Keeper by Kim Chance
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 exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.
With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.
First of all, thank you, Kim, for the opportunity to read the ARC!
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! 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 girl who’s goal is literally just to pass her exams. Except, her life suddenly takes a strange turn and she starts to hallucinate visions of a girl named Josephine. With no explanation, Lainey starts to search for answers with her best friend Maggie and a cute street fighter, and ends up unveiling a hoard of secrets about her heritage & past.
I don’t want to spoil anything because each revelation was exciting and I say just dive in. Its a quick and easy read!
But to hold you over, here’s a list of highlights (and reasons to read the book!)
-Really fun twists. Just when you think you know everything, you’re going to get hit over the head. And you’ll love it. Literally until the end.
-Strong female best-friendship that passes the Bechdel test! (Also Maggie is a riot!)
-Lots of superhero references!
-Josephine POV – those were my favorite!
-Smol street fighter
-The last 30% was explosive!
-lots of cool creatures like faeries/etc
-I lowkey loved the villain dynamic with the Master – I even wish we had more time with him! (Future novel, maybe?)
-I keep saying it but the end was awesome!
Basically, we really need a sequel. This book could stand on its own but there are too many interesting dynamics left open. Agh I can’t say anything specific but certain characters that are introduced at the very end – I am REALLY eager to get to know them – and a certain *thing* about a certain prevalent someone they left behind *ahem* I need to see how that plays out because I loved that.