I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed reading this book as much as I do listening to the nice Southern drawl of Will Patton. Usually audiobooks put meI'm not sure if I would have enjoyed reading this book as much as I do listening to the nice Southern drawl of Will Patton. Usually audiobooks put me to sleep, but there is something about listening to his voice that makes me sit up and listen. He is the voice of Gansey.
As far as the story goes, I can say that I'm really enjoying it. I've forgotten bits from The Raven Boys, boy it hasn't taken away from my understanding of the storyline. There isn't a lot of action in this story, I'd say it's a bit slower than The Raven Boys, but there are story lines that begin and end with this book and we really begin to understand Ronan which is a great relief to me. He always seemed so angry and I didn't understand the appeal of being friends with him in The Raven Boys, but now, I do. He is extremely loyal to those people that he feels deserve his loyalty.
The story moves along at a good pace though it did drag in some spots. Again, I find Adam to be tiresome. I understand he is under a lot of pressure from Cabeswater and trying to not be his father's son, but I don't understand his love/hate relationship with Gansey. I love Gansey. I am blind to his faults if he even has any. I would be stupid in love with him as his girlfriend...he's just got an aura that comes through in the book. I'm laughing at that because of Persephone, and Maura and all the psychics in the family, they'd love that he has an aura. I don't know that Gansey will have a happy ending, I'm not setting my heart on it, but I love the story so far.
And I continue to be glad I waited until the hype died down and I'm still amazed that this series is living up to all the hype. Michelle Hodkin knowsAnd I continue to be glad I waited until the hype died down and I'm still amazed that this series is living up to all the hype. Michelle Hodkin knows how to make you believe something is real and then rip that reality right out from under you. I seriously just had to keep guessing at what was real and what was an illusion or a dream. Someone is messing with Mara's mind in a big way. She hasn't learned the pill under the tongue trick or in her upper gums. I am all for medication when medication is needed but obviously there is a little too much trust on Mara's part.
There were a few obvious things in this one, Phoebe, but I think she was supposed to be obvious and because of Mara's other distractions she wasn't supposed to notice. And Noah, though he seems to be a little too mysterious for my tastes at times, he does comes through in a way I don't think Mara would have ever expected. Really how many boyfriends would do that for a girl especially when they have barely even kissed??? But I do believe the connection between them. And his insistence at keeping her safe. I am already on the next book so, despite having read ahead to the end of the last book in the series, I'm still reading the whole thing. There are just too many unanswered questions. Cheat or don't cheat. You won't know what you need to know without reading every single word!
Well, even though I've had this book since it came out, I seriously didn't think it would live up to the hype. I waited for the whole series to come oWell, even though I've had this book since it came out, I seriously didn't think it would live up to the hype. I waited for the whole series to come out because...well I don't like cliffhangers and this one has definite cliffhangers at the end of the books. Michelle Hodkin knows how to write nailbiting scenes. I even read ahead and usually that would keep me from finishing the series, but that doesn't work with this series. You still have to read the book, even if you know what happens at the very end of the series! Ha! Take that all you anxious readers like me!
Anyway, it lives up to the hype. It's a combination of paranormal, semi-gothic, thriller and romance. Mara has a really hard time knowing what's real and what isn't and so we don't know either until she finds out. I remained clueless throughout the entire novel as to what was going to happen EVEN THOUGH I HAD ALREADY READ THE ENDING. Yes, it's that twisty and turny. So I say, read it. You will not be disappointed. There was only one thing, paranormal, that I didn't understand, but I think it will clear up in the next book. Read it. But maybe not at night alone. It is by far the scariest thing I have read, but then I'm a big chicken. And despite the fact that Mara seems to be having some mental health issues, she is not portrayed as weak, wacko or unintelligent. I love Michelle Hodkin for that.
