That time I read the ENTIRE TMI and TID series…

There once was a time when a brave, brilliant, modest girl attempted acknowledgeable feat – rereading the first five books of The Mortal Instruments series and all three of The Infernal Devices books.

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Now who would dare attempt such a ridiculous feat? And why?
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Why, Olivia D’Bookcomet of course!
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Our admirable heroine needed to reread the books as she read all but Clockwork Princess two years ago and had forgotten everything. For, she needed to read the much anticipated City of Heavenly Fire!

Ok, ok. I’m done now. That may not seem like an incredible feat to most people (don’t worry, I was exaggerating). The point is, that all of those books are rather large. Like City of Heavenly Fire is 730 or so pages. I get burnt out reading loads of books normally in a series, which are usually trilogies and consist of books that are about 300 – 400 pages. Most of those books above are at least 500 pages and there are 9 of them (not including The Bane Chronicles).

I did have to take a break once and read The Winner’s Crime. But otherwise it was fine after I got to City of Fallen Angels because after City of Glass the books alternate with The Infernal Devices, which has a different storyline.

If you didn’t know, the recommended reading order is to read them in order of publication:

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. Clockwork Angel
  5. City of Fallen Angels
  6. Clockwork Prince
  7. City of Lost Souls
  8. Clockwork Princess
  9. City of Heavenly Fire

So here is the review of the book I had been anticipating for TWO YEARS:

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

Publication date: May 28th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Number of pages: 733

Series: The Mortal Instruments (6#)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Won. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?

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Review:

How on Earth can I be expected to do this book justice?

The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices together make two of my favourite series of all-time. They make me feel so much and truly are amazing.

City of Heavenly Fire was especially intense. I was hooked all through the pages, scared of what was going to happen, completely unsure of what was going to happen. There were twists and I had absolutely no idea where the story was going to go prior to reading this but I can tell you now that it went in all the right directions. Plot twists were executed flawlessly and I am perfectly (well, almost) happy with the way it ended.

But I mean, you’d have to be. To have been so invested in a series so long, to be so attached to all the characters, the book has to end right. And I was terribly scared that I was going to be left an emotional wreck after some things happened, but it I could deal.

And that means something, considering that I’m not a book-crier, yet I was in tears more than once in this book. Like actual tears. And that never happens. I was so scared for the characters, and Cassandra Clare is not afraid to but you through pain, heartbreak, love, humour and all kinds of crazy emotions. After all, Clockwork Princess warned me about what her series conclusions could be like.

I feel like I know the characters so well. I could never forget them and I was genuinely scared for them. As in willing Cassandra Clare not to kill them off. I won’t say if anyone died. I have never been tempted to peek at the ending of a book before, but this time I felt it. I didn’t of course, because someone walked in the room thankfully and I begged them to tell me off for even thinking that.

I also loved the inclusion of some cross-over characters from the other series. And I loved how we were introduced to Emma Carstairs who will have her series in what now seems to be 2016. I am not the biggest fan of 12 year old Emma, to be honest, so let’s hope 17 year old Emma is more likeable. Then her next spin-off series comes in 2017. Oh the pain of the wait.

One thing that did begin to bug me a bit was how much Cassandra Clare writes the word ‘ichor’. I’ll admit, it is a pretty cool word, but it’s used in both of her series, in all her books. It could be worse, though.

I’m going to cut my review here though. I could go on forever about how brilliant it is but I want to keep my review spoiler-free and I can not possibly do this book justice anyway.

If you haven’t read this series (or The Infernal Devices), make it your next book.

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Bye, bye Earth! Out of this world!

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Goodreads author bio:

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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Please, if you haven’t read this series, do. It really is amazing. I love it so much. And while you’re at it, read The Infernal Devices.

I’ll link you to my previous reviews on Goodreads, but don’t get too excited. I wrote most of them two years ago and this morning I realised two didn’t even have reviews, so I added a sentence or two. But here you go:

And so I’m super excited to get started on The Bane Chronicles! In about five minutes. Although I hope to have finished it by the time this post goes up.

Have you read The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices? Did you love them or could you take it or leave it? Are you excited for the two new Shadowhunter series coming out?

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Review: The Iron Bells by Jeanette Battista

The Iron Bells by Jeanette Battista

The Iron Bells (The Demon's Gate, #1)

Publication date: June 10th 2013

Publisher: Foreword Literary

Number of pages: 191

Series: The Demon’s Gate (1#)

Genre: YA Paranormal/Dystopia

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

The year is 64 A.D. — though now A.D. stands for Anno Daemonii.

