The Keepersby J.L. Block
Series: Keepers #1
Published on March 19, 2013 by J.L. Block
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Ava's ordinary life is shattered when she is attacked and becomes involved in a secret society of magic.
Alongside the Keepers, Ava needs to mediate as the magics collide and are becoming out of control. She must Keep the increasing amount of secrets safe - even from her family. But there's a rising tension within this group as Ava replaces a fallen Keeper, and it becomes an issue of trust. The Rogues, betrayers to this creed, threaten to devastate the Keepers, who think themselves safe.
It will take both Ava’s inner and outer strength to overcome the chaos, or as she now knows, the Visma and, by extension, the mysterious Rogues that surround her.
The Keepers was one of those books that, while I enjoyed the general premise, I couldn’t stick with it. I started the book with plans to finish it the same night and get the review up but instead found myself struggling to get through it. I liked the idea of the magic system in Block’s world, using the stones as a way of communication and transportation. That being said, it wasn’t a memorable world. Ava was a decent protagonist and while, at times, she seemed too accepting of the changes in her life, she did develop and became a stronger character. Her interactions with the other characters came off as fairly natural except with her best friend who, despite the way the story goes, does not involve a romance even though it came off like it should. It came off as a bit odd and was the only interaction thatwasn’t very natural. In the end, however, the writing itself is what let me down and I just couldn’t get through The Keepers without falling asleep.
I struggled with this novel for well over a month and finally decided, after getting over halfway through, that I didn’t wish to continue. The Los Angeles Times has an article, “What makes you stop reading a book?”, with a few statistics about why readers don’t finish a book.
“…an overwhelming 46% wouldn’t stick with a book that was too slow. The nearest other reason for abandonment was poor writing, cited by 19% of responders.”
Sadly, with The Keepers, it was a combination of these two reasons for me. The plot itself was far from slow but I found the writing style made it come off as a more passive story that I usually enjoy. In the duration it took me to read this novel, I finished several other novels because I had trouble sticking with The Keepers. This novel wasn’t for me but I recommend fans of modern magic stories check it out as it may be right up your alley.