Review: Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder

November 26, 2013 Book Reviews 12 ★★★

Review: Catalyst by Jennifer SnyderCatalyst by Jennifer Snyder
Series: Tethered #1
Published by Independent on May 1st 2013
Pages: 237
Format: eArc
Source: Publicist

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.

I’m a huge fan of witch stories, I cannot get enough. Since I was a child starting with MEG AND MOG, to swooning over Piper and Leo’s romance in CHARMED as a teen to the present day in my crotchety old age! So I was intrigued about the new TETHERED series by Jennifer Snyder and hoped the first offering CATALYST would satisfy my ever present craving for all things occult.

I did enjoy CATALYST overall although it did fall short for me on some aspects.

Addison is adopted and has just found out that her birth mother left her the family home in a small seaside town called SoulHarbor. Unsure of what to do with her life post high school, Addison leaps at the opportunity to discover where she came from and escape her failed romance and life back home. Loading up the car she heads off with best friend Vera to find out more about the person who gave her up and the person she herself hopes to become. Meeting the handsome Kace and the mysterious Theo, Addison discovers there is more to her past than she ever thought possible.

CATALYST was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours spent on an otherwise interminable bus journey. I enjoyed Addison’s discovery of her magical past, the mysteries she uncovered in the house where her biological family spent generations and her struggle to reconcile with who she really was. The magical elements were simplistic and reminded me of THE SECRET CIRCLE but I enjoyed that Snyder didn’t overcomplicate things however I would have enjoyed more back-story to the origins of the magic particularly the Hoodoo which intrigued me. I suppose this is where my obsession with Hollywood’s portrayal of witchcraft was going to be a stumbling block for me because I couldn’t help but compare and try to fill in the gaps myself. In saying that it was definitely the part of the story I enjoyed the most.

The romance unfortunately left something to be desired. While I can acknowledge that elemental magic would cause bonds to be overwhelming as two elements such as Air and Fire as in this book would complement each other, the connection between Addison and Kace was too much like insta-love for me. Every touch brought gasps of pleasure and dizzying lust filled thoughts and it irked me as Addison and Kace fell into bed almost immediately which is fine but the reasoning being that they were star-crossed lovers who couldn’t help their eternal attachment was disappointing to me and felt rushed. I would have preferred more of a slow burning connection as it meant the romance completely overwhelmed the plot rather than being a pleasant aside to look forward to.

Despite my issues with the story there was just enough magic plus an interesting cliff hanger that set up book two to intrigue me enough to pick up the next in the series and hope that there’s a little more plot and a little less romance.

CATALYST was fun, light but lacking substance.



12 Responses to “Review: Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder”

  1. Oana

    Well, this sounds like an enjoyable read. I like witch stories, but because I’ve always been fascinated by witchcraft and read some things about the occult, I like those stories which manage to bring something new, or explore something I don’t know much about. I watched the first season of The Secret Circle, but I haven’t read the books. I thought the plot was kind of simplistic, and also the witchy things they could do.

  2. tonyalee

    I have seen mixed reviews on this for awhile now. Honestly, witches are one of my favorites to read about but I am SO picky about them too. I love the sound of the book in that aspect. I’m like you though; I probably would have wanted a more “blow burning connection” as well.

    Great review love!

  3. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    Great review! I felt the same way. I love magical stories and I was really intrigued in the beginning and the ending grasped my attention but I felt like it really slowed and lost me a bit in the middle. I didn’t “feel” the relationship with Addison and Kace either.

    • Danielle

      Thanks love, yeah agreed the middle was just too much swooning and Kace just wasn’t very swoon worthy so I didn’t “get it”

  4. Giselle

    Dude Charmed was awesome and I loved Piper and Leo! Do you watch Pretty Little Liars? She’s one of the girls’ moms in it >.< Anyways, I'm also a big fan of witch stories and have had my eye on this one. First because of that gorgeous cover! It sounds like a pretty good read though – if I ignore the insta love (even though it's explained through paranormal whatevers I still need to FEEL it if you know what I mean). Anywho, great review, Danielle!

    • Danielle

      Yes! I adore Piper and Leo, I always ‘shipped them so hard and am a huge PLL fan so I’m so happy Piper/Holly is on that show! Yeah I can reconcile with insta-love if I even get some little feels and butterflies but here there was just none and it overwhelmed the plot but I may try out book two to see if it improves at all. Thanks Giselle!

  5. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Too bad this one didn’t blow you away. I love witch stories too but haven’t found that many witch books that are actually good. I love Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed back in the day, lol. And wish they continued Secret Circle, even though it was a tad cheesy.

    • Danielle

      Yeah I wish TSC got another season, it was fun and defo cheesy! It’s so true, it’s rare to find good witch books, TV always seems a safer bet.

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