A little word of caution- There is some crude humor, language, violence and sexual innuendo. All of these get more intense as the series goes on....more
Even after a few weeks, I stiil don't know how to rate this one. The story was good. I absolutely understood the need for vengeance and the plan to goEven after a few weeks, I stiil don't know how to rate this one. The story was good. I absolutely understood the need for vengeance and the plan to go about it.. But, the story of what happened on the boat, was told in bits and pieces in a back and forth, from present to past so that you don't really understand the relationships, what happened, the pieces don't come together until close to the end of the story. For me, I think it would have worked better seeing everything unfold from the beginning and understanding the rage and need for vengeance. Feeling the anger and revenge. Still, it was a good story, the atrocious crime of what happened it all adds up to a delicious plan. Not quite like the mastermind Emily from the t.v. show "REVENGE" but Frances pulls her plans off very well.
I am a little disappointed that others have revealed what actually happened to make Frances bent on revenge. I think you should have been left to discover that yourself. Hope you are still surprised!!...more
I believe timing is everything. The first time I tried to read Compulsion I put it down after the first couple of chapters. It just wasn't the right tI believe timing is everything. The first time I tried to read Compulsion I put it down after the first couple of chapters. It just wasn't the right time. That was last Fall when it came out. But I picked it up again and was able to breeze right through it. Now, it isn't without it's problems, but I could let those problems slide for the sake of the story.
Compulsion is set in the South, an island off of South Carolina, one of my favorite settings. Everything is slow and sultry and the author does a great job of making me feel the humidity and the warm breezes of summer. Too bad I didn't pick this up on a snow day! I didn't feel that this had a gothic feel to it but there are definitely ghosts and skeletons in the closet. Any old Southern family has some of those in their closet, I suppose. But I'll start with, I couldn't tell for sure because of the vagueness, but I think Barrie fell in love in less than a day. Yes, so if you have a real problem with insta love, forget this book. She was already worrying about Eight leaving for college after two or three days. Yeah, so there is that, but....if you can overlook that, there is a really great story in there.
First there is a great family story that unfolds about the heirs of Watson Island, The Colesworths, The Beauforts and The Watsons. There is an interesting mythology surrounding the original owners and their heirs and there is a mix of ghosts, Gullah and voo-doo lore. If you live along the Southern Coast, South Carolina to Northeast Florida- maybe to St. Augustine, you take for granted the lifestyle and the pace of the area. And the stories of how the areas were inhabited and still inhabited by ghosts and spirits. There are so many traditions and superstitions and generations, it's really hard to keep things straight but it makes for a great story, especially if your family is part of that story. Regardless of what God you believe in or don't, it's hard not to believe in some of the superstition and stories being told and that's exactly what happens to Barrie, only she can see it with her eyes. She has a gift for finding lost things, a pull towards those lost things like a yearning, and if she doesn't go find it, it becomes insistent almost to the point of pain. The Beauforts have their own gift as Barrie finds out belatedly. And the Colesworths have one as well, an unfortunate one.
This story is kind of meeting the family and introduction to the island kind of story. Oh, yes, there is a big action scene and mystery that gets taken care of but there are some very big loose ends that need to be taken care of in the next novel. Barrie's gift is interesting and one that definitely can be exploited by the wrong sort if she lets them. Luckily, Eight seems to be her protector right away even if Barrie doesn't want a protector. She doesn't quite sell me on that point. But I do see how Eight could be a little infuriating. And Barrie, for getting thrown headfirst into a situation she knows nothing about and is forced to swim through secrets and lies and betrayal looking for the truth, I'd say she's a strong character. She does not get rescued by Eight, but rescues herself so that is a commendable aspect of her personality. She's level headed even when she's falling apart. Even when I'd be shrieking ( I can only take the ghost thing so far). And she is very kind. To her Aunt Pru who does deserve it. To her cousin Cassie, the jury is still out on her. And in general to the people on Watson Island and even the spirits. She falls in love with the place, the place her mother grew up, and I think she learns to forgive and understand her childhood there.
You really should read it if you are into ghosts, and Southern folklore and curses. Yes, there is insta love, but it's almost part of the curse, they are just destined to love each other, it's always been that way. Why fight it? Especially when Eight makes Barrie so happy, and his gift is was it is. So forgive the insta love and read it. It's worth it. I really do recommend it! Especially if you are still in a part of the country that is thawing out!!
