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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Keepers: Sienna (The Keepers 0.5) by Rae Rivers

The Keepers: Sienna

Summary:
 
Sienna Beckham is a powerful witch, and along with her four fiercely protective Keepers, it is her destiny to maintain the balance of nature in this world.

Tonight, it's the town carnival and everyone will be there: Sienna's family; her friends; her protectors. Archer.

Laughter and flirtation await.

But in a few hours, Sienna's life will have changed forever and her powers stretched to their very limits.

For something is lurking in the forest…

Murder. Sorcery. Revenge.

And no one saw it coming.

Find out how it all began…
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 75 pages (E-book)
Source: Kindle Freebie
Available Formats: E-book
Publication Date: September 26th 2013 by HarperImpulse
 
A couple of weeks ago I participated in the cover reveal for Sienna, and when I saw that it was a Kindle freebie I knew I had to get it since I've had it on my to-read list since June. I was a little nervous like I always am when it comes to reading a novella but I got lucky and picked another winner folks.
 
Sienna was a quick, action packed adrenaline ride full of murder, deception with a hint of romance. Usually novellas are very one dimensional for me but this one wasn't at all. I thought Sienna was a great prequel because it felt twice as long as it actually was which isn't an easy thing to do but Rae Rivers pulled it off with roaring success.
 
Since this was a prequel, I was really glad that I had read it before I started Archer, since I've read the summary for Archer, I already had many questions that I would have had resolved when I read this. Since I don't read a lot of books that have witches anymore because a bunch of years ago there was a bit of an influx of books like those on the market so when I read this one I thought it was so refreshing.
 
The characters were really well developed for such a short read and I genuinely developed an affection for Sienna and Archer. I didn't learn a ton of information about them in this book but what I did learn I really liked. Both of them love each other but they have that whole forbidden love thing to deal with as having to deal with the fact that both of them are extremely strong willed which I liked seeing because I was a little worried that Sienna might be a pushover but she totally wasn't.

The plot was set out really well and I think for a prequel this served it's purpose in the best way, it not only provides answers to those who read the first book Archer before Sienna was released it also served as a starting point for new readers really well and definetly left me wanting to read Archer's story.

Overall, I loved Sienna by Rae Rivers. I think that the author is a fresh and exciting voice in the genre and I'm exceptionally pleased with the fact that there are so many more South African writers that are now reaching a wider, global audience.

I would recommend Sienna to those looking for a quick paranormal read with lots of action, a strong plot and interesting characters. This is the perfect afternoon read and I can see this being something people would enjoy in between longer novels.


I read this book for the following reading challenges:
 
2013 150+ Reading Challenge
2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge
2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge
2013 Why Buy The Cow? Reading Challenge


Loved it!
★★★★★

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