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The Keeper's Vow

(Guardians #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  48 reviews
From the day he showed up on her front porch, he desperately needed three things: a new beginning, a place to belong, and someone to stand beside him.

By the time she figured that out, it was too late.

In a world where being half-vampire is a dark secret that tears families apart, 16 year-old Katie Watts must untangle the web of lies that is her so-called life. No one is w
Paperback, 438 pages
Published September 7th 2016 by ChunkyCATBooks
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Lesia Joukova
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
UPD: 23.11.2016

This review was prompted by the fact that I suddenly realized my review is in the top right now and all it says is a pathetic "I enjoyed it!". Time to remedy that. Okay, let's get down into it!

If you love YA paranormal books then I think you should definitely give this book a whirl. Why? For an array of different reasons (warning, minor spoilers ahead, nothing very serious so go ahead).
So what are they? Here are some things that are present in the novel that might tickle your fanc

Alice Cai
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
3* (I feel like an actual plot was mostly just concentrated at the end.)

This book sucks. I mean there's more I actually explained in the review, but when I think about it this book sucks. It's was trying so hard to not have a love triangle that an entirely useless character was left in the book. No plot until the last 30%.

I think this book was a little too long. The plot is definitely the weakest part of the book and the characters the strongest(even though they were all pretty unlikable). I di
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Rae King
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (lovers of paranormal or LOP)

I love reading a new book that I have no expectations of. This was an exhilarating YA paranormal novel with clear, detailed writing. The story kept me excited, engaged and invested.

This book is about a teenage girl named Katalina (Katie), who goes to school one morning, not knowing that her entire life is about to be turned upside down. After some weird feelings and someone getting stabbed in the chest, she finds
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-ebooks
updated: 9/19/2016


Great story, awesome characters. I loved how messed up the main characters were, made them so much more enjoyable to read, even when I hated their attitudes.

Unlike most people--who's opinion I've read in other reviews--I actually really like Katie. Not because I think what she's doing is acceptable, but because there's something awesome in someone who is so deprecatingly flawed, and in being that, becomes more real. Of course, the only reason this works is
*i was kindly provided a copy by the author through Lovers of Paranormal*

4 stars

what is the first thing you think when you hear the word "vampire"?
is it this?
or maybe this?

according to wikipedia:
A Vampire is a mythical being who subsists by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures. In folkloric tales, undead vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive.

what happens tho
S.J. Abbo
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

The story was really good and very well developed. I really enjoy the main characters. They are well rounded and they act appropriate they age. Sometimes they impulsive, annoying, funny, sarcastic, witty, not logical, moody, dramatic but, that is normal teenage behavior. I did get irritated with them in time but then I do get irritated wit my one kids so....
I also loved the romance in this book. Not too cheesy, not too corny an
Sep 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was very disappoined with this book. I was supposed to get a strong, kickass heroine but instead I got a whiny, spoiled teenage girl that behaves recklessly and lusts for an eternity after male main lead.

The idea for the story was nice and the world building was consistent. BUT the thing I disliked right off the start is this: stranger boy follows girl for a day and wants to talk to her, she ignores him until he gets shot and then she is willing to listen but he suddenly becomes "mysterious" a
kariny v
This book was amazing!!! The start was pretty straight forward and the author managed to skip the dramatics. It's action packed and thrilling from the very start with never a dull moment. I loved all the characters and the author did a great job at describing them. The plot was complex with a lot of shocking revelations throughout the book.

Tristan and Katie- SWOON!! I absolutely adore these two and they were absolutely hilarious especially that part when Katie had put a shirt that was too tight
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was released today, and I would have finished it in one sitting, but I had work to do and chores to finish. I really enjoyed this YA Urban Fantasy. It has familiar themes, but also new twists, to make a fresh view. Definitely a page-turner.

