Series: A St. Just Mystery #1
This was another audiobook that I picked up from the library to have something light to listen to. I wasn't impressed though. It's a modern-day mystery but a lot of the attitudes of the family seem like it would make more sense to be taking place in the 50s or 60s. It's a modern day country house murder, basically.
I don't think I'll be reading another one in this series because the inspector had some eyebrow-raising opinions concerning women dressing professionally and the author took so long setting up the family dynamics that we didn't meet the inspector and have the murder investigation until we'd gotten at least a good third into the book. Possibly more, I can't remember exactly.
Oh well, it passed the time.
The Surviving Trace
Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with.
This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything…
Étienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why.
Oh, and he’s one of the men from the picture.
I’ve done the impossible and have become trapped in time and I know Étienne is my key to going home.
The more time I spend with Étienne, the further I fall for him until I’m questioning which time I belong in and if the life I left behind is the one I truly desire.
All I know for certain is I need to survive time.
I need to survive love.
And I need to make it out on the other side alive.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
I know that when it comes to a time-travel romance you have to be able to suspend belief, otherwise it won't work…this may have been asking too much suspension of belief for me. I feel there were too many plot holes that felt like she was trying to keep you in the dark about what was really going on in 1912, that left me confused, even after I got to the end. I don't know if it was is an editing thing or what??? I also felt that things were a little too contrived to be palpable.
The one aspect of this story that I loved was the romance between Serene and Étienne, their chemistry was quite hot. I really adored Étienne. Serene, well, I liked her most of the time, but she had her witchy moments. But the dynamic of these two, offset by Étienne's siblings, Livingston and Nathalie were what kept me reading despite the issues I had with it.
Apparently, there are more books coming, I'm not sure if it's one or two that will continue the story between Serene and Étienne. Knowing there are more books helps the ending make a lot more sense, though. I have a feeling I will read the next one, in hopes that they will help this story come together.
☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4.2/5
Secondary Characters~ 4/5
The Feels~ 4/5
Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5
Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.
Book Cover~ Beautiful!
Series~ Surviving Time #1
Setting~ 1912 Charleston, SC & 2017 Pennsylvania & Virginia
Source~ Kindle eBook (KU)
Series: Clocktaur War #1
This was book one of a duology that was basically cut in half for length, and although the author did pick a natural breaking point, it felt like it had been written to be part of a longer work. It took me a really long time to get into it, and although I'm now thinking about picking up the sequel, I really could have dropped it for most of this book.
A group of condemned prisoners set out on a mission to learn more about an enemy's new weapon because their own city is losing the war. It's a cool concept, since the new weapon is an army of almost unstoppable artificial men called "clockwork boys" and there's a lot of really good banter. But it dragged a lot in places and I just couldn't get into the characters' mission. It was as if the mission was too...artificial? and over-explained? for me to really buy into it.