Title: Tempus written by Holly Lauren
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Published by Libertine Press
Page count: 358
Format: Ebook (read on MS Surface Pro using Freda)
Chapel Ryan isn’t crazy. At least, that’s what she’s been trying to convince herself of for most of her life. But after being hallucination-free for three years, Chapel finds herself facedown on her English classroom’s gritty linoleum floor. When she looks up, everyone around her is suspended in animation. Mouths hang open mid-yawn, feet hover mid-cross, Ms. Freeman’s arm flexes mid-sentence diagram. It’s another hallucination. Or, is it?
Chapel prepares to tear herself back to reality when something happens. Something that has never happened before in any of her hallucinations–someone moves. And not just any someone—it’s the new guy with a scar over his lip and a reputation as black as his perfectly styled hair. And all of the sudden Chapel’s white-knuckle grip on her life has slipped, and with it, her assurance that what she’s experiencing isn’t real. (Goodreads)
Hello everyone and I’m happy to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Tempus! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
Tempus is certainly one of those books that I just HAD to read after having read and being pulled in by the synopsis. It also has a great book cover which I feel is beautiful but actually doesn’t do the story enough justice.
After that statement, it’s needless to say that I loved Tempus. Although I read the description I felt blindsided by how great the plot was. I loved all the characters in this book and the story itself had this sort of X-men type feel to it which a few characters in the book make light of as well so that was fun. I don’t want to reveal too much about the story and the characters because I think you should check it out and I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say though that there are some pretty cool powers in this book and I love that there are different groups of these humans with extraordinary abilities that have these rivalries amongst themselves. This fact and the ending sort of makes me feel like we might be seeing a lot more action in subsequent titles in this series (at least I hope so because I really liked the action pieces in this book). The first half of the book, although still dealing with Chapel’s ability, centers and lays the foundation for Zay and Chapel’s relationship and feelings towards each other. If it weren’t exciting I would have gotten tired of them but I didn’t mind at all in this book, it really just made the rest of the book better for me.
I felt like this book had everything that I look for in a young adult novel…romantic conflict, a relateable main character, strong/and some not so strong friendships, excitement, action, parent drama, a swoon worthy romance, super human powers…need I go on?
It wasn’t hard at all to get into this book, I was into it from the very first page and it kept my attention and interest throughout. Although there were various spelling and grammar errors I didn’t even care because the story was just that good. There was a lot that happened in the story that I just didn’t see coming and was completely surprised by where the story ended up, the ending just floored me. My husband always knows when I have read a good book because I always close it and say “well that was good or I talk to the book (for example, oh my god seriously, that’s how you’re ending! Wow) It was awesome. I am definitely going to be recommending this to my friends and family that love a good YA novel.
When I immediately finished this book, I went in search of the author’s blog to see if this is going to be a series because well with that ending I was sure of it and YESSSSSSSS it is most definitely a series and I could not be happier. I can’t wait to spend more time with these characters, see more of the romance between Zay and Chapel, learn more about her father and get a closer look at not only Chapel’s power but other character’s powers as well. Also she has written chapter one in an alternate perspective which you can find on her blog, and you better believe I set to reading that right away and ugh my heart…that’s all I can say. Please do yourself a favor and read this book…it was so good! 5 out of 5 hands down. This is a debut novel so we can be expecting some really great things from Holly Lauren and I am looking forward to it!
Holly was born and raised in a small town in North Georgia. The third of four children, Holly grew up telling stories to get herself out of—and her siblings into—trouble. When she was eight years old, she penned her first publication: a newspaper called Sunny Dayz News. While she didn’t sell any actual copies, her sympathetic grandmother did peruse through the edition at least once.
When Holly isn’t dreaming up new plotlines for her next book, she enjoys breakfasting at Picnic Café in Dahlonega, Georgia with her (handsome) husband and their two (adorable) daughters. To connect with this author visit her twitter, facebook or her blog!
Lastly, because GMTA Publishing and Holly Lauren are awesome, they are letting me give away 20 copies of Tempus. Exciting stuff right? Just enter in the Rafflecopter contest below (simply click the link to be taken to the giveaway, my wordpress doesn’t support Java sorry!). Good luck and happy reading!