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The Path Keeper: The Path Keeper Series

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  118 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle? What if our life was already mapped out before birth? What if someone had the power to change the path we were destined to follow?

Ella hates her new life in London, she misses Spain and she’s struggling to get over her past until she meets Zac. He has always loved her but he isn’t meant to be part of Ella’s story. Not this time
Paperback, 378 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by Accent Press Ltd
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
So here I go with my review N.J.!

When I began to read “The Path Keeper” I was sure that I’d get a typical young adult story. Super-hot guy meets nice girl and they kind of hit it off!

Oh boy, was I wrong!! ! XD
I got so much more than I bargained for! ;-)

Yes, there is a love story between Ella and Zac and yes they hit it off and immediately fall in love
that’s definitely not the entire story! Oh no!
The story is so much more complex than that and the longer I read the more I loved the book! I
Grace ᵔᴥᵔ
Jul 11, 2017 marked it as to-read
Pre-Reading 7/11/17
This reminds me of The Adjustment Bureau and I'm totally down with imagining Zac as Matt Damon
Tina Yngvesson
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. The Path Keeper kept me up till 3am and I went to bed wanting more. Layer upon layer upon layer of time and space, leaving the reader wondering and never wanting it to end.
It's a book of adventure, of life and of memories, of time lost and gained, of people and of experience and essentially, of love. Your new Netflix addiction is what it is. Ella leaves you mesmerized whilst Zac leaves you bewildered - so basically, it's chocolate for your soul.
I got my hands on an adva
Gabriel Lea
I kindly received an arc from the author for review. I loved the concept of The Path Keeper. It’s the story of unrequited love over thousands of years. Zac has watched and loved Ella throughout countless lifetimes, sometimes tasked with supporting her through her hardships in various lives, but mostly doomed to love her from afar… until now.

The story is set in modern day London where we meet 18 year old Ella, in all of her brashness, abusing a rude bus driver. Enter Zac, who approaches her and
Olga Mecking
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The only thing I knew about this book was that it was a love story with fantasy elements. And it was that and more. "The Path Keeper" will surprise you with every turn of the page, and leaves you wanting more. Ella is my favorite character in the whole book: she is smart, she is funny and she loves to swear, preferably in Spanish. So much more interesting than Twilight's boring Bella. And I usually enjoy books where different stories come together in all kinds of unexpected ways. This is exactly ...more
Emily Bowers
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of The Path Keeper, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's marketed towards the young adult market, which I'm most definitely not, so don't let this put you off! The book, which is part one of a trilogy, jumps between time periods, which could be confusing, but NJ Simmonds manages to bring them seemlessly together. A must read
Chana Warents
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found The Path Keeper a deep, moving and magical reading experience. I was blown away by it; it's so different to the usual sort of book I enjoy reading; yet still immensely enjoyable.

N.J. Simmonds took me on a turbulent journey with all her characters and their experiences; I travelled through different time periods with them, saw them experiencing all sorts of unexpected tests and trials together, and read with genuine interest how they fared throughout them all. A lot of times, the suspense
Sarah Norris
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review for The Path Keeper
I was passed an advanced copy of this book by another reviewer as she thought I would like it and I’m so grateful to her.
Having had a very hectic year I had got out of the habit of reading because my concentration was shot so I wasn’t sure I would be able to settle down long enough to get into a book but I needn’t have worried.
I was gripped by the second page and not once did my attention wander.
This book is wonderful... amazing, and describes the sort of world that I
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since a YA/Fantasy book completely bowled me over but I am excited to say that that is exactly what happened when I read THE PATH KEEPER by N.J. Simmonds. Enthralling from the very beginning, this story of love and desperation sucked me in and kept me entranced for the entire story, and that ending left me desperate for more!!!

Ella is not happy with her new life in London, regardless of the fact that she wants for nothing thanks to her gentle step-father. She just doesn't fee
A. Hunt
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
When you need a story that takes you through romance and complication, and an ending you know won't leave you hanging... for long, you grab a book like The Path Keeper, written by N. J. Simmonds. I found this book captivating, romantic in an unromantic sorta way and filled with enough love to actually become a part of the fandom possee!

