ARC Review| Keeper by Kim Chance

It has been a while since I read a book involving witches, so I was excited to pick this book up. What intrigued me the most about the synopsis was this idea of an all powerful spell book. To be honest, I thought that this book would be super nerdy and all about using magic books to fight evil.

While the book did not head in that direction, I had fun reading it anyway.

Synopsis: 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.

Keeper is Chance’s debut novel, and the start of a new series following Lainey who discovers that she is a witch. It comes out on January 30th. I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was such a fun read. I think my favorite aspect about it was the friendship between our main character, Lainey, and her best friend Maggie. I find that in YA books, friendships usually take a back seat to the love interest, but Maggie was not about to let that happen. The banter between them was hilarious and felt extremely genuine. The passages when they were having a heart to heart, or going on an adventure were my favorite.

I might be a little biased, because Maggie was my favorite character in the entire book. She is a comic-book super nerd, who is hilarious. She had the funniest, and best lines, in the entire book. She was weird, but also a strong female character in an atypical way. She is human and not physically strong, yet she refuses to let Lainey face everything alone. I also loved how she applied her comic book knowledge to what was happening in real life. She was clearly the stand out character.

Part of the reason that Maggie stood out so much, is because so much of the book felt generic. You’ve got your Chosen One, your bad boy with a mysterious past as the love interest, dead parents, etc. It was filled with tropes that I have seen over and over again. The plot felt very predictable, up until a certain point, and I wish we spent more time with the parts that were unique to the story.

I really wanted there to be more world building as well, because I found myself wanting more information on the magic system and the paranormal world that Lainey finds herself in. This book is told through first person narrative, so I get that she doesn’t know what she’s doing and just learning about her powers. However, I wished that the adults in the story could have provided more of an explanation on how things worked in this world. Based on the ending, I have a feeling we will get more information on that aspect (and maybe a mentor figure too).

Even though much of the book felt very generic, it did manage to surprise me at the end. I did not expect the book to go where it did. The end was very exciting and only left me wanting more. It also gave me hope that the next book will be more interesting than this one. Needless to say that I will definitely be continuing on with the series.

All things considered, I did really enjoy reading this book. While it was filled with cliches, I still found the book fun to read. I loved our three prominent characters, Lainey, Maggie, and Ty. I liked where the romance lead. The ending was great! Was this the mindblowingly amazing, no. But it was a fun quick read, with great sequel potential.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I would love to hear your thoughts on this book! Did you love it or hate it? Let’s chat about it in the comment section down below. Big thank you again to Netgalley and Source Books for providing me with an eArc! 

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