17 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Out of Time by Monique Martin (Kindle Only)

NOTE: There might be a SMALL spoiler where I’ve starred – skip that paragraph if you don’t want to see, but it says it in the description, so…

What happens when you take a little science fiction, mix in some historical fiction, fold in a little paranormal romance and top it with just a hint of mystery? You get Out of Time by Monique Martin. I will tell you that history was NOT my subject in school, but whether or not the author researched the time period or not, she did an amazing job of bringing me over into the story. I was walking around the 1920s speakeasy with the best of them. Perhaps that’s the real time travel here?

The writing. Wow. This lady has talent and plenty left over. I got completely sucked into the story through the first half of the book. The words flow towards you like a wave, carrying you off into her imagination. I cannot even begin to explain how much I was impressed with the writing. I can’t say that I caught any editing errors either, obviously a book that was professionally (and well!) edited.

The characters of Elizabeth and Simon are so well rounded and well developed that I felt not only their connection but my own connection to each of them. Even the smaller characters were very well thought out. I never felt like we were given too much or not enough information about a character or their background.

I’m honestly a little astonished that this is her first novel. It feels much like the work of a veteran writer. For that reason alone, I’m adding this author to my watch list (plus I want to know what happens to Elizabeth and Simon)

**My only problem with this book was that the third quarter of it seemed to stumble. I’m still not 100% sure what the introduction of a vampire was about. I think the book could have easily done without it. In fact, I think it might have been better for it. I know, vampire fiction is “in” right now. I don’t care. I don’t think it needed it. He could have easily been any bad guy and I felt it was unnecessary. I hope she dumps that part in the next book(s) but because the professor teaches occult, I know that won’t happen. I also think it does the book a disservice because people want to always compare vampire fiction to Twilight and the two don’t even compare. This is a maturely written book and Twilight is for the YA set. (Hey, I liked Twilight, but…)

This book is recommended for those that like a good romance with a little historical fiction. I won’t compare it to Time Traveler’s Wife, but will say that if you liked it, you’d probably enjoy this as well.

When a mysterious accident sends Professor Simon Cross and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time to 1920s New York, they find it’s more than a the world of Prohibition and speakeasies. It’s a world where the underground is run by the underworld, and where vampires and mobsters vie for power in the seedy underbelly of Jazz Age Manhattan.

As a professor of the occult, Simon’s life was a ritual of research and stoic solitude until he met Elizabeth West. A gambler’s daughter, Elizabeth knows a bluff when she sees one. Behind Simon’s icy glares and nearly impenetrable armor beats the heart of a man in desperate need of love.

Simon spent his life searching for vampires and now that he’s found one, it just might take from him the only woman he’s ever loved. Together they fight demons real and imagined, as trials of murder, intrigue and danger push Simon and Elizabeth together and pull them apart.

Out of Time is an award-winning story of love and redemption.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 69

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