Author: Jennifer Snyder
Release Date: June 30th 2014 (Catalyst released as stand-alone May 31st 2013)
Age Group: New Adult
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.
I have read several stories which start with a young woman inheriting a house from a distant relative, so I was curious to discover how Jennifer Snyder would develop this idea.
At the outset we do not meet Addison, the main character, but her mother and we are immediately made aware of the story’s magical content. As we read Catalyst we are apprehensively waiting for the event which she foresees to transpire.
When Addison makes the move to the small town of Soul Harbour she has no idea of her heritage or the magical powers she will unlock. She meets a family who vocally express their dislike for her and others, like the sexy Kace, who welcome her.
Addison is unable to deny her intense attraction to Kace or the tangible spark which passes between them when they touch, although I found his character too perfect and untrustworthy.
It is Kace who reveals Addison’s family history to her and Soul Harbour’s magical existence. At some points the plot reminded me of The Secret Circle, particularly as the four teenagers have elemental powers and need to be ‘initiated’ as a group. Yet Jennifer Snyder is also able to add her own twist to this.
As soon as we realise that Addison’s life is in danger from a dark magic, the story becomes exciting and tense. Addison is forced to awaken her dormant magic and accept her new identity whilst she attempts to fight the threat.
I really enjoyed the way Addison develops and feel that the climax of Catalyst, as well as other unanswered questions we are left with, mean that reading Conjure is a necessity.
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