This novel is steeped in cultural references to the early 70's with it's Levi's and "hang ten" shirts, and the music of Janis Joplin, Joan Baez and thThis novel is steeped in cultural references to the early 70's with it's Levi's and "hang ten" shirts, and the music of Janis Joplin, Joan Baez and the Beatles, (okay late 60's to early 70's) and of course, the Vietnam War. If you are a fan of this era and especially this music as the story has music central to it's theme, then you will really enjoy this novel. I'm not a fan of the era. Maybe because I grew up during that time period, but I was hardly aware of the Vietnam war or music even. I was too young. I don't know why, but the 70's are not my favorite time in music, history, culture etc.
But, despite the novel being set during this time period, the universal themes of loss, feeling alone in a crowd, prejudice and belonging are something I could relate to, no matter what. The story is told in alternating chapters between Sylvie, a French 12 yr old aspiring singer/songwriter native to Chateau Moines and Scott, a 12 yr old transplanted Californian who plays the guitar. Music is their universal language despite the fact that Sylvie has never told anyone, even her best friend Annie that she writes songs. It's natural that Scott and Sylvie become friends as they have music in common but because Annie has no idea of Sylvie's interest in music, Scott comes between them.
Scott is also fighting the loss of his French mother to cancer just months ago. It was her desire that they move to France after her death, but he just can't get the hang of things. While he appears to be some kind of exotic delicacy to the French girls there, he just feels like a fish out of water. He's thousands of miles from his beloved beach in Santa Monica and a million from his mother. He doesn't know if the locals are making fun of him. He can't seem to catch on to the customs and the hundreds of ways they greet each other and he doesn't understand what's going on with his dad and the librarian. So, he decides to organize a peace rally. And he asks his class to join. It isn't unanimous, in the class nor in the town. But it does bring about some interesting changes in everyone including Scott, Sylvie and Annie.
The book isn't fast paced so take your time reading it. I read it over the course of a week. It gave me a lot of time to reflect on the characters and their motivations. It's been a very long time since I was 12, but I do remember when I was young everything was so, so important. And immediate. I reacted to everything so I think the author really got the characters right. However, I did not have teachers like Monsieur Leroy. Nor did I have a town that I could wander the streets freely. Chateau Moines sounds like a really idyllic place to grow up, even if it is fictional and has it's fair share of problems. The castle it is named after, well who wouldn't love a castle to explore and then the ancient forests right outside the city to get lost in or have a picnic in. And the descriptions of the bakeries and the Rue Principale with it's shops and the market. Makes me want to live in any city in France! And eat!
I recommend this novel to middle grade readers and up. It is realistic fiction and for those who have an interest in the 70's, the Vietnam War, a 12 yr old trying to assimilate himself in France and a family living with loss. And 12 yr olds on the brink of discovering the real world. Enjoy! ...more
I haven't read anything by Lauren DeStefano but I knew the reputation of the Chemical Garden Trilogy so I thought I'd try this expecting, I don't knowI haven't read anything by Lauren DeStefano but I knew the reputation of the Chemical Garden Trilogy so I thought I'd try this expecting, I don't know, hoping for something very different in the dystopian genre. I was really surprised by this one. First that Internment was described as it was, an island floating in the clouds, made as if a giant hand had scooped up a piece of land from below and placed it there. So I could really picture what Internment looked like. And the size of it. It is contained in the air so there is no slipping out unless you jump, but there are ferocious winds that surround the border of Internment so that something happens to anyone that tries to jump. That seems man made, but who knows? And Internment sounds like a place of punishment, doesn't it? Kind of like how Australia started out as a penal colony. But we don't get a lot of history about the early days of Internment, only that there have always been royalty and there used to be a kind of hierarchy of people being used as slaves. So you couldn't always be anything you wanted to be just by dreaming. And why do people want to get off of Internment? Why aren't they content? They don't have to worry about food, money, a job. They do have a space problem on Internment. You have to sign up to have a child and there are no accidental babies. You have to get the ok from the King.
