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When Daniel Lever is dragged to Leisure World Holiday Complex for some “time away” with his depressed dad, his expectations are low. Daniel is overweight, he hates sport, and his father has brought along his beloved tomato plant. But soon Daniel spots a girl swimming in the fake lake. Lexi is elegant and smart, but very mysterious. Why are her bruises getting worse each ti...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Walker Books Ltd (first published February 2012)
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Elle
I loved this. Loved that it was from the male protagonist POV. Loved that the male protagonist wasn't ripped and drop dead gorgeous. Loved that there were real family problems and a sense of "I know these people" while reading the story. It flowed well; the plot was well thought out. Though I knew how it would end, I still hoped for it to end differently. There was a tiny bit of suspense and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Loved that Daniel was able to find himself and become the confident, s...more
Sarah Terese *Kili!*
Actual rating 3.5

You know, here's a little story to tell: So, in late April/early May, I did one of my usual library runs, during which I checked out my usual 11-14 books. Except I hated the majority of them. Yeah...And I got super depressed about it all and went on my usual ranting about how there are no good books written now-a-days, especially no good novels.

Skip to June. Time for another library run during which I checked out 14 books, the majority of which were recommended to me by people w...more
Natframpton
I loved this book. I devoured it a few hours after I bought it. I'd never heard of it but saw it in my local bookshop (Waterstones) and loved the shiny cover and description so was immediately tempted.

Daniel and his dad don't get on...for reasons you will discover in the book, so that's why Daniels dad takes him away. Daniel is still upset over his mum and dad getting a divorce and why his dad decided to take him on a sports holiday he has no idea..he hates sport.

Lexi is a ghost and relives her...more
Sarah
When Daniel is taken to Leisure World by his father it really is his worst nightmare rather than an ideal fun family holiday. Overweight and unfit Daniel isn't a fan of sports and isn't looking forward to days full of tennis, cycling and swimming. After meeting Lexi things start to change, he is drawn to this mysterious girl and wants to uncover her secrets. What caused her injuries and why do they get worse every time he sees her? Is there any way he can protect her from something that has alre...more
Brandy
Daniel's father dragged him to Leisure World for a little holiday--something to do after Daniel caught his mom cheating. The sports-averse Daniel would rather be nearly anywhere else, until he meets Lexi. Lexi is beautiful, and smart, and troubled: every day, her wounds get a little worse. She won't talk about it, until Daniel gets caught in the same loop: (view spoiler)...more
Zarah
3½ stars... or maybe threeandthreequarters...

I like the idea and I like the originality of the main character.
I did not like how highly paced the book was, and found it hard to believe that Dan would accept the reality he's "fallen into" just like that. (view spoiler) It also gets choppy from time to time. People sho...more
Rachael
It's not often I sit down and read a book in one sitting, but I did with this one. The book was a short, easy to read but gripping. A very spooky ghost story, which might have seemed a bit predictable, did turn into an entertaining read. I'm looking forward to meeting the author next week.
Charliee' (Ohana means family)
Okay, one of the first things I loved about this book is that it is from a male protagonist POV. I have hardy ever read a book from this POV. I also love that he wasn't 'ripped' or 'drop dead gorgeous', Daniel is just a normal kid. There is also real family problems featured in this book, it feels real and as if you know these people.

The book flowed really well and even though you had several different sub-plots going on, it never got confusing. From the beginning I knew how this book would end,...more
Shivani
I quite liked this book. It is a very short book and only took a few hours to read.

Daniel Lever has gone on holiday to the Leisure World Holiday Complex with his father, he thought he would hate it there. His father and mother have had a huge argument and he does not feel good about it. However at Leisure World he meets a mysterious girl, Lexi, who has something very strange happening to her. Her watch goes backwards and every time they meet her wounds seem to be getting worse. Daniel does not...more
Sub_zero
2.5/5