April 18, 2017: Re-reading because the second book came out yesterday. I am enjoying it again.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Finally done with this book. It only took me all of 2 months to complete. The characters are dreadful. Couldn't connect with a single one. Story is ok, but it lacks proper execution. 1/2 star for the pretty cover
Kellyn Hawley
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I came into this book not knowing anything and left it not caring about what I learned. As you read this book you keep feeling like the author is building to something. It's that feeling that keeps you reading even when the main character doesn't grow as a person until the last three chapters and spends almost all her time crying while her friends and family call her selfish. Unfortunately that something that was being hinted at never landed. It felt like the end of the book caught the author by ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love it !
Ariel Mathis
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*A complimentary ecopy was given by the author in exchange for my honest review.*

I'm going to keep this short. Kind of. Hopefully. So at first, I was like, "Yea, let's do this!! I was born ready!!" (I needed to calm down) As I was reading I really liked the world building, getting to know these characters, and then BAM!! I was in a fetal position NOT wanting to talk to no one and it was a little rough because the incident I'm speaking of is when the main character finally broke down, and in fron
RS Rook
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Ooh boy. First off I have to say that YA (esp. YA romance) isn't really my genre. I came across this after watching the author's YouTube channel (which I wholeheartedly endorse)--so I tilted the scale up a bit to account for my general dislike of the genre which is not the author's fault. I knew there would be elements I wouldn't like walking into it.

What I liked about it--

1. Simone went full local and set the story in Boise, which I love. If I were to hide a secret society of otherworldly creat
Mary Flynn
I keep bouncing back and forth between two and three stars. I do love Francina's videos, so you can take that into consideration with me being on the generous side.

The interesting thing about reviewing a book by a booktuber (especially one who actually goes in-depth in her discussions like Francina) is that you know the author's values in writing. In this case, it's
1. internal consistency, which goes into
2. characterization, plot development, and world-building
I do have to commend this book, it
Mikka Gottstein
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
HINWEIS: Bisher gibt es das Buch leider nur auf englisch!

Wir lernen Katie am Anfang des Buches kennen als junges Mädchen, das die Interessen und Hobbies wechselt wie andere Leute die Socken. Stricken, Filmkritiken, Hamster züchten, Bücher sammeln, obwohl sie gar nicht gerne liest...Wenn sie etwas Neues für sich entdeckt, dann ist sie Feuer und Flamme und investiert viel Zeit und durchaus auch Geld - aber nichts kann ihre Aufmerksamkeit länger halten. Außerdem ist sie unglaublich faul! Sie plant
I found Francina Simone through her hilarious, sassy YouTube channel and was especially intrigued by her critiques of the current YA scene and the quality of so many of these overhyped books. YA isn't something I normally read much (the Booktube Corporate Machine frankly soured me on it, and I haven't been too impressed with the quality of what I have read either) but Simone seemed like a really cool, intelligent person who cares about good, authentic writing so I decided to give her a shot.

As u
Awkward Book Nook (Stephanie)
2.75. *sighs*

I love watching this author's YouTube videos. She is a hell-of-amazing person.

She is not her book.

I don't think this book had proper editing in pacing and plot point reveals. It takes reading past the 50% to really get a feel of the actual plot. Most of the time people are not revealing what's happening, and Katie is too much of a whiner to figure it out herself. She doesn't even seem to be curious about her lineage or possible abilities. She's just naive for most of the book, and
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will start this with a couple of negatives. The writing is rough in spots and some typos and grammatical errors did slip through. This is self-published though, so I didn't reduce my rating due to these issues. The other problem I had with this was in the plot, toward the beginning of the book there is a lot of mysteries and unknowns that the main character seems to only care to try to find out about when something happens that directly reminds her of it. Some of the other characters initially ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Finally finished and will hopefully be putting out a more detailed review once I've gone over my notes. Overall, i still intend to support Francina Simone in her endeavor to better her writing, and I still look forward to reading the sequel to this book. However, I found it to be riddled with spelling and syntax errors. The plot was also a little too fast-paced and jarred me out of my suspended belief. Though Katie and Tristan were well developed characters, the secondary characters felt a bit l ...more
I had a lot of problems with this book at first. There were grammatical and other copy editing mistakes that bothered me. A book deserves to be polished at publishing, much less 4 years after it's been released.

