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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  755 ratings  ·  196 reviews
17-year-old Becca spent her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The abandonment of their father, the so called 'experts' who insist that voices in his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the constant threat of being taken away to some hospital and studied like an animal. When two representatives appear claiming to have the answers to Ryland ...more
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Published March 5th 2013 by Strange Chemistry (first published March 3rd 2013)
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Emily May
I really gave The Holders a hard time. There were countless opportunities for this novel to go in disappointing directions and make me hate the book and characters forevermore but, I have to say it, my low expectations were completely flattened by a story I really enjoyed, characters I loved, and a romance that felt genuine. There are some faults - one of which I think could be big for some readers - but I was so into this little world that Ms Scott has created that I didn't mind overlooking som ...more
Julianna Scott
Feb 02, 2013 Julianna Scott rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
They always say you should write the story you want to read--so that's what I did. :-)

So, yeah, this is my book, and I kind of love it. But then, if I couldn't love it, I certainty would never expect anyone else to.

For my 'review', such that it is, I have taken inspiration from the lovely Laura Lam and the equally lovely Dana Collins, and have decided to use both pictures and quotes from the book to give you all a peak inside THE HOLDERS. Hope you enjoy! ;-D

THE HOLDERS is the story of Becca who
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.5 stars**

I really enjoyed this fun UF book. One warning that may turn people off from this story: It is VERY similar in concept to X-Men. Very. It is basically an Irish, YA, romantic version of the story. The plot involves a boarding school for children with special powers (Holders), and their leader is a man who can control people's minds. Sound familiar? AND their arch nemesis is super-powered Holder who thinks the human race should be subservient to all of the Holders. Now, what I like ab
Jenni (thebookbonnet)
There is so much I could say about this book, however I will focus on my favorite aspect of it: it was simple. That is not to say the plot or particularly the lore of the story was simple, not at all. But is also wasn't some 'wham bam lets fit as much as possible in this book so that people will think it's great' book like so many are lately. YA has become so big that everyone seems to think they have to come up with something bigger, and better, and louder, and more outrageous, etc. to have a h ...more
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Review: 4 out of 5 stars

The Holders was kindly provided to me by Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot in exchange for my honest review.

17 year old Becca Ingle cares deeply for her 10 year old brother Ryland, who hears voices; she has always protected him from anyone who has wanted to test or institutionalise him, until two men arrive on their doorstep with an explanation for what is happening to Ryland and provide an opportunity f
Becca is a smart, mature teen girl who has devoted much of her life to protecting her younger brother, Ryland, who hears voices and is often picked on by others, from the well-meaning social services to his peers. One day Ryland is offered the opportunity to attend a special academy in Ireland where he will have a chance to feel 'normal' among others like him. Becca's mother is mysteriously all for this, THEN Becca finds out that the headmaster of the school is none other than her long lost fath ...more
It's hard to forgive and forget. It's hard to give up the role of protector. It's hard to know whether the choices made are the right ones or the wrong ones. Becca knows all about these hardships and it's something she battles with from the moment they arrive at St. Brigid's. If only that was the only thing she had to face.

I really love this story and here's my reasons why.

The Holders by Julianna Scott tells the story of Becca, a seventeen-year-old, as she protects her brother Ryland from the pe
Candace (Lovey Dovey Books)
For the past year I've picked up more than a few Strange Chemistry titles featuring strong heroines, mature and strengthened by their independence. Without a doubt, Julianna Scott's The Holders is no exception! When I first began reading I had high expectations to be thoroughly intrigued, but I didn't expect the urge Scott's writing built in me to read furiously until the end. I fell for the characters, the plot, and the beautiful presentation of Ireland.

Rebecca Ingle, 17 years old and self-char
Rebecca McKinnon
This is one of those books I have a hard time putting down. I (*ahem*) read it in a day. Then I nearly cried because I couldn't jump right into the next book in the series.