Este libro es el perfecto ejemplo de que una novela breve puede llegar a hacerse terriblemente larga. De hecho, podríamos sustituir sin problemas el título de la obra por 'La historia que nunca acaba' y tendríamos una portada que casa perfectamente con el contenido insustancial e insípido que guarda en su interior. Y no es que el estropicio de Edward Hogan empezara con mal pie precisamente: la historia de un adolescente acomplejado que se siente responsable del divorcio de sus padres y del...more
Neptune Violin
I read daylight saving from the library, and I was attracted by the shiny spine. The whole cover just had that look that made me want to read this. Though in hindsight the cover may have been better than the actual book. On the back it called it's self a "thriller" but I wasn't entirely thrilled.
I liked how our main character was not in any way attractive, and became confident about it over the course of the book. That is something we need more of today. There is, in my opinion, too much pop cu...more
Cathie
upper grades
mild swearing, violence, sexual situations
first person POV
AR test
British
short - 216 pp
Dan goes to Leisure World for a holiday with his depressed dad. He meets a mysterious girl whose wounds keep getting worse and whose watch ticks backward. Can you save someone from something that's already happened?

I warmed up to the book as I went along. Still not exactly sure how Lexi got stuck in her time loop, but the ending was satisfactory and I felt Dan and his family made progress.
Serendipity Reviews
Before I begin reviewing this book, I have to mention the book cover. If you saw my Really Random post last Tuesday, you would have seen the animated version of it and I have to say it truly is incredible. I was lucky enough to hear about the thought process that went into producing this cover and I found it thoroughly amazing.

As the story begins, you don't feel you are about to embark on a ghost story, but you are aware of a dark and sinister undertone as you analyse the first line. The book i...more
Sarah
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and while it's probably not my usual reading fare I did enjoy it and couldn't help but want to keep reading to find out how the story concluded. I read a lot of American authors and it was a nice change to read something English, and having been to "leisure world" myself, a number of times, it was easy to picture the story in my head.
Daniel's father takes him to a holiday park for a week, which is basically his idea of hell. His physical self confidence is...more
Bayla
Buzzwords: Divorcing parents, psychological trauma,swimming, body image, boy POV, (view spoiler)

"It was the night when the clocks go back -- the last Saturday night in October. It was one thirty Sunday morning when we let the bar. But when I woke up, I looked at my watch, and it was five past one" (p.107).

Daniel's going through a hard time when he meets Lexi. His parents are divorcing, he's been having hallucinations and other psychological trauma, fighting gui...more
Medeia Sharif
Daniel’s life is problematic since his parents are no longer together, his father is an alcoholic, and he’s the victim of bullying. He and his father go to a sports resort for a vacation, which isn’t as relaxing as it sounds since Daniel runs into a group of rough boys, his father’s moods and drinking habits kick into gear, and the workers at the resort don’t respect people’s privacy.

When Daniel meets Lexi, a girl who’s out for a swim, he develops a quick connection to her. She’s beautiful, inte...more
Rosy
I have been so excited about this book ever since I was lucky enough to chat with Ed at the Walker Books book bloggers event at the end of last year. Everything about it was fab – the concept, the cover, the blurb, and then it arrived it was so shiny I had to stroke it for a few minutes before I even started reading it.
And it so didn’t disappoint.

One thing guaranteed to make me do a little happy dance is when we get strong male characters in fiction, and whilst Daniel isn’t your stereotypical ma...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I enjoyed Daylight Saving and found it to be a satifying little read.

Daylight saving is a thriller which follows the story of main character Daniel. Daniel is a likable protagonist. He has been dragged to Leisure World, a centre parcsesque holiday park where families are suppose to have a brilliantly exciting week indulging in a variety of sporting activites together and bonding over pizza in lakeside themed restaurants. Unfotunately for Daneil the idea sounds like the week from hell. He hates s...more
Andrew
Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf

When Daniel goes to Leisure World Holiday Complex with his dad, his exceptions are low. He doesn't like sport and he's uncomfortable with his body. And let's not get started on his dad's issues. So when Daniel meets Lexi, a mysterious girl, by the lake, things look like they're on the up. She's smart and makes him laugh. But, is it his imagination or does Lexi's wounds look worse every time they meet? And why does Lexi wear a watch that goes backwards?

