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(Keeper Duology #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  375 reviews
When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the excl
Paperback, 408 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Flux Books/North Star Editions
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Shantala (Shanaya Tales) Some can view it as a standalone, but for me it definitely needs a sequel, at-least one more book to complete the story.
GC Most likely PG-13, because there is some violence in the last third of the book.

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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Holy guacamole - those ending plot twists!

This was a fun book - and wow that last 30% was a wild ride! But before I get into all that, I just wanted to give a shoutout to the author!

First of all, thank you, Kim, for the opportunity to read the ARC! For those of you who don't know, Kim has a writing channel on youtube full of awesome writing & craft advice - and I highly recommend checking it out of you're an aspiring author! Click here to visit!

So basically we have Lainey, a quirky, small-town
Kim Chance
Aug 22, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
KEEPER will officially be out in the world on January 30th, 2018!

I am so beyond excited to share this book with all of you! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Lainey, Maggie, and Ty are so near and dear to my heart and may they be as good a friend to you as they always are to me!

Happy Reading and remember...Magic always leaves a mark!

Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
I’m a little bit disappointed. I thought this would be an amazing-book-explosion💥, but it was just a spark✨.
Maybe I’m too old for this book. 🤷🏻‍♀️

„You’re a witch, Lainey.“ 🧙🏻‍♀️ (did this line really appear in this book? 🤷🏻‍♀️😉)

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Being rescued by a hot guy in a comic shop? Really cool. 😍
Being attacked by a girl covered in blood looking like yourself? Not cool. Absolutely not cool.😱
Changing time because you slept a little too much? Awesome. 😆
Having flashbacks and nightmares about the g
Wren (fablesandwren)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02-stars, not-shelved
This reminds me a lot of Cassandra Clare’s first books. The story is very interesting and something that is unique and will draw you in, but the writing is young and the characters are a little weak. Her writing was aimed for young adults but the way it was written seemed to be towards a younger audience. With that said, I have high hopes for Kim Chance because Cassandra Clare has become such an amazing author and weaver of stories and has become one of my favorite authors to obsess over.

There a
Tessy Ijachi
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, arc
Thanks to netgalley for providing me with this arc

Am actually suprised but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fascinating and intriguing read, despite the fact that there's nothing specifically special about this book.

There were lots of tropes used by the author that is usually found in other YA books/ movies such as;
A. Her not knowing she had powers
B. Her parents are dead
C. She's a bookworm
D. The fact that she got her powers at seventeen(and yes am still sore that I got no powers on my b
Ardent Reader
I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy, but I felt that something is missing.
The story line is not bad but at the same time its not excellent either.

I love Maggie better than Lainey and their friendship is beyond my imagination where Maggie would do anything for her best-friend. She is also a huge fan of comic books and always tries to relate the situation for a comic book characters.
I was little annoyed when Lian
Kristen Martin
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was FANTASTIC, and seeing as it’s Kim’s debut only makes it more so! Fast-paced and charming, I found myself flipping the pages, yearning for more of this world. I loved the pop culture references (seeing as I’m a superhero fan and nerd myself), and found myself laughing along with the characters during some of the dialogue - another one of the many aspects I loved about this novel! There were a couple of plot twists I did not see coming AT ALL, and made the book that much more enjoyab ...more
♥Booklish Reviews♥
Houston, we have lift off! Roger that...

RELEASE DATE: 01/30/2018


First read: 11/2017
Second read: 05/2019

Re-read this before picking up book #2... The review, however, still holds:

Despite this book having a very young adult feel to it, mainly due to the writing and the dialogues, I was positively surprised by how much I ended up enjoying it.

Things that really worked for me:
• Those great, lovable characters
• That adorable and precious friendship between the protagonist and her BFF
• The intriguing plot and world building
• The action sequences
• The tragedies
• Th
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I received an ARC from netgalley in exchange of an honest review

This was actually pretty good.

