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Tyme's End

2.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  180 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Bibi feels out of place everywhere - everywhere that is, except for Tyme's End, the deserted house that she breaks into when she thinks nobody is nearby. There she unexpectedly meets Oliver Gardner, the owner of the house, who's just returned after 10 years away.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Bloomsbury UK
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Emma
Oct 22, 2012 Emma rated it it was ok
Ok, so this book left me frustrated. Why, you may ask? Because I really enjoyed the first third of this book and wanted to know what happened to Bibi and Oliver. Having said that, I didn't much like Bibi but it's easy to dislike teenagers of that age. Liking the characters in books is not a prerequisite for me as long as they are consistent and believable and, to be fair to Bibi, she had reasons for why she was a bit of a whiny brat.

I really enjoyed the development of Bibi and Oliver's relations
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Josie
I read the blurb of this book and I thought to myself, 'Aww, cool a horror story with someone called Bibi in it, promisingly scary, with a touch of romance!' And that was exactly was I got.
Yeah; in the first 1/3 of the story!! If this had been just a story of Bibi and Oliver I would have probably have given it four stars, because I loved that part, but then suddenly their story ends and they're never mentioned of together again. Sucks! Instead we go further into the past and it gets more and mo
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Shannon
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Brittany (Nice Girls Read Books)

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, as I hadn’t heard about it before and was pleasantly surprised when I received it in the mail. It’s also hard to describe what ‘genre’ this one fits in, as it’s part gothic thriller and mystery.

This one is set in three time periods, three generations. 2006, 1996 and 1936. My favourite portion of the story was definitely Bibi’s because I really enjoyed the relationship between her and Oliver II. Even though he was 27 and she was only 16, you could re
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Edward's Ghost Engine (once known as......... Jinky Spring)
This ....

..was a confusing piece of shit like her other books (or at least the ones I've read). The plot just didn't go anywhere for me, not to mention the fact I almost gave up on this! Was this supposed to be some sort of ghost story? If it was it was the lamest one I've EVER read. So what really happens? Generations of Oliver's family find themselves attracted to this old house? Then the evil owner who was killed many years ago doesn't let Oliver (when he was young) leave? And because of what
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Evelyn Doyle
Jan 27, 2015 Evelyn Doyle rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
Perhaps this would be a good read if you're immortal, so you don't feel you've lost anything from spending the time to read something that's 90% superfluous description. That kind of redundancy can probably only be appreciated by someone who enjoys literary poetry. (That's clearly not me.) If you can see past that, your next challenges will be the barely-moving plot, and the infuriating teenage narrator of the first section. She's the iconic self-entitled teenager (who insists she's not a kid bu ...more
Andrea
Nov 12, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it
I'm having a really hard time rating this book overall, because I feel very differently about each of the three parts.
First of all I'd like to mention that going into this book I didn't know what it would be about, seeing as I got it in the monthly book swap I do with my cousin. Didn't even read the blurp.
So I've decided to split this review into 3 parts.
Part one (2006): I really thought that I'd have to give up on this book. The instant romance just annoyed me too much. Overall a bit predictabl
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Michelle
I originally bought this bought for someone's Christmas, but after seeing the cover and the blurb, decided they weren't getting it and kept it for myself.

What a mistake that was. Once I finally got around to reading this, I was actually looking forward to it. I'd just read a good, but time consuming book (11.22.63 by Stephen King) and just wanted a nice easy read. This LOOKED nice and easy.

I won't go into the storyline, as you can read the blurb for yourself, but within the first few pages, you
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Phanee
Apr 27, 2011 Phanee rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, read-in-2011
This book was a very pleasant surprise! I started reading it without really knowing what to expect, but, as the story progressed I found myself more and more engrossed in the story!


The actual story is split into three parts, each one describing the events that happened in a particular year (mainly over the course of a few days to a few months each). It starts off with Bibi's part in the story, which is set in 2006. As it says in the blurb, Bibi essentially feels at home only when she is at Tyme'
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book but I found the more I read the more I enjoyed this book.

The thing I loved most about it was that it was in three parts. The first set in 2006, the second in 1996 and the final part in 1936. The charcaters in all three time periods overlapped and I loved jumping back in time to find out more about the story.

The first part part of the story focuses on the story of Bibi a young girl who feels out of place everywhere she is except when she spe
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Rachael
Aug 30, 2011 Rachael rated it liked it
Was this book one of the best teenage books I've read this year? Nope.

However it was very well written and thought out. The story is told going backwards in time, so the reader gains hints of what has happened in the past and then finds out the whole story at the end.

The things I liked the most was the atmosphere of Tyme's End house, you can picture it in the present all ruined, near past all dusty, very past a social place full of people. The time and events were definitely captured for each er
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Vicki
Feb 16, 2011 Vicki rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Tyme’s End offered something I adore…a gothic setting, an old mansion and a spine chilling mystery. I love settling down to a book such as this. If it’s cold and dark outside and the fire’s blazing indoors then all the better. And so I was expecting a bit of a treat with this one.

In actual fact though, the book proved to be a little on the disappointing side. I wasn’t gripped with the beginning at all, yet throughout the book there were definite high points. When I turned the last page it was wi
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Krysta Aryel
Feb 16, 2013 Krysta Aryel rated it did not like it
[BEWARE~ There might be SPOILERS]

I found a lot of positive reviews for this book, as well as disappointed readers who wished the book hadn't been divided into three parts, who wished for the writer to just focus on the relationship between Bibi and Oliver and just get rid of the other two parts.

