Category Archives: Time Travel

Review: Traveler by L.E. DeLano

Traveler (Traveler #1) by L.E. DeLano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the description, this book has everything I love in it:

Pirates ✓

Alternate worlds ✓

Delectable Book Boyfriend ✓✓✓

Said Delectable Book Boyfriend Comes to Life ✓✓✓✓✓

Totally sold on this book from the get-go!

It’s not a new theory that each time we make a choice, there is a split in reality as another version of us make a different choice and therefore, there are billions, gazillions, un-numbered alternate worlds out there. There are many books written about these too but probably not many of them are as fantastical as these worlds in Traveler. There is a post-apocalyptic world where the situation is so desperate that people are hunting people. There is a world full of everything shiny and sparkly with Glitter Mousse (yum!). There is a steampunk world with corsets and pirates! These are just my favourites out of the numerous alternate universes we were introduced in this book.

I like Jessa with her rather ordinary world turned upside down or is it rather right way up? Like any ordinary teenager, Jessa has her own share of troubles but they were nothing to what’s coming her way. She is being hunted down in every alternate worlds though this time, Finn has come, determined to save this Jessa. We rarely see the other Jessas though as Finn puts it, Jessa is always Jessa whichever world she’s in. We do see however different versions of Jessa’s friends & loved ones including Finn and I must admit to like the pirate Finn more than any other!

Traveler is a fun read; not only do you get dozens of different worlds in the one book but the most important spin was that book boyfriend coming to life (can you just imagine?! btw, who would you pick?!). I was a tad disappointed that Pirate Finn didn’t make that much of an appearance but *coughs* that ending… I absolutely can NOT wait for book 2!

Thanks to Pan MacMillan Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review

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Review: The Rule of Knowledge

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: I own paperback copy that purchased myself (and signed by author) 🙂

It was one of those days where you just happened to bump into the author at the bookshop… I purchased this book for no other reason than to support a local author. The book has caught my interest a few days prior somewhere online mainly due to the attractive cover and the promising adventure into ancient times. I must admit a partiality to biblical times, primarily due to my faith.

The story alternated in between the present time where Shaun Strickland, an academic nobody, was enticed away from home, and biblical time when Jesus lived, performed miracles, and was about to die. Usually with such alternating stories, I would feel the pull of interest towards one story than the other but not in this case; I didn’t feel the need to skip a chapter first to see what will happen with one storyline. The stories were woven in a way that the information were dropped in the time when we needed it.

In both stories, the main characters have their own mission on which the peace, the security, of the world depended upon. Whilst one was acutely aware of this fact, the other was driven by the thought of revenge. Both faced dangers, from known and unknown sources, which could come at them from any direction. The Rule of Knowledge is a thrilling, action-packed, fast-paced read; full of car chases, shooting guns, explosions, and even disguises.

I was pleasantly surprise with 2 factors: time travel and the favourable lean towards Christianity. I love my time travel stories and I had no idea this was one! If you like your time travel with a bit of a science-y background, this may appeal to you…

‘I understand what you are saying,’ he said. ‘I too do not always understand the way in which the Almighty works, but I know that the limitation is mine. It is I who do not understand in the same way a dog does not understand where or why its master goes away every day, needing to work to pay for the food he comes home to provide. Understanding changes. Knowledge changes, but men were killed for claiming so because the people did not understand. It is the understanding that changes, not the thing. I cannot answer that for you; it is no my place to. Each of us must come to our own conclusion.’

 

The boundaries of Shaun’s beliefs squeezed outwards under the pressure of the new information. Why was it so hard to, believe? Did he want there to be nothing beyond what he could understand? Did he want there to not be some sort of God? He examined himself and realised that he had shut himself off to even the possibility for one simple reason; it meant that he was wrong.

This book is in a way similar to Da Vinci Code in that it’s a conspiracy theory which involved a worldwide belief, Christianity. It is, I found, dissimilar (aside from the time travelling bit) in the attitude towards Christianity. I was very conscious, in reading Da Vinci Code, of all the kerfuffle it has induced in the world –and therefore noted the somewhat antagonistic view of Christianity where the Vatican was basically just evil. In The Rule of Knowledge, the Vatican has the truly faithful and the power hungry; whilst not perfect, it seems balanced. There were other factors as well which makes me wonder whether the author himself is a believer. The ultimate purpose of time travel here is definitely something we’ve all wondered about!

