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!Tempus by Holly Lauren
Published by Libertine Press on November 25th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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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!
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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.