REVIEWS (unedited from Smashwords.com)
Kevin Fontain on Dec. 07, 2013 :
Just finished reading it. What a wonderful story.
Simple to read which added to the pleasure.
A young guy goes to the antipole (opposite) and finds himself thrown into a situation he doesn't like, meeting
people he doesn't trust and he feels alone. I would have hated that too at his age. He actually copes with everything very well considering the different circumstances he's thrown into.
I had no trouble following the storyline as I was eager to find out
what happens next. I've been very busy and unfortunately it took me 5 days to read. I will read it again on the weekend when I have time to sit and enjoy it from start to finish.
cassy arditt on Nov.
28, 2013 :
Read a friends copy and
decided to buy my own. I loved it.
Now it's in my ereader.
Wonderful to follow Peter from when he finds the jewel. He thought it was worth a lot of money. By the end of the story I don't think money meant anything to him, he'd learnt there are
more precious things.
He thought he had no courage but he found courage and managed to do what was right.
Lovely gentle story. Lots of meaning.
Will save it for the weekend to read again.
John Bull on Nov. 21, 2013 :
I read this first and then bought the graphic novel as a treat for myself. It's a wonderful story. I didn't find any part boring and even found more things when I read it the second time. The author has been very clever with
names and I don't know if it was deliberate or accidental. I think it was deliberate after reading it again. Very VERY clever.
I like they way Peter asked things that I would have asked. Nice and believable.
His courage towards the end is understandable
as you realise after all he's been through has prepared him for this.
A nice easy read.
Scandigirl on Nov. 20, 2013
A really good read and so much going
on, but the simplicity of the writing makes it easy to follow. I can remember making some wrong turns out of fear, throughout my life so far, and that is how we learn. Time traveller, Peter, reflects how we all go through that in each changing phase of our
life and I love his perceptions and the way he grows from dealing with each obstacle. I agree with Bess Torman, this and a few more to follow (hint, hint), would make an amazing series on film.
I absolutely disagree with thiotes! This book leaves a lot
to your imagination, it doesn't spell out every twist and turn explaining why particular things went on, rather allows you to use YOUR imagination to picture and understand what the hero is going through. I rather think you did miss the point - how fear often
determines the choices we make and what we do with that.
Bring on another book!
Samantha Kirk on Nov. 05, 2013 :
I discovered this book by accident as I had read A Vampire in the Vatican also by this author.
I loved it. What a
I thought I might be a bit old for this kind of book but I suppose we are young at heart.
Tom Canter on Oct. 10, 2013 :
After reading A Vampire in the Vatican series by this author I discovered this book. Fantasy adventure has always been
my favourite and I wasn't disappointed here.
The story is fast moving which is what I like, simply written and the freshest subject matter I've come across in quite awhile. I wanted to read it a second time straight away but my 16 year old grabbed my
e-reader and is now reading it. I hope he learns the lessons Peter the hero of the story learnt.
My son was describing things from the book to me then informed me he'd seen pictures on the authors web page. I'm going for a look now before I read it again.
5 stars for this author, I'm now a fan.
Bess Torman on Oct. 08, 2013 :
My goodness, what an enjoyable story. I started reading it again as soon as I'd finished. Young Peter the hero has to deal with a senile old man to help him, OMG. He stuck in a tempral shift between the antipoles
(I had to wiki that) and says at one point 'I'm always somewhere I don't want to be, doing something I don't want to do' I feel sorry for him. But he comes good, I love the way he evolves into a man as the story continues and he tries to deals with all the
problems. He refers to his mother a lot and must love her very much. This could definitely be made into a film.
I like the way it's written, you can't predict what's coming next. I look forward to book 2.
Walters on July 01, 2013 :
I must be a slow reader
as it took me 3, 4 hour sessions. I must admit that I thought it was a great read. I like this writers style of writing and I enjoyed how Peter basically stumbled through each part of his life. He finds it difficult to do the 'right' thing because he's so
scared and I can see how he would feel this way. Very enjoyable read for me.
Bronwyn Pillar on June 28, 2013 :
I found in this story I could relate to Peter the hero. At 19 he's not a young man but still a boy. He doesn't have any life experiences
and has gained knowledge only from movies which of course is its own fantasy world. I can understand how he becomes confused. It is written simply, leaving a lot to your imagination. I like that, not getting 'bogged down' with extended detail. I agree with
Gregory Kime that there is a lot going on but I didn't find it difficult to pay attention. I read it slowly and it took me 10 hours. If you didn't like this story after the first hour I can't see how anyone would continue. I plan to read it again in the coming
weeks. There are many parts that made me laugh but this is because Peter is telling the story and it's how he perceives everything. Definitely 5 stars for the authors imagination and writing style.
Gregory Kime on
June 25, 2013 :
I read the abridged version
of this book on smashwords and have purchased it on itunes also. I find this story to be well written and keeps my attention from start to finish. I do feel you need to pay attention to this story as a lot is going on, but because the subject matter is so
compelling, I had no trouble sticking with it. I highly recommend this book and others by this author.
No name given on June 24, 2013 :
Time travel is difficult by itself i guess, but after having read this through i have the feeling the author also never really knew
where she wanted to go with the story.
I was often confused by what was going on, and moreover why it was going on, and the rather weak ending didn't provide any enlightenment. I especially see no real "point to the story".
Now i am
not a native speaker, and so i may have missed a few clues to make sense of it all, but usually i have no problems in that regard.