Young Adult

Timebound (The Chronos Files #1) By: Rysa Walker

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Timebound (The Chronos Files #1) By: Rysa Walker

Plot:

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

Review:

I almost forgot to write this review. I actually had the title of the book wrong in my mind as well. Neither of those things are glowing indorsements, but I didn’t hate the book. I didn’t even dislike it, it just wasn’t my thing.

Timebound is a YA book, I know, I know, I need to stop doing this to myself, but the plot sounded interesting and I love time travel. Except, this book only had time travel until the very end and when they talked about time travel before that it got confusing and convoluted in places.

Most of the book was teen angst and stupid hormonal teenage decisions, which is not something I enjoy reading as a thirty year old woman. Honestly, it’s not something I would have enjoyed reading as a teenager either, but I was/am weird.

There was the makings of a love triangle, which I dislike. There was a weird family dynamic, but not in a kooky sort of way, in a why can’t these people just sit down and talk to each other and clear this shit up sort of way.

The thing I liked the best in the book was the way the villain is going about trying to take over the world. The villain himself isn’t very remarkable and it isn’t clear yet if he’s the main villain or if someone is pulling his strings, but that doesn’t really matter. His chosen world domination method is intriguing and made me think and I really wished there’d been more put into it. It didn’t even come to light until about the halfway point I think.

***SPOILERS***

The villain is using time travelers to go back in time and create a religion with him at the center. He’s using the tech to make people think he’s a god so that he gains more and more power in the future he’s in. It’s super interesting and if anyone knows of another book with that I’d be interested in hearing about it.

***END OF SPOILERS***

Even though I didn’t dislike the book there are just too many negatives for me to push forward in this series.

3/5

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A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) By: Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) By: Brittany Cavallaro

Plot:

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.

Review:

The Lois Lane YA series lulled me into a false sense of security and I thought that I’d try another couple of YA books, wrong decision. A Study in Charlotte was what I dislike most about YA books, teen angst. Added to that was pretty much every negative character trait that Sherlock Holmes has all shoved into a teenage girl that had already been given every negative trait of a teenage girl. It was not appealing.

Watson could have made things at least a little better, but he didn’t. He spent the entire book creepily crushing on Holmes, which is a feat since there isn’t much of an age difference but the way it was all written just felt disturbing.

I thought the concept of this book was interesting, but it was a miracle I finished it. I don’t loathe it, but it is not something I would recommend.

2/5

Double Down (Lois Lane #2) By: Gwenda Bond

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Double Down (Lois Lane #2) By: Gwenda Bond

Plot:

Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy’s twin collapses in a part of town she never should’ve been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis.

Review:

This time around I wasn’t thinking about how much I dislike Lois Lane or wondering if I was about to get drowned in teenage angsty drama. Bond already sold me on her world and Lois Lane with Fallout so this time I was just super excited. The fact that it took me so long to read had nothing to do with my anticipation and everything to do with me being pregnant and unable to do pretty much anything but be miserable. The book sat on my shelf for months, since I pre-ordered it, taunting me. I’m finally feeling well enough to read something new and this was the first book I picked up.

I can’t write about a Lois Lane book without mentioning how much I love the cover, even the crisp white paper in the book seems high quality. I love it all.

I’m happy to say that I enjoyed Double Down just as much as Fallout. There was a bit more teen romance this time around, but since I like the characters it didn’t bother me and it was never the sole focus in the story, there was always a lot going on. In fact there might have been too much, I’m actually glad that not everything was completely wrapped up at the end because it would have been too neat.

Lois is still very much an intrepid reporter doing some pretty daring things to get to the truth, though, she never did anything outright stupid. Her main villain this time was a mob boss named ‘Boss’ who I actually don’t even think she ever met. Which is probably a good thing, cause a mob boss with that name is probably not someone you’d want to mess with. Since this is a kids book it never got too dark, though.

The virtual reality from the first book was still used, there were also a few more Sci-Fi elements that I appreciated and a few comic nods. Bond has done a good job making these characters and the world her own without ignoring the source material and I really appreciate that as a fan.

Love this series and I’m excited to see a third book in the works already, but I’m concerned about the long term plan for these. Is it going to be an ongoing series like Nancy Drew that sees new writers come in and the characters never really aging? Is there an end game in mind with a finish for the series? Will there be more books that aren’t comics starring these characters as they get older? That would be pretty awesome, I love comics but to see these characters in full books would be so much fun.

I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

4.5/5

A Confusion of Princes By: Garth Nix

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A Confusion of Princes By: Garth Nix

Plot:

A grand adventure that spans galaxies and lifetimes, A Confusion of Princes is a page-turning thriller, a tender romance, and a powerful exploration of what it means to be human. includes exclusive bonus Garth Nix short story ‘Master Haddad’s Holiday’. I have died three times, and three times been reborn, though I am not yet twenty in the old earth years by which it is still the fashion to measure time. This is the story of my three deaths, and my life between. My name is Khemri. Taken from his parents as a child and equipped with biological and technological improvements, Khemri is now an enhanced human being, trained and prepared for the glory of becoming a Prince of the Empire. Not to mention the ultimate glory: should he die, and be deemed worthy, he will be reborn…Which is just as well, because no sooner has Prince Khemri graduated to full Princehood than he learns the terrible truth behind the Empire: there are ten million princes, and all of them want each other dead.

Review:

It took a while for me to get into this book, mainly because it had a teenage boy as the protagonist. I’m trying to steer clear of books with teenage boys as leads because I seriously cannot relate to them at all, but this was by Garth Nix, I had to read it.

The space setting was really cool and there was a LOT of tech and politics and stuff going on. The world was interesting, though, a bit more hopeless than I like.

Khemri was everything that I hope my children aren’t. Thankfully he grew as a character and that’s what made this book worthwhile. If he’d stayed how he was or only slightly changed it wouldn’t have been worth it, but he did.

Not my favorite Nix book, but it wasn’t bad, it’s also a standalone which feels rare now a days.

3/5

The Eye of Zoltar (The Chronicles of Kazam #3) By: Jasper Fforde

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The Eye of Zoltar (The Chronicles of Kazam #3) By: Jasper Fforde

Plot:

Orphans Jennifer Strange 16, manager of Kazam mages, and apprentice Tiger Prawns 12, stand in the way of The Mighty Shandar. Shandar must kill last two dragons for King of Snodd in Ununited Kingdoms. Jen needs legendary jewel The Eye of Zoltar, last seen on pirate, and to tutor spoiled Princess Shazzarine. Perilous journey has 50% Fatality Index.

Review:

So I’m pretty pissed off at the ending of this book. Basically a huge cliffhanger, have no idea what’s going to be done with the Eye of Zoltar or what’s happened to most of the side characters and no idea when the next book will be published.

The last Nursery Crimes book came out in 2004, and there’s been a third book listed on Goodreads for a long time now. Fforde’s also got another series that ended on a cliffhanger this big and yet the last I read he was writing a book that wasn’t involved in either universe.

Ugh.

Annoyed.

Angry.

Someone else is going to be locked up in my writer’s dungeon.

Anyway, the story was good, hilarious at parts, moving at others. Lots happened, lots. My favorite quotes are:

“If we didn’t execute bankers and rogue traders found guilty of financial mischief, it might give them a clear signal that it’s actually okay, and then where would we be?”

 

“She did break the law—what do you think they should have done? Given her a bonus for her daring and ingenuity?”

 

Enjoy the series, now I just have to wait god only knows how long before I get the next book.

4/5