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review 2015-03-30 07:53
Rings In Time
Rings in Time - Trude Meister

~Celebrated Winner of the 2012 NANO-Virtuosos Competition~

 

First dates can be so awkward, especially when instead of a kiss the night ends with a semi-truck running into a convenience store.

 

When Jenna meets Pearl Connolly, her handsome yet oddly familiar new neighbor, she’s more than happy to agree to a date, but the night takes a turn for the worse when her store is destroyed. Jenna isn’t the only one that thinks the ‘tragic accident’ was no accident at all. Fortunately help comes in the form of Pearl and his sister, researchers bent on learning the truth, but hiding truths of their own. Sending Jenna back in time to find out what happened seems like the best way preserve the future, but what she learns about herself and her forgotten past in the midst of disaster changes everything.

 

Rings of Time is a charmingly funny science-fiction romance that traverses motherhood, relationships, and time itself.

 

Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

 

 

I'm always looking for nice new Time Travel books, for it seems one has never enough of those. So I was curious to read Rings In Time when I first heard about it, despite the large romance part that was mentioned in the description.

 

However, I feel the book in the end wasn't really something for me. The Time Travel didn't feel like the main part of the book, it was more or less something to make their relationship a bit less mundane.

 

I had some troubles with the Time Travel. First of all, if there's one thing that any one who's ever read a book which had Time Travel in it will be able to tell you, you can't just go back and change history. Hell, they even mention it in this very book. Still, it's remarkably easy to do so. Multiple times.

Also, it's impossible to travel time without getting rid of all hair. This goes quite far by even cutting eyelashes, which made me cringe. So, she sits on a horse (I'm not even going to start about the horse) naked and travels time, but no one finds it weird to see a bald, naked woman on a horse in let's say a big Chinese city. How is that supposed to work?

There's more that didn't make sense to me. The whole memory erase part didn't make sense to me. Apparently she forgot about it all, but the photographs and stuff still existed, so how can she not know?

 

Usually I sort of skim over the romance part in books when I don't find it fitting, but since it's quite a large part of the story I want to comment on it. I didn't like it. I can't think of a reason why someone would like it. Pearl (what's that for a man's name anyway) is presented as some the kind of man everyone would love to have. But he's secretive, dominant, annoying and most importantly doesn't listen to Jenna at all and forces her to do stuff she's uncomfortable with. Wow, what a man Pearl is. The whole mess with the earlier relationship, together with the very convenient and happy ending, it was too much for me.

 

Unfortunately, the book didn't work out for me. It was quite different than I expected, with the romance playing such a large part and something I don't like. The Time Travel left many questions unanswered and skimmed over other problems too easily. Perhaps that other people will like it, but it wasn't for me.

 

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

 

 

About The Author:

 

Trude Meister is a longtime Arizona resident and single parent to four children. She lives in the Phoenix area where she attends local cultural events, teaches crafting classes, and loses money at the casino with her father.

 

For fun she travels, creates things with beads, decorates shoes, and makes book markers. Rings in Time is her first novel. She can be reached at trudetheauthor@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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text 2015-03-19 07:58
TBR Thursday #32
Rings in Time - Trude Meister
Fairy Keeper - Amy Bearce
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter - Malcolm McKay
H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath (H.A.L.F. #1) - Natalie Wright
Qualify - Vera Nazarian
The Six - Mark Alpert
Guild of Immortal Women - David Alan Morrison,H.L. Melvin
Dragons Are People, Too - Sarah Nicolas

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

Still more books than planned, but less than other weeks. I hope to have a bit more time this week so I'll be able to finish some books.