This book is highly recommended to those seeking a fast paced book with mysteries, pieces of history and bits of time travel thrown in. I, myself, am hoping for more of the kind from the author.

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Review: Echo Prophecy

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My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Source: eARC courtesy of L2 Books via NetGalley

Mention anything Egyptian, especially of the ancient variety, and you’ll have my attention. That’s how this book cover grabbed me on Netgalley. I do realise that ancient Egyptian has really been done to death and it will really be tough on the author to actually come up with something new / unique. Nevertheless, I just couldn’t resist some comfort read especially when it also includes some time travel.

The beginning where it started with a premonition seems to be promisingly exciting and thrilling. However, it slows down exponentially for quite a while before it picks up again. I had my doubts about Lex as she just doesn’t seem to be that kick-ass heroine and quite a few times, I feel like she needed to be kicked. What saves was the romance… I really liked Marcus and the ‘soul-mate’ bit was one I couldn’t resist but found sweet (I don’t care if that’s been done to death too!). The only scene that stuck to my head was Lex’s switch from modern woman to cave woman and the aftermath. Yep, there be sex scenes in this novel which were okay though not particularly hot. The ending was acceptable though it is set up for the next instalment whilst not being a cliff hanger.

All in all, this was a pretty average read. I wanted to say it was a fast read but while it was pretty easy to read in terms of language used, it’s not a small book so it was fast-ish if you skim read. If you’re looking for an ancient Egyptian fluff to pass a sleepless night, this is one to check out.

Thank you L2 Books for copy of eARC via Netgalley

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Review: All Our Yesterdays

all our yesterdaysAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
My rating: 5 of 5 star

Source: eARC courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing via Netgalley

It’s easy to see why this book appeals to me… time travel! Yup, there’s no keeping me away 🙂 On the other hand, I really didn’t look into this book too much and so didn’t really have any sort of expectation other than being a quick entertainment seeing that it was a YA book. However, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I loved this book.

Despite the miserable situation in the beginning, Em and, especially, Finn, easily found their way into my heart. Their conversations were what kept each other going in their isolation and Finn always find a way to lift Em’s heart and courage. It was a bit of a mystery why they are there and so was Em’s fixation on drains. I found the drain obsession to be a bit funny actually as my toddler was scared of the bathtub’s drain for quite a while thinking that he’d be sucked in there too; what Em found though gave her and Finn a purpose, a mission. Neither Em nor Finn are Bond materials but they know what the future holds and this is what drives them regardless of their conflicted hearts.

The story is told from 2 perspectives, not really of opposite sides but this gives us, as readers, an “in” and therefore, a full rounded view, to what’s happening inside and out. This brilliant storytelling combined with an unstoppable plot made an un-put-down-able book! All Our Yesterdays not only contained time-travel, it also contained suspense, action, mystery, romance –all components I loved in a novel. Whilst the book could be a stand-alone (I was quite happy with the ending), I really do want to hang out with these characters again so I’m really glad to find that there’d be a sequel 🙂

Thank you, Bloomsbury Publishing via Netgalley, for the privilege of reading & reviewing galley.

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Blog Tour: Forged in Dreams and Magick -Spotlight & Excerpt

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The Book

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Title: Forged in Dreams and Magick (Highland Legends, #1)Author: Kat Bastion
Release date: September 23, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Time Travel

Isobel MacInnes wakes up in present-day California, lunches in medieval Scotland, and by ten days’ end, falls in love with a man and his country, only to lose them in a heart-wrenching twist of fate . . .

Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .

Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between two millennia . . .

Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.

Isobel, a rising-star archaeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.

She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archaeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them.

The Author

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Kat Bastion is an award-winning paranormal romance writer, poetic warrior, and eternal optimist who loves getting lost in the beauty of nature.

On a never-ending, wondrous path of self-discovery, Kat throws her characters into incredible situations with the hope that readers join her in learning more about the meaning of life and love.

Her first published work, Utterly Loved, was shared with the world to benefit others. All proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of the proceeds of all her other books, support charities who help those lost in this world.

Kat lives with her husband amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit her blog, her website, Facebook page, and twitter.

