Author: Edward Eaton
Availability: Paperback and Kindle formats are available at Amazon. E-books are also available for Nook via Smashwords
Publisher: DFP Books
Author’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Edward-Eaton/e/B006AH2VJ0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Author’s Website: www.edwardeaton.com
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This is the second installment in the Rosi’s Doors saga, and not surprisingly is the winner of the 2012 Readers Favorite Award in the YA Science Fiction/Fantasy category.
The story finds Rosi Carol trying to balance her life as an apprentice Time Guardian and that of a normal teenage girl with friends, romantic interests, and life in general. However, things get a little more interesting when Kirk, the brother of her beloved Danny, her best friend Angie, and herself gets pulled into the past through an errant time tear. Almost instantly, they realize that they’ve landed just in time to see the start of the American Revolutionary War, and exactly how the sleepy town of New Richmond plays an integral part in the bloodshed to come. Rosi knows that they shouldn’t be there, that the presence of the people from her time will have an undeniable effect on history. And it’s up to her to try and make it right.
Once again, Mr. Eaton has proved himself to be a respectable force in the world of young adult fiction. His style of writing is immersive, and the reader, whether they are a teenager or older will quickly recognize his realistic portrayal of modern teenager thrown into a situation that is only slightly known, and completely unfamiliar. While other YA authors may have shied away from the grittiness and realism that is a part of every war situation, Mr. Eaton does not, and it is refreshing. His portrayal of the fighting, the time spent between the fights, and the relationships between men and women in both the modern and historical world. Rosi’s Time is certainly not for the faint of heart, and some of the descriptions, especially of injuries can be quite graphic.
Another refreshing change that is worth noting is that the focus doesn’t always stay with the heroine. Other characters such as Angie and Kirk, take on dimensions and life of their own, and the reader is forced to deal with the idea that sometimes motivations and life isn’t so clear cut.
If I do have one complaint concerning this story, it is a familiar one. Once again there were portions of the story in which I found the descriptions to be a bit overwhelming, leaving little to the imagination of the reader. This however, I believe to be a difference of style between Mr. Eaton and me, and in no way a question of quality or skill.
As a general rule, I tend to shy away from the YA genre for my library. However, this book is one of them that might just convince me to take a second look.
0 Stars – Great for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star – Perfect gift for that person you can’t stand
2 Stars – Put it on your to Borrow list
3 Stars – Buy it if you get the chance- worth a weekend read.
4 Stars – This is definitely something to add to your library
5 Stars – Impulse Buy Approved.
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