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The Keepers

(Alchemy #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,679 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of things floating around her.

One day ago, Jo's sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.

Today, Cormac ordered her shot. If he's real lucky, she won't die. Because if she does,

Paperback, 290 pages
Published April 13th 2013 by Strong Hold Publishing (first published April 11th 2013)
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I'd go a smidgen over 4, maybe even as high as 4♥s.

Very unique premise; it was fresh, exciting, and enthralling. It really kept me guessing and there were some definite white-knuckle moments. I do need to warn readers... it's a bit cliffy. This is the first of a series, but I would recommend placing it on your TBR shelves, you don't want to miss this!

I feel I should warn others reading this review, I'm not particularly adept at noticing mild punctuation errors, or verb tenses, all that brouhaha.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
I'll have to say The Keepers surprised me...pleasantly. I didn't expect to get hooked into reading it in one sitting, but that's what happened. Fantasy/PNR/SciFi type combos don't always work for me, but the author blended the world building, the plot lines, and the characters beautifully. The characters have depth and an air of believability to them and that says a lot given the fact that some are of "other worlds". Loved Jo and Cormac - their sexual chemistry is firing on all cylinders, and I' ...more
SN the Viking
Review on my Blog:

I am always on the hunt for a new addictive UF/PNR series that I can’t put down for my auto buy list. I don’t find new ones that often anymore, I am happy if I find 1 or 2 a year. Last time it happened was with the Alexa O`Brien series by Trina M Lee. I am real happy to say I in this book have found another one for my best series list.

We follow Jo, she is a really messed up girl that has had a real hard life. Grown up in one foster home
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Melissa (Ever So Mela) by: Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*

I feel I must point something out: This book is free. As in, I did not have to pay a cent. As in, I don't understand how I have had to pay for books that completely suck while this gem here didn't cost me a dime.

Reasons I read this book:

1)Brittain: She gave the whole series 5 stars and kept gushing about how amazing the books were.

2)The cover: hook, line and sinker.

Reasons I liked the book:

1)Jo: Lately I've been reading all these books that have the worst female leads. Weak, needy, and att
Patricia Knight
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Excellent premise with an encouraging start. Unfortunately, the angst of I had a terrible childhood and am forever damaged from the heroine became tiresome. After a while I just didn't want to hear about it. The hero is hunky and appropriately sexy but their relationship was marred by the heroine's continual, immature behavior. At one point in the book, the heroine runs away from the hero after informing him that nothing is ever going to happen between them, only to return to find him with a fri ...more
Naomi 🐨
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very different and such a good read! Loved Jo and the tension between her and Cormac. It kept me guessing for so long and wasn't predictable in the least! Dodd is another totally endearing character and the banter between Jo and Dodd is hilarious.....loved it all ❤ Hope the next book is just as good :-) ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
(3.5 Stars)
When I read the summary for "The Keepers" I really didn't know what to think. The concept of a girl being hunted down by her boss was interesting but I really didn't understand how different the plot was going to be. Would it be another vampire/werewolf book with the standard plot or would this truly be something different? The answer is "The Keepers" is a totally unique plot with unexpected aspects built in. I will confess though, if I had known that it had alien aspects to it, I pro
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing

"He smelled too good, he looked too good and it was just completely unfair. Villains were supposed to be ugly."

I don't like mentioning other authors or books in a review. But this time I will make an exception because I hope, if the author ever reads this, that she will take it as a giant compliment.
So here it goes;
Jo reminds me of Cat in the first Nighthuntress book. And the cat&mouse chase between Jo and Cormac reminds me of Cat & Bones.
There, I said it.

