- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 843 KB
- Print Length: 221 pages
- Publisher: jcallenbooks (18 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007XKFDFM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,867,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chronicles of Time: Book 1 Kindle Edition
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Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
I was impressed by the writing style in M.O.D., a previous offering by this author for an older audience; as such I was intrigued how he would manage with the transition into text for the younger audience, but I need not have worried. The structure and tone of the writing is superb for the target group, and I was equally impressed with the dialogue and accuracy of the writing to fit the characters being portrayed. A fine example.
Character Development - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
The characters in the tale are beautifully created. The lone father with a house-full of daughters (apart from the "lone" bit, I'm with you there), the interactions between him and their friends - whether you choose to think so or not - is also entirely realistic (though personally I don't go for the huggy-kissy approach). The potential step-mother figure is superb, though I must admit, annoyingly academic with seemingly few weaknesses.
I felt perhaps the character group was a little larger than necessary, but as it became clear that the story was to be split between multiple works, it also became apparent that perhaps the variety of skills and abilities needed to make things proceed, would not be something you would find in three or four people.
Descriptive - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
The descriptive throughout is very strong, from the characters and the people around them, to the places and events throughout the book. Everything was thought out and well-drawn, giving the reader a wonderful range of vivid experiences from the start, right through to the finish.
If I were to be picky, I felt that the atmosphere during "the trip" was a little lacking. The author seemed to lose a little punch when it came to the descriptions of the areas, missing out a little on the sounds and smells of what would likely have been a very spice and perfume-filled scene.
I thought the description of the football game (I refuse to call is soccer) was perhaps a little weak, considering the portion of the chapter that the author dedicated to conveying the action, but this was a minor glitch as far as I was concerned.
Language & Grammar - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
The editing here is first rate, professionally executed and leaving no discernible errors I was able to identify. In the same vein, the selection and use of the grammar is excellent. My 14-year-old daughter is presently about halfway through and is thoroughly enjoying the read, and my 10-year-old is waiting in the wings to take possession of the Kindle at the first opportunity. I will have no issues with the younger one reading this, as I am sure it is within her ability, but for the record, this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
Plot - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good) - MINOR SPOILERS
Although this is aimed at a younger audience, I thought the plot itself was very mature and nicely executed. The use of the box to lead the finders to the cave was cleverly done, although I did find myself questioning a handful of things which I hope the future stories will provide answers to.
If anyone comes up with any Bill & Ted references for this book, please ignore them. The author does a great job in bringing a lot of reality to the dangers of `not knowing enough about your destination' but equally, the clever addition of safety features which are not really fool-proof does make the father character almost as cautious as I would expect, though I readily admit I would have gone and purchased a fake costume, rather than allowed the children to take the trip... but I guess that would have killed the story, huh?
I did think there were a few niggly loose ends, but these are things I am happy to reserve judgement on until I have read more from this series.
General - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
This is exceptionally entertaining, and worth a far greater value as a book than it is offered for. The whole thing is nicely balanced and runs along at a more-than-reasonable pace, keeping the reader involved and not getting bogged down in unnecessary descriptive and dialogue. The story sets everything up very nicely for the next episode, and other than my failure to understand why they have only a week, when they are in possession of a time machine, and their enemy appears trapped in the past, is one of the main questions that bugged me towards the end.
Other than that, I can't recommend this highly enough. Definitely a read for all ages.
5 Stars. A highly recommended book.
You're sure to fall in love with the young cast of characters as well as their videogame-developer father. When one of Rick's daughters finds an amazing device that allows him to view events from any point in history, he and his scientist friends are awestruck...but his daughters are the ones who push the envelope and explore the device's full potential. Imagine everyone's surprise when they discover it might be possible to actually travel to any time or place in the past!
Come see what happens when Rick and the girls do just that...but brace yourself because some people are willing to do just about anything to stop them!
Reviewed by "Maine's Other Author"(TM) Tim Greaton
I found the beginning hard going. It rested heavily on the girls’ sporting prowess and competitions and matches. I’m sure some people would love this but for me it held up progress. I bought the book for the time aspect and fought to get there. Once the artefact and the cave were in play, the story ripped away and I enjoyed it a lot. The writing isn’t too heavy and young adults will enjoy it and not feel talked down to. All in all, I found it a good story.
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