Honestly, this book was good and I liked it. I was entertained. However, I felt that it took too long to get off the ground and not enough actually happened, but I felt connected to the characters. I loved the ending.
I have enjoyed other Susanna Kearsley books more than this one.
I only finished this book about a week ago and I actually had to think harder than one might expect to conjure up and remember the story to write this review.
What does that tell you?
I looked forward to reading this book so much!!
3.5 Stars. I am, on the whole, a little bit disappointed in this book. Parts of it were very exciting and filled with action and parts were slow, tedious and seemed to stray too far from plot progression for my comfort.
I loved the concept. I am a huge Time Travel fan and I can ponder the complexities and paradoxes of it for hours. This novel includes much of this. While it is not Time Travel, exactly, it still arouses many of the same questions.
So, there are a percentage of people in the world that are born again and again. When they die, they go right back to being born again on the same date and time, same parents, location and circumstance. The difference is that they carry the knowledge and memories of the previous live(s) they already lived. They are able to make different choices based on their knowledge. The born again children are expected to pass on information to their elders who are much closer to death and starting over (about the state of the world and such). They also leave messages to each other over centuries in stone or what-not. (It only makes sense to me sometimes when I think about it!)
Anyway there is a "bad guy" and our Harry August is the "good guy".
*SPOILER* However, Harry flip-flopped too many times for me to be comfortable with trusting him as a true protagonist figure. I understand that a hero must be flawed, but Henry actually switches sides and then comes back! In my opinion, the reader is never given a compelling enough reason for his betrayal of the Chronus(sp) club. This bothered me.
Much of the story is about the intimate relationship between Harry and Victor with snippets of history and side characters along the way. They spend a LOT of time pondering God, creation and morality.
I listened to this book and was not particularly impressed with the narrator. Just forgettable, really. Unfortunately, the book itself will likely be forgettable, too. Bummer!
What a great time travel series! It is clearly for the YA reader but still intriguing and complicated enough to keep me going. I will certainly read the last one!
Gwynneth, in my opinion, is a realistic 16 year old, with her immaturity, naivety and interest in boys. I can relate to that. I remember that. Like yesterday, actually!
In contrast, Gideon is the complete opposite of a realistic 18 year old boy. However, I am pretty sure that is the point.
The story arc between book 1 and 2 was very smooth and brought the plot to exciting places! The characters time travel every day creating unique paradoxical conversations and situations. Gwyn meets the Count Saint Germain at a soiree and he tells her how happy he was about their conversation that took place yesterday. However, it was yesterday for him in the 18th century. It will be tomorrow for Gwyn in her own timeline. Awesome mind bending stuff!
I have loved Amy Poehler as a fair-weather fan for many years. I mean, that I did not exactly follow her career but I remember her on SNL and especially in Deuce Bigalow: Male Jigolo. Then later on one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Parks and Rec.
I listened to this book through Audible.com and it is narrated by the author herself. I am so glad I did! There are many casual conversations Amy has with her guests and many times where she sings and laughs and adds little bits under her breath. These wonderful ad libs could not possibly be captured besides in audio!
She is from a town very close to where I grew up and therefore I related to her on a real level in many ways. She speaks of many specific SNL and UCB bits that had me pausing her narration and finding clips of what I could on youtube. This was only to further delve into her life. I wish I could be her friend.
I enjoyed this book so much and it may possibly be one of the best I read this year.
I love books about books. This book was real and raw with imperfect characters. It was also charming and engaging. I would love to live above a book store.
It seemed that each character grew and changed a bit by the end of the novel. The police chief was my favorite character.
The parallels to the fictional book inside the book called "The Late Bloomer" were all over the story if you were actively looking for them. I was; and this enhanced my experience. I recommend this book to any book lover.
This book was beautiful. I love stories of WWII and the ordinary people who tried to continue living despite the gradual onslaught of desolation around them.
The characters in this novel all seemed to speak to me for different reasons
I enjoyed the authors writing style and will look for more by him
I love when I lament coming to the end of a book. The whole thing was so insane, yet made perfect sense. The chapters counted down instead of up and the story unfolds backwards and forwards at the same time. However, I was never lost.
This book, however short, is too complicated to give a synopsis and give it justice.
I don't really know what else to say except that I found the writing to be brilliant. The story was fun and somehow completely relatable, despite the madness.
You should read this book.
I was sad when this book ended. I fell in love with John in the fist book, John Dies at the End, and unfortunately did not get as much John in this one. However, I enjoyed how this one was a bit darker and full of more horror. The moral implications of 'who actually is the bad guy?' was a fun topic to ponder. Also, the theory of mass paranoia being so much more dangerous than the actual threat was outlined well. Still a bit slapstick and gross, but thought provoking and brilliant, nonetheless!
I wish there was a movie for this one!
What can I say?! I am attaching quite easily to these characters. This book was told beautifully from the points of view of many. There is an excellent surprise in the beginning and the dramatic tension stayed at just the right pitch throughout the novel.
I was happy to hear more from Rebecca and Makadewa! I am eager to see how that plays out. I will miss Teyas, too and hope to find that she is happy.
I was only confused a bit during a part when Maggie was really angry at her guardian for not telling her more information when she was growing up. This didn't make sense to me because she had already learned how she and her family would have been in danger if she knew more information. I read and re-read that part thinking I might have missed something. Maybe I did. But, Maggie's behavior really annoyed me.
I read the first 1/3 or so on my kindle and then did the whispersync with audible. I wish I stuck to reading with my eyes. I have listened to hundreds of books over the years and I can honestly say that this girls narration was the absolute worst! She did Maggie like a whiny 10 year old! Not how I imagined Maggie to sound at all. All of the Indian men sounded identical in a deep monotone, all of the Norse men sounded identical in a deep Scottish-like monotone.
A great example of the poor narration: She would loudly and animatedly cry a line like: "But, I love you" , followed by: "Maggie whispered". It was so distracting!! That was not a whisper! Poor, poor poor.
Anyway, that is not the book's fault and did not want my rating to reflect the awful listening experience. I can't wait for the next one!
Well this was more like 3.5. I really liked it but I am not sure how memorable it will be for me.
I love stories told with dueling timelines and I eagerly waited for the connection to unveil itself. However, it was a bit anti-climactic. I equally enjoyed hearing from both women but couldn't help but cringe at the 1960 housewife suburban life that Clair led. Amazing that American women lived that way.
I liked the ending and how it was left open for me to imagine what will happen next.
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