In this urban fantasy series debut, one teen comes to grips with her destiny.
Lainey, a white teen, would like to focus on acing the SATs, but strange things have been happening, beginning with the apparition of a bloody woman that has started following her. After some digging and a few supernatural flashbacks, Lainey finds out that not only is the woman, Josephine, a witch, but that she herself is a descendant of Josephine and the last in a line of Keepers. As a Keeper, it is up to Lainey to protect her family’s Grimoire, a book of spells that only she can unlock. Unfortunately, the Grimoire is in the hands of the Master, a powerful warlock who wants to harness all of the magic in the supernatural world. For centuries, he’s been killing her ancestors in an effort to unlock the spell. Now he has his eye on Lainey, but with her best friend (who is black) and a hot, new protector (who is white) in tow, she’s not going down without a fight. In her debut, Chance gives readers a mix of clichéd moments and interesting plot devices. One moment, Lainey is reciting SAT vocabulary definitions and the next, she’s conjuring freak storms. While her magical abilities aren’t clearly articulated, there is hope that readers will be treated to a more in-depth look in the sequel.
Chance delivers an ultimately enjoyable beginning to her new series. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)