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"[touches] on some weighty topics... Debut novelist Simmonds blends romance with fantasy [that will] appeal to those who like their romance laced with a bit of grit..." -- Kirkus Reviews
"...a story of immortal love, wherein groups of souls find each other again and again, raising questions about life and fate." -- Foreword Reviews Magazine
"This is urban fantasy at its best. Fresh, beautiful, and moving, I couldn't put it down." -- Anna Day, internationally acclaimed author of The Fandom
"Simmonds writing flows like poetry, each sentence meticulously crafted. ...a solid edition to the YA fantasy genre." -- Julia Wierzbicki, author of The Scavenger
"So this book really surprised me...Wow just wow. The writing drew me in and then suddenly I couldn't put it down. This wasn't your normal run of the mill boy meets girl and they fall in love... This was better....this was different and I adored it. " -- Claire Knight, Harry & Newt's Book Utopia
"...it is unlike any book I have read before! I didn't want to stop reading. I was so focused...it was as if I was part of the story and not in my own living room anymore. I like when books do that to you." -- Eliza and Books Blog
"...a compelling Novel that intrigues and engages you. This is one book that you will not be able to put down. " -- Gwendalyn Books Blog--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07P8FMKPN
- Publisher : BHC Press (May 28, 2019)
- Publication date : May 28, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2303 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #980,454 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yet again, I prove myself incapable to keep my own time frames, and ran out of time on this book before it was archived. I swear, every time I get a book on NetGalley, life immediately decides that I don't need to have free time or drive to read. Anyway. I'd gone on my usual hunt through the libraries to see which books I could borrow and read, so that I could get them the reviews they'd been promised, and was lucky enough to find THE PATH KEEPER at one of them. And when my hold came through, I curled up in my new reading chair and set to reading.
And is so often the case, I devoured it in two nights.
I had no idea what I was really getting into, from the synopsis of the story. YA novel, two kids not supposed to be in love, very dramatic. Okay, cool! I'm on board for that. "The brutality of GAME OF THRONES," the blurb says.
...In a YA novel? I'm paying attention.
And I'll argue that point, honestly. It's brutal for a YA novel, sure. But it's not Song of Ice and Fire. I can't speak to the correlation to COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES since I haven't read it yet, but I can also cast a bit of hesitation on the correlation to TWILIGHT too. Both forbidden romances of sorts, sure. But in such wildly different ways, it's hard to think of them in the same breath. Edward has NOTHING on Zac.
But I'm a sucker for reincarnation and angels, so it was easy for me to be dragged along by this story of a girl who meets a boy who changes her life, and the boy who knows he's made all the wrong decisions and still can't stop himself. It feels like Simmonds is trying a little too hard sometimes to make the story "grown-up" with the cursing and the sex, and while I suppose it fits, it doesn't seem necessary? I do admit that this may be a personal bias, however, so it is what it is. We do get a glimpse of some of the past lives, and that can be a bit jarring when you're not expecting it--and we have an interlude near the end of the book with a step-brother that I do not understand the purpose of in the slightest other than as a catalyst for other actions--which, given the subject matter, isn't enough to warrant its inclusion.
But by the end of the book, I was still invested in our main characters, I was looking forward to seeing what happened, and I was off and running to Twitter to flail at the author since the next book isn't out for MONTHS yet. So now I wait, to see where Zac and Ella's story goes from here, how Lily and Leo will fit in, and what all happened in the past that led them to where we found them now.
Sign me up for the ARC list for SON OF SECRETS, please!
Rating: ***.5 - Definitely Worth a Look
Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and will force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense, a world more dangerous than she could ever imagine.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. I was drawn to this book by the intriguing title, cover and plot description. The summary and cover implied a paranomal romance involving angels, which I’m a huge fan of paranormal romances involving angels, like Hush Hush and Angelfall, so I was really excited to dig in and see what this series was about.
The book throws the reader into the middle of the story, as Zac watches Ella from a far, and somehow already knows her. They start up a relationship and things get hot and heavy quickly. I appreciated the fast paced nature of the book and felt swept along with the events as they happened. While there were hints of some fantasy in the first half of the book, it seemed to be purely romance up to the 50% mark. I would have liked to see more fantasy elements earlier on, as I often questioned if I had actually picked up a fantasy novel or just a romance novel. Additionally, there are long passages of backstory that slowed the pacing down for me.
The characters of Ella and Zac share the point of view in the book, although Ella’s perspective dominates the narrative. While the two characters definitely have some chemistry, their personalities are completely made up of their love for each other. I struggled to find anything to pinpoint to their characters without involving their relationship. I would have loved to see some more well-rounded characters, that didn’t cease to have meaning in their lives without their significant other. Also, the side character introduced at the beginning of the novel held some promise for fun side kicks, but ultimately didn’t go anywhere. I had hoped to see more of Ella’s girlfriends as the story went on.
I didn’t get a strong sense of the setting in this book. We’re told many times that the event take place in London, where Ella’s stepfather has many luxury hotels, but we don’t get a chance to experience the city much beyond the first chapter or two. Again, this is due to the book being dominated by the love story between the main characters. The book truly could have taken place anywhere else and it wouldn’t have affected the plot line.
The Path Keeper is an excellent novel for fans of paranormal romance, who prefer their book to focus on the romance aspect of the plot. I found the paranormal and fantasy aspects to be wanting and underdeveloped. I would have also liked to see the characters and setting of the book be move developed.