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- Book 1 of 3 in Time Spirit Trilogy
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Pushing the cleaning cart out of his way,he knelt beside the pile of clothing left in her place. With shaking hands, hecollected them up. His heart thundered in his ears as he re-captured the imageof gold dust particles spiraling into the air.
Rapid breaths punched out of his lungs ashe tried to wrap his brain around the impossible.
Would she come back?
Was that the last time he would ever seeher?
The loss was intense, but not enough tooverride the mix of horror and wonderment churning inside him.
He wasn't sure how long he crouched inmuted silence before the room suddenly grew still. He jumped from his spot andheld his breath. A moment later Gemma stood before him. A grimace of paincrossed her face before she opened her eyes.
"Oh!" She quickly pulled the cleaning cartin front of her.
"Gemma." Harrison licked his lips. "Gemma,what...what just happened? You disappeared. You vanished! And now you're here.You're...you're here and you're... you're naked!"
- ASIN : B0063N0XIM
- Publication date : November 4, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2403 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 252 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,294 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When Harrison Granger drops into her life, Gemma is torn between her family's secret and her pull towards this boy.
A unique storyline that will have you guessing along with the characters. Hoping to learn more in book 2!
Harrison never expected a brief conversation with Gemma and when their hands brushed, it was like fire creeping throughout his body! Since that moment he couldn't stop thinking about her. He was supposed to meet his friends at the movies, but her spotted Gemma ahead of him in the ticket line and he hoped to talk to her again and maybe go on a date....
My only complaint was the ending; I'd have liked just a little bit more closure with this one before leading into the next one. There are better ways to do it other than a "cliff-hanger". To me, those are annoying and a little bit of a cheat, like the author just didn't have the imagination to bring this thought to a close before beginning the next - which isn't representative of this author (in my opinion). This author really doesn't lack in imagination - I think it's more likely they were in a time crunch.
The ending, though, is NOT a reason to pass this story by! It's very well written, well thought-out, the characters are mostly believable, and it's a unique story - one I've never seen before, certainly! This is a definite summer must- read.
I like when an author can surprise me... I was not expecting the ending... I will be heading to the site to search for the next installment.
I highly recommend this book for any age over 10.
It’s a series so we don’t get any answers in this book, only questions which can get irritating. I didn’t particularly like the family dynamic and I felt Gemma acted out of character when she stood up for herself and Harrison. The author made it look like it’s that easy to break out of a mold you lived in your entire life which made it very unrealistic.
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The Time Spirits are 3 teens and their parents (who behave more like jailers than parents, their word goes and you don't question it). The father arbitrarily decides that someone in history, who is going to die, deserves saving because he/she will contribute something to future society. Which is my first bone of contention as, although I'm willing to suspend my disbelief for all manner of vampires and what have you, I'm not sure how you can go back in time and decide a child is going to become an important musician if the normal timeline events mean that she's just about to die. Even if you save her - she could die in adult life or not get a break etc. - so there's a logical flaw there. Were that the only one I might have been able to get beyond it.
The bigger niggle though is that, in saving these people, guards and other people are killed in sword or arrow fights (I'm assuming they died when an arrow hit them, by now I was flipping pages). You can't do that. England in the 1300s was a time when people were having 10 or more kids each and each of those kids would have had 10 more, roughly 3 generations per century. If you kill one person in the past then you are easily wiping 30,000 random people from the future timeline and this could potentially remove a world leader. So you go to rescue a potential musician and accidentally take out a future President. Doh!
The other thing that kept irritating was that the over bearing (unpleasant) father made these decisions in isolation and didn't tell anyone who he was going to have them go risk their lives to save, why or when. So the main character (Gemma) will be at school and get a tingling and have to quickly find a toilet before her clothes fall in a pile on the floor and she vanishes in a sprinkle of gold dust. Now seeing as much of the book goes on about how the teens must not let anyone know what they are - surely if he'd just warned the kids that he was going to summon them at lunchtime today it would have made more sense?.
The final criticism is how in the early part of the book Gemma is distraught several times because when she was 13 she told her friend what she was. This is given as the reason for why she isn't making any friends now (she's a bad liar) and yet she gets friendly with Harrison and very quickly tells him everything. In a matter of pages she flips a complete 180 degrees.
The author, if she reads this, probably hates me by now. I hope it can be taken as constructive criticism. Were this to be read by a teen audience it may be a greater success - but the category it's in made me, an older reader, pick it up and I struggled with the premise. That's not to say I've not read YA books in the past and enjoyed them as a bit of light reading - but I might have approached this one more with caution and checked out what else the reviewers who gave it 5* were reading.
I read a great time travel series of books called "The Chronicles of St Marys" and the reason they work so well (and are loved by thousands) is that the historians that go back to observe important events are instructed to change nothing, leave nothing behind and take nothing away. Much is made (as in other time travels books and films) about how a simple act of accidentally leaving a future weapon in the past, can have a catastrophic impact on what is to come. I would suggest that future Time Spirit books should adopt more of that.
Seven more words required! Huh! I can hardly be bothered!