Now, I fee...more
Marika
Daniel and his father are spending their vacation at Leisure World, a sports-themed vacation complex. Daniel has no interest in sports or spending time with his depressed and often drunk father. While hanging out by the pond, Daniel sees a mysterious girl who swims beautifully. But each time he sees her, she seems to have accumulated more bruises and cuts-- and her watch ticks backwards. Daniel is drawn to her, and soon he finds mysterious cuts and bruises on his own body. Who is this strange gi...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
We are first introduced to Daniel as he is in his way with his Dad to a Leisure World Sports holiday complex. Daniel is overweight and hates sports so he thinks its pointless going to the sports holiday complex, until he meets the mysterious Lexi There are things that we don't know about both Lexi and Daniel, and as the story progresses we find out what Daniel blames himself for and why he ended up on holiday with his Dad.

I loved the mystery of Daylight Saving and how Daniel pieces together the...more
Britta
This one just wasn't for me. The story line is very ambiguous and muddled with side plots. The main story (what I think is the main story) was very confusing until right at the very end. Is it a ghost story? Is he crazy? Is she real? It was hard to tell. In addition to the mysterious girl who causes all sorts of odd happenings, the main character, Daniel, has body issues associated with extremely low self esteem and is dealing with the divorce of his parents while living with his drunken dad. Oh...more
Jay Uppal
Ok first of I won this book through Goodreads so thanks for that Goodreads and now to the book. Well what can I say? It was simply amazing. Very simply it is a modern day Ghost story. Daniel along with his father is taken to a leisure center; many would think this is fun but to Daniel it practically seems like torture; well that is until he meets Lexi a girl that only he can see... Ok so initially it seems like a pretty typical love story but you'll be surprised at how it evolves into so much mo...more
FantasyWereld
Een link naar de volledige recensie: http://www.fantasywereld.nl/recensies...

Het Uur van de Waarheid gaat over Daniel, die door zijn vader mee wordt genomen op vakantie. Daar heeft hij helemaal geen zin in, want ze gaan naar 'Leisure World': een vakantiepark dat volledig in het teken staat van sporten. En laat dat nou net iets zijn waar Daniel een gloeiende hekel aan heeft. Met de scheiding van zijn ouders nog vers in het geheugen besluit hij toch maar zijn beste beentje voor te zetten. Dat blij...more
Sarah
The Good

The pace. At no point while reading did I feel like the story was dragging. The plot was intense and suspenseful without feeling rushed.
Daniel's Dad. While Daniel's dad did have a lot of personal problems, I really thought he was hilarious and had some of the best lines in the book.
The loop. The time travel/ghost rules introduced in this book were really unique and interesting. I really liked (and was horrified by) the idea of a time-looped ghost, very creative.
The ending. As I came t...more
Taylor
I received this book as a ARC for doing reviews on my local teen library blog.

When Daniel and his dad go to Leisure World, a sports holiday complex, to get away from reality for a bit, he’s not holding out much hope for a great week. That is until he meets a girl, Lexi. He starts hanging out with her more and more and as he does, he notices bruises on her face, arms and legs that seem to get worse, and that the watch she wears is ticking backwards instead of forwards. Both Daniel and Lexi help...more
Alexa (Pages of Forbidden Love)
This review was originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love

I have to say this book was really interesting because it took a step back from what one normally reads in the YA genre. This book had a male character as the narrator, which hardly ever happens in young adult books. The book also centered on something more important than a love triangle or instant love. This book went beyond that to look closely at the life of a slightly overweight teenage boy who starts to find his own way in life th...more
Book Twirps
When I requested this one on Netgalley, I totally must have missed the part of the summary that said it was a ghost story. So, imagine my (pleasant) surprise when I went in expecting a contemporary novel and wound up reading something that was definitely more than I expected -- in a good way.

When Daniel's father drags him to a sports complex for a father/son getaway, Daniel's expectations are low. He hates sports, and there's no possible way for him to enjoy himself, especially when his father -...more
Mark
For the most part, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It is a mystery, thriller, and paranormal romance all in one. I'm thrilled to see yet another male protagonist in this type of book. In a genre dominated by female protagonists, this book is a nice change of pace.

While the paranormal aspect was a large part of the narrative, it was not the driving theme of the story. The concept of coping with a broken family is the real focus, which makes the story more accessible, or realistic...more
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Edward Hogan’s first adult novel, Blackmoor, was short-listed for the London Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Dylan Thomas prize. Daylight Saving is his first young adult novel. He lives in the U.K.
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