 

Rings in time

 

First dates can be so awkward, especially when instead of a kiss the night ends with a semi-truck running into a convenience store. When Jenna meets Pearl Connolly, her handsome yet oddly familiar new neighbor, she's more than happy to agree to a date, but the night takes a turn for the worse when her store is destroyed. Jenna isn't the only one that thinks the 'tragic accident' was no accident at all. Fortunately help comes in the form of Pearl and his sister, researchers bent on learning the truth, but hiding truths of their own. Sending Jenna back in time to find out what happened seems like the best way preserve the future, but what she learns about herself and her forgotten past in the midst of disaster changes everything. Rings of Time is a charmingly funny science-fiction romance that traverses motherhood, relationships, and time itself.

 

Fairy Keeper

 

Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects. Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful. Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father. Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running. The problem? Sierra’s queen wasn’t the only queen to disappear. They’re all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous. Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy -- assigned by her father to dog her every step -- to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister’s life is at stake if they fail. There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper.

 

The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

 

A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organisation wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target: Lewis Winter. It's hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences. An arresting, gripping novel of dark relationships and even darker moralities, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter introduces a remarkable new voice in crime fiction. The second book in the Glasgow Trilogy How A Gunman Says Goodbye will follow soon .

 

The Deep Beneath

 

H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers and has lived a sedated life hidden from humans. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly. Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement meets shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll say adios to the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined. Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill? The two may need to forget their rules and training and if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.

 

Qualify

 

You have two options. You die, or you Qualify. The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendents of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help. But there’s a catch. They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify. Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family. Because there’s a loophole. If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer. There is only one problem. Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard. This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition—including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her class, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists. Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea. You Qualify or you die.

 

 

The Six

 

Avatar meets The Terminator in this thrilling cyber-tech adventure. Crippled by muscular dystrophy, Adam spends his days playing virtual reality games, until a dangerously advanced artificial intelligence program that can control other machines tries to kill him. Created by Adam’s father, Sigma has escaped its cyber prison and is threatening world domination. In order to stop Sigma, Adam and five other terminally ill teens sacrifice their bodies and upload their minds into weaponized robots. Together, The Six must learn how to manipulate their new mechanical forms—and prepare for epic combat—before Sigma destroys humanity.

 

The Guild of Immortal Women

 

“When one is immortal, one should keep a low profile.” A new comedic romp through a magical tapestry maintained by Earth's Immortal women.

 

Dragons are people, too

 

Never judge a dragon by her human cover... Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe. Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself. Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

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review 2013-02-07 00:00
Every Time A Bell Rings - Missy Welsh This was cute and funny and sometimes very sad and sweet. Brian has lost everything. His mother just passed, his apartment just burned down and he and his kitten Oreo made out of the fire uninjured but a little scorched. Brian's best friend Mike (who is ADORABLE!) brings him home and offers him a place to stay and recharge while Mike has to go out of town for the holidays.New neighbour across the hall, Trent, is a sympathetic ear and a hot body. I liked this one quite a bit. Off to read Mike's story next!
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review 2012-12-10 00:00
Every Time A Bell Rings - Vic Winter Every Time A Bell Rings - Vic Winter Deeze brought this into my timeline and I needed shorter stories to be able to reach my reading goal this year (heee!). This turned out to be such adorable little thing!!Piggy was probably the unluckiest mischief demon ever!! *lol*. He never meant to do things 'right'. He did try to do mayhem -- like breaking couples up, or pushing woman down the pavements, or even trying to arrange kidnapping!! It wasn't his fault that those things turn out to the better, right? It was so funny because Piggy would end up with wings ... white angel wings and it drives his boss crazy! Then Piggy ran into someone who changes his life. Jack was handsome with the most green eyes that Piggy ever seen -- and their romance made me happy. There was a cute little twist in the end, and it worked out pretty well for HEA. Loved it. Fluffy little Christmas story!
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review 2012-12-09 00:00
Every Time A Bell Rings - Vic Winter Every Time A Bell Rings - Vic Winter 3.5An adorable story about a Hell demon who just can't seem to do the right thing. Rather than wreaking havoc Piggy manages to do good deeds and every time that happens he gets a set of Angel wings, which doesn't impress his boss. This is a really cute story with a clever twist.
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