Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Book Review: Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder

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Author: Jennifer Snyder
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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: Addison Harmon along with her best friend Vera head to Soul Harbor to stay at Addison's recently inherited house. It's supposed to be two weeks of fun in the sun but here's there thing, the house was passed down to her by her bio-family. A family she's never known and what comes along with a big creepy house? All kinds of crazy only-happens-in-your-dreams kind of secrets. But it's how you handle those secrets that will make or break you.
Addison was a fairly decent lead character. She's just graduated high school, has no idea what she wants for her future and is just looking for a way to escape and catch her breath after a bad break up and finding out that a family she's never known has left her a rather large house. I really clicked with Addison in the beginning of the book. She comes off as smart, competent, and self-sufficient. She knows that she is running out of money so what does she do? She gets a job. Unfortunately though, said job is in a place with a man who knows more about what and who she is then she does. Then there's a family who gives her bad vibes and dirty looks and instead of charging up to them and calling them out (like many stupid stupid lead females do) she instead stays away from them. Why poke at a bee hive for no good reason, right? It's these qualities that made me fall in like with her. But then she meets Kace.
Kace Sullivan, all American, perfect tan and gorgeous hair, walks up to her and it all just kinda goes to hell in a hand basket. Now don't kill me, because I know there are a lot of TEAM KACE fans out there but I just couldn't connect with him. They meet, he invites her to a party, they team up and carry a drunken Vera home and they make out in her kitchen. Cool, I can dig that. But then it just seemed like after that their whole insta-relationship revolved around nothing but sex. It all happened too quick, barely 48 hours into it and he was already constantly touching her, calling her sexy. It all felt weird. Even when she was trying to get real information out of him about what she was, he just couldn’t stop with the innuendos and come-ons. It was like he wasn't taking the severity of their situation seriously and that he was only thrown in the mix for the sake of the stereo typed version of NA and that really bothered me. While I was reading a scene with him in it, I thought, wow, wouldn't it be hilar if we find out that he's actually married with three kids and is only using Addison for her powers? Plot twist! That’s probably not the case of course, but I wouldn't be surprised if he turns out to be the bad guy. Just saying.

There are so many things I liked about this book, the setting being a big one of them. Syder was able to paint the perfect picture of a small beach town in the heat of Georgia flawlessly. The way she described Addison's house, the restaurants and book store had me wishing they were real so I could take a vacation to explore them myself. Another thing was the few supporting characters. Snyder didn’t introduce a slew of characters that could easily confuse the reader with who is who. Instead she kept the cast list short and sweet, my favorite being Vera. Hands down, I loved her!

There isn't really a climax to this story. It just kinda ends, leaving Addison in a crap situation that opens the next installment. Which is okay with me, to a point. I know there are more than a million ways to tell a story and Snyder's ability to write and tell a story should never be questioned because lady has talent, but it was all the openness in the end that bugged me. She never actually explores the situation with her bio-mom, we don't find out why she was given up for adoption, we don’t find out about the past generations and why there was a big enough rift to cause Addison's mom to take off in the first place. By the cover, you assume that Addison is going to come into her powers and start throwing fire balls or maybe even start a camp fire or something, but we get nothing of the sort. Yadda yadda, I won't give anymore away but I hope you get the point.
Overall, Catalyst is a pretty good read. With a strong cast of leading and supporting characters, a story line that could use some help, but still enjoyable and enough suspense that will have you jumping right into book two, this book is definitely worth a shot.

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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