Book Review: Timeless

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Timeless Timeless by
Series: Timeless #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 290

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

My Review:

I have always loved out-of-time love stories. I was rather obsessed with Kate and Leopold and The Lake House when they came out, and I love the Doctor Who episodes like “The Girl in the Fireplace.” So when I heard about Timeless I got really excited!

The story itself was fairly interesting. I loved Philip! I always feel like I should have been born in another time because I cannot stand modern boys (for the most part). I want gentlemanly behavior and chivalrous treatment, and frankly boys look better in suits. (This is probably why I love steampunk as a genre – I’m too attached to my modern appliances to truly live back then, but I want to live before chivalry died.) I also thought she solved most of the convoluted-ness of the situation fairly well, but in some ways she explained everything, while in others nothing. 

This brings me to my second point. While I wanted to love the book, it felt like a prequel. It didn’t grab me and suck me in the way I wanted it to, because I spent the whole time waiting for something big to happen. Then, the last few pages finally felt like the start of the real story, but it ended! I think this is a result of what she chose to explain. In my mind, a prequel explains all of the little details in the backstory that weren’t absolutely essential to the original story, while the true “first book” explains all the really big important stuff. I wanted to know how Irving/Henry figured out how to time travel, and why he chose Michele’s mom and more of that story, but instead I got the side story of Michele’s romance.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book, and I will definitely be looking for the second in the series. It’s a great book, especially for a debut! If you think you’ll like it, try it. If not, maybe wait until the rest of the series comes out and then try it.

Book Review: The Iron Thorn

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The Iron Thorn The Iron Thorn by
Series: Iron Codex #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 492

In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

My Review:

First things first, I would love to meet Caitlin Kittridge someday. The mind that can think up all the complicated rules of this society and keep them straight must be one heck of an organized mind! In fact, the intricacy of the story and the setting is one of the things I really loved about this book! The world is amazing and I would love to learn more about it.

Unfortunately (and I really mean that) I was going into this book with a severe case of burnout. I’d been working really hard on this creative project aka recital, and I couldn’t allow myself enough breaks, and by the end of it, anything creative, right on down to reading, sounded very un-fun to me. The worst bit was, I didn’t even realize it until I was halfway through the book and found myself slogging along! I think if I’d been in a different mood, and not in the situation I was in, I would have loved this book, but as it was, this book took much longer and was harder to understand than it should have been for me.

That said, I would definitely recommend it! I loved the dynamic between Aoife and Dean (anyone know what Aoife means, btw? Or even how to say it? That bugged me a tiny bit.) I never saw the twists coming, and I enjoyed the intricacy of the setting. Just be warned that you must be in the mood for this book before you pick it up, because it’s complicated and will take some work to understand.

Book Review: Going Bovine

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Going Bovine Going Bovine by
Published by in 2009
Genres: , ,
Pages: 480

Saving the world. That's impossible. Insane. Still. A cure. I could be cured. That's what she said. And some little atoms come awake inside me, swirling into a question I can't shake: "Why the hell not?" I could have a chance. And a chance is better than nothing.


It’s been nearly a week since I finished this one. Honestly, I still don’t quite know what to say. It was amazing, and I hated it at the same time. But I hated it for all the right reasons, all the reasons an author wants you to hate a book.

I picked Going Bovine up on a whim. I’d seen it around on blogger and I really didn’t care all that much (though I didn’t know at the time that it was written by Libba Bray, whom I adore). Then I saw it on the shelf in the library, and for lack of anything else to read, decided to pick it up. The teaser was just enough to catch my interest, but boy was I not expecting what I got. I still can’t decide if it was real or not. Or if that even matters.

Cameron starts out as one of those characters you love to hate. He’s an offensive, sullen teenager that reminds us all of that kid in high school that seemed to have a vendetta against everybody. Of course, in high school, we all just wondered what their problem was and moved on. But Cameron has a real problem. Prions are attacking his brain, making him lose control of his muscles and hallucinate. (For those of you who don’t have a degree in medical science, that’s Mad Cow Disease – makes your brain go all spongified).

After several episodes that make you feel almost sorry for Cameron, he is admitted to the hospital where he meets Dulcie. I’m pretty sure Dulcie is one of my favorite side characters ever. She is so enigmatic and yet normal. When she’s there, she’s supposed to be there, and when she’s gone you don’t notice. (Now that I read that back, it sounds like she’s forgettable. That’s not it. It’s just like, she fits where she’s supposed to. And the sort of there/not-there-ness of her character really fits who she is.)

When I think of how to describe this book as a whole, it reminds me of those Rubeus puzzles you had to do in Elementary school (You know, where they made math equations out of words and pictures and you had to figure out what well-known phrase they meant?). Going Bovine = American Gods – adult themes + Percy Jackson + a tiny bit of Looking for Alaska + Libba Bray’s own original touch. It is gorgeous and I would recommend it to anyone!

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