So, throughout the book, I'm thinking why jump? I know why Lex jumped. I know why Alice is upset. I get the idea of why the murder happened. There is rebellion going around and it needs to be stopped. But I'm thinking about our world compared to Internment and trying to figure out why rebel? What is so bad about it? Certainly there are rules, but we have them as well, they are called laws and they maintain order, somewhat. There is relative safety on Internment. Even the Jumpers aren't punished. There don't appear to be slums or homeless people. So is it curiosity that makes them jump? The desire for more than what there is on Internment? There is freedom already on Internment. But there is a lack of space. So a need for more must be the motivation. More space, more information, more freedom, more choices, more chances. I'm not sure what they are going to find when they get to the ground, but I know what's to be found in our world. I hope they aren't disappointed. As I write this, the second book is due out tomorrow. I'll know what happens in a bit. ...more
First, I would kill my parents for naming my Hallelujah. Can you imagine the teasing she got? But there is a very cool reason for naming her that so sFirst, I would kill my parents for naming my Hallelujah. Can you imagine the teasing she got? But there is a very cool reason for naming her that so she wears the name proudly. And she should. Hallie, as her friends call her, is probably one of the most resourceful, quirky, self critical, reflective characters I have ever fallen for in YA. I call Hallie quirky because of her religion. I am not one that reads books with any kind of religion in them, in fact, I run the other way. Probably due to my own questions about religion. But Kathryn Holmes introduces a very religious group without being preachy in the least. The camping trip Hallie and the others are on is a church youth group retreat. And who is the bad boy? The preacher's kid. I so wished a bear had gotten him but no such luck. Anyway, when Hallie and Rachel and Jonah are separated from the rest of the group there are a lot of questions that come up about God. Did God plan their harrowing experience as a test? Does God just sit back and watch them suffer? How can God let bad things happen to good people? You might have asked these things yourself. I know I have. I liked the way the teens approached them and especially how Hallie answered them. Again, it DID NOT come across as "You have to believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior!!!!" It was refreshing to see these questions asked by the teens in some very difficult situations and even coming from a religious upbringing have them not have all the answers.
Okay, why else did I like Hallie. At first she is very self critical because of the situation she let herself get caught in and then didn't correct the mistake. It was a mistake, but everyone believed the preacher's son over her. Because why? She'd never done anything like that before. Why was everyone so quick to believe something so bad of her? Even her parents? Hallie has everything bottled up inside of her and she judges everything she does. She puts herself down in her own mind before anyone new can. She even pushes the new girl, Rachel, away before she can get hurt by Hallie's reputation. But, later, the self criticism turns reflective after she talks to Jonah and she realizes her mistake. And with that one talk, the criticism becomes a powerful tool in motivating her. It's gentler, not harsh, nudging, not judging, urging her forward.
You will have to read about her resourcefulness for yourself, but the way she uses the forest, the things she finds in their backpacks, her inner strength, it all makes for an incredible story of survival. I promise this is not a religious story though it is thoughtful and mindful of God's plan. It just raises questions, looks for answers. It's a story of forgiving yourself and others. Starting over and finding the strength to go on when all you want to do is quit. I think there is something in it for all of us.
It's a YA story. Realistic fiction about survival in the wilderness. There is some drinking, mean girl situations and some suggestive talk. Very PG-13. I highly recommend this novel. It's going on my favorites shelf! ...more
So, would you believe a dream where you could feel the touch of someone's hand? Where you saw dark magic rituals and felt the breath of something siniSo, would you believe a dream where you could feel the touch of someone's hand? Where you saw dark magic rituals and felt the breath of something sinister lurking in the shadows? What if you woke up and found out you had the same dream as four other boys. And they believed in a demon, even the one with the dreamy eyes who you can't stop thinking about.....No, neither does Liv. Everything has a reasonable, logical explanation. So says Sherlock Holmes. And she and her sister Mia have always solved problems with logic.
