Monday, August 19, 2013

Book Tour and Review: Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder

Title: Catalyst (Tethered #1)
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Source: New Adult Book Tours
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

After learning she’s inherited a house in the beachside town of Soul Harbor, Georgia, Addison Harmon and her best friend decided to take a much needed vacation before the pressures of life after high school suffocate them too heavily.

But what Addison finds isn’t a chance to recoup from a bad break up and hang out with her best friend while she decides what she wants to do with her future. What she finds is Kace Sullivan—a sexy guy she can’t seem to get enough of—someone who with one touch reveals a seductive world full of magick and secrets Addison isn’t sure she’s ready to be a part of.

(New Adult/Mature Young Adult: Contains sexual situations, mild language, and underage drinking.)

 Author Bio:

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing new adult and young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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Catalyst is a fantastic start to a new series.  Addison, given up for adoption to protect her, has no knowledge of her past and the part she could play in the bigger picture.  This first book covers more than just her discovering more about her birth family, it also shows how she discovers herself and a world of magic she never knew existed.  She discovers that not only is there magic, but there are several kinds, and she is not sure if she really wants to have any part of it at all.

Addison drew me in from page one.  She is a blend of mystery and openness.  I enjoyed watching her relate to her old friend, her adoptive mom (very touching), and all the new people she meets in Soul Harbor.  The people of Soul Harbor are diverse.  With a cliffhanger for an ending, I was left not sure of who were the good guys and who were the bad guys.  While that may sound  like a bad thing, it was done brilliantly and only made the characters even more intriguing.

There were a few times while Addison was learning about magic and the town history that dragged just a little, but never enough to make me want to put the book down.  These less exciting areas were always followed by a new revelation - about a character, about the past, or about magic.  There are even a few characters that seem to be minor but show a lot of potential for expanding their standing in future books.

I think this is a great start to a series that has me hooked.  It is different enough to stand out, but still feels comfortable.  The characters are what makes or breaks a good series, and these guys definitely make it!