Demons have crossed a gate into our world, taking the reins of power from humanity. A new Inquisition has begun, determined to root out any who stand against the new world order. The holy sites on earth have been destroyed — Jerasulem first, then the Vatican, then Mecca — and what resistance remains is ruthlessly crushed. Amaranth is a fighter in the resistance cell based in London. Dham is a Ringer, one of the few people left able to ring the remaining sets of blessed hand bells
that have power over demons. When Amaranth discovers that her best friend has been possessed by a demon and is going to be used in the Resistance’s final, desperate mission, she asks Dham for his help in saving her friend. With the Inquisition closing in and betrayal threatening from inside the Resistance itself, Amaranth, Dham, and the demon — along with Catriona, a new, highly-skilled, highly-blonde
bell-ringer — decide to head to Rome and the ruins of Vatican City,
hoping to find a way to stem the tide of demonic possessions and close the gate.

The Iron Bells is the first in a New Adult trilogy.

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Review:

The Iron Bells is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esque read set in the wonderful city of London. London is great. I have a slight obsession with all things English, so me and The Iron Bells were immediately off to an okay start. But only in that sense.

Honestly, I was a little bored in the beginning. I couldn’t get into it and wasn’t impressed with the characters (to be honest, I’m still not). But it did pick up a lot towards the end and I started enjoying the second half, which really bumped up the rating.

But back to the Buffy-esque thing. The Iron Bells was very much like Buffy. It’s not really a bad thing for me because I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer but I couldn’t help picking up all the similarities. I mean we have a main character who loves her witty quips, isn’t particularly bright who fights demons (Amaranth), as well as a friend who needs saving (Patrick), a tormented love interest (Dham), a saracastic demon (Trick) and a demon fighting leader who acts as her father figure (Ryland). So I wasn’t very impressed in that sense.

But it was an easy and enjoyable read. Could be worse, right?

Another problem was the amount of grammatical errors. I had a review copy, but I didn’t see any disclaimers saying to ignore them, so I must assume that this was a finished copy. Really there shouldn’t have been any.

This is a minor issue but at one point Amaranth ended up in the Thames. Um. You should NOT be swimming in there, by accident or not. Trust me, you could get seriously sick. It was a little overdone on the English side of things.

Even though it picked up a little at the end, I probably wouldn’t read a sequel. It was pretty much just a not very good redo of Buffy the Vampire Slayer set in London.

2.5/5 comets
Minor indent – could have been a bigger hit.

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Author bio:

Jeanette BattistaJeanette Battista graduated with an English degree with a concentration in medieval literature which explains her possibly unhealthy fixation on edged weapons and cathedral architecture. She spent a summer in England and Scotland studying the historical King Arthur, which did nothing to curb her obsession. To satisfy her adrenaline cravings—since sword fighting is not widely accepted in these modern times—she rode a motorcycle at ridiculously high speeds, got some tattoos, and took kickboxing and boxing classes. She gave up the bike when her daughter came along, although she still gets pummeled at the gym on a regular basis.

When she’s not writing or working, Jeanette spends time with family, hikes, reads, makes decadent brownies, buys killer boots, and plays Pocket Frogs. She wishes there were more hours in the day so she could actually do more of these things. She lives with her daughter and their ancient, ill-tempered cat in North Carolina

Review: Branded

Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Branded (Sinners, #1)

Publication date: June 27th 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Number of pages: 384

Series: Sinner (1#)

Genre: YA Dystopian

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness.

Brutal and savage violence.

Excruciating pain.

Every day is a fight for survival.

But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.

I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

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Review:

Pride is a sin but the authors should definitely be proud of this book.

First off, the story. The story! I have read many (MANY) dystopian books but never one about the seven deadly sins! Seriously, how awesome is that?

…And the authors didn’t hang around either. Nope. Straight into the action. Put it this way, I would not recommend Branded as a light dystopian.

It wasn’t just because of the action that I can’t say Branded is a light dystopian. Some of the things my poor little eyes had to read were quite…graphic. Not THAT graphic but still pretty graphic. And I liked that, it’s so great that stuff like that wasn’t toned down just because it is YA.

I really liked the characters, but I loved the romance. Cole was very swoonworthy and yeah, I just loved it.

I was happily just reading along and then BAM something happened. I was just like “oh, ok, right, well, glad I’m not you Lexi”. I really didn’t see it coming.

Enough with the good stuff. I unfortunately have to talk about the not-so-good stuff.

I got SO sick of Lexi vomiting. She just kept vomiting. I get that vomiting is a natural reaction to many situations in dystopian books but seriously. There comes a point when enough is enough.

And the other thing that annoyed me that was constantly repeated throughout the story, was being told how “pretty” Lexi was. She wasn’t particularly modest either.

I’m pretty sure it was kind of reverse character growth (in a way) as well. I’m pretty sure that the character is meant to get stronger. And I definitely got to the point where I was ready for the book to be over. Just a little bit shorter would have been nice.

