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review 2017-04-28 18:41
Hannah's Moon
Hannah's Moon (American Journey Book 5) - John A. Heldt

Claire and Ron Rasmussen have struggled with fertility and loss for the past eight years. Wanting nothing more than to be parents, Claire and Ron turn to adoption after their last heartbreaking loss. However, adopting a healthy, caucasian infant in present day California is another long and sometimes painful road. When a distant aunt and uncle, the Bells, learn of Claire and Ron's struggle, they know that they have the perfect solution hidden away in the basement of their house, The Painted Lady. Using their time travel tunnel, the Bells prepare to send Claire, Ron and Claire's brother David back to 1945 near the end of WWII. Adoption policies are much less strict and infants are abundant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1945. Claire, Ron and David arrive safely, move into a nice house and find a perfect bundle of joy, Hannah. They plan to stay several months until the adoption is finalized. They make friends with a wonderful neighbor and begin to enjoy life in a different time. Nevertheless, meddling in a different time can have issues, the Rasmussen's are being watched by the FBI and Ron is forced to enlist leaving Claire and David to wonder if they will all make it back to their own home and time.


This is the fifth installment of the American Journey series and was a little different than the previous time travel romances I've read in the series. The love in Hannah's moon was very much focused on family life making Hannah's Moon a balance between heartwarming and dramatic. I was very happy to see that the plot pivoted on adoption; although, as a mother, the first chapter broke me a bit and I had to put the book down for a while. After that though, I was transported back to 1945. John A. Heldt always done a wonderful job of conveying the time period through the eyes of his time travelers. This time, with the help of their neighbor, Margaret, the Rasmussen's are given a full southern welcome. I absolutely loved the adoption of Hannah and Margaret's childhood story helped to solidify their decision. Being set at the end of WWII, I was not expecting to learn much about the actual war, although, with Ron's enlistment I was very intrigued to learn about the USS Indianapolis and the what happened to the Navy members aboard the ship. The ending of Hannah's Moon is bittersweet, I got to revisit all of time travellers from past novels as the Bell's revealed a secret.

This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-27 22:11
Book Review of Lost Time (Between Two Evils Book 2) by D. L. Orton
Lost Time (Between Two Evils) (Volume 2) - Micah McDonald,D. L. Orton

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

When a faulty time machine deposits Diego in a towering evergreen, he knows he's in the wrong place—but has no idea he's in the wrong time. Naked and shivering in the chilly mountain air, he attempts to climb down, but slips, whacks his head on a branch, and falls into oblivion.

 

He wakes up inside a darkened room, crippled and disheartened, and must come to grips with the realization that he is marooned in a bleak alternate future. In this universe, what remains of the human race is trapped inside a handful of aging biodomes. With his mission failed, his world destroyed, and the one woman he loves, dead, he can find no reason to go on living.

 

But Lani, the emotionally scarred doctor who finds him, refuses to let him die, and as Diego heals, their relationship becomes... complicated. He struggles to let go of the past but is unable to get Isabel out of his head—or his heart. Just when it seems he may be able to find some measure of happiness in a world teetering on the edge of extinction...

 

Another note arrives from the future: Isabel is alive—but not for long…

 

Review 4*

 

This is the second book in the Between Two Evils series. I enjoyed this book more than the first one.

 

Diego is a fantastic character. I really liked him. He is kind and loving. There is a lot of cheesy/pun-y dialogue by him that had me rolling my eyes at times, but its all part of his charm. When the time machine (from book 1) malfunctions, he finds himself trapped eighteen years in the future. This future/parallel world has been devastated by a terrible event and the survivors are living in biodomes created by David Kirk (who is known as Dave Kirkland where Diego originally comes from). Will Diego find a way to get home to Isabel, or will he be trapped in this alternate universe forever?

 

This story is a lot less complicated than the first book and is based purely in the alternate world where Diego finds himself. The story is told mostly through the eyes of Diego, though other characters have their say too, mostly Lani, the unofficial doctor in the biodome (called affectionately the Bub by its inhabitants) and her seventeen year old daughter Shannon. These two characters play a major role in this story and I liked them both. A lot. They have a warmth about them that made them come alive, not to mention they are both stubborn and opinionated. There are also other characters that are introduced and give the story an interesting twist. One of them is Madders, a pilot who is a father figure to Shannon and encourages her to follow her dream of being an engineer. He doesn't actually make an appearance until late into the story but he too has a major role in this tale.

 

This book is action packed and took me on a wild roller coaster ride of emotion. There is even a hint of romance, and I found myself hoping that Diego and Lani would get together. However, his heart still belongs to Isabel. Diego struggles with his new reality and is determined to find a way to get home to her. I did find some of the story repetitive plot-wise to book one, which annoyed me, even though the scenes were completely different. I suppose this is the problem with time travel type stories, where the plot follows the same line even if events happen in a different way. The story does end on an exciting if somewhat heartbreaking climax and it left me in tears. Although not exactly a cliffhanger, it definitely made me eager to find out what happens next. I am now looking forward to reading the third book, Dead Time, as soon as possible.

