I'm Antara, reviewer at Code Name: Bookworm. I'm a college student from India and I absolutely LOVE reading books.
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- The Waiting Room
on April 22, 2013
NOTE: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Overall, I was rather disappointed. I'd expected something spookier, or more dramatic, or even funny. This was just a collection of stories about paranormal 'events' that happened. Stories arranged according to preference:
Closed Circle of Friends (3/5)
I liked this story. There was spookiness and tons of dramatic revelations. The characters were written in 3rd person and the points of view were switched constantly (to each friend) which felt rather unnecessary and was pretty annoying. Other than that, I loved how it played out. I would recommend this.
The Forgotten Son (2/5)
It could've POTENTIALLY been pretty brilliant. But having the ghost interact with Frankie, the child, in a setting where the parents weren't present felt unnecessary. Also, the entire conversation at the end seemed forced since at the beginning the focus was largely on how Frankie felt. Or vice versa, depending on how you see it. The ghost could've played a far more significant role, but didn't.
The Waiting Room (0.5/5)
Frankly I didn't even get the point of the ghost in the story.
- 2:20 (#1 Timeless Trilogy)
on May 02, 2013
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
In 2:20 we are introduced to the concept of the Timeless. They're people chosen by 'Time' (Time is seen as this mysterious entity throughout the book) to make sure that nobody tampers with any events in the past.
The book's extremely slow in the beginning but it becomes really fast-paced at the end. The introduction and world building could've been better- we hardly know anything about the Timeless. Or maybe there's more in the 2nd book?
It's hard to talk about the story without giving too much away. Julia discovers that she is a 'Rogue' - a person who has cheated time, and is alive in a time she shouldn't be. She has to find a way to thwart the attempts of Time (and the Timeless) to send her back to the time she's originally from. Simon promises to help Julia on her mission.
I thought it was quite obvious when Julia was from throughout the book (Or maybe it's because of the similarities to TimeRiders). I found it weird that Julia trusts Simon almost blindly; I suppose I can't really blame her- she did just learn that her entire life was a lie.
The one thing that bothered me was that Julia hated the Timeless almost immediately. Even though they did try to kill her, it felt like she hated them almost on principle.
The book might seem boring in the beginning but it gets really exciting at the end. Can't wait for the next one! :D
- The Deception Dance
on May 28, 2013
For a synopsis that starts with Raven NOT wanting "boys, romance, or falling in love (definitely not the last one)", it's highly ironic that there isn't one, not two, but THREE men vying for her attention. *failboat*
The book starts pretty well: a creepy graveyard and a mysterious incident.
After that it pretty much went downhill.
She meets Andras and... instant attraction! I would say it was insta-love but I didn't even realise she LOVED him until she explicitly stated it.
And then we're introduced to Nicholas/Niklaus Tapper- love interest #2.
After another mysterious 'incident' they head off to Sweden to stay in Nick's house. Where we meet Stephen: love interest #3.
At this point, I found myself losing both count, and interest.
There's a lame mythology concept introduced and then things get REALLY WEIRD. I did consider not finishing this book at this point but I chose to bravely trudge on. Bad idea, because the ending was absolutely not worth it.
She was really funny at times, but her humour was just not enough to redeem the book.
The excessive misspelling most certainly didn't help.
Apparently everyone else LOVED the book, so this may be a case of it's not you, it's me.
To sum up, it was really disappointing and I will not be continuing the series.
**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.**