Zac's one of those guys you want to love on, but he's mysterious and secretive - but he has to be! There's a reason behind it all. And let's face it, I related t
Jodi Maciaszek
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in one of the giveaways and WOW!!!! I am so glad I did.

First and foremost, N.J. Simmonds' writing is beautiful. The descriptions of time and place transport you immediately. The character development allows you to love, hate and sympathize with the characters you should.

As far as the story, there were so many twists and turns and surprises. Nothing was predictable, which is so rare in writing these days. There was a few minutes, toward the middle, when I got worries and thought
S.D. Mayes
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It's marketed as YA, but I would call it a quirky esoteric romance, and I was surprised in a good way at how the story kept evolving between Ella, the beautiful but lost girl, and homeless yet handome, Zac. Except Zac isn't who Ella thinks he is. He is special, and he's fighting his own feelings about being in her life. And Ella isn't your typical celebrity obsessed teen either. She wants more out of life ... much more. And this powe ...more
Lil' Belle
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Path Keeper" was different & wonderful story that I got to read. Its not only a story of love/fantasy but it's so much more then that. How their story in previous life interferes with their present life and how each and every decision in one's life changes their course of their destined path in life. The author has woven a very brilliant story. Ella was my favourite character with her smart & fiesty nature but I really felt sorry for Zac. "The Path Keeper" has so many layers to the s ...more
Phoenix Tier
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m writing this review with tears streaming down my face.
If you’re looking for a roller coaster of emotions I’d highly suggest this book.

From start to finish I was on this amazing journey where I followed a girl fall in love and go through all the feelings you do when you’re in love for the first time. Except this wasn’t your typical love story. Without giving too much away, the main character still has her challenges in life but they’re not exactly what you think they’d be.

N J Simmonds has
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Path Keeper by NJ Simmonds has to be my favourite book one of a series I have ever read! What I don’t understand is why this novel hasn’t blown off the shelves like Twilight, The Hunger Games or Harry Potter! It deserves to be a book on everyone’s book shelf!! It is so amazing that words can’t describe how wonderful it is!!

This is NJ Simmonds debut novel with two more novels for the series.

I don’t even want to write anything for for this review because is one that you need to experience go
Emma-louise Smith
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Path Keeper was fantastic. Everything about it kept me intrigued and turning pages. It isn't your typical romance, it's so much more. Questioning destiny and everything you thought you knew about Angel books. I really cannot wait for the 2nd one, I just have to know what becomes of Ella and Zac :)
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you just couldn’t bear to read another soppy ‘YA fantasy romance’ novel, you’re in luck: The Path Keeper is anything but soppy. What a stunning debut from author Natali Simmonds; her characters and their various century-spanning lives (intrigued yet?) are brought to vivid, gritty reality by well-structured and stylish writing. It’s quite rare to find a story that can at once explore ontological concepts with such profundity and be actually fun to read, but Simmonds achieves this through the c ...more
Vanessa Ponzoni
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written novel that gripped me from the very start. It is entertaining, romantic, sexy, funny, and I love the way it jumps into the past to reveal clues to the main story line. I totally fell in love with the two main characters and I didn't want it to end. Cannot wait for the next one!!
Joanna Lambert
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Ella Fantz finds herself having to get off her bus earlier than planned she is not in the best of moods. However, as she struggles onto the pavement carrying two bags of books destined for the nearest charity shop, she is not expecting assistance from the tall attractive stranger standing there.
When I was offered a pre-publication read of The Path Keeper the only thing I knew about it was its genre: a YA novel. I began reading and quickly found myself glued to this book in the same way I ha
Vikki Rose
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will admit, I am 36 and I love YA books - yet lately I have been searching and found nothing worth reading - everything seems a copy of something else until I read The Path Keeper! I found this book gripping, erotic, humorous and at times truly heartbreaking. I fell in love with almost all of the characters and want to know more about them - I am thrilled there will be more in this series and I highly highly recommend it. Beautifully written x
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I need the second book, Now!

