Release Date: May 1, 2013
Source: Author Little Read Laura
Genre: Paranormal New Adult
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Sometimes who we really are lies buried just beneath the surface…
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.
CATALYST by Jennifer Snyder is the first book in her paranormal new adult series, Tethered. It follows the life and journey of Addison Avery Harmon who was given up for adoption by her mom to protect her from someone or something yet to be disclosed. Addison is from a line of witches and she wasn't aware of this heritage until she inherited her grandmother's house in Soul Harbor, Georgia. Once there, Addison immediately felt the macickal pull of the town and discovered her elemental Magick thanks to her new found friend and suitor, Kace Sullivan. But it seems Addison isn't a welcome town addition, as soon as she got there strange things started happening and it looks like someone wants her out of there ASAP.
CATALYST was a very quick and easy read. Despite it being a new adult novel, it still pretty much read as MYA in terms of the pace, language and "wholesomeness". The premise felt familiar reminding me a lot of L.J. Smith's The Secret Circle, including the
predictable events that happened in the story. But despite this air of familiarity, I do love the the small-town beachy feel of Soul Harbor, Georgia, I almost wished this was an illustrated book or something because I'd really love to see the town. Not only that, Addison's house simply wowed me! It sounded so quaint and a little reminiscent of that popular witch house in San Francisco, CA belonging to three Charmed witch sisters.
On to the characters.
I found Addison to be passive for the most part. Aside from trying her hand in witchcraft, she basically did close to nothing as far as making the effort to find out more about her biological family. Instead, she relied on gossip and bits and pieces of memory shared to her by her new found acquaintances. I mean the girl is adopted and now that this part of her life has unfolded, I half expect her to be more proactive in finding out who and what she is especially after learning she's an Elemental! Instead she got busy making out with boring Kace who's cuteness is the only thing that's going on for him. This boy is as exciting as watching paint dry. Meh!
Now the wild card, Theo who is way more interesting than cardboard flavored, Kace. This boy piqued my interest despite his brief but mysterious appearance in the book. He practices Hoodoo and I'm still unsure but it looked like he cast a spell on Addison to either warn her off or scare her away. It backfired a bit and by story's end, these two are linked. What will happen next, I don't know but it's something worth looking forward to.
CATALYST might not have been the most exciting novel I've read but it's a good enough introduction to the series and designed to have its readers jump on to the next book. Despite having an air of predictability, JSnyder wrote several imaginative and sometimes creepy magickal scenes and I wish we saw more of that throughout the novel instead of saving it towards the end. And even though the premise for the series isn't as unique as I'd hoped it would be, it still held my interest. I can only hope that the succeeding books will have better plot twists, intriguing character growth and more magick.