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End Times

(End Times #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  339 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Carbon County, Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heart.

When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Razorbill
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Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is such a weird and interesting book...
Here's my video review:
Bored. I can sum up my entire reading experience in one word. I gave this book more than enough time, and I just - finally - couldn't take it anymore.

You probably want some more though. Okay. This book is told in alternating third-person POV with three main characters (so far): Daphne, her cousin Janie, and Owen. Owen's the only one that's remotely interesting to me, and that's not saying much because I'm not real interested in him either. Daphne has potential, but she's so busy trying to fade i
The sense of urgency, a little bit of fear, but intense concentration, deep deep focus on tackling a really difficult problem

The crinkle of the eyes up, and around the mouth is a sign of optimism. And the eyebrows up is surprise. This is a gamer who is on the verge of something called an epic win

Yes, now that I finished the book I am almost on the same page as this gamer on the pic, on the verge of an epic win.

This is the face captured by photographer Phil Toldano and explained in the excelle
Jonathan Harford
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I always love a new angle on end-of-the-world mythology.

Almost the entire story takes place in the town of Carbon County, a poky but devout and close-knit town in beautiful Wyoming. Soon enough, we and the (primary) narrator see the town more and more for what it is, a run-down town with a glamorous and unsavory preacher leading the flock. The details of the setting had enough of a twist to them that Carbon County felt like a real place to me.

What really pleased me about End Times was the growin
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Find the original review at This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

I kind of went into this one blind. I thought I had read about. So when a blogger friend asked me if I wanted her ARC to review because she wasn't feeling it I jumped on it. But it turns out, I either didn't read the blurb or I didn't understand the blurb. Oops. Turns out I am not the right type of reader for this book.

End Times mainly follows Daphne. She's just gone through a very traumatic experience well living with her mom in
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was just eh. I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing - who compares something that's supposed to be beautiful to Fruit Loops? Also, the plot felt implausible at times, and the characters were flat and felt like caricatures. Lastly, I couldn't help but wonder if this was a Christian book thinly veiled as mainstream YA. The congregants of the Church of God, like Uncle Floyd and Aunt Karen, are all "gee whiz!" and pure of heart, despite following their pastor with a cult-like loyalty and ...more
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

I liked this one but it was very predictable. The writing is superb. The characters are fully fleshed and you can tell which characters were clearly on the side of good or evil. Naturally, the main character was straddling this line and I couldn't decide if she was on any side. The end made it seem like she was in the middle so maybe there's a lot more than w
By all accounts and purposes, End Times by Anna Schumacher ought to be the perfect April book. It’s a book about the beginnings of the apocalypse and THE RAPTURE. So, pre-apocalyptic, I guess. As a heathen, this kind of thing is actually really fascinating to me for some bizarre reason. And you know, I did like this debut well enough, but I am not an evangelist for it. I don’t feel the need to shout this book from the rooftops. It is an okay read featuring an intriguing heroine, yet it falls int ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Meh. An interesting story about Daphne, fleeing her current home and running to family in order to try to connect with family and live around people who love her. She struggles with feeling like a burden and just tries to help all she can.

But odd things start happening once Daphne arrives, starting with day 1 and the trumpets playing when she got off the train.

All of this sounds really interesting but it ended up feeling a little...forced. The characters felt like stereotypes. Doug and his fami
Kelly Hager
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Probably more like 3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this book, but it's definitely setting things up for the rest of the series. It's not that this book is boring (it isn't) but it seemed like its primary purpose was to make sure to (a) introduce the characters and situation and (b) make sure that book 2 would start off like a rocket. (Mission accomplished; I cannot wait for book two.)

I loved the premise of this story, too. I don't believe t hat we're in the final days (which people have been predicting sinc
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Nope, Nope, Nope this book is definitely not for me. The first chapter was really good and then the next chapter turned into WTFFFFFFF. I went into this book blind and it still didn't help me like the book. I don't want to go any further cause I'm afraid I'll spoil it for you. But just know that this book and me did not get along. ...more
Juli Woods
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I finished this in one night so it definitely kept my interest. My only issue is that it took the whole book to find out about this "war" and then the war didn't even happen. Will definitely need to read the 2nd book to find out what happens! ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 16+
Recommended to Carol by: Moody Library
Forgive me if I don't write like a 9 page review on this. I'm not a writer in any aspect of the word. With that said I do know if I like a book or not, and I loved this book. I'm going to rush out and try and get the second book. Well not right now cause it's midnight, but first thing in the morning. And a personal note if I was Daphne, and having to deal with all those people, namely Doug, I'd choose the dark side. Just sayin. ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book actually took me about a week or so to read, i forgot to update my currently reading.

I found it was kind if slow for myself personally. It did pick up towards the end and overall i enjoyed reading it.
Adrianne Rosal
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So this one was a little confusing to start with, but as I continued on it wasn't to bad. A retelling of the coming of the Rapture. ...more
Jessie Skiver
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Already looking for the next book.
Sarah Theis
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Not a bad story, and I found it an interesting story of the battle of hell and heaven. With the fact I bought it for a buck at the dollar store, I'm ok with it. I just couldn't give it more stars because never before have I hated so many character's personalities in one book. From Luna, the hippie, to the incredible naive uncle, I wanted to face palm myself every page. The story being told in 3rd person from multiple character's point of view threw me off a bit, and actually made me hate their p ...more
My Initial Reaction:

That's it?!?!?! Don't be fooled by the synopsis as I was. This is not a standalone book and ends with a major cliffhanger after taking nearly the whole book to get to the climax.

