Series: Tethered #1
Published by Independent on May 1st 2013
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.