The Confederation has fought three wars against the forces of the totalitarian Union. Three generations of its warriors have gone off to war, held the line against the larger, more powerful enemy....
A fighter pilot on a mission to reunite with her daughter. A cyborg soldier on a quest to regain his humanity....
It's crass gun porn filled with fanboy pandering action movie references....
A thousand years ago, an alien invasion set humanity back to the Iron Age. Slowly, we recovered, colonizing the Solar System in peace. And discovered that an unknown force is stopping us from exploring any farther....
Markal, an apprentice wizard, is thrust unexpectedly to the head of his order when his master is decapitated by a gray-skinned assassin....
Humanity, previously dependent on the K'Tai for its Redlazore, discovers vast resources of the most valuable mineral in the galaxy on Agate and is now free to expand across the stars....
The monsters are real, and time is their weapon.
Fed up with bad teachers and daily fights with her sister, 16-year-old Nicole Taylor yearns for something better. Sadly, she's in for a letdown, because the world ends next week.
Nicole discovers she has a rare gift. She can bend time around her and even stop it completely. With her powers awakening, she must face the Reavers: horrific killing machines that exist outside our time.
Plagued with nightmares and ambushed by monsters at every turn, Nicole has one chance to stop their genocidal invasion. With help from a chain-smoking pyrokinetic, a neurotic sword-wielding assassin, and an icy goth chick with a crossbow, she may stand a chance.
But the Reavers are tireless foes, and time is on their side.
Time manipulators, a secret society based in the secret city of Chronopolis, and the Reavers (giant bugs) make this a hell of a fun ride! Nicole unexpectedly finds out that she can manipulate time while on a class trip to Russia. There she meets Daniel, a friendly guy with a sword in a trench coat who slays these gigantic bugs. And that’s just the start. I was caught up in this tale right away and the party continued the whole way through the book.
First, Nicole was an easy character to like. She does enter the story a bit deer in the headlights but once she accepts this is her new reality, some of her inner spark and humor start to show. I didn’t always care for her passive aggression with her sister Amy, but I did find it added to her character. They’re sisters so there’s bound to be some love and hate all mixed together. Speaking of Amy, I really liked her. She’s got some issues as well but I like that she owns them.
Then there’s Daniel. This guy had me laughing out loud. He’s got this quirky sense of humor and he can be almost innocent at times. But then he’s also a trained assassin with special gifts. So, yeah. He’s a cuddly, friendly dude who kills people for the leadership of Chronopolis. Those two polar opposites in one character made him fascinating to me.
Enter Rudigers and his cousin Melanie Krieg. They also work for Chronopolis but Ruddy has some different ideas on some things. He and Daniel have history and that gives barbs to their comments to one another. Still, they are committed to saving people and that means they are stuck working together. These 5 young adults make a great team, each one bringing their own unique powers to the story. Later in the tale, we meet Shoto, a swords-smith at Chronopolis. She has some choice words for Daniel, in Japanese. Daniel really does need to get some linguistics lessons.
I loved the bugs! Some are sentient, some aren’t. Some are hive drones, some are brain bugs. These Reavers were all scary and deadly. I especially enjoyed Nicole’s look into the bug leaders’s ideas. While I expected that this story would turn out OK, I did have these little moments where I wasn’t sure if someone would fall to the bugs. They have so many ways to kill humans!
My one little quibble was that I found it a bit unrealistic that Nicole’s parents weren’t more involved. They were quite OK with 16-year-old Nicole and her older sister gallivanting around Europe (that’s the tale they told the parents). So in moments like this, Amy and Nicole felt more like college students instead of high school students. Other than that, I really enjoyed this tale and was entertained throughout it.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Tess Irondale was great for this book. She had plenty of accents to pull off (Russian, British, German, Japanese, American) which she did incredibly well. I was impressed with the speed and accuracy she showed for the various languages. Then there were some emotions in this book and she did great with those as well. Each character was kept distinct and her male voices were believable. A great narration all told!
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jacob Holo. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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The very first thing that came to mind when I started this audiobook was that Tess Irondale is one heck of a narrator. She had a rocking good story to work with but she goes way above and beyond most narrators. I have my favorites and, consistently, they all do terrific voices, distinctively and with energy and clear understanding of the characters. Ms. Irondale takes it a step further by doing amazing vocalization of other sounds; in this case, the story is full of roars and screeches and piercing screams and she does the best job with such sounds I’ve ever heard. I wonder if she had a sore throat after each recording session.<br/><br/>Now, as for the story, kudos to Mr. Holo who, first of all, seems to have the inside track on how a teenaged girl thinks and behaves. Nicole is refreshing and about as normal as she can be in her present circumstances. Daniel makes a nifty sidekick, if you will, and the other players are all just as interesting and appealing. And the plot? Well, put simply, these kids have to fight roving hordes of bugs. Bugs? Yes, bugs, the metallic, highly dangerous sort of insects that can freeze time and there’s literally something happening in every chapter, so rapidly that there’s no time to get a real sense of place. That’s a little disconcerting but it somehow works in this tale, this fight for survival in which Nicole has discovered her power to manipulate time.<br/><br/>Time Reavers was just what I needed on a sleepy kind of day to wake me up and I thoroughly enjoyed this band of Tao guards as they fought to save the world, all with a snarky sense of humor. I do hope to see more of them in the not-too-distant future.
