Publisher: Devine Destinies
Date published: July 2010
Reviewed by Rebecca
Obtained via publisher
CLICK TO PURCHASE! Orphaned at birth, Trent was raised by his mother’s best friend and her family. Thanks to the Lenape blood he inherited from his father, he never quite fit in with his adopted family. While participating in a ritual to find his life path, Trent finds himself inexplicably sucked several hundred years into the future.
Julie is a young woman trying valiantly to figure out where her life is headed after her rotten snot of an ex-boyfriend dumped her. To make matters worse, the depression that set in afterward caused her to loose the baby she had been carrying. Julie vowed to never let another man close enough to hurt her that badly again. But there was definitely something compelling about the strange Trent. Perhaps compelling enough to make her willing to give him a chance?
The best way to sum this story up would be to say it is a book of almost. It is almost a YA, but not quite. It wants to be a paranormal but isn‘t- not quite. While magic is used as a plot device to bring Trent forward in time and to help Julie accept that he really was a time traveler, there just isn’t anything overtly paranormal about this story.
That being said, it was a fun read. It’s a classically sweet romance with a bit of light petting but no heated love scenes. The author did a good job of making the main characters compelling and kept the plot rolling along. There is a definite feel of unrequited sexual tension that is never resolved and when paired with some awkward phrasing, keeps this book from being truly satisfying.
Technically, this book falls into the category of telling rather than showing. I don’t believe one writing style is better than the other so long it is done consistently and well. The author did a very good job of keeping the monologues from messing with the pace, so I’d say she did it well. There is one minor viewpoint switching at the end of page 62 and the beginning of page 63. There are a few commas here and there that are out of place or missing. And, as I stated earlier, there is some awkward phrasing, mainly words used out of context or not used entirely correctly and some swearing that doesn‘t quite fit with the over-all feel of the book.
I give FOR JULIE three and a half hearts. It was an interesting story that I might someday want to read again. The technical flaws keep it from being a true four-heart book, though.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.