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Friday, July 6, 2012

Review of, The Keeper's Calling, by Kelly Nelson

Product Details:

  • Title: The Keeper's Calling
  • Author: Kelly Nelson
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Walnut Springs Press. (February 20, 2012)
  • Genre: YA Fantasy/romance
  • ISBN-10: 1599928442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599928449

Book Description:

February 20, 2012 Keeper's Saga (Book 1)
They come from two different worlds. One fateful discovery will bring them together. Neither of their lives will ever be the same.

Chase Harper's to-do list for senior year never included fall in love and fight for your life, but things rarely go as planned. Tarnished gold and resembling a pocket watch, the counter he finds in a cave during the summer of 2011 will forever change the course of his life, leading him to the beautiful Ellie Williams and unlocking a power beyond his wildest imagination.

In 1863, Ellie Williams completes school in Boston and returns to the Utah Territory only to discover that her grandfather and his counter, a treasured family heirloom, are missing. When Ellie is abducted and told she must produce the counter or die, an unexpected rescuer comes to her aid.

My Review:
The second I read the back cover and realized that there would be time travel in this book, I was hooked! Some people are skeptical about time travel in novels, but for me it's a sure way to get me to read. Let's just say I liked the device used to time travel and how it was used. But I am getting ahead of myself...
Chase Harper is our protagonist, a normal, 17 year old boy, who plays soccer, and has a girlfriend. Life changes for him while on a camping trip when he finds an old watch in a cave. Immediately, the story moves ahead with a lot of action, as Chase is transported back to 1863 where he meets Ellie. Kelly does a fun job with her two main characters. Though they come from different time periods, they start forming a great connection. The reader picks up on this way before the characters do. 

Here are the main things I really liked about the story:
 -Kelly does an incredible job of writing the POV of a 17 year old male. 
-Very interesting story behind the time travel device and what it means to be a "keeper".
-The story keeps moving throughout without a lot of lagging moments; in other words, it was hard to put down.
-Though the main characters are teenagers, adults will be pulled into the story because of the depth of the plot.

This first book ends well, but still leaves you excited to read the next book in the series. The Keeper's Calling is full of action, angst, and romance as Chase Harper travels through the centuries on his quest of duty and love. Readers will enjoy traveling along with Chase as he forges relationships not bound by time.

**I was given a review copy of The Keeper's Calling by Walnut Springs Press. In no way did this influence the honest review that was given.**

About the Author:
Kelly Nelson was raised in Orem, Utah, and now resides in Cornelius, Oregon, in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She enjoys life on a ten-acre horse property with her husband, four children, and, of course, lots of horses. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. She worked as a certified public accountant for several years before opting to stay home and raise a family. As a young girl, she was an avid reader and had a passion for creative writing. Her travels to England, France, Egypt, Israel, West Indies, Mexico, and across the United States sparked a love of history, adventure, and exotic places. This led to the inspiration behind her debut novel, The Keeper’s Calling, the first book in The Keeper’s Saga.

What Inspired Her to Write The Keeper's Calling:
"When I tell people I wrote a book, many are interested in how the idea for the story came about. The concept for The Keeper’s Calling sprouted during the summer of 2007. I had the rough idea of someone finding a time travel device. It solidified on our trip through Zion National Park when we pulled off the side of the road to take pictures. Being an explorer at heart, I began wandering, climbing down a rocky hillside into a wash. Calling and waving, I convinced my family to abandon the car’s air conditioning to go on a hike. The rock walls rose up on both sides of us, at times so high that we were completely shaded. Kicking through the sand and dragging our fingertips across the rough sandstone, we walked through the narrow wash. When it opened up, I saw a couple of shallow caves in the red sandstone cliffs. Hot, tired, and thirst, everyone else wanted to go back. I was barely getting started; I could have hiked for another hour. We climbed into one of these caves and took a picture. While I walked I began to daydream . . . “What if?” One thing led to another. By the time I went to bed that night, I had daydreamed the events that would compose the first few chapters of my book. "

What About a Second Book?:
"The Keeper’s Quest is scheduled to be released early November 2012. I am busy editing it and look forward to everyone reading the ongoing adventures of Chase and Ellie!"

To learn more about Kelly, please visit her at her website...

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