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The Path Keeper: The Path Keeper Series

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  94 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
Imi (Imi Reviews Books)
DNF @ 75%

Okay, so I have literally put this down right this second and I’m still mad. But we’ll get to that.

The premise is that angels are on earth to ensure that humans stick to their fate, but they aren’t meant to interact with them. But uh, oh, Zac spoke to Ella and they fell in love and now shit is going down. Nothing massively original but also could make for an intriguing urban fantasy with a strong romance element.

The writing was pretty good and I found it intriguing but I felt like it w
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
DNF @ 22%

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to review this. Unfortunately, the writing and story is a little young for me and I'm not interested at all. Therefore, I will leave the rating blank since I didn't read enough for a proper review or rating.
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
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
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
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 oddly disappointing stars

Huh, for a book that started as well as this did, I'm immensely disappointed by the ending. The story was so intriguing at the beginning, and then even I'm not sure where it took a turn for worse.. But let's trace back to all the things that the book did wrong, shall we?

1. CHARACTER CONSISTENCY: This is something that I feel the book suffered with. There was zero consistency in the character actions and motivations. They were mostly abrupt for the sake of being abru
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this even though it had some tough topics and was a emotional rollercoaster I was hooked from the very beginning and I really want more now. I really loved the characters especially Ella and Zac I really liked the bits of other characters though time it was all written so well. I really loved the story all of it I really liked the urban fantasy and the angel stuff I really enjoy fiction about angels. This story was so very emotionally charged and I really want to read more so hopefully t ...more
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
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
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm so pleased I got my hands on an advanced copy of this book ! It really was a brilliant read with captivating characters and a terrific story line that made it difficult for me to put down. It combines the super natural with history, romance and thrills that had me wanting to believe it was all real! Highly recommend for anyone looking for some magical and enthralling escapism... Can't wait for the next books in the series!
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I am very sorry to say that this was the worst book I have read in a while. Maybe this can be explained by the following passage from the Author's Note: "[B]ut please remember that although the series taps into religion, history and esoteric/theological's not to be taken too seriously. Ultimately, it's an urban fantasy love story and a bit of fun." Yet I did not think it was a particularly good romance, fantasy novel
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2019, fantasy, ya
First the good news: This book is a fast read. If you make it through. Which I didn’t.

So, the book consists of two stories. (At least as far as I read.)
The first story takes place in the past and I found it quite engaging. The writing style was quite good: some imagery, foreshadowing, and I could identify with the protagonists and was rooting for them despite knowing in advance that their tale was a tragic one.

Now the bad news:
The second story, which is the main story, takes place in present day
Martina Urbanová
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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
Zuzana N
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
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
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
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
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
Feb 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Path Keeper has some problems. It's too formulaic. The main characters are stereotypical and annoying. Their relationship is so far fetched I can't even. Being a story written for a young adult audience, the sex scenes should have gotten the axe. Inappropriate for real. The religious aspect is kind of silly and an angel would not do what this one did in the end. And, the end.....seriously? Is this the message young adults need to read? No. Just no. I probably don't have to say this, but I do ...more
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 :)
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book though... 💖💔😭💥🔮💫👼💌🤬☠

I don't even think I can properly review it without screaming akjkssjk! It's such a beautiful blend of history, fiction, star-crossed romance, mystery, and mythology. How N.J. Simmonds pulled it off deserves all the awards.

I originally requested The Path Keeper on Netgalley late last year and got approved pretty quick. Unfortunately, it sat on my kindle for awhile due to IRL stuff. I finally started reading it about a week ago and if it weren't for my job and slee
Fae Crate
I enjoyed this story on the actual plot level. The only issue I had was that the book is titled to be set for a Young Adult audience but I felt that the language and scenes used went deeper into the adult world. While I believe that intense scenes and situations are acceptable in the YA world there was a few times where I felt strongly about the book needing to be labeled for adults.

The plot is creative and I enjoyed the read as a whole. A unique way of addressing certain issues in today's worl
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
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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