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review 2016-05-19 09:05
From Hooked to Meh to Nope
Timebound - Rysa Walker

First things first:



I listened to the audiobook and I do like Kate Rudd's voice even if I don't think she can really do good accents or male voices. I mostly adapted to her style and it worked for the story. I don't know if I'd seek for more books she's narrated—probably not—but I wouldn't skip on a book because she's voiced it either.


Then the story:


I actually had to pause and restart this audiobook because I felt like I was missing something important at the beginning. It turns out this really wasn't the case as Walker uses ample time to set up the world and story simply because time travel as a concept is just that confusing. Others have called this a pacing issue and info dumping, but I can't say I noticed as I was listening to the audiobook.


I did, however, notice how the author introduced new characters who became super important to the protagonist in a blink of an eye, even if I didn't label and file it under "characters too stupid to live" until later.


Other things that did bother me, were the main character and first person voice narrator calling a character "Pudgy" long after she'd learned his name. This fat-phobia resurfaced when Kate's—the time travelling protagonist—boyfriend took her home for dinner and she made a comment about how thin Trey is despite all the food his family's Guatemalan housekeeper keeps pushing at him and everyone at the table.


Speaking of secondary POC characters. I completely missed Charlayne's (African American, thankfully the author tweeted me and set me right *wipes forehead & flicks fingers*) description, but then again she only featured in a handful of scenes. She's supposed to be Kate's best friend and motivate her to keep time jumping, but it's not like she has her own personality on the page. You could even call her the token black character and you'd be right.


Other than a vague feeling of something not being quite right and the use of words "blood as pure as mine" when Kate's talking about her time travelling gene, I can't really pinpoint my problem with race in this book. An expert—which is to say a non white person—could tell you more.


There's a love triangle in this book and series.


If you need to know more, keep reading.


One of the love interests is another time jumper from an earlier time who is supposed to be a villain to some but is quite obviously helping Kate in her quest to correct the time shifts. Thing is, I couldn't care less about Kiernan Dunne and he's obviously supposed to be the one who ends up with Kate. Kiernan is from the past and in love with another version of Kate from another timeline, but when has that stopped a creative author?


I did however like Trey, one of the insta-love contenders of the year and a contemporary guy from one of Kate's changed timelines. Unlike with Kiernan, Walker actually shows how Trey and Kate grow closer and could be good together. And I figured he'd be the one she'd have to sacrifice to fix things, which made me like him all the more right up until the point where he insisted that all she had to do was to smile at him for him to fall in love with her again. It wouldn't matter what she'd say.


And I just can't with that. Neither can I with the fact that Kate's supposedly ready to have sex with Trey just after she's been threatened with rape. I was expecting that particular discussion to happen but I'd hoped the mere threat to her life would've sufficed to prompt it. After all, they might never see each other again after Kate's next time jump.


As for the big bad, I liked that it was basically a family feud combined with religion. It gave me ideas and hopes, which I do not trust the author to fulfill or win me over with her own interpretation.


I just wasn't sure about that until the author tweeted me.

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text 2016-05-17 06:08
Reading progress update: I've listened 282 out of 727 minutes.
Timebound - Rysa Walker

I like Kate Rudd's voice, but I don't think she can do convincing male voices. She tries, and nope.


The story itself has a few problems but I'm hooked so far.

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review 2014-01-08 22:07
Into the Dreaming (with bonus material) - Karen Marie Moning

This is part of Moning's Highlander series, but it really doesn't have much to do with the other books. Its super short (less than 100 pages) and a rather "meh" read.

Jane, a romance writer, has been dreaming about a Highlander named Aedan since she was a child. One day, Jane randomly receives a tapestry with Aedan's likeness stitched on it. It looks old and priceless so she decides it would be a good idea to take a nap on it. When she wakes up, she's suddenly buck naked in medieval Scotland. Apparently, the Seelie queen has transported her back in time to save Aedan from the Unseelie King. Aedan remembers nothing of his past and it's Jane's job to make him remember before the end of the month or else he has to return to serving the Unseelie king.

My biggest problem with this story is that very little is explained. There were a lot of unanswered questions like: What is with the Seelie queen and the Unseelie king's odd relationship? Why was a tapestry delivered to Jane? Was it a tool the Seelie queen needed to transport her back? And most of all what the hell is with the kitten that appears the moment Jane wakes up in the past? What function does writing about it serve? Is it for the cute factor? A spy for one of the Fae royalty? Is it evil and plotting everyone's downfall? TELL ME.

Aside from those annoyances the love story between Aedan and Jane was... okay. There were no road blocks in their relationship though so it got old pretty quick. Jane worked to get Aedan to remember and Aedan complied. That was about it. They weren't dull characters, just not all that memorable.

I would probably only recommend this to fans of Moning. I think anyone else would probably be bored out of their gourd.

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