I also had trouble with the world. I know Katie was coming into it not knowing what was going on, but I don't think D-Range was explained until book two, and yet it was brought up multiple times in book 1. I was very confused through the first third of the book with the world that was int
Melissa Jacobson
Actual rating 4.75

I remembered that I had started to read this on my kindle a few days ago and I finally had time to read it yesterday and today and oh my gosh guys. Sooooo goooooood! Francina is not only a fantastic booktuber, she is also an engaging and unique author. This was the perfect thing to read as I was coming off of my Cassandra Clare, Lord of Shadows high. I picked it up because I knew it was an urban supernatural book and I ended up loving t for it's plot and characters. Katie is a
Stella Reeds
Nov 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I reached a bit more than half of this book then DNF-d it for the time being. It is well written and gripping from the start. There is no slow beginning so you are actually propelled to read on. But I just could not help myself and find it boring. Maybe I am too old for this kind of YA or maybe it was the paranormal reality theme thing but I was just never in the mood for this. I frankly found it boring. I am a little disappointed, because I really like the author's youtube videos. I really thin ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This was an excellent read. Very well developed, flawed, wonderful characters and a perfect storytelling pace just drew me in. It was funny, and painful, and uplifting, and mysterious, and angsty, and scary, and (oh my!) the romantic tension was fantastic. I devoured the book :)

One of my favorite things about this YA novel is - hooray! - that the MC cast of teens actually have parents, mentors and meaningful relationships with them that have an effect on their lives. The adults are not perfect
K.S. Marsden
*I received a free copy (Shut Up & Read) in exchange for an honest review*

When a strange new guy starts stalking her, Katie suddenly realises that not only is the world more complicated than she could have thought; but her friends and family have been lying to her for years.

Katie is now aware of the guardians, and their duties; and the vampires and werewolves in the world.
After her rather forced decision to become a guardian, she is thrown in the deep end with training. There is a lot to lea
Amara Luciano
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

There was so much I liked about this book, so much of it was authentic and well written and funny and romantic. Katie was as endearingly annoying and selfish and good-hearted as Serena from Sailor Moon, and very realistic for it. I loved her evolution by the end. But, I struggled to attach to some of the characters and there were a few points where the pacing lagged and I got a bit bored with the plot. Overall, though, I loved Katie and Tristan, and found their relationship heart-warmin
Shannon Rohrer
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't remember the last time I blew through a book in under 30 hours, much less a 400-some-odd paged one. The fact that I did with The Keeper's Vow indicates something: Francina Simone is one hell of a storyteller.

Was the writing perfect? No. On a technical scale, I came across a lot more misplaced commas, typos, and other errors than is typical in a published work. Was the storytelling masterful, however, with authentic, well-rounded characters, and a completely fresh plot? Hell yes.

To cla
I really enjoyed The Keeper's Vow. If you like reading a young adult urban fantasy novels, go ahead and give this book a shot. I guarantee a fun read. Why? Because it has all elements that I think make for a great book.

It has an interesting storyline. The plot is very engaging. Katie, a junior high-schooler is thrust into the world of the guardians when Tristian gets stabbed in her backyard. Turns out, she is a Guardian, her mother wasn't killed in childbirth as she'd been led to believe and Tr
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a nice new read read. Easy to relate a lot with this book, and it was written just right. Half vampires are a dark secret, and hidden family secrets. A new version on things that I really loved reading about.

Katie woke up to a good breakfast, already she should be on alert. So just reading the very first lines, it gets you wondering right off. Her day at school was even stranger, an unknown boy needs to speak with her and uses her full name to get her attention. How does this random
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Francina Simone is the author of The Guardians Trilogy, a young adult urban fantasy that explores the strength of love and lost. She was born in Germany, spent her childhood in hot the urban jungle of Orlando Florida, and now resides in the Rockies where she spends more of her time far away with her characters in their quest to make the right decisions in worlds brimming with romance, moral ambigu ...more

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