Sixteen-year-old Isra Kalb has grown up starving in the slums of Islamabad. But hunger is only the beginning. When her father is mysteriously murdered and madness corrupts her mother's mind, she's left alone to fend for herself and her sister. Homeless and destitute, the only thing she has to remember her loving family by is a commonplace necklace--an amulet barely worth kSixteen-year-old Isra Kalb has grown up starving in the slums of Islamabad. But hunger is only the beginning. When her father is mysteriously murdered and madness corrupts her mother's mind, she's left alone to fend for herself and her sister. Homeless and destitute, the only thing she has to remember her loving family by is a commonplace necklace--an amulet barely worth keeping.Or so she thinks.Swept into a web of lies, deceit and turmoil, Isra struggles to find a place for herself and Zaffirah, wondering if the strange creatures and visions she's seeing are indications of the madness that took her mother. But when Snatchers capture Zaffirah, Isra learns her amulet isn't so useless after all. Transported to Zarcane--the beastly garden where Adam and Eve were born--Isra comes face to face with her destiny. She's a Keeper, charged with protecting the borders of Zarcane and keeping the demon hordes lurking in the shadows from taking realms that are not their own. And she's not the only one; there's a second Keeper, a boy whose identity hasn't been revealed.Now, in order to save her sister and fulfill her family's legacy as Keeper of the Amulet, she has to find the second Keeper and close the borders. Surrounded by betrayal, trapped between warring factions of angels, and desperate to save the only family she has left, Isra must decide:Who can she trust when nothing is what it seems?...
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The Keepers Reviews
When REUTS sent me an ARC copy of this book, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'll be honest: I wasn't expecting this.When I first started reading THE KEEPERS, I was immediately drawn into the rich details of the story. A few hours later, when I finally resurfaced, I was disappointed that it ended. Not only did Anoosha create a world that I felt like I was a part of, but she also was able to fill this world with characters that felt real.Of course, it was her writing that drew me in first. While so many tout prologues as bad, this is the second book this fall that I felt had an amazing prologue and immediately drew me into the story. As I kept turning pages, twists and turns kept coming. The changes in point of view helped keep me interested, adding depth to an already complex story. I forgot that this was classified as "young adult", the way Libba Bray's A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY trilogy does. I really enjoyed the original take on good versus evil. The use of Zarcane, the garden where Adam and Eve were born and the mythology (for lack of a better word) that this story was built around was very well done. The religious elements were expected given the setting of the book, but also very well done. I had lingering questions about the characters, both their histories and their futures, that I'm hoping might be answered in a sequel.
Recieved an ecopy in exchange for an honest reviewIsra and her family live into the hard world of Pakistan, where poverty rules and children disappear all the time. After a series of events Isra's hands become full with an ancient amulet, her friends' problems as also the enigmatic presence of a boy.Anoosha manages to combine the struggles of the sister and their friends with the supernatural and mythological world. The balance between good and evil is also the central point of the story and even the origin of the 'protectors' was original.Isra began as a witty character but some parts of her attitude could make her annoying. But towards the end she proved her worth and even changed her surroundings. The prologue and epilogue are in third POV, while we have also double POV of Isra and Farid. Despite this fact the plot was smooth and didn't tire me at all.Needless to say, the ending was satisfying even when I believed that the book couldn't end like that. "The Keepers" is an enjoyable read with action, mystery and romance with a hint of paranormal in it. :)
Anoosha got in touch with us and asked if we would like an e-copy of her book, The Keepers. She described it as a YA novel that ‘blends the biblical tale of Adam and Eve with the contemporary life of a child living in the slums in Islamabad, Pakistan’ and it really intrigued me – especially as it was an opportunity for me to read a more diverse YA novel.Most of us know the basic lore of the story – Adam and Eve, angels etc. but Anoosha takes it so much further and it was great – she has really woven the story into her own world. However, I still wanted to know more about the back story – and the different creatures and how they fit into it (but maybe this will come with the sequel?). Whilst a lot of the stories were familiar, I still felt like perhaps they needed a little more expansion to help the understanding of the story. I don’t think Anoosha has yet reached her full writing potential, and some parts just seemed a little odd – like 1 page chapters. Nevertheless, I loved the book. In some places you could tell that the author was quite young, but watch out for her writing in the future – it is only going to get better!I did love how, although the setting – the slums of Islamabad – was quite alien to me, the characters were still so relatable – and it definitely proved to me that more diversity in YA books, and publishing in general, will only ever be a good thing. I really enjoyed it – and I will definitely be looking out for the sequels – especially after that ending!- Lucy [email protected]