My problem with this book is not that it is divided into three parts, because I think the book is a lot more interesting that way. Instead, I found my problem lies with the characters. Actually, the whole
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Stephanie
I started this book with hesitation because I didn't really know what to expect as I'd never read this type of book before. At the beginning, we meet Bibi, an adopted teenager who feels that she doesn't belong in her family or in England. She often goes to the dilapidated old mansion called Thyme's End near her home when she wants to escape from troubles at home because she feels accepted and safe there. It was owned by the much acclaimed author of The Owl Of The Desert, H.J Martin but no one ha ...more
TheBookAddictedGirl
Jun 25, 2011 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All In Need Of A Good Ol' Ghost Story
Bibi feels alone in the world, having been adopted by family friends after her parents died. And although they love her and she loves them, she’s not theirs, and they’re not hers, not really. She doesn’t feel at home anywhere, longing for her birthplace in the Middle East. Nowhere, that is, apart from Tyme’s End, the old house in the village where she lives. There she feels safe, she feels as if she belongs. And so, when the mysterious owner, Oliver, appears and claims he is going to sell that h ...more
Sophiee.†. WaylandMellarkTallynCullen
Okay, so this three is for the first half of the book. Thaats about all I got to and I decided to stop after reading reviews and ratings. I want to cherish the ending between Oliver and bibi because I believe he was a gorgus person who gave her a chance to move on but seriously I don't give a rats tush about the house! I mean seriously it's suppose to be haunted?? That just ruins the story for me how they just dis bibi and then after the second half oliver! The blurb talks only of bibi who is th ...more
Turtleladyash
Aug 23, 2015 Turtleladyash rated it it was ok
well, that was a horrible let down. holy snooze fest! i feel very jipped. i almost feel lied to. this book promised terror and evil...where was that at? was the right synopsis printed on the back of the book? the character names were correct, but that's it. I suppose a "bad read" was due. it had been a long time...im sorry to be so brutally honest but this read was lacking and drab.
Maria
May 27, 2011 Maria rated it it was ok
I thought that this this book was okay. There wasnt much of a story line and the book kept jumping around times zones going back a generation each time. This made the book quite confusing and it took a good few pages until i was able to work out who's point of view it was from. Also at the begining it started with a girl who had nothing to do with the rest of the story line. It seemed to be a romance at the start however i soon found it was murder mystery or 'house history' than anything else.
I
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Cheyla
Aug 15, 2013 Cheyla rated it it was ok
I kinda got bored reading this book as when I managed to force myself to read 1996, it then went to 1936 -.-
I think if the book had actually been scary I'd have liked the fact that it was in 3 sections in different eras.... but it wasn't. I was absolutely gutted that Bibi and Olly weren't mentioned again aswell! Why put on the blurb that it's romantic if they didn't do anything romantic!!!! And I thought it was kind of creepy how Bibi was only 16 and Olly was 27. I think that's slightly perverte
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Emily
Mar 30, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
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Leonie
Mar 18, 2012 Leonie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
If you're going to have a problem with this book it seems like it will be because it has different sections which do different things, and you'll only be interested in one. While I did feel a bit of a pang not knowing what happened to Bibi and Oliver after the first part, I got drawn into the other two parts, and really liked how the structure of the book worked. The sections all work together while having their own things going on, and as you go backwards you reveal the different layers to the ...more
Charlotte Latham
Jan 08, 2016 Charlotte Latham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic, young-adult
Really enjoyed this book. Story told over three time periods and this works well, with the house, Tyme's End, being the link. Atmospheric and gripping.
Bethany wood
Jul 11, 2014 Bethany wood rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading, this book but I really wanted to know what happened with Bibi and Oliver such a sweet couple. I really thought Jack was gay though very interesting, different to what I normally read.
Pamela Morgan
Mar 17, 2015 Pamela Morgan added it
Shelves: yr-9
Bibi feels out of place everywhere except for Tyme's End, the deserted house where she unexpectedly meets the owner. Set in three time periods, 2006, 1996 and 1936, part gothic thriller and mystery.
*TheWrittenWord*Mo
Jun 30, 2012 *TheWrittenWord*Mo rated it it was ok
This book was... well kinda off. There was a great back story to it, with the House and all that had occured there, but the story of the characters wasn'r gripping and i found myself becoming more and more disinterested. So in a way the book wasn't my kinda thing, the idea was really good and the cover is very pretty too :P but the characters just weren't agreeing in with me so after finally having finished the book (because i just can't not finish a book) I've come to the conclusion that it get ...more
Jill Lamond
Oct 27, 2014 Jill Lamond rated it liked it
I couldn't see the point of the first third of the book at all. The rest of it was ok.
Line Minge
Jan 03, 2016 Line Minge rated it it was ok
Not really my favorite kinds of book, but for those who loves a ghost story would have a great time reading this book. 3 different times, 3 different stories packed into one.
Below
Feb 22, 2015 Below rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 3-library-books
3.5/5.
Emma Woodcock
Feb 16, 2012 Emma Woodcock rated it it was ok
This had some quite good stuff going on (although Bibi was quite whiney and tiresome, and Oliver's motivations seemed dubious to say the least), but then it just wandered off and became tedious. I have no idea what it was all supposed to be about, or how the latter parts were supposed to be relevant to the first part - ghosts of bad behaviour? History repeating itself? Cycles of abuse? *shrug*
Megan
Jul 04, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok
Sucked. Totally wasn't the book i though it was. The person i was lead to believe was the main character was only in the book for the first third of it. Totally wasn't what i though it would be. Nothing was resolved. We only were able to understand the mystery behind the house and Oliver's feelings towards it. Other than that? Nada. No resolution. No nothing. Sucked. Sorry, but it did.
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B.R. Collins is a graduate of both university and drama school. Her first novel The Traitor Game was published to much acclaim and was both winner of the Branford Boase Award 2009 and longlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal. Bridget lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

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