The Excerpt

His hazel-green eyes gazed into mine for the longest time. Tears of joy blurred my vision at the incredible sight of his handsome face, the intoxicating scent of him, that rough Scottish brogue teasing my ears. I raised my hand, touching his cheek. I needed tactile proof that he was real and not just another vivid fantasy. He leaned into my touch, closed his eyes, and turned his head, trailing butterfly kisses from my palm to my fingertips.

The reality of Iain, flesh and bone, became my undoing. I burst up from the bed, assaulting his lips in a hard kiss, throwing my hands around his neck.

Every troublesome thought melted away like mud washed downstream in a cleansing rain as I held Iain in my arms again. Words escaped me. I couldn’t stop touching him. Frantic hands and hungry lips roamed everywhere—through his hair, across his jaw, to his ear, down his neck. My hot pursuit of every inch of his flesh was hampered only by his clothing and all of the ravenous attention he paid to me in kind.

I had to devour him. After days and weeks of not knowing for certain if I’d ever see him again, the need to physically touch the very thing I couldn’t for so long consumed me. Iain’s rough, urgent handling of my body told me he felt the same. We both needed a hard pinch to confirm the second chance we had didn’t dissipate into the wispy tendrils of a dream.

He bit my shoulder playfully and licked the mark he left. His short nails dug into my ass as he pulled me against his body, dipping his mouth to my breast. I cried out as he sucked my nipple, scraping it across the edges of his teeth, into his mouth. He growled, and his pure male satisfaction vibrated through me.

We tore his clothes off, literally. Iain ripped his shirt at the collar, yanking it over his head. My impatient hands unraveled his plaid. He grabbed the blankets in his fist and launched them across the room as he climbed between my legs. The cool air rushed goose bumps across my exposed skin as his every heated touch soothed me.

Iain paused.

Time stopped.

Firelight illuminated him from behind, igniting the ends of his chestnut hair into a halo around his head. He knelt between my thighs. Shadows darkened a face that beheld me in utter wonder as his gaze slowly traveled up my body with adoration. My chest rose and fell. His shaking hand touched the outside of my knee and skimmed up to my hip as he leaned forward.

Isa . . .” The endearment fell from his lips in whispered reverence.

I sighed, drinking in his muscular beauty as the magnificent warrior stripped himself down to a mere mortal man, baring the incredible tenderness he felt deep inside for his woman. For me.

He lowered his head, placing a gentle kiss over my navel, and my stomach quivered. He trailed fingertips along my sides as he moved with methodic sensuality up my body.

So . . .” He dropped another soft kiss on my ribs. “Damn . . .” He nipped between my breasts as I closed my eyes, arching up into the teasing touch of his lips. “Beautiful.” I smiled as he spoke the modern word in his thick brogue.

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Review: Dream of Time

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Dream of Time by Nancy J. Price
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One sure fire way to get me to read a book is by telling me that it’s a time-travel one. Of course, due to my obsession I’m also sensitive to any title which may be interpreted in such a way. Thus I stumbled upon this little gem on Netgalley (Cheers!).

Robin is such an amazing character! She is definitely intense but also courageous, resourceful, and determined. I feel tired just thinking of the things she has to do. Living one life is enough for me but living two lives, Robin is truly a super-woman. She did pretty well living 2 lives for a while although the strain “time travelling” of it will kill any human. (You’d understand this when you read this book and find out how she time-travelled)

I love Travis! He is definitely a dreamy gentleman. *sighs* He was gentle, considerate, thoughtful, and totally charming. Interestingly, there was another side of him that was quite violent though according to the times and his position, it seems to be an acceptable thing.

As the story is told alternatively between the ‘now’ and the ‘past’ although there are a lot more in the past so at times, it really feels like Robin’s present time and her children are not real at all. Understandably, there was a big mystery in the past which needed solving and that’s the focus of this book. It’s more of a mystery-historical-time-travel-fiction; the mystery is the reason Robin is being sent to the past and through that, we get to enjoy the historical perspectives of San Francisco. The only thing I felt was lacking was the actual mechanics of the time-travel – it was sort of explained in a sort of divinely unexplainable way so it fell short with me.

This book was very much a fun book to read with enough humour and romance to make it into a light relaxing reading that doesn’t require you to think too much.

Thank you Synchronista via Netgalley for privilege to read & review eGalley

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Review: Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It looks like I’ve got a really good start, this year, in catching up with the Aussie lits. This is another classic which pretty much everybody has read but me! Seriously, looking at the cover, I thought it’d be something creepy (a quote at the back of the book reads, “It’s Beatie Bow – risen from the dead!”) but it’s not at all creepy! It’s a time travel tale which I adore and I love this book!

