on April 19, 2012 :
I found this to be a fun read, focusing more on teenage romance than on the supernatural, so for readers who are looking more for romance (but with a slight backdrop of the supernatural), this book is nice. The romance is sweet, light-hearted and downright adorable in the book, suitable for teen readers.
While the comparisons to Twilight would be inevitable, in my opinion, the two are rather different. However, the author does her best to do it in a different way. To be honest, the conflict that Aeon was supposed to solve with her heritage seemed rather downplayed, so I don't think the supernatural is a major theme her. A lot of the prose, in fact, has Aeon stressing on how important it is for her to be normal.
Aeon herself is a rather likeable character that I felt was one of those rare every-girl heroines. Despite her unusual name, she's not a Mary-Sue to me. She's not the lowest of the low or the best of the best in the social ladder, she's who she is and she's accepting of it. She also seems to have her head placed firmly above her shoulders and knows her priorities, which I love in teenage heroines. Her life doesn't revolve around her love interest, Alex, and she has her own opinions. Alex seems to be a little too perfect, but I suppose since we're seeing him from Aeon's point of view, his characterization would be biased anyway.
For me, the ending was rather cheesy, but that's a matter of personal opinion. I wonder whether I would have liked it more if the epilogue was not present, because I think this book could actually be made into the first of a series. There are so many questions that have yet to be answered, such as what happened to Chronos, who else could possibly be looking for Aeon (which was mentioned off hand), etc. etc. In addition, I thought people who could manipulate time could be traced by other, more nefarious parties, but I suppose that could be kept for another book.
All in all, the story was definitely one of the better online original fiction I've read. Worth a read!
(review of free book)