So many things about this book grabbed, and held, my attention. Becca's love for her brother, and the way she'd do anything to protect him. The way she has an opinion about her father, but is careful not to allow that to influence her brother's feelings toward him. The way she tries to protect her mother. The fact Becca and Ry
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Harry Potter meets Skippy Dies meets, I dunno, the Boxcar Children? A story of magical powers mistaken for mental disorder, when the child is transported to a Irish boarding school with his sister to be with others of his kind. That might sound like a storyline you've heard before, but the pacing and the teenage romance is well done and I couldn't put it down.
Rashika (is tired)
Actual rating 2.5

You tried so hard to not be a cliché but in the end that was all you were.

This is the only Strange Chemistry title that I’ve read that disappointed me. I say this with a heavy heart because honestly, I expected a lot from this book. The synopsis intrigued me and the cover was gorgeous. Alas as we all know, never trust the summary or the cover. They can be misleading.

Ryland has been hearing voices all of his life, people think he is crazy but Becca isn’t so sure. The book begi
The Holders captured my attention not wanting to put my Kindle down!! There was never a dull moment in this story. Becca is a fierce, loyal, and strong young woman, who would do anything for her brother, Ryland. He hears voices that no one else can & over the years of his young life, people have suggested mental facilities but Becca isn't having none of it. That is until a school in Ireland come calling for him claiming to help Ryland. Becca puts up a fight, but she agrees to go, making sure ...more
Eve Langell
Celtic lore, special abilities, good vs. evil, and the beautiful castle on the Emerald Isle. Sounds great right? Then buckle in for The Holders. This book comes out March 5th this is a review of the ARC as always thanks to NetGalley and Strange Chemistry.

We follow Becca to St. Brigid's where she can help Ry settle in and make sure she approves of it. Then there is the attraction to the handsome, sweet, man who convinced her to give this place a shot. She is drawn to him and she doesn't know wh
I received a digital arc of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Angry Robot Publishing

The Holders was a great book. It was well rounded and interesting. I loved the characters and their dynamics with one another. I loved Becca's fiery personality and how fiercely she protected her family.

I thought the concept of the holders was not necessarily original, but was done well and interesting nonetheless.

For me, this was a novel that had simplicity and predictability, but I still immensely enjoye
Caitlin (SmartFolksRead)
Over the last few months I’ve been picking up a few Strange Chemistry novels, and so far none of their books have disappointed. The Holders by Julianna Scott is no exception and may be one of my favorites yet! I love nothing more than a book with a fun setting and St.Brigid’s Academy in Ireland is just that: fun, beautiful, and intriguing. I’ve read a plethora of books before where each person had their own super power, but never one where these powers originate from centuries ago when an Irish ...more
Tara Anderson
Becca must keep a close eye on her ten-year-old brother, Ryland, because he's different from the other kids. When a recruiter comes from a special boarding school in Ireland with the promise of helping Ryland fine-tune his special abilities, Becca's not buying it -- until she realizes how truly special her brother is. Becca accompanies Ryland to St. Brigid's, where Becca learns about powerful abilities, family secrets, and a legend that may turn her life upside down. Along the way she meets the ...more
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The Holders by Julianna Scott was a wonderful surprise! I really enjoyed this book and think it will appeal to a large variety of YA readers. I’ve seen the story compared to the X-Men comics but, for me, the similarities are very surface-level. We have a school that enrolls people with special powers, called Holders, and there is a battle between those that want to protect the status quo and those that want the Holders to rise up and cl
Sister. Friend. Daughter. Lover. Becca is all these things and so much more, you’ll slowly learn to know her piece by piece, page by page, chapter by chapter discovering she is a round character, a real person like you and me.
Adventure and mystery. Fear and bravery. Love and hate. Secrets and ancient myth. Friendship and family. Are you ready to join The Holders?
Caution: this book may cause addiction. Well, I’m fairy joking but sometimes pause the reading in order to do something else (like eati
Ingrid Jonach
You know that feeling you get when you are reading a really good book? It is kind of like having a chocolate cake in the fridge. You go about your daily chores, knowing that as soon as you are finished you can have a reward. That was what it was like reading The Holders. I looked forward to reading it like I would look forward to eating a triple chocolate mud cake with raspberry coulis. It was DELICIOUS!

