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The Holders

(Holders #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,187 ratings  ·  221 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Strange Chemistry (first published March 3rd 2013)
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Emily May
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Melissa (Ever So Mela) by: Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
I feel like I'm going to be in the minority here. You see, I finished this about a week ago, probably less, and I had thought about giving it a 3.5...but now I just can't

I can barely remember anything about it. It was just lacking. In every sense of the word.

The Holders was predictable to the point of irritating, the romance was cringe-worthy, the characters were flat and unremarkable and as much as this wanted to hint towards a plot centered on a sister who fiercely protected her brother, I fo
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Actual rating : 4.5 stars

Warning : the plot is VERY similar to X-men at first but it didn't bother me, because I get the impression that the author actually acknowledges it by several references. Secondly it's just.... so FUN, and if some readers find that fun is cheap, I don't : after trying a tons of books lately, I can say without doubts that fun isn't easy to find. Moreover, there are some magical additions that appealed to me (alchemy, for example) and the great villain, Darragh, whi
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

"I look forward to it," I laughed. "Then maybe I'll get the chance to do something for you, for a change."
"Ah, Becca," he sighed, lowering his face so his nose brushed against mine, raising the hairs on my arms. "You have no idea how much you do for me."

Awww this was just too cute. If ever there was a need for a lighthearted and sweet book, this would be it. It's never too over-the-top and it doesn't try to be something it's not-it just is. I am horrible with my rules and expectations and wh
Julianna Scott
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė
So I wanted to reread this book another times which makes it the third time. It was still as good this last time as it was the first which definitely says something about this series and Ms. Scott's writing.


Becca Ingle is a 17 year old genius. Already graduated high school two years prior there are only a few things in her life. Her mom, younger brother Ryland, and when she should go to college. Putting this on hold to take care of Ry, she stays home to protect him from all of the people who
Jenni (thebookbonnet)
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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 be
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 Ryl ...more
Kara 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
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)
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
Tara Gold
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
♡ ~ Francesca ~ ✎
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Moze (SmartFolksRead)
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle, netgalley
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
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
Ingrid Jonach
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Pot
Tim Dom
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2013
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
Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*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
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