Book Review: Tempus by Holly Lauren

October 7, 2015 Book review 14 ★★★½

There were lots of things I loved about this book.  For starters – interesting supernatural powers, lots of intrigue and a couple with a snappy good humoured rapport.  For mains – stimulating science detail to chew over.  And for dessert – characters that break stereotypical moulds.  Now that is sweet!

Book Review: Tempus by Holly LaurenTempus by Holly Lauren
Series: ,
Published by Libertine Press on November 25th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 362
Format: eBook
Source: Won
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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.

First line of Tempus by Holly Lauren:

“It had been years since Chapel Ryan’s last hallucination”.

My thoughts on Tempus by Holly Lauren:

I was fascinated with the superpowers.  Chapel’s power is Tempus which means she can slow down time to an indiscernible pace and I love any time manipulation theme in a book. The explanation for the supernatual powers is a DNA mutation which seemed to make sense as I read it, just don’t ask me to explain it!

But the high point is the dialogue and the relationship between Chapel and Zay. They are just a lot of fun together and I love that Chapel makes Zay earn a date with her by an elaborate point system! Plus they are cute together. Chapel is part of a solid group of friends and they are an unlikely foursome so they have a lot of different views and priorities and again they were just fun to be with.

A couple of things irked me and stopped it being a 4 star read.

  • it was a little more religious than I like in a book. Just a personal preference.
  • I hated when Jay said “the easier a girl is to get in to bed, the easier she is to leave there.” It felt so judgemental especially considering his own history.

But setting those two things aside, I still really enjoyed it. Chapel is feisty, mega independent, pretty confident and owns her beliefs. I love heroines that are quick witted and snarky and she steps right up to the plate on that score. The world building is a little confusing at times as there is a lot to remember but it’s stimulating and refreshingly different.

And YIKES, hello CLIFFHANGER! What the what! You can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be reading on soon!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-half-stars


Who should read Tempus by Holly Lauren?

I’d recommend this to you if you liked Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer or A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons.  Or if you like paranormal/contemporary young adult mash ups.


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14 Responses to “Book Review: Tempus by Holly Lauren”

    • trish

      Oh yes, I’d love that Tempus power too! The only downside is that you feel really sick afterwards so on second thoughts maybe not! 🙂

  1. Lola

    Even though I am not a fan of any form of time manipulation or time travel in books, it does sound like an interesting and original super power. Chapel and Zay sound like a cute couple. I don’t mind it when religion is a part of a book, but I don’t want too much of it, so I can udnerstand that. That comment from jay sounds very judgmental, sometimes such little things can really rub me wrong too. But beside those two minor things it does sound like a great read. I hope you can get to the next book soon, that cliffhanger sounds nasty! Great Review!
    Lola recently posted…Review: Echoes by Laura Tisdall

    • trish

      That judgemental comment came from nowhere and it just didn’t seem to fit with his character at all. So it felt odd and the content really annoyed me too.
      Chapel and Zay were a lot of fun together, their banter was a highlight of the book for me. Well that and the time manipulation.

    • trish

      It is definitely original and I loved the time manipulation in it. Yep I want to get cracking on book 2 as well 🙂

    • trish

      I’m a sucker for any kind of time manipulation in a book and this one felt very original. And the banter was fab! The sweet cover fits well with the sweet romance too.

    • trish

      I loved Chapel and Zay together! The religious aspect wasn’t preachy in the slightest and Charity was doggedly determined to stick to her beliefs so it did make sense as it showed how steadfast and strong-willed she was. I just personally don’t like religion in books.

    • trish

      No, it wasn’t really. The main character had certain views and they were important to her but it didn’t feel preachy. Just unnecessary.

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