Thursday, 24 January 2013

Review and Giveaway of Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman

Welcome to the next stop on Shadow of Time's blog tour.  Enter to win your own paper back copy (UK) or ebook (worldwide) after the review

Title: Shadow of Time
Author: Jen Minkman
Publisher: Indie
Published: January 2013
ISBN: 978 1480242234

Rating: 3/5

The font used on the title is what first drew my attention to this book, as well as the colours used.

Hannah is retreating to her mums holiday hideaway where her brother Ben stays.  On the way she fills up for petrol and stumbles across a mysterious, drop dead gorgeous guy – who happens to be around the same age as her brother.  Hannah’s personality had me in stitches as she came across as a bumbling teenager when she first meets him and then analyses every thing she says and did, so funny!  It isn’t until Ben brings his childhood friend, Josh round, that she realises it was Josh she met at the petrol station.

Josh isn’t all he says he is – and sometimes its frustrating to read as he tries to distance himself from Hannah for an unknown reason, which we find out as the story progresses.  
I did work out a few things before Hannah did, such as the true friendship between Ben and Josh.  The tension and thrill of the storyline and the unknown threat to Hannah kept the story a page turner, as Hannah (and us) are left in the dark for a while until Josh slowly starts to share his story with her, and Hannah realises the implications of her nightmares and dreams.

I think this is a fairly well thought out book.  The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was how easy it was to defeat their common enemy after all the history that had gone before, it just seemed a bit too convenient for me.

I adored the backdrop for this and the heritage and history that went into making the storyline, which felt authentic.  I can’t help but wonder who would play these characters if it made it to film – I see it as a cross between Dancing with Wolves and The Time Travellers Wife.

Book synopsis:
All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you

Source – Many thanks to Jen, a copy was received for an honest review.

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1 comment:

Jen Minkman said...

Thanks for posting Michelle!