‘The Twelfth Keeper’ by Belle Malory

3/5 |Scriber Rating
Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction |Genre
290 pages |Kindle Edition
January 21st 2013 |Published
When sixteen-year-old Kennedy Mitchell is proclaimed the world’s last keeper, she thinks it’s a cruel joke. Come on- her? Impossible. She’s no warrior. She isn’t wise beyond her years, or more importantly, capable of keeping Earth safe.
Except…no one will listen. And since all evidence says otherwise, the job is hers whether she likes it or not.
During the highly demanding training regime that follows, Kennedy struggles to fit in with Earth’s renowned protectors. Especially Phoenix Jorgensen, who openly despises her. Problem is, he may be the only one she can trust. The keepers have big secrets surrounding them. Secrets Kennedy isn’t comfortable knowing, much less being a part of. With Phoenix’s help, she’ll have to find a way out.
Either that, or die trying.

My Review:

‘unique’, ‘interesting’, ‘rushed’

Interesting premise. This story is a prime example of ‘you cannot write a good book with only a great idea’, you need to be great at storytelling.

The author did a great job writing a futuristic, fantasy novel.
I thought this would be about a ‘guy and girl getting each other and then realising they were wrong’ type of story. I get annoyed with insta-love in stories. Don’t be fooled by the synopsis. This is insta-love. This girl (Kennedy, who is the protagonist) does think the guy (Phoenix who is also the protagonist) hates her but as this story is told in third person and from dueling perspectives, you know how he is feeling and what he is thinking. Actually it felt like first and third person. I’ve never read anything like it so I might be mistaken with the narrative. Though it was refreshing to read something different.

I was enjoying it until I was done with 80% of the eBook. The interest between the two seemed natural but too fast and it did not make sense.

I think the author is trying to create a love triangle, but it is obvious who Kennedy is going to end up with.

There was a part in the book which concerned me. When Phoenix was about to kiss Kennedy. She did not want it to happen, she stated how much she did not want him to kiss her and she says no. He tells her to ‘shut up, you know this was going to happen’.

For the purpose of the story, these two are keepers their connection is strong. Readers are expecting for something to happen. But not like this! She said no. Even though her saying ‘No’ made no sense but as she did, he should have taken it seriously.
This book is not targeted towards my age group. It is for teens. Despite the ‘connection’ you think you have with someone, no is no. I don’t know why the author chose to write like this.

There was no excitement or feeling of urgency or conflict with authority. Authority seemed weak so I was not scared for the protagonists.

Overall I think this book needed another revision. So many things could have been fixed as I stated before the story idea and Belle Malory’s writing isn’t terrible, I enjoyed it. I just think some things weren’t well thought out.

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the review or the book.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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