So now that’s out of the way, I just have to say that I am looking forward to a sequel. Even when I rate books four stars, I’m not necessarily bursting out of my skin to read a sequel. But I would definitely pick up a sequel to Branded. I wouldn’t be shocked if this got picked up by a publisher.

4/5 comets
A meteor shower. A great show.

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Author bios:

Abi Ketner –

Abi KetnerAbi Ketner Is a registered nurse with a passion for novels, the beaches of St. John, and her Philadelphia Phillies. A talented singer, Abi loves to go running and spend lots of time with her family. She currently resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband, triplet daughters and two very spoiled dogs.

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Missy KalicickiMelissa Kalicicki received her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in 2003. She married, had two boys and currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Aside from reading and writing, her interests include running and mixed martial arts. She also remains an avid Cleveland sports fan.

Twitter @abiandmissy.com

Review: Camp Payback

Camp Payback by J. K. Rock

Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend, #2)

 

Publication date: April 29th 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Number of pages: 304

Series: Camp Boyfriend (2# – companion series)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she’s headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall.

Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn’t seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex’s trouble-magnet personality and Javier’s need to stay in the background don’t mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry.

With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?

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Review:

These books totally make my summer.

Actually, that’s not true, since it’s not summer for me. But it apparently makes me feel like it’s summer.

Past Me who finished Camp Boyfriend probably would scoff at Present Me if I was to tell her that I would enjoy Camp Payback more. But whether she believes it or not, I defintiely enjoyed Camp Payback more. Why, you ask?

Because with Alex as a main character came her amazing story. I have always had this strange addiction to reading about reality TV shows and famous people. It’s quite strange really, since I’m not really into that stuff in real life, but I am totally addicted to book versions. The story definitely didn’t let me down. In fact I love how much it was incorporated into the story, pretty much the perfect amount.

But it isn’t all about Alex’s story. We have to talk about her as well. I actually liked her better than Lauren of Camp Boyfriend, which really surprised me because I wasn’t Alex’s number 1# fan in the first book. I probably am now though. She had this great, fun personality that really made the book. Of course we can’t talk about Alex without talking about Javier. Come to think of it, I will not be talking about Javier because I don’t know if I’d ever stop.

I’m actually a little concerned about how much I remember about these characters. It sounds like a good thing but this is totally out of character for me. I have this tendency to forget everything between books. I adore the little “Voted most likely to…” sections at the begginnings of these books. They make me laugh.

My favourite character of all time in this series has got to be Emily. Her happiness is catching, even through electronic pages. She’s just really quirky and fun.

My only issue was that I thought it was a little predictable. Sure, I didn’t predict a certain incident to do with Vijay towards the end but I pretty much predicted everything else. It’s not a major criticsm, however.

If you’re looking for a really fun, cute, Summer read, then look no further. Even though you don’t have to read these books in order, I probably would recommend it. I can definitely see this being a good book to take on your own Summer camp. I can’t wait for the third book!

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KABOOM! That only leaves one continent. One little flaw…

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Author bio:

J.K. RockJ. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners – and sisters-in-law – Joanne & Karen Rock. After years of comparing notes on their favorites books and films, often dreaming up new endings to suit them, they decided to write their own stories. Their first Young Adult book, CAMP BOYFRIEND, is part of a three-book series. CAMP PAYBACK will be an April 2014 release, and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT arrives in Fall 2014. Visit the Camp Boyfriend website at http://campboyfriend.net to learn more about the free novellas they are offering readers prior to each full length book. Individually, Joanne Rock is an award winning Harlequin author published in 26 countries and translated into 20 languages. Karen Rock writes critically acclaimed stories for Harlequin Heartwarming including her latest, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL.

 

Review: Infinityglass

 Infinityglass by Myra McEntire

Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)

Publication date: August 6th 2013

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Number of pages: 293

Series: Hourglass (3#)

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Time-travel

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

No time like the present.
No time in the present.
No time left.


From the moment the Hourglass group violated the rules of the space time continuum to rescue a murdered loved one, time has been in flux. People from other centuries slide into our time, intruding into our space, threatening our world.

Frantically seeking a way to turn back this tide, the Hourglass begins a search for the legendary Infinityglass, tracking it to the city of New Orleans, a place where the past rests easily with the present.

Quiet, reliable Dune, the group’s favourite geek, is selected to travel to the Crescent City and somehow retrieve the renowned object.

But there’s a problem.

Because the Infinityglass is not an object, it’s a person.

A beautiful, headstrong dancer named Hallie, a girl so enticing Dune can’t take his eyes off her.

And time is not on her side.

 

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And, sigh, that’s the end of another series.

But what a great ending it was.

It was a total awwww ending, one that fills you with happiness. Sometimes we just need those endings that make you feel happy where everything works out. It was just great, I love it when final books have an epilogue because it wraps everything up and let’s you know what happens in the future. I felt that the ending to Infinityglass was ideal – all the loose knots were tied up well.