YA isn't my usual choice, but I like to change genres I read regularly and I'm so glad I picked this one.

The Path Keeper has been recommended to me by The fiction café members and I bought it as soon as it came out. Admittably it was sitting in my bookcase since then and slowly being pushed aside by other books, now I wonder why?

Story was captivating and I read the whole book in two sittings. I couldn't put it down.

Author's writing style is amazing, draws you right i
Bella James
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stunning and unique blend of fantasy, thriller and romance-presented as a Young Adult novel-but for me this beautiful tale would surely resonate with everyone.
N.J. Simmonds explores the metaphysical paradox of time and reality, intertwining the story of two souls and the concept of eternal love.
Simmonds writes with passion and poetry, a definite five stars and a highly recommended read. You will escape to another world and perhaps even contemplate your own fulfillment of destiny. I certainly d
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps the best Young Adult novel I've ever read. The female lead, Ella, is more credible than any other - unlike Bella, Tris and Catniss who seem to bury their emotions and try to hide how they feel, Ella comes out and vents her spleen at Zac in a way that is instantly recognisable.
The more minor characters, mothers, friends, step-brothers are written with such precision and - love or loathe them - their actions seem totally authentic and in line with their characters.

And Zac. Possibl
Amanda Hall
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started this book in November and when I find the time to read, it is certainly a page turner. It twist and turns and full of surprises. I'm half way through the book as I'm slow reader and never always have time to sit down but when I do get the chance I'm hooked until I'm called away to do something else. The characters are believable and you can picture every scene in the book. Don't want it to finish but I do believe there is more to come.
Krystal Gile
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Path Keeper isn't just another story about a girl falling for a guy, or a “damsel in distress” novel. It is so much more than those simple descriptions. The Path Keeper is a story placed in modern day, but will walk you through times far to long ago. The story follows the life of Ella, your typical young adult who just so happens to have the mouth of a sailor & a knack for taking the difficult path. In particular, the difficult path of falling in love with the “wrong guy”. Zac is a myste ...more
Dane Cobain
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book was interesting, because in some ways it’s defies genre. It’s billed as “the first in a thrilling new YA fantasy series”, but it also has elements of romance, historical fiction and just straight up contemporary. In fact, when I first started reading it, I wondered where all of the fantasy was – but then it kicked in during the second half, and it worked well because of that.

The result is a book that f
Erin McClain
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel really absorbed me in to the story, and truly caused me to fall in love with not only the characters, but also their relationship. The element of mystery around Zac really carries the plot forward with a strong element of suspense. I also really appreciated the way in which the novel explores the two characters in equal amounts. The perspective would change, to give you insight on the other character's thoughts. This really produced an interesting emphasis on the two characters as a w ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book had me in tears, struggling not to scream and throw it across the room because the emotions I was enduring were so strong. (which is one of the highest compliments in my opinion).

I absolutely loved the expert way in which N.J Simmonds wove the past and present together, creating a world in which every character's story plays a major role in unravelling the mystery of the past, and how that effects the present. I think some of my favourite parts of the story were when we travelled
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hello there!

This book was amazing, I really liked the characters and the story itself. At first, it feels like instalove, but when you keep reading it is so much more than that!

I really liked the characters, I love the connection between them. It feels real like it could be real, and I could imagine some people being like that together.

I read the book in my 24h readathon, and it took me about 10hours, maybe a bit longer. I am not a fast reader so I am totally okay with that. Reading the story I
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Natali Drake is an accredited member of The Society of Authors and writes as N J Simmonds. She is a freelance brand consultant and writer and has had her work published in various UK newspapers, websites and publications including The Mother Book. In 2015 she co-founded The Glass House Girls, an online magazine for women who need to be heard. Originally from North London, Natali now divides her ti ...more
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