Mia and Liv have traveled the world with their mother from one job to another with their au pair, Lottie, who they are much too old for now but can't bare to part with now. So they find themselves in London with their dog Buttercup and a new family, her mother's boyfriend Ernest and his twin's just a year older than Liv, Grayson and Florence. And while Florence tries to make everyone miserable, Grayson tries to keep Liv from joining his friends in their nefarious game with a book of shadows and seals and a demon demanding loyalty.
I loved Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy, a big favorite of mine. As you can tell by the size of the cover I felt it was something you should all see. I think it's beautiful and I can't wait for my own copy. I loved this story! Liv is just one of those characters that cannot be shaken from thinking rationally. She doesn't get scared by obvious innuendos and veiled threats. She's almost one of the boys. There is absolutely NO LOVE TRIANGLE. It is quite obvious who she likes and the romance is done quite well, developing over time. This one is a little more grown up than the Ruby Red Trilogy and it flies by. There is a fabulous picnic in Hyde Park described that made me so jealous. You have to read it for that alone. But the dream sequence are great as well. It's a great start to the trilogy though I'm not sure why it's called the Silver Trilogy. The translation, as always, is impeccable.
I highly recommend the novel! And Kerstin Gier's other trilogy as well. It's creative and descriptive and unique. There is some drinking involved and some talk about sex. Nothing graphic. The ending gave me chills.
Thanks to Henry Holt and Co and NetGalley for an eARC of the novel. My review reflects my opinions only and was not influenced by this at all....more
I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, THE SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL, so much so that I helped a tiny bit with Karen Kincy's Kickstarter for thisI really enjoyed the first novel in this series, THE SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL, so much so that I helped a tiny bit with Karen Kincy's Kickstarter for this novel, STORMS OF LAZARUS. While I think things were a little murky about archmages and the technomancy in the first novel, it is pretty straight forward in this novel. There is a war brewing and Wendel is needed for his necromancy powers to run the automaton army that the archmages have built. Several new characters are added to this novel but I really loved that we got to meet Wendel's family.
Wendel's family....I now understand why Wendel is so skittish and jokes about everything to do with them as if they mean nothing to him. Those scenes must have been so hard to write because they were very hard to read. I was choking people with my hands as I read. I wanted a weapon to knock someone out. And I felt like Ardis should have done so, but Ardis is much cooler headed than I am. Wendel is lucky to have her instead of me. He'd have no family left.
The funny thing about the war is that it is right on Wendel's ancestral home's doorstep. And he is asked to help the very people that have hurt him so much. But then his consolation is Ardis. The relationship is much more a forefront in this novel and a little more explicit. The banter back and forth between Ardis and Wendel is so frank during their lovemaking it makes me smirk and a little jealous at the same time. I wish I could be so direct and honest all the time. Though I am uncomfortable with love scenes with detail, I found these enjoyable because of the honesty and lack of drama. The banter continued out of the bedroom as well and made the relationship between Ardis and Wendel feel real rather than contrived for a plot device.
So now I will say, I loved this second novel in the series! I think it is completed though there is always room for more adventure. It has a definite ending which I need as a reader. The story moves quickly and happens over only a few days. The dieselpunk machines and magic are never over my head and really clever. I loved one in particular though I can't say. I highly recommend this novel if you read the first one and liked it, even it you thought it was so/so. If you are into steampunk, New Adult, (not too much explicit sex but some), alternate history, magic or just need to try something new, I highly recommend this series! And don't forget to enter to win a $25 Gift Card to Amazon! Then you can buy the series for yourself! ...more
This is a story about the darker faeries. It reminds me of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely faeries. Capable of love and goodness, but tending toward theiThis is a story about the darker faeries. It reminds me of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely faeries. Capable of love and goodness, but tending toward their dark side, manipulating people and doing truly awful things. It's dark, almost gothic, but not set in a house rather a town, and the darkest part of the forest. It is a place that can be familiar and foreign in an instant and both Hazel and her brother Ben have spent their childhood there fighting the evil creatures that do evil things. But then they left.