I mean I went into this with EXTREMELY low expectations, but it was actually really good???
I am glad I requested this book tbh.

I’m glad I gave Kim Chance

I’m sorry I’ll show myself out now

I honestly don’t even know how to write this review without any spoilers lmao.

Now. Firstly.
That synopsis does not do this book any justice.

I mean when I read it for the first time, I presumed it
Maria Dimitrova
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC received in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
Actual rating: 4.5

While I found the blurb interesting enough to request an ARC I didn't expect to enjoy Keeper as much as I did. Generally I find it hard to connect with young adult characters (I guess I'm too old for it) so what I really wanted was to see how the story would be told.

What I got instead was a set of very likeable and surprisingly relatable characters. Lainey reminds me so much of myself when I was her age with her drea
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I devoured Keeper in one sitting, letting go of any reservation that this was a paranormal story which was mostly what I read in 201, and instead of thinking 'oh no, this is exactly like this book' I let myself be transported to when I first discovered YA and read romances like 'Hush, Hush', 'Fallen' and 'Beautiful Creatures.'

Keeper is a nostalgic YA mash-up. It feels a little odd to be reading it in 2017 because my reading tastes have changed so much, but you all know I'm a sucker for witch
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I received this Arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

'Magic always leaves a mark'

A witch, a street fighter, a comic book loving best friend, and a Lord Voldemort like Villian, YESSS! As soon as I read the synopsis for Keeper, I knew I had to request it right away and thankfully I got approved for it. Although this novel won't be released until 30th Jan 2018, I'm glad I got a chance to review it for you guys. Being Kim Chance's debut novel I was a little skeptical, only becau
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read a pre-published draft of KEEPER and this book is everything you could want in a contemporary fantasy with Southern Gothic and historical undertones. I absolutely loved the way the author blended the past with the present and KEEPER has so much to swoon over—from its hauntingly beautiful setting, to the world-building, the magic, the female friendship, the elusive love interest, and the intense struggle the main character faces when her carefully planned life runs smack into a new reality— ...more
Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
You can also find this review on my blog here.
Release date: January 30th, 2018

This is a book i went into with few expectations but nothing too dramatic as it is a debut novel and i haven’t read a book about witches in a very long time. I feel kind of on the edge about my overall fondness of the book because I’m left with a lot of questions. The main one being, how it ends in a way that makes you think there should be another but as far as i know it’s a stand alone. Strange, however, I’m going to
Julia Thompson
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aug 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
Just got approved for an arc of Keeper!!!

Yay! Keeper has a cover now :D I can't wait to have this book in my hands.

Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an arc of this novel in exchange for a honest review. Thank you, Netgalley and Flux, for the opportunity!

"What? I’ve been marathoning Supernatural. There was this one episode where Sam and Dean—"
"Wait. Supernatural? Seriously, Mags?"

If that’s not enough to sell you on Kim Chance’s debut novel Keeper, then I don’t know what is.
Keeper is about the sixteen-year-old Lainey, a super ambitious girl with a nerdy best friend who just wants to do good on her SATs. But fate has other plans for
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

3,5 stars

What a fun ride! An enjoyable debut novel with lovable characters and an interesting plot. I really liked our main protagonist Lainey, she is smart and precious. I LOVED her friendship with Maggie, Maggie is such a hoot and also a comic geek!

The secondary characters pale in comparison to Lainey, though, I hope that in a possible future sequel they will be more developed. The insta love also bugged me in this book, I'm just so not a fan of tha
Annie Deo
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay, so this is not the optimal way to start off the New Year, but unfortunately 'Keeper' is a DNF for me. I try not to quit on books, especially ARCs, as it makes me feel guilty, but my resolution this year is to give a fair go and then bail if I'm not enjoying myself. I made it to 57%, so I put a fair amount of effort into trying to invest in the story and characters, but it was such a relief to decide I was done with it.

