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Neptune's Tears (Timedance #1)

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  275 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
London, 2218 A.D. Seventeen-year-old Zee is an intern empath. She's focused on her job, poised for a great career—until one day an attractive patient undoes her hard-earned calm. As an empath, she cannot afford such distractions, but neither can she stay away from David, even when she discovers he's one of a mysterious alien race. As London comes under attack by anarchist ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published September 1st 2012)
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Steph Sinclair
This is going to be one of those rare times where my rating isn't very indicative of my personal feelings of the quality of a novel. (Savor this moment because I don't see it happening too often.) Here's the thing about Neptune's Tears: if you are a veteran Sci-Fi reader, chances are it will be lacking in complexity for you. However, if you are a noob to the genre or a younger reader or a reluctant reader, this novel may be perfect for you. Unfortunately, I don't fall in the latter category and ...more
You are probably going to love Neptune's Tears, if you kind of liked Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman, but wished ...

- that the young adult scifi novel was not one of those damned stand-alones with a real ending
- that Mavkel was more human looking, had a hot, hot body and an 'Englisher' name like Paul or Oscar
- that Oscar-Mavkel's and Joss' heart-string-tucking friendship was replaced by a forbidden instant-and-forever-love that would swallow up at least half of the plot and the majo
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Neptune's Tears is the first book in the Timedance series by Susan Waggoner. It's set in 2218 and follows a young empath in a London hospital. For such a quick read, the pages inside this book contain a lot. The story mainly revolves around Zee's career as an empath, her powers related to this and her romance with a boy, David, who one day appears at her hospital.

Zee was a very decent, relatable character. I liked what we got to know about her and particularly admired her for her love of her job
Mar 04, 2013 Caitlings rated it liked it
Alright. I liked this one. It was a light, easy read and I loved the setting.

And then I reached the end and like...I feel as if my copy is missing some pages? Because it just stopped. Nothing is settled. And then I read the synopsis for the next book really sounds as if my copy is missing some pages. But I texted a friend who owns an ARC as well, and hers has the same amount of pages.

I can't even think about the rest of the story because this is bothering me so much.
Neptune's Tears is the start of Susan Waggoner's Timedance series which is set 200 years into the future. Zee is training as an empath and working at a London hospital where she helps patients heal using her abilities. She loves her job and enjoys helping people so the last thing she is looking for is a relationship, especially when falling in love could have a devastating effect on her powers. She meets David when he is injured and under her care in the hospital, although it is forbidden for he ...more
Again I wish there were half star ratings as this book is more of a 2.5 for me. The book started out really slow and it took me awhile to get into.

I found that for the majority of the book the plot really dragged and I was bored for most of the book. The plot started to pick up towards the end and I could tell that the author was building the story up for a sequel. There was a lot of shocks that happened in the last 50 pages that were unexpected and were used to make readers want to read the ne
Jul 10, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Neptune’s Tears is a love story between the two main characters Zee McAdams and David Sutton but as many other love stories things don’t go quite to plan. It is based in the future, David is an Alien and Zee is a human empath who fall in love after meeting in A&E.

Zee McAdams is the main character and she falls in love with David Sutton. Throughout the story Zee becomes emotionally attached to David and soon can’t stop thinking about spending her life with him but there is
Leanne Bell
I was a bit concerned about the middling rating for this but since I stumbled on this at my local library decided that I'd give it a read since it's been on my to-read list forever.

I loved it! Yes, I get it, the story is fast paced and a lot seems to happen but personally sometimes that's best, you can really waffle on too much in a book and waffle is what Susan certainly doesn't do (thank god!)
Pay attention to the time that passes between chapters and events and it makes so much more sense.

Emily (Book Jems)
It's always been hard for me to write a review for a book that I feel pretty neutral about. This is definitely the case for Neptune's Tears. It's not a bad book, but it's not mind-blowing either. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but the summary of the story really caught my eye and the cover is absolutely glorious. I was sure I would love this--and to an extent I did, but I had several issues with the story that took away from my overall enjoyment.

Zee McAdams is an empath. She uses her ability to bring
Jul 07, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
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I was not a fan of this book. When I first read the description, I figured it would be completely awesome since I've really been into space books recently and I couldn't wait to start this one. Unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations and I didn't end up loving it like I thought I would.

