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History of the Timelaws (Timelaws #2)

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
A Desperate Race Against Time.

Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth enjoys movies, teasing her older brothers, and pulling pranks with friends. She is also a member of a secret group of magic-wielding time travelers. However, when the rules that govern time travel are broken, chaos ensues and it is up to her to restore the Timelaws. As her enemies, the Wizards, and her allies, the Da
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Published March 14th 2011
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K.A. Krisko
Jan 28, 2013 K.A. Krisko rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
There are definitely some good ideas here - ideas about the complexity of time-travel, the confusion of living in more than one time period at once, and how a civilized society of magic-users might agree to control access to the past and future to avoid total chaos. I can tell that the author has a rich imagination and a strong desire to share that imaginary world with others.

The story is intended for young adults, as the protagonist (Elizabeth) is a fifteen-year-old girl with exceptional super
James Blakley
Feb 07, 2013 James Blakley rated it liked it
Marise Grohyeb's "History of the Timelaws" is an imaginative, insightful concept that is compromised by a very complex method of storytelling.

The novel does have an underlying, but identifiable, "Inception"/"Mission: Impossible" vibe going for it. That is, the chief protagonist (a 20th century 15 year-old orphan named Elizabeth) is the lead operative of a branch of 'good' galactic magicians called "The Darks". They are a sort of covert operations/special forces bureau that is in a cold war with
Felix Cruz
Jun 24, 2011 Felix Cruz rated it really liked it
I'll admit, I was not a huge fan of YA novels, but that changed after reading History of the Timelaws.

I was warned before I read this book that, being a story that dealt with time travel, it could be very confusing, but I didn't find it to be. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. From the action-packed opening scene I was thrust into this magical world created so vividly by the author.

The protagonist, Liz, is a 15 year old with magical powers who refers to herself, and others like her, as Darks.
Kevis Hendrickson
One of the things I love about books is when you cease to realize that you’re reading a story and that you’ve been sucked right into the world the author has created. History of the Timelaws reminds me why it’s such fun to lose oneself in a book. What also endears me to the book is that it’s not easy to categorize. History of the Timelaws contains elements of urban fantasy, science fiction, and Young Adult genres all wrapped up in a tight, neat little bow.

The story is pretty straightforward. Evi
May 20, 2011 Nellee rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-published
I really liked this book. It was the most unique story-line I've read or ever will read! There was a lot of action! It was cool the way it would change from the year 1981 to 2184, how the Wizards were the bad guys, and such. It was so original! I'm really glad that I was able to read this. I can't wait for others!

Cons: *Whines There wasn't enough kissy stuff between Anton and Liz!!! :)

4 Stars
Marc Secchia
Nov 18, 2014 Marc Secchia rated it really liked it
Shelves: solid
What a fun read! A story to twist your expectations of time and physics without thumping you over the head with too much complexity. Some details were skipped over and felt a little far-fetched, but the action moved at a lively pace. The editing was a touch rough, but I ended up enjoying this tale more than I expected, which is always a good recommendation.
Larry Moniz
Jun 24, 2011 Larry Moniz rated it did not like it
In responding to Marise Ghorayeb's request for reviews, we agreed that any review would be an honest one. In keeping with my perception of ethics on the issue, this is advance disclosure that she provided me with a free Kindle copy of her book: History of the Timelaws, for review purposes.

I regret having made the commitment because this review gives me no pleasure. Author Stephen King and numerous others have said any aspiring writer must become a voracious reader in order to be successful. I mu
Steven Drachman
Jan 21, 2013 Steven Drachman rated it liked it
Elizabeth is a fifteen-year old girl, an orphan, along with her two brothers, and a “Dark”, one of a group of warriors in an epic battle against across time against a planet of evil Wizards. When a spell disrupts time, she and her fellow Darks have to fight the Wizards and set time straight again.

