The monsters are real, and time is their weapon.
Fed up with bad teachers and daily fights with her sister, 16-year-old Nicole Taylor yearns for something better. Sadly, she's in for a letdown, because the world ends next week.
Nicole discovers she has a rare gift. She can bend time around her and even stop it completely. With her powers awakening, she must face the Reavers: horrific killing machines that exist outside our time.
Plagued with nightmares and ambushed by monsters at every turn, Nicole has one chance to stop their genocidal invasion. With help from a chain-smoking pyrokinetic, a neurotic sword-wielding assassin, and an icy goth chick with a crossbow, she may stand a chance.
But the Reavers are tireless foes, and time is on their side.
Title: Time Reavers (Time Reavers #1)
Author: Jacob Holo
Narrator: Tess Irondale
Length: 8 hours, 36 minutes
Publisher: Holo Writing
Published: July 13, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
In Time Reavers, I got a good sense of what the Reavers creatures looked like, as well as their size, which varies immensely. Sound also played a big role, and the narrator did a fantastic job bringing that to life for listeners.
Let's talk a bit about the characters, especially Nicole, the main character. She's a teen female protagonist who Holo captured beautifully. She is likeable, 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.
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.
Tess Irondale, the narrator, 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.
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