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Book Review: The Path Keeper by N.J. Simmonds

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Title: The Path Keeper

Author: N.J. Simmonds

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adult

Pages: 416

Published: May 28, 2019

Publisher: BHC Press/H2O


My Rating:
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What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle? What if our life was already mapped out before birth? What if someone had the power to change the path we were destined to follow?

Ella hates her new life in London, she misses Spain and she’s struggling to get over her past until she meets Zac. He has always loved her but he isn’t meant to be part of Ella’s story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and will force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense, a world more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

The first in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, The Path Keeper is a tale of passion and secrets, of first loves and second chances, and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?

(From Goodreads)


The story started with a chatterbox girl, Ella, who met a stranger, Zac, on her way to home. He was stalking/waiting for her there. Zac is an angel whose duty is to keep Ella on track so that she meets her fate every time. At first, this story reminds me of The Adjustment Bureau which I really liked. Sadly, this book wasn’t anything like it.

Ells is rich and pretty but she has no one she can call a true friend. Her mom married a business man and Ella moved in with them. She met Zac and couldn’t stop herself falling for the complete stranger/stalker. She also invited him at her place to sleep without knowing much about him. Creepy, I know. She cared for him and made it obvious that she is into him.

Zac has been taking care of Ella in past lives too. He too fell in love with her and revealed his secret that he is an angel and that there is no God. There are only angels who are responsible for taking care of people to keep them on track so their lives go as planned by the angels. And this is where I decided I cannot read further. Characters who are puppets of angels! Not an interesting concept for me. The characters are too shallow as well. Ella’s mom reminded me of the Regina George’s mom from Mean Girls; rich, foolish and self-centered. Ella is not that bright either. She just loves to talk to total strangers on road, telling them everything about her and invite them at home because they don’t have a nice place to sleep. Zac is handsome but I don’t see any other good quality except that he comforted Ella when she was about to die in one of her past life. Yes, that’s it. No depth, no strong characters or plot that can keep you reading further.

Cover Art

The cover art is lovely. I really liked the cover and requested this book on NetGalley because of the cover.


I am not a fan of stories with fallen angels who control human lives. I didn’t like the characters, the story or the plot. If you are a fan of fallen angel stories, you may like this.


An eARC of this novel was provided by BHC Press/H2O via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 


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5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Path Keeper by N.J. Simmonds

  1. Thanks for sharing, I love the honesty in your review. I’ll probably pass on this one. Do you have any good summer recommendations?

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  2. Thank you. I usually read YA, crime and psychological thrillers so I have no idea about latest good summer books. Sorry 🙂
    I did read a sweet love story long ago, “If Only it were True” by Marc Levy. I really loved it.


  3. This is close to my take on this book when I read it. Plus it had a lot of inconsistencies in the subplots. Great review!


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