This was a nice middle book for the series and I am looking forward to the last book. A Million Suns deals with Elder taking over as leader of Godspee...moreThis was a nice middle book for the series and I am looking forward to the last book. A Million Suns deals with Elder taking over as leader of Godspeed – while simultaneously having stopped the drugging of the masses. This leads to revolt among the ship’s denizens and Elder is having a hard time controlling the population. I have to give Elder credit for sticking to his convictions in the way he rules.
While the threat of mutiny is palpable, Amy and Elder are tracking down clues to figure out the great mystery from Orion, while terrorist acts are taking place on the ship. There is a lot of action in this story, as well as intrigue. Everyone is affected by the denizens no longer being on the opiate Phydus, and the large ship is suddenly too small for the 2000 occupants that have lived abroad this ship for a couple of centuries.
Once again, I enjoyed the aspect of the storytelling where alternate chapters are told from the point of view of either Amy or Elder. One telling aspect of Elder is that he insists being called ‘Elder’ and not ‘Eldest’ – since he is the leader of Godspeed. Those you thought were good guys, are no longer, and what you thought was known, isn’t. Without giving too much away, it is decided that it is time for those who desire to leave the ship will do so. And thus waiting until 2013 for the conclusion of the Across the Universe series.
I enjoyed how quick of a read this story was, as well as the different plots all woven together to make for a complex story. It is an interesting dichotomy to have complex yet quick. Yes, it could have gone more in-depth with concepts, but I remind myself that this is a Young Adult book that brings politics and the question of free-will to the younger generations. It is written in such a manner that the reader can see both sides of the argument, and yet see why the characters have chosen the paths that they have. (less)
This debut novel was well-written, well-researched, and well-paced. This story starts in present day with Claire Donovan, who fainted while giving a t...moreThis debut novel was well-written, well-researched, and well-paced. This story starts in present day with Claire Donovan, who fainted while giving a talk at the senior center on information from her doctoral dissertation, in which she was researching the Spanish Conspiracy of Venice in 1618. She discovered that there was a professor from Cambridge who would be delivering a lecture on the same subject in Venice but had no means of getting to Venice to hear the lecture, and to find out if this published author would negate her dissertation.
Tempest by Julia Cross is an intelligent, young adult novel that deals very well with the concept of time travel, and delves in to quantum physics (bu...moreTempest by Julia Cross is an intelligent, young adult novel that deals very well with the concept of time travel, and delves in to quantum physics (but doesn’t call it that)! It is the story of Jackson Meyer and his new-found ability to jump back in time for a few minutes at a time, but whatever he does in the past has no effect on the present…. Yet.
Jackson luckily has a geeky best friend in Adam, who is very scientific about the process. Adam has Jackson keep a journal about these experiments as they try to figure out what is happening with Jackson and his new power to time jump. There is also Jackson’s love interest, Holly, who has no idea what her boyfriend can do, as Jackson and Adam feel it best to not let anyone know about this new phenomenon. That is, until Holly is shot by strangers that pop in to her room and Jackson makes a jump back to the past that becomes his new ‘home base.’
This story has many wonderful twists and turns, much emotion that Jackson reviews with his jumps into the past, and many mysteries that are thrown at the reader, and not all of them answered yet. Jackson learns more about his father, and it each little bit of information shocks him.
I really enjoyed all of the characters and how they developed. It was nice to see the relationship between father and son grow, as secrets were shared and Jackson was able to understand a little bit more about what was happening to him, and why. I loved Holly and her swinging pony-tail, her strength of character and her willingness to comprehend her situation and move forward.
I found this well-written and rather deep for a young adult book. I would recommend it for older (minded) teens, as there are some intimate parts between Jackson and Holly. There is a bit of humour, but what I enjoyed most about Tempest is that it is an intelligent story written for thinkers, who are willing to try to wrap their head around time travel, which is usually hard to describe, by Julie Cross did a very good job in getting the point across.
There are forces of Good and Evil, but it’s hard to tell which side is what, and I am sure that more information will be forthcoming in future books in this trilogy. I am looking forward to learning more about the Tempest Project, the Enemies of Time, about Jackson learning to control his power better, and what does happen in the future… and what time line they will end up in. This was a wonderful story, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I am also looking forward to the movie, as this book is visually stunning just reading it, it would be fun to see how it translates to the screen.
This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.
This was a well-written story about Lady Emily Ashton set in Victorian England and the supposed heir to the French throne...not that the throne was av...moreThis was a well-written story about Lady Emily Ashton set in Victorian England and the supposed heir to the French throne...not that the throne was available to this proclaimant. As all mysteries start, there was a murder and the wrong person was arrested. After an accusation of adultery by the murder victim’s widow, Lady Ashton turns the tables on the grieving widow and offers to help solve the murder. While the murder has taken place, there have been several thefts of items that once belonged to Marie Antoinette. Is the thief and the murderer one in the same? How are they tied together? Who keeps stealing into Lady Ashton’s bedroom while she is asleep and leaving her love notes in Greek?
The pace of the novel was well-kept and the characters were varied, as the author did a nice job of having a voice for each one that was different from the others. At some points, though, it seemed that there were too many characters to keep track of – luckily the author had the forethought to have a list of characters posted in the front of the book, to which I often referred. Because of this, however, you don’t get to see everyone’s story at the same time, or to have those stories completely fleshed out. The book is written in Emily’s voice so you see the story only from her point of view.
I would have liked to feel a little more tension between Emily and Colin Hargreaves, her romantic interest. This is one point that the author did not accomplish completely. I have read some novels where a simple touch of the fingers left the reader weak with the tenderness, but not in The Poisoned Season. (Though, I was glad to see that this was a 'clean' romance...at least this book in the series is.) I was left wondering why Colin keeps loving Emily as the connection doesn’t seem that strong between them.
I would also have liked to have seen more or learned more about the thief. I think that the author could have had more development there and more of a confrontation between Colin and the thief. The thief was constantly leaving love notes for Emily, but the feelings should have been more pronounced. Emily seemed rather annoyed that the thief’s identity wasn’t known, but had no reaction to this man who kept stealing into her room while she slept, or following her silently and leaving items when she turned her back. Wouldn’t this give a person more pause? Wouldn’t her romantic interest want to find this person and punch his lights out for taking such liberties?
I had picked this book up quite some time ago at Target, and THEN checked out some reviews. I guess I hit on a few bad reviews, because I had put off reading this fun mystery. Having dragged it across The Pond with an imminent move back, I am going through books that I was unsure off... do I want to keep it (and take it BACK to the States) or donate it. When I had purchased it, I had no idea it was the second in a series. I was able to read it on its own, but I think that I would like to read the first one before moving on to others to help fill in a few gaps. I am glad that I did read it, and cannot wait to find more books by Ms. Alexander. I really had no idea who the culprit was. If I have read more mysteries, and know the rhythm, I may have been able to puzzle it out. Personally, though, I was just enjoying the ride! (less)