Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies - the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light - threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home...forever.
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This story has an excellent premise, and I enjoyed the world building a lot. The romance was overdone, however, and really isn't believable. I felt like it was just shoehorned in there, which made the passages dealing with it rather silly.
The narrator needs to check for the correct pronunciation of a number of words. A few words were even mispronounced in a variety of ways!
Don't think I'll move on to book two.
I did not get attached to or care for these characters at all and the way the story was writen was confusing and there was a lot that did not make sense. It was boring and drawn out.
i am a truck driver and its important for me to stay awake through the night.
i have loved every book this writer has written, but the narrator puts me to sleep with the monotones and barely any voice changing. I couldn't even finish the book. even through the trilling parts of the story. I wanted to throw my phone out the window. which sucks because I'm sure this is a good book. I just can't get through it.
I'd certainly listen to another book narrated by Maarleveld. She's not my favorite narrator, but she's quite passable, and I think she'd be used to especially good effect in a book that simply had more women in it -- her voices for women are good, but the ones for men are a little less convincing.
I'd have to get a very good trusted recommendation to read another Bracken book; I read this book for my book club. I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise, and I certainly would not have finished it.
Frankly, I'm not planning any.
Her male characters. I think her voice -- light, not super full, and not very deep -- makes it harder for her to narrate a male character.
I don't think any characters needed to be cut -- I think they needed to be developed better.
Personally, I would have cut the romance. It felt stilted and turned me off.
I don't think I can finish this slog of a book. I rated the story highly because it does sound clever and inventive. But the telling of the story is dull and slow. My mind could not stay focused enough to enjoy anything about this book. I couldn't feel anything for the characters, even when shocking things happened. Maybe this one is better read than listened to.
My scoring of this book is from the perspective of someone looking for a sci-fi novel. This is purely a romance novel. If you want to read the romance genre this might be a fine book for you. If your looking for sci-fi keep looking.
I actually really liked this book. The overall plot was clever, fast paced, and for a teenage cast, the characters were tolerable. However, I am thoroughly convinced that I would have enjoyed it much more if I would have read it on my own.
I apologize to anyone that enjoys this narrator, but I constantly felt like I was listening to a movie trailer voice-over audition the whole time. The awkward whisper-yell for the whole novel was very hard to listen too.
If you prefer a narrator that does not add any personality to her characters, then she is the way to go. This is a very no-nonsense narrator.
For those who prefer animated characters, I would recommend reading this one.
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I always find the logistics of time travel a little confusing. This one was easy to understand for the most part but towards the end the logistics got confusing. The story is good, touching on several different time periods in history, possibly a little light on facts but this isn't actually a history book. What I had a hard time with was the insta romance. That doesn't usually bother me in YA books but it did in this one. Later in the book, sure but as soon as they meet practically making Etta forget her circumstances, didn't buy it.
The performance was good. I will be listening to the second book. It's a worthy series.
No no, I'm not going to finish this one. It might be written for a younger crowd. The idea was interesting, but the story played out slow and very unexciting.
Maybe to young adults.
She did a great job with the character voices.
No, way too slow.
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