Abigail Kirk is not perfect. She was hurt deeply years ago and has never let go. She felt that she should and she wanted to but she doesn’t know how. It took a trip in time for her to learn about love and what it means to love. The ending, whilst pretty predictable, also carried a twist which I didn’t expect.

The story is set in Sydney’s Rocks area and I had in my head through the book the images of cobblestones paths, sandstone buildings, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge… One of the loveliest places around! This is one of the factor of my loving this book because I can see it clearly in my head as I know the place well 🙂

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Blog Tour: Across The Winds of Time -a Review

While on a genealogical research journey through the Midwest, Molly Hamilton impulsively buys a 100-year-old Victorian house in the middle of a cornfield, and falls in love with the house’s owner…the original owner, that is. Can he be a ghost? The handsome, intriguing attorney certainly feels solid—and somehow her soul knows she has always loved him.

Darius Ferguson has no idea how he has come to present-day Iowa. The last thing he knew, the year was 1880, and he had just buried his fiancée, who happens to look exactly like Molly. He cannot separate the two women in his heart—to him, they are one.

In spite of being drawn to him, Molly thinks Darius is unhinged. Darius wonders if he has joined his fiancée in purgatory. If time travel is possible, will love be enough to build a future together?

My Blurb

This love story is woven between a swoony 20th century heroine and a true blue 19th century ‘gentle’ –man.  Does this description make you smile or cringe?  A bit of both to me!  These days (maybe I’m turning into a bit of a cynic) I don’t handle swoony heroine that well but…  Molly is just one of those likeable female and her swoony-ness is written in such a way that it’s more sniffy funny than roll-the-eyes-here-we-go-again type of swoons.  And seriously, having a gorgeous gent ready to catch you when you fall… which one of you will not fall for him, hhmmm?

I have really enjoyed this light-hearted romance which reached through time.  I just can’t get enough of time travel!  There was one thing I really liked about this book which I can’t mention just cuz it’ll spoil it for you :(.  For a novel where it’s just the two of them most of the time (most other characters flow in and out pretty quickly), it was Not boring…  Her modern-ness and his old-fashioned-ness provided more than enough amusement plus the uncertainty of their future together (when, how, if ever…) certainly drew me to the story.

A perfect beach read #amwishing #atthebeach

About Author

Bess McBride made her first serious writing attempt when she was 14. She shut herself up in her bedroom one summer while obsessively working on a time travel/pirate novel set in the beloved Caribbean of her youth, but she wasn’t able to hammer it out on a manual typewriter (oh yeah, she’s that old) before it was time to go back to school. The draft of that novel has long since disappeared, but the story is still simmering within, and she will finish the adventure one day soon.

Bess was born in Aruba to American parents and lived in Venezuela until her family returned to the United States when she was 12. She couldn’t fight the global travel bug within and joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 to “see the world.” After 21 wonderful and fulfilling years traveling the world and gaining one beautiful daughter, she pursued her dream of finally getting a college education. With a license in mental health therapy, she worked with veterans and continues to work on behalf of veterans. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary, light paranormal/fantasy and time travel romances and currently has eight novels published. She can be contacted through her web site at http://bessmcbride.com/ or blog at http://willtravelforromance.blogspot.com/.

GIVEAWAY

Bess is generously giving away the winner’s choice of a backlist eBook to one commenter at every stop, and a $25 Amazon gift card to one random commenter during the tour.  Do check the tour schedule to visit & comment on all stops!

PS: Sorry, folks, it appears there are some technical glitches that I can’t see!  Everything seems to be fine from my view but I’ve heard that the links aren’t working for basically everyone elses & you can’t leave comments either.  I’ve tried clearing up my cookies & caches & even changed the theme, in case there was an issue with the earlier theme (which I’ve only changed to a couple of days ago).  I’ve logged a ‘help’ post with WordPress but for now…  Sorry!!

Review: Replay

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Replay by Ken Grimwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: Local Library – Get your own copy from The Book Depository

Remember Groundhog Day (the movie)? This is what the book reminded me of, at least the main premise of the story anyway less the funny bits. Unlike Groundhog Day, Jeff Winston had to relive more than one day at a time – he had to relive a big chunk of his live over and over again.