"Maybe you can disappear fro
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-nauba-r2r, 2013
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Right off, I need to say, that some things (cough cough shootings) shocked me! Totally not how I envisioned that going. This was another great story from Donna Augustine. Her writing style is easy, approachable and makes for an enjoyable read. I really appreciate how she creates characters who develop throughout the story. It makes them seem more real as well as enabling the reader to view them as the flawed characters th
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally some original UF! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop. Jo always knew she wasn’t normal. She found out the hard way what she really was. Jo was awesome! Physically strength wasn’t her strongsuit, but mentally she was tough. She never hesitated to let her opinion be known without managing to come off as an idiot who didn’t know when to keep her mouth shut. I would have been happier if Jo wasn’t a special snowflake. It didn’t bother me too much since she wasn’t all powerful. In so ...more
Heather  book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire
This 5 ***** star book was a bit of a surprise to me. I opened it on my kindle (at 1 AM) to check something and before I knew it it was 3:30 and I had finished the book! It pretty much picked me up and swept me along with it without me once realizing how late it was. It was amazing and thrilling - I haven't become that absorbed in a book in a long time.

Jo Davids seems like everyone else you hear about having been raised through a difficult foster system - self-reliant, determined to be and stay
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It's pretty rare for me to hate an urban fantasy novel.

I can't find it in my heart to be even the slightest bit benevolent about this novel.

The hero orders the heroine to be shot... dead by his cronies.

Much later in the novel, he attempts a moves on the heroine's only friend. And then tells her its her fault for not giving it up to him.

How gross.
Teresa B.
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was so pleasantly surprised about this book.. I didn't even put it down.. Some surprises.. I love the lead charactor too..Now i have to wait until the next book..uggg
Danielle (Danniegurl)
I'm still thinking on this one.

I'm not sure how I really feel about this one.
I'm not sure the emotional connections were there for me though I could feel the tension.
It's different, but I also felt how similar this is to me since I just read A Step into the Dark the Ollie Wit series. Their execution is very alike and similar I couldn't help but draw comparisons. Which I think made it slightly difficult to enjoy the unique story being told here. Fae/Aliens fascinating.

I think I'm interested in g
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I tried to read an earlier story by this author and had to stop after four chapters because it just didn't grab me and the writing was rough around the edges, so I put off reading this one. Now I wish I hadn't. In a genre full of vampires and shifters Donna has written an urban fantasy with a bit of a different flavor. I was hooked instantly and emotionally invested before I knew what hit me. There were things I didn't see coming and the world building used a clever twist of science. You know ho ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I title my review on this book ‘A rough cut Diamond’
I love this book and I also love Donna’s writing style. I was hooked on the first few lines of the book. Though I will say the Editing companies’ job has a lot to be desired! So please don’t be put off on their incompetence as this is truly a gem of a book and this is one of those books that you can’t put down and will leave you constantly thinking about it!

Jo is an orphan, abandoned as a baby; she has been pushed from Foster home to Foster hom
So, I Read This Book Today
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally, and most ‘interestingly’ we find The Keepers, the first book in the Alchemy Series by Donna Augustine. Josephine “Jo” Davids, has had a brutally hard life. Abandoned as a child, she lived through the hell of the foster system, shuffled from home to home, lasting at the most a few months before her foster parents tossed her back into the system for being too “weird.” Once she hit eighteen and was dumped out of the system she enrolled herself in college and is fighting for her medical tra ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Magic and gambling. What could go wrong?

When it comes to Donna Augustine's Keepers, a lot.

It starts with a young waitress in a Vegas casino. Jo is doing her thing, paying her way through college, just living the life. And then it all gets sent right into the proverbial Twilight Zone when she sees a werewolf in the casino. From there it is like all bets are off as far as what genre elements will be introduced.

Werewolves, faeries, aliens, secret portals, alchemy, oh my. There are moments in the no
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink* book boyfriend, forever and ever.

I read a lot of books. Too many probably and for some reason, none of the male leads has ever come close to Cormac for me. I guess it is because he is so jaded but still honest and capable of caring about others. He has to make hard decisions and even if it means doing something he doesn't want to do, he will always do it.

