Mini Book Reviews
I may have mentioned this before, but I have been reading like crazy lately. 12 books a month for the past several months, which brings me to a total of 67 books for the year, as of the writing of this, I’m sure by the time it’s published, a few more will have been added, perhaps not, as I am having surgery and may or may not feel up to reading. Then again that’s what audio books are for, right? However, since I do want some other kind of posts on the blog, I am trying to condense the reviews, so that I can also have discussion posts, fun finds and other general life stuff. Keep an eye out for those, but for today we have 4 books up for review, I found to be just delightful, I may even have wanted to read them again, right after I finished. No higher praise for a book than that.
Title: The Jane Austen Project
Author: Kathleen A Flynn
Publish Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: historical fiction/sci-fi
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
What would you be willing to give up? Given the chance to go back in time, knowing that you may not be able to get back, would you go? What if you go and you change history so much that when you return, it’s no longer the place you left? These are the questions facing Rachel and Liam two researchers from the future, who travel back in time in an attempt to “recover” Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript The Watsons and the letters to her sister. Once they arrive in 1815, they are faced with the very real dangers of the time, after saving a young servant boy, things start to change and they worry that they’ve disrupted the probability field and are wary of making more changes…soon enough though they befriend Jane and her family….but can they just let Jane die? Can they make the adjustments once they return?
Delightful! Just an FYI it’s more historical fiction then Sci-fi even with the time travel, as almost all of the story takes place in 1815/1816.
Title: Paradox bound
Author: Peter Clines
Publish Date:September 26, 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I loved it! The time travel, the historical tidbits and friendships. It read almost like a 50’s detective story. I think it was the faceless men that gave it that vibe. Such a unique twist not only on time travel (called history travel in the book) but on the American Dream as well. Extremely well written, with amazing characters and quite an interesting plot, with a twist and a great ending. I Seriously loved the little town (glitch) in history where the searchers could only go 3 times, to visit the 3 saloons. The First Time, the Second Iteration and Paradox Bound. It’s where they are safe from the faceless men and they can all hang out and swap stories, but you can only visit each bar once, or else you’ll run into yourself, but you might also meet people who’ve you met before but not yet. It can get a bit confusing, like most time travel books.
The American Dream, it turns out is an actual thing, like an object. Created by an Egyptian God on behalf of the founding fathers of the United States. Problem, it has gone missing, yep missing. So the faceless men (who are extremely creepy) are charged with protecting it at all costs, they are suppose to be looking for it as well, but now they mostly go after the searchers, just your average people who have learned the secret and how to access the slick spots to travel through history. Eli first meets “Harry” Harriet Pritchard when he’s 8 years old… he meets her again when he’s a teenager and then third times the charm when he’s 29, that’s when he learns about the American Dream, also when the faceless men start chasing him and Harry. The faceless men chase them through history, as they look for clues to what happened to the American Dream.
Series: Passenger #1
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publish Date: January 5, 2016
Genre: historical fiction/young adult/sci-fi
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I loved the fact that there is an African-American love interest, even more so the fact that it is an inter-racial love/attraction thing, it is so rare in books. Other things I adored about this story.. time travel, but can only be done by certain people, who’ve inherited the ability, pirates! All the history, the intrigue of a time traveling mob boss style family and of course the cliff hanger ending. Some things I didn’t like, why, why were some parts so long and boring? This story took forever to get moving, though, once it did.. dang did it really go. It probably could have been shorter.
Etta, a violinist set to make an appearance, at the MET Museum in NYC, suddenly hears a strange, loud and oddly compelling noise, causing her to falter during the performance. Sophia helps her off-stage and towards the noise, pushing her through the shimmering air. Etta later wakes up aboard a ship in the middle of the ocean in what appears to be 1776. This is where she meets Nicholas, this is where she finds out that she is a traveler. Brought to New York to meet the head of “the families” Sirius, he informs her that she must travel through time to find an object that can create new time passageways. It was hidden by her mother and grandfather, so that it wouldn’t fall into his hands. With nothing but a letter from her mother to go, Etta sets off with Nicholas. Of course much drama, danger and information befalls them along the way.
Again, it’s a bit slow to get going, but hang in there because once it starts moving, it becomes quite action packed. Be aware that is full of a lot of history both of the world as well as Etta’s personal history and the history of the time travelers. I listened to the audio book and found it be well read.
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publish Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: young adult/contemporary/romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Can I give this book 10 stars??
I loved this book. Quirky, fun and well developed characters that showcased love, loyalty and strength. This book is full of a variety of mental illnesses but handles them in a serious but imaginative way. I didn’t want it to end.
Esther meets a former classmate at a bus stop, where he picks her pockets, relieving her of her phone, cash and a fruit roll-up, which oddly enough leads to a relationship. Jonah (the thief) helps Esther face her fears, a whole long list of them. In the hopes that she can meet death and have the curse he placed on her family removed. In the end she must face her biggest fear.
Your turn, have you read any of these books? Do any of them sound like something you want to read?
*some of the above titles, were sent to me by the publisher for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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