The story starts with grown versions of Hazel and Ben and winds itself back to their childhood. It isn't a pretty journey, in the woods, nor at home. But Hazel and Ben make the best of things and find their happiness in the stories they weave about the boy in the glass coffin, the boy they both love. I can understand escaping into stories, especially fantasy. But their faeries are real.
Fairfold is interesting, reminding me of a Southern town that sweeps the ugly bits behind closed doors. Keeps it's secrets so that the tourists don't hear the stories, or if they do, they don't seem to care enough to stop visiting the boy in the forest. The town makes a lot of business off of the tourists. The faeries are good for business so they never say a word about the changeling boy that lives with his brother, the one the faeries tried to steal. They never mind leaving milk and other gifts out for the faeries until someone breaks the boy out of the coffin. Until the attacks on the locals begin.
I love the way Holly Black takes a simple story, a family story, and explores it on several different levels. The relationship between siblings, brother and sister, brother and brother, the relationship between parent and child- mother and children, father and children, and family.
Hazel is the narrator and she is no girl to be rescued. She is smart, brave, and loyal. Hazel loves her brother and Fairfold enough to sacrifice herself if need be. She reminded me very much of the character in BEWARE THE WILD BY NATALIE PARKER, another girl that loved her brother so much, she went into a swamp to save her brother. This novel was just as atmospheric and held me spellbound as I read.
It was refreshing to see a LGBT character or more that were just characters, complete characters, no stereotyping. So don't think of this as an issue book. It isn't. Imagine, a book with diverse characters and it isn't an issue book. How lovely!
I highly recommend this novel to lovers of faerie tales, romances, family stories, This is a great story with a lot of action, a lot of unique fae, and some interesting retellings of old stories. Holly Black includes some of her sources in the back and an interesting list of authors in her acknowledgements. There is some violence in the novel, not gratuitous but this is the fae in what some would call their truer form. They are teens so the usual teen shenanigans happening as far as drinking and thoughts about sex. ...more
You know when you agree to do a tour book you never know what you are going to get. ARRGH is a true hidden gem! I loved this story! It's a quick easyYou know when you agree to do a tour book you never know what you are going to get. ARRGH is a true hidden gem! I loved this story! It's a quick easy read and perfect for young readers. But parents will enjoy reading it too. And you know, if you are a parent, that is sometimes hard to find, a book that is interesting to both you and your chapter reader.
The story starts out with a young orphan, Christopher, escaping from his situation and finding himself in an even worse situation. He overhears the plans of some traitorous pirates and is discovered by them, dragged onto a ship and sets sail for the Caribbean from London. Even though he has to scrub the decks with sand and water and sleep on the hard floor in the cabin with one of these pirates, he makes the best of his situation. Soon he's friends with the captain's daughter even though he has to pretend to be mute. He has help from a talking mouse and monkey as he uncovers the plans of the pirates he overheard on the docks. The author doesn't waste words or time with unnecessary information. Descriptions are brief, we all can imagine a pirate just from the word. But what scrubbing the decks is, that is explained. The plot is good, an air of danger is always there, with a slight twist at the end. I'd love to see more adventures with Christopher and Lucy. But the story is completely resolved at the end so it is a stand alone. Still, the kids are great together and I'd love to see them again!
This novel is one I highly recommend for middle grade readers. The chapters are good size so a confident reader could read it on their own or a beginner reader could read it with someone else. It's a great story for boys, but there is nothing that makes it specifically a boy's story. ...more
Carson is a prankster, but it just doesn't have the same thrill that it once did. Even Prankpocalypse, the most pranks played at one time ever just doCarson is a prankster, but it just doesn't have the same thrill that it once did. Even Prankpocalypse, the most pranks played at one time ever just doesn't have the same ring to it. Maybe it's because everything pales in comparison to being a secret agent? So, when he gets a message to go to the secret headquarters underneath his school, he's.....got mixed emotions. Excited, apprehensive, tense, unsure. But the mission is one he cannot pass up and soon he's back to lying to his friends again.
