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3.0 out of 5 stars Time (travel) will tell, 31 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Pros - great idea, likeable characters, lots of action, fantastic locations, excellent value

Cons - very event driven narrative, some big jumps in time that feel out of sync with the character development

The premise for this novel is really interesting and original. A mix of sci-fi, romance, action with a healthy dollop of humour and a little modern day Indiana Jones thrown in too. In addition, it is generally well written and easily comparable to more experienced writers. The main character of Madeline Maxwell is very likeable, although not entirely consistent in her behaviour, but still a really good protagonist. Overall, the novel as a whole is a lot of fun with great action and excitement. Unfortunately for me this is where the problems occur. There is an awful lot going on in this book and the narrative flys along absolutely crammed with significant events that drive the story forward. I can't help feeling that Talyor could have taken her foot of the gas a bit and with a little more description to set the scenes this could have been stretched into two, maybe even three, books.
I will look forward to seeing how this series develops and I hope that Taylor feels less compelled to cram so much in, the characters are good so give them time to breath.
Three stars might seem a bit harsh as I did enjoy this a lot, but I feel it is just not as good as it could be or as good as I'm sure the next book will be.
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Initial post: 23 Dec 2014 18:31:07 GMT
Jo, London says:
This Book is the first in a series. The 'Big Jumps in Time' that this commentator mentions are because there is so much more to come, and to be explained in the Books that follow. It is like reading the first Harry Potter novel and then complaining that some of the references to characters, yet to unfold, did not make sense. Many things fall into place as the series unfolds.

Frankly for me, it was one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. It is not even one of my favourite genres. It is simply genius writing, and the humour was laugh out loud at points. If you wish to enter the World of British eccentrics, madcap people, rollercoaster adventures, and plenty of tea, then this is the book for you.

I cannot reccommend it highly enough. To the extent that when I had finished reading it, I found it very hard to settle into another Book because I was 'grieving' for the amazing characters I had left behind after turning the last page.

I read this first Book a while ago, and have devoured every Book since. I am an avid St Mary's fan, and cannot wait for Book number five. I am in fact jealous of anyone who has yet to embark on these tales!

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