Jo is the perfect match for him, especially when it comes to wits and attitude. She is spunky and stubborn and rude and holds every
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
There were too many logic and world building holes here and the writing needed a really good polish to bring it up a level. Otherwise, pretty decent characters, not a lot of angsty romance garbage though there is quite a bit of ogling going on, respectably, the main doesn't generally let it get in the way of her own agenda which is refreshing. I get very tired of women panting after men and forgetting that they've got things to do, people to save (even themselves, often) and places to go because ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a wonderful blending of physics and magic. Now before you say to yourself, "Damn, I thought it looked interesting but I'm no science geek," let me say this. I am no science geek. Hell the most scientific thing I can own to is cooking dinner and that not always well. But I enjoyed this book!

Jo, the heroine is an orphan with more emotional baggage than any one person should ever carry. Nor is she willing to set that baggage down just to get jiggy with the hotter than hot hero, Cormac.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. I love Jo's personality. She makes you laugh and at other times you feel her sorrow and pain even though she's a "do not pity me" person, you can't help but feel for her with her horrible upbringing and being different.
something she herself can't explain and you have to read to figure out.

Cormac the bad guy , so he's made out to be, brings balance to Jo, she's untrusting towards everyone and he makes her for the most
Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)
This book is the perfect 'guilty pleasure' read! It is fast paced, amusing, believable, has a great female lead and lots of sexual tension! What more could you want from an urban fantasy novel about aliens?!

I had never heard of Donna Augustine before I downloaded 'The Keepers' and was very glad not to be disappointed.

Fans of The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning will love it!

The story revolves around a young woman called Josephine; she lives in a trailer park, is study pre-med and is working i
Lookeee~book addict~don't need no stinkin' recover
I liked this book a lot. Enough, that even though at the end of the book, it says that the next in the series would be out in the summer of 2013, I went to the author's blog to see if I was lucky and it was out yet.

It had some issues, but when I am reading for enjoyment I can overlook many things. There were quite a few grammar issues and tense errors. The grammar were mostly as if the spellcheck had been used but it was the wrong word. Sometimes the tense from present/past/future or vice versa
Laurie: Almost Faemous
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Keepers from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

First of all I have to applaud Donna Augustine on the originality of The Keepers, while it had some of the usual supes in UF like the Fae and Werewolves it had no vamps and it was a really unique spin on the supes it did have. While in the beginning I wasn't too sure whether I would get into the story or not, I am very glad I stuck with it, it turned out to be a great read.

The main character Jo, was an orph
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Donna Augustine book "The Keepers" was a breath of fresh air. I received this book as a first read. I loved the writing style and the voice of the book. I also like that it got right into the story. There was no holding back, she just jumped in and swam. She kept me glued to every page and I couldn't put the book down. It was that amazing.

I enjoyed the character so much. They felt real to me. I haven't read a book for awhile that made me feel that way towards the characters. I loved and hated t
Marisa Valle
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supes, urban-fantasy
Really enjoyed the story. I liked Jo because she is tough & smart & doesn't do crazy stupid things. I really empathized with her because of her history & her hang ups that she totally owns. Plus, she can really hold a grudge & doesn't fall into the first alpha man's arms that reach for her. She is very aware of her own abilities & limitations. Cormac was hot & everything but you would think someone with his experience would know better than to play immature games when fem ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Keepers. It has all the elements I enjoy in a good urban fantasy. Jo has vulnerabilities, but is feisty and strong with a smart mouth. Cormac is everything you want in a leading man and has all the sizzle and arrogance that goes with role he plays. The world and character building was great and with the exception of a few blips was really well written. There is enough violence and kicking hinny to keep my bloodthirsty cravings in check and I could almost hear myself cheer when Jo win ...more
Racquel Kechagias
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A World Within Our Own

The Keepers is a fantastic read. With beautiful descriptions, and impacting action it is easy to lose yourself within the underground society of the Keepers.

Jo is a woman whose life has never been normal. She loses herself in a world of mystique and danger after one night in the basement of the casino she works in.

Cormac is a mystery for the majority of the novel. His lifestyle and secrets lead Jo on a roller coaster ride and try as she may to fight it, she is helpless when
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