AUTHOR: Tyra Lynn
RATING: 4 STARS (4.5 STARS)
PUBLISHED: May 2011 - Tyra Lynn
SERIES: Yes; Series Still in Progress
- Tempus (May 2011)
- Arcanus (January 2012)
"According to Albert Einstein, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. He might have been right. Seventeen-year-old Jessie McLeod is used to getting glimpses of the past when she touches objects in her dads antique shop, but she's not used to the past looking back. Especially when the past is a gorgeous guy and she is dressed like a slob. Shocked and intrigued, Jessie becomes obsessed with trying to catch another glimpse of that perfect face. When thoughts of him invade her sleep, the dreams seem so real that she wakes with the feel of his lips lingering on her skin. Soon after, however, the one guy she thought she’d never date suddenly asks her out. Either something strange is going on, or all those years of using furniture cleaner finally caused brain damage. Brain damage is easy enough to believe—until the day she turns around and looks straight into the face from her dreams. Completely unaware, Jessie is now in a race against time to remember something important, something life-changing, and the one person who can tell her the truth doesn’t dare to—she must remember on her own. With only a week before senior year, the once self-assured Jessie is now sure of nothing. Well, maybe one thing. Everything’s been turned upside down, and it's all because of that stupid mirror she found in the shop on Monday and the glimpse that changed her future—maybe even her past."
While reading Tempus, I was sucked into a magical, fictional world that I don’t completely understand yet, but I love it all the same. Tempus is the first book in a new time travel series by Tyra Lynn, and it’s wonderfully written because you are introduced to this new world where a lot of your questions are answered, yet it leaves so many unanswered questions for the second book in the series, Arcanus.
The only reason I put this book down last night was because my eyes were completely dried out and could not stay open for a second longer. I started reading again the second I woke up this morning, and I didn’t stop until I read the last page. Needless to say, it’s addicting!
The beginning of this novel is really good because you are introduced to a lot of the characters and Jessie’s unique gift - she sometimes gets “glimpses” into the past when she touches an object. The middle of this novel was extremely fast-paced, a little confusing, and very entertaining. There is so much going on, and this is also when you start finding out about a whole nother world – the world of time travel. Jessie the main character has a hard time grasping everything and because you, the reader, are on her level of thinking it is hard to comprehend everything. I will admit that I still have many, many questions. However, this is a series so I have no doubt that my questions will be answered over time. The end of this novel was extremely confusing but perfect at the same time. When I started Chapter XXX, I screamed so loud my boyfriend thought I was dying. I wouldn’t be surprised if the neighbors heard me screaming. I was so baffled that I completely lost it. The world, however, did not end. I continued reading, and by the end of the novel I had a huge grin on my face again.
I can’t really explain what happens in this novel. 1) It would ruin the discovery for you. 2) I don’t understand it 100% yet, and I can’t put into words what I do understand. However, I can say that I strongly recommend this novel to people who enjoy paranormal, romance or time travel novels.
I gave Tempus by Tyra Lynn 4 STARS (4.5 STARS). This series is a must read! It’s romantic and original. I am not sure how accurate this analogy will be, but it was sort of like a cross between a time travel novel and The Notebook -not the riding in a canoe with geese floating behind you part, but the soul mates, eternal love, “memory” part. I am not sure if other people will agree. That may just be the worst analogy in history.
“It was almost. Maybe ‘almost’ was the best we ever got in real life. Stupid romance novels.” – Jessie describing the chemistry of a kiss with someone
“The instant his lips met mine – it was fireworks.” – Jessie describing the chemistry of a kiss with another someone
“I love you, Jessie. Maybe I loved you before time even began.” – I’ll never tell ;)