First, what did I like in this inventive book? The main character was a strong heroine, with a vibrant, energetic voice, a character that seemed real to me. The writing was also very easy to read, and t
Rob May
Feb 26, 2013 Rob May rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-books
History of the Timelaws starts with a teenage time traveller Elizabeth's hectic battle against flying wizards on an errupting volcano on an alien planet, then abruptly switches to Liz's domestic hassles in 1980s New York City. But then suddenly she's teleporting off to a spacestation, before magically morphing into a bird to attempt to gain access to a impenetrable fortress …

It's a credit to the author that she manages to control the narrative not only with believability, but with no small amoun
Mar 06, 2013 Gaele rated it really liked it
So – I admit to being a huge Dr. Who fan, and I had real hopes that this book would be a ‘lighter’ sort of science fiction, with plenty of simplified descriptions or details to make the story flow better for me. Unfortunately for me, this was not the case. Although the book is incredibly well written and detailed, with plenty of intriguing characters and enough character interplay and drama to make it fun, much of the detail that could have made it a lighter read, more appropriate for the YA mar ...more
Karen Siddall
Sep 01, 2016 Karen Siddall rated it liked it
To the human world, 15-year-old Elizabeth is a regular teenager growing up without her parents in a pretty rough neighborhood. However, in the world of magic, she is the powerful leader of a team of “Darks,” and holds the fate of humankind in her hands.

History of the Timelaws is an imaginative story for young adults that marries magic-laden fantasy with science fiction adventure. And although I enjoyed the story, I had to work hard to follow all the different storylines and miscellaneous charact

Jul 05, 2011 Nathiel rated it really liked it
Marise sent me this book to review and I'm glad. I really liked this book, it was challenging but also a great read, I loved the references to Doctor Who and like Elizabeth I also expected a blue police box to appear out of no where :) The book was fast paced and changes into different times where the different Elizabeth's were doing different things. At first this makes it a bit difficult to follow especially as the book is so fast paced, but after the first or second time you get used to it.
Apr 17, 2013 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, kindle
This book is not terrible, but it also wasn’t great for me. There's so much going on that I had a hard time keeping up. Several times I found myself reading large passages and then realizing that my mind had wandered, so I had to reread those parts (sometimes two or three times) to see what I had missed. I frequently got lost and felt like I was reading a sequel, having missed out on all of the back story from book one. I’m not really sure what it was about this book that didn’t click for me. Pe ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for a review. I really enjoyed the story of Elizabeth, a teenager, basically in charge of keeping the universe in line along with her second in command who also happens to be her boyfriend. It was a little confusing jumping forward and backward between times and the ending left some unanswered questions so I'm hoping there is a sequel.

Mar 21, 2013 S.J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Unlike most teenagers who seem, at one time or another, to think they’re having a bad decade, Elizabeth, the heroine in the History of the Timelaws, takes most of normal life in stride. She probably has to, since in 1981, at 15, she’s already been orphaned and has her mind on bigger things, like jumping ahead in time to 2184 and wielding her considerable magical powers to save the world from evil wizards. When the future Timelaws are broken, disastrous changes put Liz and everyone she loves at r ...more
Roger Royer
Mar 01, 2014 Roger Royer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, e-book, sci-fi
First off let me say that this book was better than book one in the series and not because of the editing though that was an amazing improvement. I think the book was better because it was much more character focused when it came to our hero. She has developed her to a truly emotional being over the person in the first book that could watch thousands die without a thought. The author even allows us to see how the death of others affects people near our hero when she herself is so emotionally dis ...more
Eric Dulin
Mar 16, 2013 Eric Dulin rated it liked it
The main thought that came to my mind after reading this was one word: potential. There were so many great conceptions and developed setting that this could have been an amazing novel. But the problem came in execution. The grammar and spelling was an issue, though I've definitely seen worse, but I understand being an Indie author, it is difficult to acquire funds for a professional to edit. However, there were a lot of very common errors that can easily by fixed by another read, and I would sug ...more
S.L. Figuhr
Feb 27, 2014 S.L. Figuhr rated it it was ok
I received a copy of Timelaws by Marise Ghorayeb in exchange for an honest review through the Read It & Reap Program. Thank you to the author for her generosity.

