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August 29, 2013

Braine Reviews: Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder

Series: Tethered 1
Format: Mobi
Excerpt
Release Date: May 1, 2013

Publisher: self-published
Source: Author Little Read Laura
Genre: Paranormal New Adult
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

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. 






15 comments:

  1. Great review, my sweet! It seems like this one missed the mark on a few points, but I might track it down anyway. I haven't read anything paranormal for way, waaaaaay too long! Plus that cover is real purdy!
    You know what else I haven't done for far too long? Dropped in on my fave supies!
    I miss you guys!!! :(
    Hope you're doing well!

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    1. Thanks, Carmen! I haven't been your side of the fence. When I tried to visit, Book Me is gone-zo!

      Congrats on your new venture. Really looking forward to learning more about Sugarland!

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  2. Completely agree with you on many points here. As predictable as it was, the book still held something, my interest was piqued. Dying to know what you think of the next book.

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    1. I saw your review and I have to say I'm not excited to read book two esp since it's about Theo and he's really someone I'm very interested with. I'll wait for YOU to read book 3, see if it picks up.

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  3. The setting sounds really cool; too bad the characters fell a bit flat. The cousins have read most of L. J. Smith's books, including The Secret Circle, but I quit after barely getting through the first 3 Vampire Diaries books. Great review, Braine! :D

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    1. I can't get to any of those. I saw a couple episodes of The Secret Circle and didn't like it. Vampire Diaries.. eh... I'll leave that to the kids.

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  4. Never read this book, but it sounds good! As for predictability, I find that I can predict the outcome of a book (or movie!) quite often these days. Am I developing a sixth sense? :D

    Great review, I'm interested in reading Catalyst. Might have to get a copy myself!

    Sarah @ Kitties Like Books Too

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    1. That's true, sometimes I feel like there's only so few things out there and everything else is just a spin-off or something. But I encourage you to read this, I love the premise.

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    2. Great! I'll see about getting a copy this week. :)

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  5. Never seen this one. I love when an author paints a town or house like that where you're just dying to really see it. I had one with a seamstress as the heroine. I would have loved to see all of those dresses in real life.

    Hope you enjoy the next one a little more. Theo definitely sounds like an interesting side character to me.

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    1. Oh man, when I used to read regency romances, I always wondered what their dresses and clothes looked like made out of rich silks and satin.

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  6. Glad it was good enough to carry you through but sorry she was passive.

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    1. I hope she gets better in the succeeding books, she has an interesting history.

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  7. Read this and enjoyed it. Now that I read your review, it does have a slight LJ Smith feel to it. It's been forever since I read those so it didn't cross my mind lol

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    1. I haven't read The Secret Circle but I do remember watching an episode or two of the show so it's a little fresh in my head.

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