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5.0 out of 5 starsClan wars
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2020
A wonderfully written story that I enjoyed completely. It was a bit slow and confusing at first, but understanding and action comes full force before you know it! Full of magic and an everlasting love story.
After Banon turns down a creep at the mall, she opens herself up for a world of trouble. Banon is no ordinary 17-year-old girl. She has powers. No one knows though, and she’s afraid of what will happen when the truth comes out. After an assassin is sent from the rival Clan, she has no choice but to reveal her secret. She might be the key to winning the war once and for all.
I love how quickly this went from a seemingly normal book to an urban fantasy. When the book opened, I wasn’t really sure what it was about. A bunch of teen boys trying to pick up some girls. From there, the main protagonist, Banon, stands out. She stands up for herself and has no idea that the random creep she’s turning down is really part of the enemy Clan.
I liked Banon. She was spunky and rebellious, though I admit she made a few questionable decisions. She wasn’t afraid to put up a fight though, and that’s something I always admire. Especially in female MCs. The Clan wars between witches was interesting, and the more I learned of the characters, the more engaged with the story I became.
Narration was well done.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
4.0 out of 5 starscool blend of magic and superpowers, plus great protagonist
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
Blending magic and superpowers, Jordan Elizabeth creates a conflicted seventeen-year-old heroine, helping the weak, opposing the wrong, and eager to move away from her parents’ influence. It doesn’t help that her parents don’t like her boyfriend, or that they keep secrets. Because Banon’s not meant to know her powers yet—not till she comes of age. And she’s not meant to marry outside her clan.
Two clans and one clan war start this novel, giving a sense of Romeo and Juliet crossed with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But witches or fae hide complex, often confusing motivations, and it’s hard to guess whose side the dark stranger is on for the first half of this book. One clan is clearly evil, mostly; the other mostly good. But there’s history too, in a story that crosses continents and eras. Sometimes befuddling, sometimes simply exciting, filled with action, heady with romance and tragedy, and with great snarky dialog from its teen protagonist, Time to Live might invite many characters to die; lines will be crossed and rules broken before the end. It’s a fast fun young adult novel, perfect for girls who wish they had superpowers with which to save the world.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy and I offer my honest review.
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
It's easy to get confused by this tale of star-crossed reincarnated lovers, both belonging to rival clans of hereditary magic wielders. That's because so many strands are interweaving as the ancients who started the entire rivalry manipulate the efforts of the main characters to 'get it right' this time around and solve the cosmic itch.
The salty colloquialisms of upstate New York add a great suburban background. And the heroine Banon is graced with early-blooming magic of her own that allows her to effectively make use of things the rest of the Clans can only achieve with practice and the presence of those power widgets, the Orbs.
Ironically, until all the kinks of the past are straightened out, it's only volume Zero, Time to Die Again. And also ironically, the most empathy this tale wrung from me was how past life memories can make hash of present life dilemmas sometimes. I know, right?
Whenever the point of view leaps to the shamanic observational level, you are going to wonder what the relevance is to the modern-day timeline. And it won't make any sense until you get to the very end of the epilogue, either. I think that might be the whole point, but what is undeniable is that when the foretold family is finally achieved, they are at last disentangled from the past and truly living.
This is a story that started centuries ago and now it's time for it to end. However, things are rarely predictable in the real world, especially when magic is involved. I absolutely loved it for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's a very imaginative story that kept me on my toes through out the book, nothing predictable happened here. Secondly, I loved the characters, Banon more than anyone else. She is a teenager who doesn't know how to act normal, her character is quite interesting and fun to read. She made me laugh quite a few times. Thirdly, Jordan Elizabeth's way of writing is just as good as always. I have yet to read her book that I didn't like. She is among the authors I'd one-click without even reading the blurb. So, there is that. It's a great fantasy novel with lots of twists and turns, adventure, romance, action, and a hint of mystery. All is all a perfect mix. I'd definitely recommend it to all my fellow readers, hoping that they enjoy it as much as I did.
Witches and clan wars. A secret weapon that her clan is unaware of. Now this is a fantastic reason to read this book. Banon is a witch of untold powers, powers she has grown into from a very young age. Something that does not occur until age eighteen or older, if ever. And Banon is only seventeen. She keeps her abilities hidden from her parents, her clan, from everyone. But things happen. She has unknowingly made a mortal enemy of the leader of the powerful Clan Julae, her own Clan Genae's rival and arch nemesis. There is even a brewing romance between Banon and Hadley, brother of the Clan Julae leader. But hold on a minute. She is engaged to Nik! And what is with the interchanging names? Who is Julian, really? And Genevieve? Now here are mysteries worth uncovering! Great storytelling!
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