At the time of reading this novel, I was unaware it was the second book in a series. Many of the issues I have with the book stems from that fact. I have been given to understand the author tried to make this book more of a stand alone as she revamps the first.

The Pro’s:
-Interesting characters
-exciting premise

The Con’s:
-cliche’d open
Tracy Smith
Jun 21, 2011 Tracy Smith rated it liked it
Fantasy and magical elements make "History of the Timelaws" an interesting read.

This story is filled with wizards, magic, and time travel. Elizabeth, a teenage girl turned magic society leader, must lead her group called "Dark" through a spellbinding event to save the universe from being changed forever if the timelaws are not restored. Follow her journey back and forth through time as she is joined by her family and friends to complete this spell that will magically set things right.

I have to
Mar 01, 2014 Cat rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-review
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Concept: 4 stars
Execution: 2 stars

While the plot was mostly interesting, it was difficult for me to keep track of what was going on, since there was so much time (and space) movement going on. I thought the different locations (again, both in time and space) should have been more explicitly noted - or in some cases, noted at all.

I also believe this book should be edited - apparently again. It's the little things that
Kanwarpreet Grewal
Apr 13, 2013 Kanwarpreet Grewal rated it liked it
This is a science fiction book involving time travel. But this book does not deal with “ordinary”/almost magical time travel. The possibility of time travel involves extremely interesting paradoxes- paradoxes and logical inconsistencies that makes time travel impossible. And that is the central theme of this book- the author tries to remove the paradoxes of time travel and the logical inconsistencies of time travel by creating a set of rules – The Timelaws. So I loved the idea of this book. Very ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jun 23, 2011 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I wont go into the plot as I don't want to give anything away and spoil anyone's reading. Basically the book is about the "Timelaws", so has time travelling battles against futuristic wizards as well as present day things happening. Its quite complicated to try to explain. The chapters jump from past, present , future times but once you get used to the jumping about it is a good read. The author makes you care about the main character and her family etc, you end up caring about the outcome and r ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: feb-2014
I received this book in exchange for a review. I didn't realize this was the second book in a series until after I started it. It was supposed to be a stand alone but some of the confusion was explained when I read the first book. I kept getting lost in the different time changes. Several of them didn't make sense to me and needed further explanation. I never did figure out the significance of the timeline of Liz and Mark in some kind of apartment by themselves. It was also never explained why s ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the story, which was fast-paced and an interesting concept. Unfortunately, it may have been too fast paced as I often got confused with the time changes and the alternate universes and there were aspects of what the group was doing that definitely needed more explanation.

Elizabeth is a nice change of pace as an independent heroine who was willing to take charge of the situation, but some of the other characters seemed very superfluous.

Overall good concept, if not completely s
Sift Book Reviews
Sep 20, 2011 Sift Book Reviews rated it it was ok
Shelves: sarah
The plot itself is very intriguing, I just feel like it's overwhelmingly bogged down by some clumsy storytelling. Characters and world-development could have been great, but could have used more fleshing out and demonstration - as opposed to instruction. Two stars. I would encourage Miss Ghorayeb to continue writing, as she has a knack for concept and plot, but she may need to spend more time developing her craft.

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Feb 21, 2014 NotAnotherJenn rated it it was ok
I found the mythology a bit hard to follow at times and often found myself re-reading sections and still not being able to follow along. The main character Elizabeth is smart, strong, independent, and interesting to follow. She wasn't a damsel in distress and she takes her job as a dark, a magical defender against wizards, very seriously. Some of the other characters weren't as interesting and I didn't feel myself being invested in them at all.

It's an interesting concept, tying together time tr
Sarah Nicolas
Sep 21, 2011 Sarah Nicolas added it
Shelves: for-sift
I reviewed this book for Sift Book Reviews. I don't want to skew the ratings by rating it twice, but you can see my review here:
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Born in Calgary, Canada, Marise Ghorayeb traveled extensively during her childhood. She enjoyed the privilege of visiting countries that included Japan, Egypt, and Australia among others. These travels were a part of the reason she became an author. A vivid imagination is required when there are no friends around and all available television is in foreign languages. As an adult with an engineering ...more
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