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- Print Length: 388 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508929475
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 2, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H2CA18U
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Here's what kept it from a lower rating: edited well.
Here's what kept it from a higher rating: It wasn't written well. Characters lacked depth. In fact, the only character that seemed to have any emotion was Garret, and he was hardly a character. There was no emotion in the book. There was no magic either - how was she transported through time? I guess by an earthquake. Things were mentioned, like the Black Shuck - what was that? Apparently we had met it in the book but the author did not really make the reader aware of this. There's a romance between Petra and Emory. Well, at least the author tells you there is one, but it just sort of happens. He kissed her. that was the description. Petra didn't think anything of it. I didn't either. I was entirely apathetic throughout this book.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 2 -- Plot mixes cliche/overly convenient with unique/interesting. How many times does Emory get "killed" while Petra is captured? And so on. Parts are hard to follow. What's with Anne drugging Petra, for instance? Major plot points are dropped or not resolved (major cliffhanger). Instead of answering the questions that remain, the ending introduces more questions. Sheesh. Setting is unspecified or vague, and has many inconsistent elements. The ranch, gate, and stables in California were never really explained. There's a lot of wandering about in England, stealthy or otherwise, and I was never clear on where they were most of the time. Not to mention the confusion of not having consistent dates given: it’s 1610/1614 and 2010/2014, rather than solidly ‘10 or ‘14.
Characters: 2 -- Maybe some realism in the characters, but mostly static, dull, unrealistic, hard to understand, and even cringe-worthy. Petra is clearly intelligent and well educated, but alternates between using her brains and not. She hears Emory say something about his abnormal life early one, but never asks about it, and then alternately insists he tell her and not tell her. And other bizarre behaviors. We hear more about what they are doing than who they are as people. Minor characters are sketchy and two-dimensional. Relationships between characters are rather sketchy. For example, Emory and Petra like each other and want to kiss a lot, but why? And Anne's relationships to nearly everyone baffle me.
Mechanics and Writing: 2.5 -- Frequent typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. Seemed more like a draft than a published book. Generally solid use of alternating POV, with a few errors. Average writing, with strong parts and parts that struggle. Amid all the issues, one truly stellar feature was "Petra's notes" that headed each chapter. They were interesting and informative, as well as humorous foreshadowing of the contents of each chapter.
Redeeming Value: 3 -- Neither uplifting nor depressing. Petra thinks about God, but has no real conclusions, and seems to be helping the save the KJV translation more for something to do than out of any real conviction. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, but some shaky ground, eg: several death scenes for Emory, and lots of running about barely clothed. Sexual attraction overemphasized in Emory and Petra's relationship, as they are really into each other without actually knowing each other.
Personal Enjoyment: 2 -- I’m not a fan. Some good bits, but reading it felt rather like a chore. Not one I plan to re-read.
The story concept caught my interest at the start. Petra is a high school student that ends up traveling back in time when she visits a fortune teller. For me, everything immediately fell apart after this point. The start of it was that Petra was dressed up as a princess, including a tiara.. yet the "peasants" didn't so much as look at her! Her wardrobe would have set her up to be wealthy royalty with the lower classes bowing, being differential, etc. There was simply nothing realistic about the time period she went to. That is what makes time travel novels so delightful to read - the different customs, ways of thinking, learning history.
As for the characters, I felt no connection to any of them. In fact, I had to look at other reviews to remember their names. :(
Several times I found myself feeling confused and flipping back to see if I had missed a page (or chapter). It just felt like a lot was left unsaid. I'm not sure if this was meant to make it mysterious and make us curious or if the writer had it all in her own mind and kinda neglected to realize we, the readers, needed to be told things to "get it". After awhile I quit caring enough to flip back and would just skim past the confusing parts and hope it would make sense later. Now for the truly frustrating part: It never came together to make any sense! Instead we were given a cliffhanger and another book.
I wanted to love this book. I really, really did! Perhaps that is why I feel doubly disappointed. Needless to say, I won't be reading the next book. :(
The story was good, but incomplete. Maybe that's because it's a series ad I said, it seemed some parts had been removed but were still referred to in later parts of the story.
Overall I probably would not recommend this book. At least not without warning of the problems mentioned above. It needs a thorough re-edit.