Thursday, September 19, 2013

"waiting for dusk" by nancy pennick

Welcome to my stop on the Waiting For Dusk blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

About the book (from Goodreads): 
Read a book.
Fall asleep.
Meet a boy.
Is it real or just a dream?

Katie’s everyday life suddenly turns exciting when she travels back in time and meets the boy of her dreams. Thinking of nothing else, willing to leave the real world behind, she’s determined to find out if it’s all a dream or not. Returning again and again, Katie almost has her answers until one day her precious book goes missing.

My take: Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm a sucker for everything time related—time travel, time loops, etc. So the idea of a book centered around a girl who travels back and forth between the present and the 1920's was incredibly appealing.

While I loved the concept of this book, in execution it wasn't as fantastic. Katie's time in the past was fascinating, and I loved figuring out how the people in the past were connected to those in the present. But Katie in the present? She was kind of annoying. I understood her desire to get back to the past, but that didn't mean she needed to be so self-centered in the present. Plus, the whole stalker subplot didn't seem to fit—and it didn't really get resolved at all. Seriously, the kid should have been in jail ... but in the end, he was still in school with Katie.

As I said before, the concept is something that is completely in my wheelhouse. However, the writing style isn't one that I connected with. The author often over explained simple things (we were told multiple times that Katie was glad her dad had her take riding lessons as a child) but didn't give enough details at other times to allow the reader to form mental picture. Also, while we were told that Katie and Drew loved one another, I didn't really feel it. There were also some jarring tense changes (Katie would be thinking, so there would be first person pronouns, but in the next sentence, third person pronouns would be used), and sometimes the dialogue didn't really ring true.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, and it was a clean read (no profanity or sex), but I doubt I'll be coming back for the sequel.

My rating: 3 stars
About the author: Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and their college-age son, plus a delightfully entertaining lovebird. She secretly wrote short stories as a child, typed them up and put them in a drawer. She’d give anything to see those stories one more time. Her writing is influenced by all the years of working with young people as a teacher and raising her own son. When not writing, Nancy loves to travel with her husband and enjoys a good cup of tea.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free for review via YA Bound Book Tours I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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