Carson, though a prankster and seemingly pain in the ass to the principal and a kid that seems to joke his way through life, he does have some depth. It bothers him that he has to lie to his friends. It bothers him even more that the agency only gives him information on a "need to know" basis. He knows very little about who he is working for and what anyone else in the agency does or who anyone else in the agency is for that matter. Each time he has to come up with a new lie to cover up what he's doing, he feels guilty. And then there is his guilt. If things don't go exactly as planned, unforseen circumstances happen which he cannot control, Carson still feels guilty, his conscience weighing him down heavily.
But I do want to assure you, though Carson has these troubles, the book is fairly light in tone, and a very quick easy read. There is Hollywood style rescues at the last minute and action is non stop. A lot of time, I was holding my breath waiting to see who made it through what. Oh, and if you're afraid of snakes, there is a snake scene, you have been warned! I enjoyed the novel for it's humor, it's nods to The Fourth Stall, it's struggles the young Carson has with being a teen and a secret agent, and the story. I definitely think reluctant readers will find this another great series to enjoy. It is definitely one that I am going to continue reading. ...more
This novel starts out just a few weeks after the last novel ended. It took me just a little bit of time to remember what had happened at the end of thThis novel starts out just a few weeks after the last novel ended. It took me just a little bit of time to remember what had happened at the end of the last book and to get me going in this book. I couldn't remember if there had been a cliffhanger or what. But apparently not as there is no big save in the beginning. A sweet romance is brewing between Tristan and Brianna, continued from the last novel but it has it troubles. And it is NOT a love triangle.
Butterman Travel, in fact all time travel agencies, are being hounded by D OT. They pay enormous amounts of taxes and other fees that make time travel accessible only to the very rich. Butterman Travel wants all the people to have access to time travel but can't seem to get out from under the DOT's thumb. Particularly a woman named Graves who pretends, in this novel, to only want what's best for Butterman. So when some bad publicity hits Butterman Travel due to Bianca and Tristan's relationship and certain allusions to some past infractions that may or may not have happened in Bianca's and Tristan's last time trip (Butterman (Time) Travel Inc. Book 1, DOT, via Graves, believes that Bianca's Induction Day should be broadcast for the world to see.
I have to say that Bianca, who has been in the business, learning it since the age of ten is a lot more comfortable with that idea than I would be. I don't want anyone watching me even make a post, but driving what sounds like a miniature space shuttle into a time chute with precision and accuracy onto the Titanic just hours before it sinks sounds like a great way to die. Or a horrific way to die. I know a lot of people are Titanic fans, wanting to know more and more about it, but I tend the other way. I know what happens and I don't want to read about it. I'll let you find out if you get to experience anything from the Titanic.
The best thing about Bianca's Induction Day was going to be that she saved the Titanic. She was going to create a parallel universe so that all of the people survived and she would erase her trail so the DOT would never know. But with the whole world watching and DOT scrutinizing her every move, she can't do it. So all her years of planning and scientific equations and memorizing dates and times, it's all for nothing. Or at least that's what she believes as she starts out on her Induction Day journey. Oh, and one more little monkey wrench, the DOT thinks it would be a good idea if Tristan went with Bianca. Just to show how safe of a pilot Bianca is at 18.
The ending is frustrating, not as in cliffie or anything like that, but you feel the characters' feeling of damned if you do and damned if you don't. Their hands were tied at the outset of Bianca's Induction Day, she couldn't refuse them and what DOT does at the end is so unfair, yet not unexpected. But the revelations that come from Ms. Graves, those shake the foundations of Butterman Travel and I have to wonder if and what will happen to Butterman travel now.
This is an incredibly fast book to read. But this is the second book in the series, so do make sure to read the first book in the series. These need to be read in order. The time travel will not have you confused as an actual time travel vehicle is used to travel through time and space. It's an easy concept to grasp. There is a little bit of sex in it but it's almost off the page. There is also talk of drug use and a little bit of swearing. I believe 13-14 and up should be able to handle it.
Thanks to the author for a review copy of this novel for the purposes of the tour. I was in no way influenced in my review. ...more