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What did you love best about Time Reavers?
The characters! Although Nicole is a relatable protagonist, the supporting characters are really the more interesting ones, especially Daniel, a trench-coat donning assassin who teaches Nicole about her new powers. He’s extremely charismatic and roguish, and the voice narrator Tess Irondale uses for Daniel makes him seem especially geeky, too (win!).
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Time Reavers is packed with action in nearly every chapter. If you enjoy fast-paced sci-fi/fantasy novels, you will really enjoy Time Reavers. Personally, I prefer when there is more build up and suspense between battles and life-or-death situations, because that is when characters experience personal growth and deepen relationships with other characters. Aside from some minor details, that was the one thing I felt was missing from this novel.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Holo captured Nicole, the teen female protagonist, beautifully. She is likable, yet still reacts in a way that is realistic given the circumstances. She's not whiny, nor does she become overly confident, becoming the kick-ass hero in 0-60. Holo wrote her in a three-dimensional, realistic way, and it was easy to believe her dialog, actions, and reactions. Nicole's sister, Amy, does become a bit whiny, but it's minimal and equally believable and realistic. With the tension between these two characters, Holo managed to find time for character development. However, I found the reason for that tension—their parents—to be superficial and a bit forced.
Have you listened to any of Tess Irondale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Tess Irondale did an excellent job of capturing the various accents, from German to Japanese. And her sound effects for the Reavers were excellent. Her performance added depth to the listening experience. A reader with a paper or electronic copy wouldn't have the same experience—unless they are able to speak with cool accents in their heads. So, in this case, I'd recommend the audiobook over a paper or electronic copy of Time Reavers.I got a good sense of what the creatures looked like, as well as their size, which varies immensely. Sound also played a big role, and Tess Irondale also did a fantastic job bringing that to life for listeners.
Any additional comments?
I found it especially refreshing to read (or rather, listen to) a story with teen and young adult protagonists who weren't forced into love triangles or insta-love situations.There were a couple of places where the pace seemed to go stagnant, but other than that, it flowed fairly consistently.