End Times by Anna Schumacher is the first in a series about well the end of times. Told in limited 3rd person POV and alternating POV between three main characters and a few ancillary characters, I found the storyline hard to follow and the plot dragged out. The book begins with Daphne, a seventee
Ms. P
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Everything in this novel was over-the-top. Main character Daphne’s past was over-the-top, love interest Owen’s motocross skills are over-the-top, cousin Janie’s giggle factor is over-the-top, the “signs from God” are over-the-top, as is the entire premise for the book: an impending apocalyptic war between the Children of God and the Children of Earth that will be the end of the world. Despite the 2-dimensional characters and cliched scenario, I unwillingly found myself liking Daphne and Owen, so ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. On one hand, it kept my attention and read very quickly. In fact I finished in one afternoon as the family fished along the bank. However, there just didn't seem to be any real substance despite keeping my attention. The characters were a bit wooden and slightly off, almost as if they were mostly fleshed out, but not quite. And then the plot, well there didn't really seem to be a clear cut one h
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
End Times was a very interesting book for many reasons, but I will let you know that this book will not be for everyone. It is a little quirky, and a little strange at times, and I will admit that I raised my eyebrows at times wondering what the author was up to because the characters were just that strange and the circumstances were just that weird. But overall End Times is a book like none other, it combines realistic fiction with that of a dystopian, and it does it with ease.

The mystery surro
Holly Nicole Jackson
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Won the series in a giveaway. Based on how this one ended (not spoiling anything), I can't wait to get on to the next one!

This book is very interesting and unique, I've never really read anything similar to this, which is an automatic plus. In the beginning, Daphne who lives in a big city, Detroit, is un-happy with her life their, and moves to the comforts of the suburban life. Only when she gets there, she is not greeted by people, but the sound of trumpets. Just when she gets there, people now
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The cover of End Times was so interesting I had to get my hands on the book. I had no real idea what it is about (I don’t always read synopsis) so I was going into it blind. Man, it was definitely not what I thought it would be.


For Anna Schumacher’s first book, she did pretty well. I was fairly impressed by her prose and the book’s pacing. I am sure she will have great career since she started so well with End Times.

I think the book is a perfect metaphor for faith, prophecy and life. I am
Mia Storey
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Daphne's life was filled with abuse while living with her mother and step-father. The first few pages of this book are so darned depressing, I was tempted to put it down. Fortunately, the author didn't dwell on individual incidents of abuse during these dark aspects of Daphne's life. Instead, She used these events as the catalyst to motivate our protagonist to "flee" her old life in Detroit, and begin anew at her Uncle Floyd's home in Carbon County, Wyoming. Here, Daphne feels like she finally h ...more
Michelle Mcroberts
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. My only disappointment here was that there was so little resolution. The book ends with so much up in the air that it felt kind of rushed. The plot was good, the action well written, the perspectives effectively "sounded" like the characters whose perspectives are being illustrated, and the characterization of each person is quite strong. Even Luna, from whom we hear much less than the other characters, is well illustrated by the external observation of those around h ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book, but it's not what I thought it would be. During the first half of this book, I really wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but I was gradually pulled in and am anxious to see where the story goes in the second book of the series.

The MC, Daphne, was easy to like. She'd been through a trauma that could easily have caused her to withdraw from life, but instead, she was strong enough to continue on and change her circumstances for the b
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
OUT's Review

New story lines and themes always grab my attention. I’m always looking for a read that isn’t difficult to follow and allows the imagination to have its way. Basically, keeps me reading nonstop, no matter how tired I may be after a long day at work. This debut novel hit some of those highlights on my wish list of reading. Originality and strength in character details was a huge plus in End Times. This was a novel that didn’t have a typical plot. However, at times it was somewhat hard
End Times Haunted by her past, Daphne Peyton (MC) is nothing but ready to leave Detroit, her mother, and the memories behind to head to Carbon County, WY. Daphne is welcomed into town not only by her Uncle Floyd, aunt, and cousin, but also the sound of trumpets from the sky. That is only the beginning of weird occurrences that Daphne is in store for while staying with the Peytons. Owen has been plagued with nightmares and voices; it is not until he arrives in Carbon County that things start to c ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
New story lines and themes always grab my attention. I’m always looking for a read that isn’t difficult to follow and allows the imagination to have its way. Basically, keeps me reading nonstop, no matter how tired I may be after a long day at work. This debut novel hit some of those highlights on my wish list of reading. Originality and strength in character details was a huge plus in End Times. This was a novel that didn’t have a typical plot. However, at times it was somewhat hard for me to f ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Anna Schumacher received an MFA in fiction writing from The New School. Born and raised in the tiny town of Guilford, VT (no traffic lights, no post office, one store), she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two cats. END TIMES is her first work, but she hopes to publish many more.

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