 

DL Orton has written an intriguing time travel romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is not as fast paced as some other authors I've read but it still had me turning the pages. The flow of the story is a lot smoother than the first book and this made it a more pleasurable read. I would definitely read more of her books in the future.

 

There are no scenes of an explicit nature, although there is mention of sexual activity. Having said that, I do not recommend this book to younger readers (under 16) due to the nature of the story. However, I do recommend this book if you love dystopian or time travel romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-04-19 11:31
DNF: Wayfarer
Wayfarer (Passenger) - Alexandra Bracken

I didn't like the first book in this series much, but this is one of my auto-buy authors, and I snagged a copy from Netgalley with my Hatchette Children's auto approval. And even bought a finished hardback (despite the fact that this is not a series I really like, the hardback is really pretty). Sometimes I've found second books better than first books. 

 

Unfortunately, I only made it 250 pages or so before calling it quits. Following on from Passenger, Nicholas and Etta are now separated and struggling to find each other and deal with the changes brought about by the events of the end of Passenger. More secrets are revealed, more plot twists. However, I just can't seem to get into this series at all. 

 

It's beautifully written, plus points for diversity in the characters, and there is clear attention to detail and a phenomenal amount of historical research must have gone into plotting the novel, but I just don't like it. It's long winded and boring and not capturing my interest at all. 

 

Not for me. 

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review 2017-04-16 16:33
Some much more than time travel
Version Control: A Novel - Dexter Palmer

This was a long run for me. I got into this novel very quickly, but than I made a pause which tuned out to be... Well, a bit longer than I planned (started last Sept, finished today - yeah, just a bit longer).

It is a slow reading and if you expect this book to be filled with action like time travel novels tend to be, know that it is not. It is, however, full of characters' pains, aspirations, failures and remorses. And there are many sophisticated dialogues and monologues, so brace yourself, it is not an easy entertaining reading. It makes you think a lot and lingers in your mind long after you turn the final page.

I would like to call this book amazing, but it is not. Nor it is fabulous, awesome, fantastic. I feel like all those words would be diminishing for Version Control. It is astonishing. It is graceful. And huge.

God, it is huge, and I'm not talking about size here. The scope of themes it covers is very impressive, because these is not a novel about time travel. It is so vast, that I don't even know where to start. Do I say that this is a novel about what it takes to be a scientist?

Here we have Philip Steiner, a brilliant physicist working on a project of his life. And this project is swallowing him whole and doesn't promise to be successful. He is stuck on the edge of groundbreaking something, only he cannot prove that his grand design, his casual violation device (not time-machine! I repeat, do not call it time-machine!) really works. That makes all sort of tip-toeing and dancing to receive funds for his project even more difficult for Philip.

Now meet Alicia, another brilliant physicist and a member of Philip's team, who is constantly reminded that she is, after all, a woman scientist. Not that it bothers her, but still. 

Carson, yet another physicist, has problems with his race. He is not sure how others see him, not even his girlfriend, but he is sure that if he would try to obtain a lab of his own, his race will be an obstacle.

So, do I say that this is a novel about what it takes to be a scientist? Yes. But it is so much more than this. What I wrote above covers less than half of this book. There's also Philip and his wife Rebecca marriage, that is in steady decline because for so many reasons. There's Rebecca, so lovely and lonely. There's Kate, so confused and confusing. We have all ugliness of online dating services shown to us. We see the way internet interferes with reality and shapes it. All this in one book, and it doesn't feel overloaded. Not one bit.

And the last but not the least - how do you know that the time-machine works if you have no memory of the previous timeline? What is your name? Are you sure? Has it always been?

It's huge, huge, huge, and so-so graceful!

Thank you, Dexter Palmer, I am now more than encouraged to get to The Dream of Perpetual Motion.

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review 2017-04-13 03:26
A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor
A Symphony of Echoes - Jodi Taylor

Series: Chronicles of St Mary's #2

 

I'm still not a big fan of this series. Once again this was just ok. Once again the events were a series of péripéties although they formed a more cohesive plot this time around. I honestly thought this one might be better than the previous one despite the weird introduction of supernatural elements. I was going to forgive the Jack the Ripper thing somewhat but then the visions happened. I don't really see what the point was with doing that to Jack the Ripper. I suppose it might come back in a future book.

 

I think part of it is that I just don't enjoy reading Max all that much although I think I liked her voice a bit better this time around. There were some really silly things that happened though, and some of the plot elements just seemed forced. So I may not pursue this series.

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