Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: March 11, 2014
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Everyone thinks Harper Young killed her boyfriend. No one will say it to her face, but the signs are everywhere
It’s almost been a year since Gavin was torn from Harper’s arms and brutally murdered.
The police wrote it off as a freak accident, deciding Harper’s strange testimony was given under duress. But she knows something unnatural was involved and refuses to stop looking until she finds his killer, even if it means her reputation as a senior is ruined. Even if it means there really are monsters living among us.
With the discovery of the mothmen, witches, vampires and all the creatures she always suspected were out there, Harper finds herself amidst a complex bundle of unseen heroes who call themselves "Keepers", sworn to keep the secret of the paranormal creatures that walk this earth. As she tries to understand what’s so special about her that she’s able to break an old Keeper law, Harper has a baffling vision of kissing a mysterious guy before a blade is brought down on him.
Before she can get a handle on her future, she becomes central to a battle between the questionable “heroes” and the evil she’s been training to fight, leaving her to wonder if there’s any way to change the fate that has been foretold before it’s too late
Have you ever been in the middle of reading a book and all of a sudden thought to yourself, ‘Wow, this would make a great movie?’ Well, that's exactly what happened while I was reading "Paranormal Keepers". Not only were the story and the characters interesting, but I could see it all happening as I read it, and it wasn't that big of a leap to imagine watching it on the big screen.
The story revolves around our main character, Harper, and her life has been through some major changes. Even though she was part of the popular clique at her high school, she has been labeled as an outcast ever since the mysterious death of her boyfriend (that she was actually present for). Her classmates distance themselves even further from her once she gets obsessed with researching the paranormal since she believes that that is the only way to explain what happened to her boyfriend.
However, that's not where the major changes to her life end. Harper gets in so deep with the paranormal, that she actually stumbles across some. She is introduced to a group of people called "Keepers", people who know about the paranormal and are trained on how to fight the big bad guys and keep the world in order. Harper is taken to their school and starts to train to be a Keeper herself, all the while wondering if she'll finally get the answers she's been craving about her boyfriend's murder.
I'm pretty sure I loved "Paranormal Keepers" from beginning to end. The plot is interesting, and even from the beginning there are stakes that are raised and they only get higher as you read on. A lot of times books take awhile to get going because the beginning is so loaded down with back story and setting the scene for what is going to happen, but this book had me hooked right away.
All of the characters involved were well thought out. They all had layers, and were well written enough that each one's personality shone through quite clearly. Since this is a YA, obviously there are some hints at romance, and multiple boys who could be potential suitors for Harper.
This was definitely one book that I just did not want to put down until I finished. But then when I was finished, I was sad it was over. The ending left an opening for more books following Harper and the Keepers, but "Paranormal Keepers" could also work as a standalone book.
While I was reading, there were bits that reminded me of "The Mortal Instrument" series, so if you're a fan of those books, I would recommend you check out "Paranormal Keepers" as well. Even if you aren't a fan of that series, you should still try this one out because it's a great read.
Jen Naumann grew up in southern Minnesota as an addict of such flicks as Indiana Jones and The Goonies until she discovered John Hughes, and spent her high school days locked away writing love stories with a sci-fi twist.
Married to a farmer in southern Minnesota, she tries to follow the madness of her four active children while balancing an imagination that never shuts down.
As the author of CHEATING DEATH, SHYMERS, AND PARANORMAL KEEPERS, she writes stories with strong female leads who have a good sense of humor and tend to fall in love despite their better judgment. For more on Jen visit her website