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Time Reavers is a fantasy novel about metallic insectoids with the ability to freeze time and the similarly-enabled humans who fight them. The main character, Nicole, is a 16-year-old girl on a school trip in Russia when she discovers the existence of the "Reavers" and her own special abilities, useful only in a "Tao Freeze", when everything and everyone around her on the train platform stops moving. She follows the lone voice in the silent underground station to a young man who, like her, is able to move among the statues that were once people. After fighting the massive Reaver that triggered the Tao Freeze, Nicole begrudgingly allows the young man (Daniel) to be her unofficial bodyguard while she decides whether or not to accept training from the society of Tao guards to which he belongs.<br/><br/>From there, the action continues non-stop as Nicole and her adoptive sister Amy find themselves caught up in an attempt by the Reavers to exterminate the Tao guards. Along the way, they and their new friend Daniel meet up with the Krieg cousins, Melanie and Rudiger, and with their help battle the Reavers along the way to Chronopolis, the city of the Tao guards. They must then choose whether or not to embark on a quest that will either save the world...or kill them all.<br/><br/>Before encountering Time Reavers, I had read The Wizard's Way, written by J.P. Holo and Jacob Holo, which I absolutely loved. Time Reavers is less fanciful than The Wizard's Way, but it was still a gripping story to which I enjoyed listening. The dialogue is fun, the words are varied and descriptive, and the characters are interesting.<br/><br/>However, it does have a bit of language - not too much, but definitely enough that I listened to it on earphones instead of playing it over the van speakers so Drew wouldn't choose those words to start parroting, which cost it a half star. It also has some gore in it. The author doesn't go out of his way to describe it, at least, but he is good at using words that make it easy for me work up a visual, which to me was a disadvantage during certain parts. If you prefer milder representations of battles, you may not want to read (listen to) this book.<br/><br/>Since I was in high school the last time I listened to an audiobook, I wasn't sure what to expect. When the book first started, the narrator's voice seemed very flat to me, and I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to listen to all 8 hours and 37 minutes. She would also stress "Nicole" at the beginning of sentences in a way that seemed strange to me, which I assumed was at new paragraphs. However, it got better after a few minutes (and is less noticeable when over phone speakers than through earphones), and I began to feel more like I was listening to a performance of the book than someone just reading words off the page. By the end of the first chapter, I was definitely hooked by the intensity in her voice as she read.<br/><br/>I thought the distinction between characters was well done, although there were a few places during the final battle that I thought Daniel was talking until the narrator followed up with "Nicole said". There were several accents, including Russian, British, German, and Japanese, all of which seemed consistent to me except for a few times when Rudiger's British accent was less pronounced. In addition, some of the dialogue was in different languages. Naturally, I don't speak all of them, but the ones with which I am familiar sounded like correct pronunciation, and the other sounded like it does when actors use it in movies. ;-)<br/><br/>Overall, I enjoyed Time Reavers immensely. I give it four stars (half off for the language, half off for the mild inconsistencies in the voices) and encourage you to give it a listen if you like action fantasies!<br/><br/>Disclaimer: I did receive this audiobook as part of my participation in the Audiobookworm Promotions blog tour (sponsored by Jacob Holo). The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jacob Holo. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.<br/><br/>The premise of the book was interesting and if you like urban fantasy, this book will be up your alley. The pacing was good- it kept the plot going at a nice pace. Overall, the writing was also pretty good at describing events that would otherwise be difficult to imagine. And the characters are hilarious in their own right.<br/><br/>However, and this is mostly a symptom of my own preferences, it did not do much characterization-wise. I personally really like books that focus on character development and Time Reavers is definitely more about the plot than anything else. I am glad that I listened to this book rather than read it, I feel like it is more exciting to listen to all the action that is going on.<br/><br/>The narrator for this audiobook, Tess Irondale, was absolutely fantastic. Her acting was so good- every cry of pain, every sound of annoyance was spot-on. There are so many characters in this book, but she did such a good job with her voice acting that you could definitely tell which character was which. Also her accents and the noises she made for the monster that are the Time Reavers was phenomenal. Props to her, I would definitely give her other audiobooks a listen just from the spectacular job she did with this audiobook.<br/><br/>There is nothing fundamentally wrong with this book; the only reason that I did not enjoy it more is because it simply didn’t match my reading preferences. If you are the kind of reader that enjoys plot-heavy books with slight fantasy elements that will intrigue you but won’t make your head spin, then I would definitely recommend this book for you!