Author: Sacha De Black
Category: YA Fantasy
I watched the growing excitement surrounding the release of Sacha Black’s debut YA novel on social media with interest. As an avid YA fan, I knew this would be my kind of book. I didn’t quite understand just how much I needed it until I turned the first page.
I read YA fantasy as a form of escapism. I need the tales to transport me to alternative realms, times, or worlds and Keepers does this beautifully. The author takes us to Trutinor one minute and then to Camden, London the next, seamlessly blending the familiar with the unknown.
The characters are fully formed and well written. They are easy to connect with, and I found myself rooting more and more for Eden as she was dealt heartache, anguish, and fear at every turn. Trey was a complicated character with his own history and secrets, but this offered the reader an adequate pull to want to know him better.
As I read this book I kept thinking about some of my other favourite authors; Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series as well as Victoria Scott’s Fire & Flood and thinking how Keepers was just as well written, detailed, and thrilling as these works.
I need a novel to transport me out of my day-to-day life and immerse me in the ‘save the world’ or ‘rescue the hero’ plot line. I like good winning over evil, and I enjoy a thrilling climax that leaves me wanting more. Keepers delivers all of this and more.
The plot is complex but easy to follow. The author provides a summary of terms at the start of the book to help you make sense of the ‘what’ and ‘who’ of the story. Although it was interesting to read this, I found it comfortable to follow the story and not be jarred out of the action by an unusual phrase or reference. The pace was just right and the simmering relationships handled with care and attention.
With regards to character development, Eden East changes irrevocably through the book, but there is still room for her to evolve and grow.
Before I’d reached the half-way mark, I was already eager to read the sequel, but upon the final twist, I’m now desperate to find out what happens next.
A fabulous debut novel.
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Eden’s life is balanced…
…until her soul is bound to her enemy.
When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything.
As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life.
Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind.
Two murdered parents.
One deadly choice.
Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.
Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.
When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.
You can get Sacha’s free 17-page cheat sheet intro to creating superbad villains by visiting her website: http://www.sachablack.co.uk
You can also find her on Twitter @sacha_black
And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sachablackauthor/
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