Title and Author: The Stroke of Eleven by Kyle Robert Shultz
Name of Reviewer: Heidi Lyn
AUGH! But ... oh ... squee!!! Nooo ... ugh! OOH, yeah, yay! Hmm... Awww ...
I tried to post that on Amazon, but the rejected it because it apparently lacked coherent information, so I'll try to do better here.
So here we go ...
I loved the first two books in this series. They both made my top 10 list for 2017. This one, I found, took a little longer to get into. There wasn't as much snark. There was a little bit, but the tone was a little quieter, a little slower, a little less joke a minute and more joke every couple of pages. Also, it was a time travel story, made clear from the get go, and time travel stories have that annoying habit of "erasing" all the consequences at the end therefore making me a little less invested in the sakes. It was about the 50% mark where things that I can't get into because of spoilers gave this the highest stake level of any of the book so far and dang ... from that point on, it is mad feelz.
There's a really sweet moment we've been waiting for three books for ... then a really bittersweet ending ... and things just get more complicated.
Also, I want more dragon. Please?
Anyway, so it became my favorite of the series so far from about the 50% mark on and I highly recommend it.
Lovers of time travel, snark, twists, and light romance
Books and movies you would compare this to:
Doctor Who, Psych, Grimm (light), The Librarians, Warehouse 13
Did you have a favorite character or least favorite character?
Crispin, Malcom, also what is with this author and the letter M? (Molly, Malcolm, Melody, Matteo... don't think I didn't notice)
What mood did this book leave you in?
OMGOSH ALL THE FEELZ
Adventure, Fairy Tale, Humor, Steampunk/Gaslight, Romance, Time Travel
Title and Author:
Trials of a Teenage Werevulture by Emily Martha Sorensen
Name of Reviewer:
Reason for choice of rating:
The main character Lisette's life is in danger throughout much of the story. However the amount of actual violence is minimal with just a few minor injuries (broken bones) from falls. One person is said to have been killed but no descriptions of violence are given which is amazing for an action/suspense story.
When I started reading "Trials of a Teenage Werevulture", I did not like the main character Lisette. She struck me as a whinny teenager who was unhappy that she didn't get the species she wanted when she turned on her 17th birthday. However as the story progressed and Lisette faced a number of trials/challenges, she matured and became a more likeable character as she started thinking of others more than herself.
There were several things that set "Trials of a Teenage Werevulture" apart from typical young-adult stories that appealed to me as well. I was very happy that there was NOT a love-triangle in the story. In fact there was hardly any romance or teen angst in the story at all. Lisette did lament the fact that 'vampire-pumpkin boy' was hot but already had a girlfriend but that was the extent of the romantic discussions in the story. The focus was on Lisette's relationship with her best friend Kegan and with the members of her family (her mom, dad and two sisters). She actually has two parents who love her and two siblings whom she seems to get along with fairly well (one older and one younger). Lisette isn't a super-hero. She is plenty afraid of getting hurt and not sure of what she should do throughout the story but she knows that she doesn't want those around her to get hurt and that she needs to do something. I also really like her dedication to honest. "I didn't believe in white lies. If people would lie about little things, they'd lie about big things, too. But I wished I could have trusted him."
There is lots of action throughout the story and the reader isn't always sure how things are going to get resolved but it does all come right in the end and everyone can breath a collective sigh of relief as the final page is read. The specific set of dangers are resolved as the "Trials of a Teenage Werevulture" story wraps up but there are plenty of threads left to carry forward into the next book of the trilogy and I am looking forward to reading the next book.
I am also intrigued by the world that the author has created and am hoping for much more than just a trilogy. I am fascinated by all the historical allusions that have been made in this first book and am wondering if some of the different threads will be pursued. Was the "real" explanation behind Frankenstein's monster that he was really tainted? What about the assassination of John F. Vampireclanrakshasa? Also it seems that in the world of this story, those who shift are the 'norm' and 'humans' (those who do not shift) are considered abnormal and not 'people'. I am wondering if I correctly understood this perspective and if it will be described further in future books. I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next book in this series.
Anyone looking for a story about teens where romance is not the primary focus
What mood did this book leave you in?
Wanting to see more of the world
Urban, Vampire, Were-Animal, Action, Alternate History, Mystery, Young Adult
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