Ever since I found Kim Chance on YouTube and watched her videos on Keeper I have been itching to read it. When I went on NetGalley and found that it was avaialble for request, naturally I jumped at the chance. As you can probably tell from this post, I was apprived and accepted to review this book.
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.
The cover for this book is absolutely stunning. I love the green colour and after reading this book I can tell you the girl on the cover is exactly how I pictured the MC, Lainey. The blurb definitely has that, I need to know more vibe.
To begin, I want to start with the bad points. I found the pacing of this novel really hard as it was super slow. Normally it takes me about ten days to read a book on my kindle as I aim for 10% each evening that I read. But this book was so slow it made my brain hurt. Things definitely picked up again towards the end of the book which was amazing. It gave me the same vibe as Zoe Sugg's book Girl Online where it was clearly written for a younger audience.
There's a lot of modern references in this book. As someone who is used to things like comic book stores (thank you Big Bang Theory), this was easy to follow but I feel like younger audiences might get a little confused or have to look up a few things.
The story brings us Lainey, a teenage girl who knows nothing about the truth of her past. A mysterious boy shows up and a lot of unexpected things start to happen in her life. Lainey's best friend is quirky and I love how she's always willing to help her no matter what the issue is.
Side note: I also love the fact our villains have the same nickname - The Master.
The story itself isn't too bad. There are lots of twists and turns, along with a whole cast of supernatural characters. Overall, I did enjoy the story, but the pacing kept me from being able to fully immerse myself in it.
If you like YA then it's definitely a book to try. I loved all the supernatural elements to it.