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The Pocket Watch Paperback – November 27, 2009
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A supernatural world has existed right under Imogen's very nose since she was born. But when this world rises up and consumes her, taking some of her old friends along and bringing new ones, she accepts these changes with the perfect mix of awe and fun. With Imogen, it's not a case of, "Oh, I can't believe it, vampires and magic exist, who ever would have guessed." Nope. Instead of taking half the book to puzzle things out and come to terms with the supernatural, her thoughts are more along the lines of, "Vampires? Magic? Cool! Let's go visit the underworld." Lucius is also great. He, also, is a character who is pretty much at peace with who he is, his vampiric nature is dangerous and sexy, protective yet supportive. I also love it that Imogen has her pick of more than one boy, and that there's no immediate sense that anyone's fated to be with anyone else. (Although I'm a strong Lucius supporter, fiery Irish teenagers are pretty great too). Porter has a real gift with characters. By the time the book is a third of the way through, I was totally into it. I loved the fire-casting Irish teenager, the fact that the supernatural gifts in the book all came with heavy price tags for the users, the vivid descriptions of setting (who wouldn't want a huge beautiful snow globe for a bedroom?), the well-drawn villains who sometimes also happen to be friends... This book is very creative, and once you get past a bit of a slow start and some confusing initial dream sequences, the pace is good, too. Plenty of action and mystery and romance.
As far as the down sides, I've already mentioned a slow and heavy start. The dream sequences eventually make sense, but to have all that information thrust on me at first was kind of confusing. Also, the book's ending gets a bit confusing, but the fabulous characters and the setting make it a worthwhile read. Since this is a series, just enough threads are left hanging that I want to buy the next to find out what happens. The book suffers from a very common indie pub problem: needs better editing. I am not a grammar/typo cop, though, so it didn't bother me. This book stands poised on the edge of a three and a four, but it's creative enough that I'm edging towards four.
However, now that the author is experienced he really should recall this version and do some basic editing for grammar and typos. And eliminate every "smirked" except 5. Imogen gets tired of the word "human" I am exhausted by the smirking characters.
So I recommend that you get this book and enjoy it -- and hold the author's feet to Necklin's lighter flame until he fixes it.
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