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 together 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.
“(The Holders is) An engaging, well-paced story. Julianna Scott is a fresh new voice in the paranormal romance genre.”
– Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters fantasy series
“A fierce and intelligent heroine, a sibling with a challenging destiny to discover, a heart-warming romance, and an X-Men type school for special powers in the Emerald Isle, all add up to a superbly gripping tale. I loved Becca and can’t wait to read more of her world. A fantastic read!”
– Suzanne McLeod, author of the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series
“Unexpected betrayal, fascinating twists in the story, and the attraction between Becca and Alex makes his story an incredible read.” – Page Turners Blog
“The Holders is an enticing mix of an ancient legend, Irish countryside and interesting characters. Definitely a promising start to a brand new YA series!” – Escape in a Book Blog
“It had a gripping plot, plenty of exciting twists and turns and some pretty fantastic characters which all combined to keep me glued to the pages.” – A Dream of Books Blog
“Every element of ‘The Holders’ kept me reading until the very end; it was one of those books that you just can’t set down.” – Book Labyrinth Blog
“A mash up of Harry Potter and X-Men type stories, The Holders is a captivating tale of supernatural powers.” – The Reading Addict Blog
“In the end, The Holders took me quite by surprise. It was an interesting look at family relationships, at growing up, and at letting go, mixed which a huge dollop of paranormal powered adventure and sweetened with a wonderful romance. While for now the story has reached a point of equilibrium where everyone can catch their breath and prepare for the future, this story is far from over and I really look forward to continuing The Holders‘ tale.” – A Fantastical Librarian Blog