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review 2017-06-22 18:07
The Time Traveler's Brother by AmyPond45
The Time Traveler's Brother - AmyPond45

An excellent fanfic told from young Dean's pov as he is visited by a succession of time travelling Sams from the future. Intelligently written and voices the Supernatural characters to perfection.

'Dean is struck again by how easily this older version of his brother falls into his role as the younger brother, the child Dean raised. It's Old Sam's comfort zone, his happy place, being Dean's little brother, and somehow that makes Dean so sad he has to stop thinking about it.'

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/3416087?view_full_work=true
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review 2017-06-20 22:15
This could have been so much better…
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig

 

Book Title:  The Girl From Everywhere

Author:  Heidi Heilig

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest

Series:  The Girl From Everywhere #1

Genre:  YA, Time Travel, Fantasy

Setting:  New York, Honolulu, &  few other locales

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac  --I found this by searching the word everywhere…seriously though this video is crazy and Idk…it reminded me of the book, with the tricorns it looked liked some kind of tropical port for pirate ships to dock.  Kind of crazy, kind of confusing…kind of something♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

2/5 STARS

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My Thoughts

 

The concept of time-travel in this story is genius, but to pull it off, you need to do more than just say "it happened."  I feel like it was never explained well enough for me to believe.  The characters were mostly unlikable and Nyxia, despite loving her name, was just a fickle girl who didn't know what she wanted from one minute to the next.  The only character I found remotely interesting is Kash. 

 

 

As for the narration, I'm beginning to think I don't really care for Kim Mai Guest as a narrator, her voice is too bland sounding to hold my attention.  She's fine in an ensemble cast of characters (like One Of Us Is Lying), but on her own, not so much…as least for me.  I couldn't keep my mind in the story, and I almost DNF'd this more than once.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2/5

Main Characters:  2.8/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Addictiveness:  1/5

Theme or Tone:  2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  1/5

Book Cover:  5/5  This cover rocks...if only...

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued...

 

Will I continue this series?  Not likely.

 

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review 2017-06-09 16:48
Invisible food, shadow people, and a door with no obvious purpose
The House of Months and Years - Emma Trevayne

This book follows a little girl named Amelia Howling who is uprooted from her 'perfect' house into the home of her cousins who have just experienced a tragedy. If you're anything like me, you'll have little sympathy for this bratty little know-it-all but that thankfully doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of this book. There's a mystery enveloping this new house which is strangely put together with doors that lead to nowhere and different climates for each floor (don't go in the basement!). Amelia is stubbornly determined to remain aloof from the rest of her family and instead gets swept up in things far more sinister than she at first realizes (despite her assurances of being so clever). For those who like a bit of darker fantasy now and again then this is sure to hit the spot. I'd say the ideal age range would be anywhere from 10-14 (although this is more of a suggestion instead of a rule). For me, I found the fantasy/mystery elements quite good and the imagery excellent. Amelia was the worst but you can't win them all. A solid 8/10.

 

 

PS The cover artist's website: Péah aka Pierre-Antoine Moelo (the artwork is GORGEOUS)

 

PSS I just went to the author's website and I've decide to check out another book that she's written (in the hopefully near future) titled The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief and Sinister. Stay tuned for further developments. ;-)

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-06-03 17:43
Puzzle Master by T.J. McKenna
Puzzle Master - J.T. McKenna

It' s the year 2022 and all religion has been banned and every sort of vice is condoned. Enter a history professor, Cephas, who not only loves puzzles, but is known as the Cult Hunter...famous for breaking the codes that leads the government to track down "hidden Christians". Now in order to stop them once and for all, Cephas is given the chance to go back in time to prove, once and for all, that Jesus was not the Messiah and did not come back from the dead.

 

We are quickly heading to the future laid out in this book, and it's quite frightening.
Great book with a great message and should be read by all. Looking forward tot he sequel. Highly recommended!

 

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review 2017-06-02 03:45
Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
Sky Coyote - Kage Baker

Series: The Company #2

 

This Company novels features Joseph as a main character instead of Mendoza (he recruited Mendoza when she was a little kid). It was interesting to see his perspective on things since he’s had a good 18 000 years or so to develop perspective. The actual plot about rescuing the Chumash was a bit thin, but we found out more about the Company including at least some theories about it. The Company is an organization from the 24th century that travels through time to preserve the past and recruits young orphans to become cyborgs and curators of the past. As you may have been able to tell from my previous updates for this book, actual 24th century people don’t cope well with the past so these “immortals” are key to their plans. We also find out a lot more about Joseph and his past, which was interesting. I look forward to the next book in the series!

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square #22 Tomorrowland Station “Read a book that involves time travel to either the future or to the past”. This novel definitely fits this square, what with the Company travelling to the past and all, although the main characters are actually from the past. At 320 pages, that’s another $3 for my bank, bringing my balance to $104. Now I just need to decide what to read for Paradise Pier.

 

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