12/28/11

Tempus by Tyra Lynn


Synopsis
According to Albert Einstein, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. He might have been right.

Seventeen-year-old Jessie McLeod is used to getting glimpses of the past when she touches objects in her dads antique shop, but she's not used to the past looking back. Especially when the past is a gorgeous guy and she is dressed like a slob.

Shocked and intrigued, Jessie becomes obsessed with trying to catch another glimpse of that perfect face. When thoughts of him invade her sleep, the dreams seem so real that she wakes with the feel of his lips lingering on her skin. Soon after, however, the one guy she thought she’d never date suddenly asks her out. Either something strange is going on, or all those years of using furniture cleaner finally caused brain damage.

Brain damage is easy enough to believe—until the day she turns around and looks straight into the face from her dreams. Completely unaware, Jessie is now in a race against time to remember something important, something life-changing, and the one person who can tell her the truth doesn’t dare to—she must remember on her own.

With only a week before senior year, the once self-assured Jessie is now sure of nothing. Well, maybe one thing. Everything’s been turned upside down, and it's all because of that stupid mirror she found in the shop on Monday and the glimpse that changed her future—maybe even her past.

My thoughts
This book was absolutely amazing! 

The story was astonishingly original. It was wonderfully confusing and it pulled me in from the start. 
There was so much to the story, there were so many layers and it was like they were peeled back one at a time, very slowly throughout the book. Or like a puzzle needing to be solved. While the story wasn't exactly action-packed, it was engaging, gripping in a wholly different way. It also made me think, both in trying to understand the story, trying to find out what was going on and at the same time I had to think about what it would mean if something like it existed and what it might be like if I came across it. 

I also loved the quotes at the beginning of each paragraph, they added to the story in their own way, made me think even more about things. 

The characters were real, relatable and had depth. 
Jessie was interesting, smart and funny without even trying. It was very easy to like her. 

And I liked both Steve and Gabriel for different reasons. They were both well-written.
Both were sweet, but I was secretly rooting for Gabriel the entire time I was reading the book. 
I also liked Jessie's dad. He was very sweet and it was very obvious that he loved Jessie. 


And the ending was beautifully done. 

Ultimately this book was something else, it was beautiful, sweet and while I'm still recovering from some of the confusion, it was worth the read. I just loved it. I can't even really explain why without giving important information away. Just read it. I'll probably re-read it, because it's just one of those books. And I usually don't re-read books.

I can’t wait for Arcanus!
5 Smileys

12/27/11

Replication: The Jason Experiment by Jill Williamson



Synopsis
When Your Life Is Not Your Own

Martyr---otherwise known as Jason 3:3---is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to 'expire' in less than a month. To see the sky.
Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars.
As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.

First of all, I would like to thank Zondervan Publishing House for being the first publisher to grant my review request on Netgalley. This was exactly the push I needed to start posting reviews on my blog (and not just on Goodreads).


My thoughts
When I read the synopsis of this book I was very intrigued. I mean the book is about clones. This is always a good subject to write a book about if it’s done well.  And I believe this was. But it’s also more than just a book about clones. It shows that things always turn out the way they’re supposed to even if they don’t always turn out the way we want them to. And that sometimes Faith is all you need to get through whatever you’re going through.

The story is told from the viewpoints of Abby and Marty(r), also known as J:3:3.
Martyr is a clone who has lived in a lab all his life, isolated from the outside world. Even worse than that, he’s about to expire.  When he escapes from the facility where he lives, he encounters a lot of things for the very first time.  The way he describes and reacts to these things is very interesting.  It reminded me of the way a little kid describes things with his limited vocabulary. It makes him very sweet and innocent and so adorable. Plus it was hilarious.
I really liked Abby. It was funny how she always weighed the pros and cons of a situation. It was like she was always looking for a silver lining. She was very independent and I liked the way she handled situations, like the unwanted attention of J.D. Kane, a guy who’s used to having every girl at school lying at his feet. Not Abby.
I also liked the relationship between Marty and Abby. It was very sweet. Marty and Abby are both protective of each other and everyone else they care about. I just wish Martyr was a little bit better at hand-to-hand combat, so that he could fully embrace his protective nature.

The story really kept me engaged. There was a lot going on especially near the end and I had my theories about a few things (I always have theories). Even though my guesses were right a lot of the time, the way certain things came to light still made it surprising. Religion is definitely an important part of this book.  But even though this is the case, it still manages to not be too preachy.

This book is a great introduction to Christianity. But even if you’re not Christian or if you don’t believe in God, this is still a good read. The story is interesting and definitely worth reading. Besides you don’t have to believe in God to believe in miracles, to believe that anything is possible. 
4 Smileys
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