There are some positives I will point out in the interest of fairness -
Sarah Esmae Wolfe
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally a YA fantasy book that actually feels like YA! I loved the classic young adult feeling with characters that actually act like teenagers but having that supernatural twist to it. Full of action and fast-paced with twists and turns that kept me guessing, this had me turning the pages late into the night! If you pick this one up you'll want to make sure you have the second book on hand because I'm immediately starting Seeker to find out what happens next! ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
When Chapter Two of the Keeper by Kim Chance mentions my favorite show "Supernatural" with Sam and Dean I am more than hooked! Teen characters with adult hurdles to leap over will entertain both age groups. Lainey is a driven student with college on her mind and one goal "To ace the SAT Test". Her best friend Mags is a quirky, fun, optimist with a craving for anything comic book related. Being raised by her Uncle Gareth and his psychic girlfriend Serena; Lainey has spent her life moving to tons ...more
Kathy - Books & Munches
Addition 31/01/2018
I wrote this review when I had first read the novel, which was in October 2017. Rereading my review, I honestly believe I was way too friendly when it comes to my rating. I don't even know why I'd give 3,5 to a book I obviously had some big issues with. Maybe I was simply too.. friendly back then? Alas, the rating I'd give it now... is less.

2 / 5!


Kim's writing enticed me. It was straight-forward, yet beautifully descriptive at times and it suc
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

I received this e-arc via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a lot of fun! I especially loved Lainey and Maggie’s friendship. The comic book references were fun. I also liked Gareth and Serena. I didnt mind Ty. And would definitely like to see where his story will go in the next book.

Would recommend.
Roxy Carl
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointed
Do not recommend

Flat, one dimensional characters, trite and tired storyline of a "chosen Mary Sue" and all tell, not much show. This book was predictable and ridiculous. The storyline and dialogue especially felt, forced, clunky and unnatural. Only good thing it had going for it was a strong female friendship.
Cassie James
Keeper by Kim Chance is phenomenal! And it's her first book, I expected action, magic, awesome characters, charming witchcraft etc and it delivered! From the very beginning, I knew I'd love it. Lainey Styles is a bookish practical girl whose life gets turned around when she has an encounter with an apparition (ghost sort of). Wanting to get to the bottom of it, She investigated and eventually made a disturbing connection to her late mother. As weird stuff is happening to her, she en
Mama X
Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
Plot & Events: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
World-Building: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Characters: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Originality: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
Personal Interest: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
Average: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 3.3 stars

First, let me start by saying what an honor it was to read this book. Kim Chance is an amazing person. I can tell from watching her YouTube videos that she is a very compassionate, kind person and I love following her journey. She is extremely compassionate about her work. I can honestly only give one good reason for putting this book off fo
Mandi Lynn
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Keeper made me realize how much I’ve missed reading YA fantasy. I’ve always loved fantasy, but I haven’t always loved witch stories, but Kim hit it right! Keeper has a touch of romance, comedy and touches of bad-ass. While any fantasy story can contain fight scenes, not every fantasy story has a Maggie. I think I may have highlighted every line Maggie had that referenced another fandom: Spiderman, the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and that’s just to name my favorites. If I could choose my bes ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
It's not this book's fault, it's just something I realized while I was reading it.
I don't mind when contemporary books mention fantasy stories, since it's reality vs. fantasy, but when fantasy books mention other fantasy books/movies like those are not real, but the one I am reading is... it just annoys the fuck out of me.
Lindsay Bilgram
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs

Note: I received a digital ARC of this book in an exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Flux Books!

“What if your destiny is something bigger than even you imagined?”

If the popular television Stranger Things is an homage to the 80s, then Kim Chance’s Keeper is an homage to the books that made us fall in love with YA—without all the problematic tropes that also made us throw those books across the room. Keeper follows high school student Lainey, affectionately nicknamed “Styl
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Kim Chance is an English teacher from Alabama, currently residing in Michigan with her husband and three children. When not writing, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and two crazy dogs, binge-watching Netflix, fangirling over books, and making death-by-cheese casseroles.

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