I was very surprised that the story was told from a new character’s point of view, Hallie, and Dune. In the other two books, very little was shared about Dune, so he was the last person I thought would be a narrator. I was even more surprised that there were two points of view. One of the things I love about these books, is that even though the narrator of the story changes, we still see plenty of the other characters that we have grown attached to.

I was kind of hoping that there would be some time-travel in Infinityglass but I had no such luck. Hallie’s transmutations and the brief rip scenes didn’t really count. Still, I was able to look past that because Infinityglass still was a great book.

Perhaps Hallie is one of my favourite characters. I mean, Kaleb will always reign supreme, but Hallie wasn’t that far from him. Really, all the characters were fantastic. I feel like I know them all really well and I love how they have all (well almost all of them) have been paired off.

The Hourglass trilogy must be pretty good if I can read them all back to back without feeling washed out or bored. That has happened to me a fair few times before, so it must say something if I’m interested in the series the whole time. I think that each book in the series gets better and better, the first book took me a while to get into, I was straight into the second book and I don’t think I really left the third book while reading it.

Myra McEntire creates excellent imagery in her writing. I could always picture her scenes and once again, that doesn’t always happen with me.

I think that the Hourglass trilogy was excellent and Infinityglass certainly met my expectations as a series conclusion. If you need a little YA sci-fi in your life, look no further.

4/5 comets!
A meteor shower. A great show.

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Fire and Flood Inspired Outfit

Trendy Thursday 17#

The Rules:

  • You can make an outfit that can be worn in real life inspired by an character in a book you have recently read and reviewed. If not, you can just make an outift for any book.
  • Design an outfit you think they would wear.
  • Leave a comment down below with the link to your blog.
  • Post the Trendy Thursdays sticker on your blog (or make your own) with a link to my blog (Bookcomet).
  • Try to post something for each catergory.
  • Have fun!

This week’s book is…

Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott!

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)

Goodreads synopsis::

Time is slipping away….

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Victoria Scott’s breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go.

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Hair:  with in it

Make up:

Nails: and/or

Shoes:

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I just finished the book this morning and I remember her wearing of everything here (except the nails and makeup). Those rain nails are SO COOL. Seriously, look at them close up: http://www.pownails.co.uk/blog/10093/Nail+Art+Raindrops+are+falling+on+my+nails

 

 

 

 

*I do not claim ownership of any of the images used in this post. All were taken from Google Images except the book cover (Goodreads) and the Trendy Thursday button (me).

Review: Timepiece

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Timepiece (Hourglass, #2)

Publication date: June 12th 2012

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Number of pages: 325

Series: Hourglass (2#)

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Time-travel

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples – cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?

In the wake of Landers’ return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered – with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…

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What can I say apart from KALEB! If you have read my review of Hourglass, you will know that Kaleb is my favourite character in this series. So I was pretty much ecstatic to find he would be narrating this story.

But I was a little disappointed that there was no love triangle (well, not really) between Emerson, Kaleb and Michael because poor old Kaleb didn’t stand a chace. But then he meets Lily and they hit it off, so I suppose that’s ok. Sometimes everyone needs a happy ending (ok, including Michael).

I was definitely really looking forward to Timepiece. I read another book between Timepiece and Hourglass and I could barely contain myself before starting Timepiece.

My major critique is that I wish there was more time-travel. They don’t actually seem to really travel in time (except for one little bit in this book) and that is really the reason I was attracted to this series. It definitely made up for it in other ways but I feel as though this series could be near perfect, if not perfect, with a little time-travel thrown in.

The thing I found most curious was that when someone had to tell someone else that they were a time-traveller, no one cared! The people who were told were just like yeah whatever, and the other time-travellers who were supposed to be keeping it a secret didn’t seem to mind much. This isn’t a critique, I just thought it was interesting because usually in most books the paranormal person throws a hissy fit when someone tells someone else about their secret.

I love the covers. I know of a few people who aren’t as keen, but I really like them and think they are quite clever. I mean, each book ties in with the title, but they are also very attention-grabbbing. If you are in a book store, do you go for the run-of-the-mill girl in a pretty dress, or do you go for the girl in the dress in a gravity defying position? Me, the latter.

I love all the characters, and really they are what make these books for me. I love Emerson, Michael (just not as much as Kaleb), Kaleb, Lily, Kaleb, Dune, Kaleb, Nate, Liam and Kaleb! They all have their quirks and I like the way that the books from the different perspectives give you, well, different perspectives. I’m not a hundred percent sure on my thoughts on Lily, but I think I like her, even if she isn’t Emerson.

To all book lovers looking for a YA sci-fi read that isn’t very hardcore, I think I’ve found you a book.

4/5 comets!
A meteor shower. A great show.

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