Possible spoilers! Read with caution.**I received an eARC of The Keepers from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review.** The setting of Islamabad, Pakistan was definitely a change for me. I liked being able to get a glimpse at the poverty-stricken city that Isra and her family lived in. That's all it was to me though, just a glimpse. I would have liked to see more of this come into play! As magnificent as Zarcane was, more of Pakistan would have pushed this book to at least a 4 star book for me. Despite being similar to TMI (here), it did have its own unique qualities that I enjoyed. The minotaur army, the leech-like fairies, the crystal creatures; I thought they were terrific additions to the world of Zarcane. Especially considering that Zarcane is meant to be Eden - you'd never think Eden would have those sort of creatures. Oh gosh ― Isra and Ammun, I wanted their relationship to happen. I was hoping for a different (happier?) ending for them. Give me a second book with them together, and everything will be a-okay. I do have some issues with The Keepers ― Farid; I couldn't even begin to like this character. He was such a brute, and I didn't know if he was to be trusted. (At sometimes, he wasn't!) The only time I wasn't like, "what the heck, man??" was when he was with Maya. He treated her far better than anyone else in the book, better than his own family. The battle scene ended very abruptly for me. I would have liked to see it go on for a little bit longer, or to have seen the Abaddon escape - making it a bigger plot point than it turned out to be. I feel like the book was a little rushed. Some plot points were either a tad sloppy, or they just faded out with no true conclusion. Character backgrounds. I wanted more in-depth information on the characters. (e.g. Isra's mother - when did she find out she was a Keeper of Zarcane? Did she have help like Isra, did she know her 'guardian angel?' etc.) In conclusion, I really do hope there will be a second book. The epilogue played at it, and I'm hoping it does happen. I feel like we were left with a mini-cliffhanger. Asking questions like, "Well now what? That's the ending?" Should there be a second book, I will read it. I want to know what happens next! Anoosha Lalani wrote a really great book, and if you liked The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, then this book might be for you! Buy it on amazon
Everything about this book's premise intrigued me. Set in Islamabad, with a Pakistani girl taking on threats from a world from Biblical mythology. The blurb hints only vague if at all of potential romance. The two Keepers (spoilers?), a boy and a girl, end up as best friends, and in a genre inundated with romance, I absolutely love that. Otherwise, There were a lot of characters and plot elements that did a great job of adding interest throughout the book too, like the Snatchers, and Calliel, whose name I knew was a hint to later events. (It's the -(i)el ending.) The story itself was good, but the writing knocks the book down a few stars. There were so many "the"s and so many metaphors, some that work better than others, that they kept knocking me out of the story and I could never get immersed. I also enjoyed the multiple PoVs, but I still had difficulty getting a sense of Farid as a character. And after the end of the book, I really wish that we had gotten to learn more about Rhiya.Also, despite how much of the book takes place in Islamabad, the setting had only a minimal role in the story, and I wish we could have seen or felt more of the city. This book focuses heavily on the plot and the characters' actions, rather than the setting and other details.
I think the story started off good, with a pivotal event that left you intrigued. One that would affect the main character, Isra, in a huge way. During the start, there was a moment of flashbacks which I thought was a little confusing. I couldn't help but feel like that part was a little more awkward than I would have liked but it quickly smoothed out in the end since there were no more flashbacks after that. The pacing is decent and leaves you with cliffhangers at the end of most of the chapters, especially at the end which was suspenseful. The writing was ok but it was simple. It lacked the lyrical prose I've been used to reading lately. I felt like it could have been a little more polished but seeing as it is the author's debut YA novel and Ms. Lalani is still in high school, I'm willing to overlook it. I have seen better execution of stories though, but nothing a little more work won't solve. One of the things I loved about this book was that it took place in Pakistan! As a person who would love to travel but does not enjoy the hassles, I adored being able to see what it was like to be in Pakistan without all the travel and in the comfort of my own home. It was definitely interesting seeing how the author viewed her birth home. In the novel, the land, Zarcane, was lovely to read about, it definitely is a place of fantasy and one I'd love to live if it were possible.I also loved the character's names! They were fun and exotic. Similar to the types of names I'd choose for my characters, kids, or pets. However, I don't feel there was much character growth in Isra. I feel there is more growth with Farid who was a secondary character. Those of you who read my reviews know how much I like to see growth in my characters. Unfortunately, it was lacking in Isra and a majority of the characters.I hope and feel the author will be able to learn and grow into a more adept storyteller because her ideas and concepts are wonderful. The author has the experience many do not have when it comes to diversity which is definitely something we need more of in this world. I just believe she needs a little more editing and guidance before she could reach her full potential.Overall, the plot and characters were simple and it was a quick read. I liked how the story took place in an uncommon location in fiction but it was lackluster in its execution. If you like angels/demons, portal stories, and the idea of chosen ones then you'll enjoy this book!3 out of 5 rating for me!(An ARC was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)