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.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Five Stars – A magical story with twists and turns that will leave you in shock
I am incredibly impressed with this debut novel. Kim Chance is able to steal your breath away with this magic-filled urban fantasy.
Written in first-person, we’re taken into the mind of Lainey Styles, a smart girl with a tragic past and a bright future. Her worries quickly change from how well she did on her SAT’s to what is really happening to her as she starts to see visions of a witch covered in blood. Lainey discovers that she’s not only a witch but a Keeper, who is destined to take care of a powerful grimoire and fight for the balance of the magical world. You’ll find yourself crying, empathizing, and in shock, right along with Lainey as her life unfolds before you.
Keeper is packed with action, mystery, and suspense. To paint you a picture of how hooked I got, one day I was reading and told myself I would go eat lunch once I got to a certain page number. But when a huge action sequence started five pages before that cut-off, I found myself hooked for over forty extra pages, and not even my growling stomach could pull me away.
Even with all the action and suspense, Keeper wasn’t all about the crazy. Thanks to Lainey’s stubborn, yet, incredibly considerate best friend, Maggie, there are fun references to pop culture, movies, and comic books, that will keep you engaged even during the slow parts (which are rare by the way).
After finding myself immersed in this story, a twist at the end left my jaw dropped, my eyes wide and watering, and my heart beating out of my chest. After all, magic always leaves a mark.
I decided to give Keeper by Kim Chance five stars for its incredible way of roping you into the storyline. Keeper is definitely a magical story with twists and turns that will leave you in shock.