The story moved way to slowly for me and I found myself bored and not really caring what happened. It seemed like nothing really happened until the book was almost ove
Kazzy  Stallwood
Neptune's Tears was a rollercoaster of a read. It was fantastic, heartwarming and heartwrenching and I loved it!

The story is told from Zee's point of view – a 17 year old empath working in a hospital in London. She loves her job, and she is good at what she does but the world as she knows it gets turned upside down when she meets David Sutton.

I really liked Zee. She really grew as a character the whole way through the book. At first, she was prejudiced against Aliens but as she fell in love wit
(Source: I received a paperback copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Daphne from Winged Reviews, and Piccadilly Publishers.)
17-year-old Zee is a healing empath, which means that she works in a hospital and uses her special gifts to heal people.

One day she is sent to see a patient who is being difficult, but when she enters the room she gets two surprises. The first is that she is strangely attracted to the patient – David, and the second is when he tells her he is an a
Eden Grey
I would not recommend this book to teens, or even fans of YA fiction. It is written in such a way (that I'll get to soon enough) that it would have more appeal to fans of adult sci-fi, British mysteries, or especially adult British sci-fi.
Here's why:
There is something very off about this book. Pop culture references that don’t belong in the future, already uncommon English idioms spoken by aliens, uncharacteristic dialogue, strange devices that make the future setting awkward and unbelievable
Nov 09, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so different to anything I have read recently and I finished it in one sitting. It mixes elements of sci-fi, dystopia and paranormal, but I’d hesitate to give it any of those labels because the premise is so inventive.
Susan Waggoner’s London of 2218 is at once futuristic and yet reassuringly familiar. Medical science has extended human life-span considerably, Britain’s public transport problems have been resolved by the installation of a super-efficient vactrain (vacuum train) netwo
Sep 21, 2013 Annie rated it it was ok
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I'm disappointed, dear readers. I really had high hopes for this one, considering it was a sci-fi romance and involved aliens and empaths and whatnot, but my hopes were not fulfilled. There was a lot of potential, after all, it takes place on earth 100 years in the future. This would be the opportunity to let your imagination run wild, but it never really gets to that point.

Here's what I liked: I love the idea of empaths. Basically, in Waggone
Kathy Martin
Jun 11, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it liked it
NEPTUNE'S TEARS was an engaging science fiction romance with excellent world-building and interesting characters. Zee is seventeen and an empath-in-training who works in a hospital. She is very happy in her career and very focused until she meets David Sutton, accident victim and alien.

Aliens arrived on Earth when Zee was six and were not what anyone had been expecting. They were just like us except taller. They were also interested in our art and culture. David had been injured when a large she
At first when I found this book in the library I was looking forward to read it as the blur was good and I thought it would be different. However it did not live up to my expectation. (warning spoilers)

The beginning is not that bad, it starts it up well and had a good flow to it also introducing the characters well and also a bit of back story, but also this overuse of the back story made the text hard to understand some of the time as you had no idea if you were in Zee's present day or in the p
Nov 26, 2013 Elvira rated it did not like it
Set in London 2218, during a time of great technological innovation and strong opposition from an eco-anarchist terroists setting bombs off world-wide. Zee is a 17-year-old American medical empath reaching the top of her game when she falls for young man who is also from another world. At a mere 218 pgs and a small height, Waggoner tries to pack as much world building without success, instead only gives glimpses of this future world. Along with weak world building is the weak character developme ...more
Anne Bücherwelt

Das Cover gefällt mir echt gut, da sehr bläulich ist. Im Vordergrund erkennt man zwei Silhouetten. Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass dies Liza und David sind. Beide stehen auf dem Gras. Im Hintergrund erkennt man einen Himmel. Dieser zeigt rote Herzen. Zudem er ist sehr bläulich. Am meisten gefällt mir diese weißen Punken, die Sterne darstellen sollen. Gesamt ein sehr romatisches Cover, was auch den Inhalt wiederspiegelt.