I think this concept of re-living one’s life is a very appealing one for everyone. Who wouldn’t want to relive one’s live with own particular knowledge of what not to repeat – who wouldn’t want to avoid / erase all those stupidities one commits in one’s younger careless days…? What would you do if you had this chance?

A great entertaining read of how things could’ve been and what they should be. There were many twists & turns and quite a few were unexpected. Just one wrong turn and life can turn topsy-turvy. It’s amazing just how many different threads life can wove with one step / choice. I really became invested in Jeff and his wellbeing; his search for the meaning of life and what it means to be given this second chance.

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Review: Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

 

Wow, I really don’t know what to say about this book.  Not because I don’t have anything to say but more because I just don’t know where to start and if / when I start, I probably wouldn’t be able to stop!  And then, I would have to placed a red blinking *spoiler* signs all over the post!  In saying that, I’d have to note there are minor spoilers (for the first book) below so if you haven’t read the first book, please do read my review for A Discovery of Witches intead.

Remember the ending of the first book ended with Diana & Matthew lifting their feet to take a step?  This book started right after they put their feet down.  There is no time lapsed in between which is so good as it means we’re not missing anything.  We’re with them each step of the way.

I know I’ve said this about the first book in my review the other week but this book is also just as absorbing as the first book. It draws you completely into the story – it’s one of those books that when you are reading it, you are completely in that world and have absolutely no idea what’s going on around you.  I don’t mean just literally ‘reading’ it, I meant from the time you start and in the in betweens where you’d have to put it down just to do that necessity of life like going to the WC, you’d be haunted (ie. you’re totally out of this world type of feeling). I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.

It’s a pretty hefty book so it’s really unlikely that you’d read it in a single sitting or even in a day.  There were parts that I’d re-read just cuz I like it so much…

“Vampires reckon time differently than warmbloods do,” he said, still unwilling to release me.

“How long is a vampire minute, then?” I asked, snuggling under his chin.

“It’s hard to say,” Matthew murmured.  “Some length of time between an ordinary minute and forever.”

The funny thing is I prefer the ‘romance’ in the first book.  I just like reading that beginning bit where everybody is unsure and discovering of one’s feelings etc.  Nevertheless, the relationship between Diana & Matthew are still in its early stages and therefore, there were many things they learnt about each other in this book – a bit more steamy, of course 😉 but it’s lovely to read that Matthew being the overprotective alpha vampire and Diana, an independent intelligent modern woman are working things out to find the balance for a healthy relationship.

The pace of the book is actually quite slow.  I felt that it was even slower than the first book but maybe that’s because I wanted more action!  There were some but I wanted MORE! –I’m hoping that the third book will grant my wish 😉 Noting the time period this book is set in though, it’s really not surprising and again, due to the time period and Matthew being who he is, Harkness has this wide ranging possibilities to include in her stories and oh, did she use them!

Deborah Harkness has definitely surpassed herself in the complex weaving of this story.  The story moved in such a way that everytime I felt lulled, when I felt the story is just “settling down”, another element is being introduced.  I felt the rug under feet kept being pulled from under me all the time, I think my bottom must be a bit bruised.  Okay, so not each element was that dramatic but some of them were so subtle that a page or 2 later, you realised that she’s just added another dimension to the story!  This is a most admirable characteristic of this book.  I’m totally head over heels in love with it.

This series is definitely high on my recommended list so if you haven’t read it yet, DO!  I really can’t recommend it enough 🙂

And just for the fun of it…

“Sex and dominance.  It’s what modern humans think vampire relationships are all about,” I said.  “Their stories are full of crazed alpha-male vampires throwing women over their shoulders before dragging them off for dinner and a date.”

“Dinner and a date?” Matthew was aghast.  “Do you mean…?”

“Uh-huh.  You should see what Sarah’s friends in the Madison coven read.  Vampire meets girl, vampire bites girl, girl is shocked to find out there really are vampires.  The sex, blood, and overprotective behavior all come quickly thereafter.  Some of it is pretty explicit.” I paused.  “There’s no time for bundling, that’s for sure.  I don’t remember much poetry or dancing either.”

Matthew swore.  “No wonder your aunt wanted to know if I was hungry.”

Thank you Viking and NetGalley for the opportunity to view and review.