal the existence of this society tears Ava's regular life up. She feels like her relationships with her father and Jason are becoming irreparably damaged. Where does Ava fit now?
This is J. L. Block's debut novel and I think she is off to a great start. There were twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. I thought this book was rather creative in the way the author created this society, magical races and an intriguing plot. I think there could have been a bit more character development with some of the characters. For example, I think André was rather dry. I get that his character was very standoffish and went by the book, but I think he could have loosened up a bit.
Some of the questions I was left with were as follows:
- Is there more to Ava and Jason's best friend status?
- Why doesn't Jason try to find out more about what is really going on? I would love to know more backstory about his reaction to André.
- What is André's story? Will we find out why he is so stiff?
- Will there be a love triangle between Jason, Ava and André?
- It seems like every other Keeper has strength. I realize she is just beginning her training, but what are Ava's strengths as a Keeper? She still seems rather mediocre in her skills but yet seems to be at the center of a major battle. Why?
- Where is the fallen angel part of the story taking us?
With all of that said, I rated this book 4 stars and very much looking forward to seeing how the rest of the story goes. Great job and thanks for sharing your story!
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