HM Book Review: The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds, Book 1 of The Indigo Chronicles [ARC]

I have decided to indicate in the title of my book reviews if the book I am reviewing is an ARC because for the longest time I have been deciding if I should make this a separate series or something and my brain is about to explode so I just decided on this to make it simple for me. And that is a long sentence. Anyway, on a whim I decided to sign up for NetGalley, and even though based on a quick study of NetGalley I didn’t really think I’d get approved to receive an ARC, I was very fortunate to receive this title in exchange for an honest review. So I’ll try to do my best to relay my thoughts on this book.


What if our lives were mapped out before birth? Does anyone have the power to change their destiny?

Ella hates London. She misses her old life in Spain and is struggling to get over her past—until she meets Zac. He’s always loved her but isn’t meant to be part of her story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense. A world full of danger, lies and magic.

The Path Keeper is a passionate tale of first loves, second chances and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?

Source: BHC Press

I have to say I probably took too long to write a review from the time I finished it, but there is actually a slightly good reason for this. I was taking my time in reading this book, sort of wading into it instead of jumping into it, as I was also still thinking about how I will go about my review. I also wanted to sort of save it for my Tokyo trip (the overseas trip I have mentioning in my past few posts, if you were reading those ahaha) so that I have something on my phone to read just in case I feel the desire to, since it’s not really practical for me to bring a physical book.

However, the story kind of took over me and before I knew it, I couldn’t stop reading, and then I was finished. Right before my trip! I couldn’t put it down at some point. I was a little miffed that I couldn’t hold out until my trip, but it’s not like I really had time to read while in Tokyo. And that also says something good in itself, which is that this is a pretty good read. It does have a sort of typical beginning where only one character knew what was really happening and there was a lot of mystery and I just really wanted to know what kind of story or magic or whatever I will be dealing with in the book, but it didn’t bother me enough that I did not finish the book or that I got mad at it. I think I got a little frustrated at some point, though, but it wasn’t really a big deal.

Funnily enough, like the book in my previous review, this also had seemingly separate stories that tied together somehow at one point in the book. While the transitions to the different stories sometimes felt a tad abrupt to me, I still like how the stories found their way back to each other, and honestly I think I figured things out somewhere along the way thanks to those stories.

The characters were also okay, although I think I got annoyed at all of the main characters at one point or another. They can get a little frustrating, and they may even turn some people off. I say this because I don’t get easily mad at books that I stop reading them or what not, I think I am very forgiving, but at one point I almost stopped reading because I was so mad at Ella. I acknowledge, however, even at that time, that it wasn’t really about the writing or anything, I was just annoyed at Ella’s character. I do get emotionally invested when reading so there is that. (Do you also get really affected when reading? It happens to me a lot.)

I have to say there are some mature scenes and themes in this book, it is quite the passionate tale, so if you don’t like those, you might want to skip this; if you’re very religious (and by religious I mean Christian), you may also want to skip this, although it’s not really bad. The lore in this book is quite interesting to me, and the ending left me wanting to read the next installment of the series. I give this book four out of five stars, as I really liked it.

Before I forget, I also really like the cover, and I’m pretty sure that’s what got me interested in the book in the first place. Very classy.

The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds will be released on May 28, 2019. Thank you again to BHC Press for approving my request at NetGalley even though I am very new at this. You can check out more information about The Path Keeper here.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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