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin mit keinen Vorerwartungen in dieses Buch hine
Mar 04, 2014 Sexinthelibrary rated it it was ok
The year is 2218. As a seventeen year old empath, Zee works with the sick and dying in the emergency room. She tries to help the sick visualize something that will help them get better or ease their pain by establishing connections from her mind to their minds. She is focused on her work, dedicated, and totally not ready to fall in love, especially with an alien. The aliens have been on Earth since Zee was a little girl, so this isn’t a case of hiding David. But David is hiding something from he ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Crystal rated it liked it
Neptune's Tears was a quickie summer read for me. With that said, while it was a quickie read it did not lack on story. I found the premise to be intriguing and decided to dive into the story. I liked the scene descriptions. I felt they were true to life but not too wordy. It was a futuristic read that kept me interested and now I am anxious to read book 2.

I would say my two biggest concerns with Neptune's Tears were this.
1) I wish that the relationship between Zee and David was a little less
Jules Goud
This book was exactly what I expected it was going to be.

I could tolerate Zee. Depending on what it was, I could kind of tolerate Zee and David.

But again, this book was cheesy and a lot of the romance was something I couldn't take. The romance was ok, but I felt like it was too much, too fast. I thought that it was very weird that the timeline in this book spanned months when it felt like a week.

This book was exactly what I expected and even though there were some parts that were just too much
Sydney S
Jul 22, 2015 Sydney S rated it liked it
Originally I thought this book was a stand alone but it finishes with so many unanswered questions that I am hoping a second book is being written or is already out. Overall I enjoyed the book. It had it's own interesting and unique aspects that made the book stand out from others.

There were a couple things that bothered me about the book:
-The timeline of the story just flew by. I think the author could have added so much more detail and gone and explained a few things a little more/better, lik
Rachel's Book Reviews
Jul 16, 2013 Rachel's Book Reviews rated it did not like it
In depth review to come.

Bottom line, I don't recommend this novel.

It was all tell and no show. Also, I never emotionally connected with the characters.. It was all... Blah blah blah... Yada yada yada . I can think of a lot of scifi a that cover the same topic but are way better....
Sep 28, 2015 Marne rated it liked it
It’s 2218 and Zee McAdams is in her second year as a healing empath at a busy London Hospital. When a mysterious young man becomes her patient, Zee’s hard-won calm is pierced. Her attraction is complicated by the fact that David Sutton is an alien, a groups whose presence- and purpose- on earth is deeply mistrusted. When London and other cities experience a wave of anarchist attacks, Zee and David are brought even closer together. The more time Zee spends with David, the more she likes him- and ...more
Maddie McLeod

Holy Hannah, I tried. I really did try.

The cover of Neptune's Tears was honestly the only good part of this book. To be perfectly honest, I was already a little weary about reading this book but I've been trying so hard to break away from my initial judgments towards books when I see them. So I picked it up.

I made it to page 103 after wanting to pull out and chuck the book across the room WAYYY before page 50. It was truly unfortunate that the futuristic sci-fi story about a girl w
Jun 04, 2015 Grace rated it it was ok
Short review but it's all that needs to be said;
It felt like it was forcing you to skim without you skimming.

A normal book would say,
He picked me up at 7 in a taxi. The drive was mostly silent, and the only noises were from the other cars. Talk about awkward. But when we got to the restaurant, he was a perfect gentleman, pulling out my seat with a wink, holding open doors and fine with not sharing spaghetti and meatballs ( I'm a vegan).

THIS book says something more like,
He picked me up in a t
Mar 03, 2013 Danny rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly really good!!! Love the setting, and the romance was cute! Zee was a wonderful character and I can't wait for the next book!!
Dec 23, 2014 Lectus rated it did not like it
Incredibly boring. It started okay but the insta love made it lose a star already. Then it became really boring for my taste. What teenager rather work than go shopping? What teenager thinks about work and the good she can do to others all the time? Right. This girl is very much Mother Theresa.

So a bunch of robots were sent to Neptune and they seemed to develop human feelings... Now, that would've been a more interesting story than the love I already knew was meant to be and Zee's incredible fut
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
Every once in awhile, it is nice to depart from the 400-500 page epic tales and dive into something that’s a quick read. While shorter books are a nice break, there is always a danger that the story itself will end up feeling like it’s been shorted, and unfortunately that’s the feeling I got from Neptune’s Tears.

The story was enjoyable and entertaining. Zee is an empath with a promising career ahead of her. She meets David and instantly feels a dangerous attraction there---dangerous because love
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