Review: Catalyst (Tethered #1) by Jennifer Snyder

August 30, 2013 Uncategorized 1

Review: Catalyst (Tethered #1) by Jennifer Snyder

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.

Title: Catalyst
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Source: Author
Published: 1 May 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 237
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Stars: four-stars

The first in this paranormal romance has a massive cliffhanger to lead to the next in the series, and is more a story for 17+ with underage drinking and some sexual references, leaning to the upper end of YA or a solid NA read.

Addison as the protagonist is well-developed and defined.  I appreciated her quirks, especially her ability to get lost even with a GPS. And her frank assessment of her best friend Vera is quite telling: there is more there in that friendship than we have seen.  What  we know, and Addison doesn’t is that she comes from a long line of witches, her mother’s attempt to change her destiny and save her from an early end resulted in giving her up for adoption: yet continuing to keep a tie by bequeathing her the family home.

Conversations are realistic and well presented, although there were some glaring grammatical errors, they all did appear in the ‘spoken’ parts of the story, and did feel natural.  Otherwise, Jennifer Snyder has a very light and breezy style: several clues are dropped ranging from creepy to merely suggesting more is happening that the characters are yet clueless about. I would have liked to see more development in the secondary characters; there were more questions at the end than in the beginning.  And, while some ideas are given full flesh, several more are left unanswered and a giant cliff hanger at the end of the book will lead nicely into the next in the series.

This was a fun, quick reading paranormal with some romantic elements and lots of unexplained phenomena that get doled out in pieces like a giant puzzle.  Snyder’s style is relaxed and easy to follow making the story engaging and quick to read.
Decadent Publishing


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