This novel was reminiscent of some of my favourite young adult series - Evernight, Harry Pott
*This book was given to me by Strange Chemistry in exchange for an honest review*
I don't even know where to start with this review. This book blew my mind, I couldn't put it down! It is such an incredibly book and a hell of a debut! Congrats, Ms. Scott :). All I can say to begin is thank you for writing this book, and thank you Strange Chemistry for sending me this book. I definitely do not want to give ANYTHING about this book away in this review, meaning it's probably going to be fairly short
Tim Dom
Really loved this one, and to be clear, I didn't think I would. I assumed it would be way to 'girly', but it kept me reading, and the lore and back-story was well done and interesting. The guy, Alex, was super sweet without being lame or a doormat, which I greatly appreciated. (And is what I hear girls want) But what also impressed me is that he was never--not even once--described as hot. With every YA book I read being filled with heros that are apparently the epitome of physical perfection, th ...more
Beth Ortega
I was lucky enough to test read this book and I can't tell you how much I loved it! The plot and conflict was fresh and interesting and the world building was a true stand-out in a world of YA novels that feel like different shades of the same color.

Most refreshing of all was the romance between the main characters. It was was believable and perfectly woven into the plot without being overdone. Scott took the time to develop the relationship using real compatibility and affection, not simply usi
Ben Babcock
This might not have been the best time for me to read The Holders. The first (and only) season of The Tomorrow People just finished broadcasting here in the UK, and I’m sad it’s over, because my landlady and I were having so much fun heckling its ridiculous characters and plot twists. Seriously, Stephen is supposed to be a high school student but has the ripped body of a mid-twenties man and never gets IDed at a bar (Robbie Amell is older than I am)? Anyway, The Tomorrow People seems to be the C ...more
While The Holders piqued my interest from the start due to the brother-sister relationship and hearing voices/mental illness mentioned in the cover copy, there were also some elements in the cover copy that made me wary. Two children off to boarding school, one of them a mysterious and prophesied saviour? How fantasy-clichéd can you get? So what I had absolutely not expected when starting The Holders was to be swept away by a main character with a voice all her own and a delicious romance. Becau ...more
The Holders has two things going for it: Ireland and boarding schools. The former because this makes all the characters in my mind speak with Irish accents and that’s beautiful and music and the latter because I am a sucker for boarding school stories.

Becca is rather more self-contained and assertive than many other paranormal YA heroines. She is smart – genius smart – she finished high school at 15 and has been deferring college in order to protect the younger brother everyone seems to want to
Sandra "Jeanz"
I received an E-ARC of this book from Strange Chemistry, Angry Robot via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review and opinion.
I have to be totally honest I find the gem on the front cover quite ugly, though that said I’d still pick up the book and read the blurb. Of coure there's a byline on the cover too, "How far would you go to protect the ones you love?" I love a good byline and I can say without giving a spoiler that Becca will go as far as she need to in order to protect her bro
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I was looking forward to reading this book as the premise sounded very intriguing. However, I'll admit that I was a little worried that it was going to veer too much into fantasy for my tastes, so I started it with some trepidation. Turns out that I needn't have worried at all because 'The Holders' was right up my street! 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.

The main protagonist Becca, ac
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My Thoughts?

I can't believe how many surprises I've had these last few months when books are concerned.
I'm always wary of accepting books for review from authors whose work I haven't previously read. But that's the point right?
Discovering new books to read and awesome authors to love.

And boy, did The Holders live up to what I expected from it.
I only read half of the book description before I said YES! To reading it.

Becca was an amazing character! One that definitely sti
I feel so mean writing negative things about books that I read but the little blurb really doesn't leave much left out of the story. It's pretty easy to piece together the book from it and fill in the gaps. I didn't read that part, just that it was about a 17 year old and the cover looked spiffy :)
I really enjoyed the book as a whole and it was clean! I really enjoyed the banter between Becca and Alex. It was real. I don't usually root for relationships like that but I really felt the connection
Melissa Simmons

The Holders is the first book in the series of the same name by Julianna Scott. I was intrigued just from the synopsis of the book and I'm so very glad I signed up to be part of this tour. This was one of the most enjoyable reads of the year so far for me. It truly had a little bit of everything I love in it.

Set in Ireland (for the most part) and told from the viewpoint of Becca, the main character, The Holders is a fast and highly entertaining read. It is very easy to like Becca-she is fierce,
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