MINI-REVIEW – Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder

August 26, 2013 3 Star Reviews, General, Reviews 3 ★★★

MINI-REVIEW – Catalyst by Jennifer SnyderCatalyst by Jennifer Snyder
Series: Tethered #1
Published by CreateSpace on May 1, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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 think I may like the premise of this book more than the book itself.  I’m a sucker for small southern towns, magic, and mystery and that’s exactly what this book offers.  Addison mysteriously inherits a house from her biological grandmother in a small seaside town in Georgia.  She and her best friend spend the summer there while Addison tries to decide what to do with her life.  The small town and the house offer Addison time and space away from her adopted parents so she can figure out her next move but they also open up a well of information about her biological mother and her mysterious past.  Addison is a smart, capable character that seemed both mature and young at the same time.  The banter with her best friend was funny and I was genuinely interested in figuring out why her mother left, why she gave Addison up for adoption, and what the mysterious magick is that draws Addison to the town and the house. What was unsuccessful for me was the romance.  Addison meets Kace and is instantly attracted to him.  I, on the other hand, found him to be arrogant (not in a sexy way) and immature.  He also smirked a lot.  A lot.  To the point that I noticed how many times he did it.  I couldn’t see what was drawing Addison to him beyond the physical.  She seemed too smart for Kace.  It was the immature feeling of this romance, which actually didn’t feel very romantic to me, that bordered on the annoying.  And besides the mild sexual content and drinking, this book felt very YA which isn’t a bad thing just something to note in a book listed as New Adult.  All in all, what it comes down to is whether or not I will continue reading the series.  The answer is yes.  I found myself to be pretty invested in learning the mystery of the town and its magick and Addison’s place in this new world she’s discovered.  I’m just hoping she loses Kace. 3 HOWLS!


About Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

SHATTERED SOUL was my debut novel and no, you haven’t seen the end of me yet…

3 Responses to “MINI-REVIEW – Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder”

  1. braine

    This is on my TBR for this week and now that you’ve brought it to my attention I think I will make a tally of aid boy’s smirks.

    Wish me luck!