Charlotte Bugler's review Jan 14, 14 · edit
3 of 5 stars
bookshelves: cockamamie, freebies, instalove, half-wit-heroine, overrated, meh
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review
I'm not gunna lie, I'm quite disappointed with how this book turned out and I honestly don't know why these "Honest" reviews have given such a high rating? And I'm here feeling generous giving it a 3 when I feel more like giving it a 2.5..
Don't get me wrong, it was a good book and I thought the concept of the book seemed really interesting as I haven't read a book like this before. I mean, I've read the time travellers wife but nothing with time children coming from different past times. I thought it sounded like a good read. And it was.
At the beginning...
I thought the first few chapters were really good. I was reading it thinking, "This is exactly what I need! An easy read with a smart girl who seems hell bent on trying to resist the hot guys charm but falling for him anyway". (I was in a soppy mood while starting).
I just fancied a bit of love at first sight, butterflies, and so on.. So the beginning of how they met was kind of perfect. The hot guy literally fell into her lap. I mean, isn't that what the majority of girls dream scenario is? And I, for one, and not normally so cliche, but I was feeling it. The book caught me on a good day.
The other characters were all individual with their personalities. I didn't really get to know Dee. Even at the end when he was being sweet and heroic, I feel like it was overlooked because I didn't get to know him as a character at all. I understand he was meant to be reserved character, but I feel like I didn't get to know him at all.
I thought Ty was a really good character. He was fun and loveable. Which made him being a slave even more horrible because I felt like he was such a happy, chatty person to then have to be silenced. Only flaw, I don't understand why he's wanting to go back to that life? His opinion should have been mentioned.
Sim seemed like the girl version of Ty. Up for a good laugh. Basically what every teenage girl acts like when going off to college.
I feel like Mari should have been given some of Sims traits. I'm a bit fed up with every teen girl in these books to be nerdy, book worms who don't like to have fun. It's boring to read people! And not to mention unoriginal.
I feel the main problem for me with the book was that Mari was turning into a stalker. (In my eyes). I felt like it was a bit too clingy. I understand that he disappeared out of nowhere and it was unexpected, but I felt like she was going a bit crazy with her need to be with him.. I felt like it was worse than when Edward left Bella. I mean, even she distracted herself with Jacob.
Actually, scratch that! My MAIN PROBLEM was, and the fact I gave it such a low rating, was because I felt like the story itself was rushed. I feel like the author had so much she wanted to include, that when she realised she was halfway through writing the book, she realised she had to jam all of her ideas and the story line in the last half of the book that I just feel cheated on missing the details of some of the plots. I mean, I swear it took Mari one chapter to travel to the past, meet Seth, meet his dad, become a princess, get engaged, get kidnapped, and travel to the future again. Like, seriously?!
Honestly, i can't even describe how rushed this book was. I felt like there were pointless bits added and not enough description where I wanted it. The last half of the book was beyond a joke. It was more like reading bulletpoints of how the story goes. It was too crammed. I can't stress that enough. This book should have been about trying to get back to the past and then the second book about the past and then the 3rd about how the second ones starting. That's what I honestly think. I would have made the series so much better. I doubt I'm going to read the next one unless the pace slows down a fraction.
Seriously. If there's anything to take away from my review, it's to plot your story, write an order of which your going to put it in, and pace it. Even if it means not being able to fit everything in that you wanted too, it will improve the detail and quality of the book a lot.
Overall, a good concept, plot and settings were interesting, a disappointing read, too faced pace. I hope the pace of the second book improves. I feel like I'm being too mean and blunt. But it's because this book could have had great potential!!!
Second times a try..
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)