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  • Posted August 1, 2013

    I won this book in Facebook from another author. I'm so glad I d

    I won this book in Facebook from another author. I'm so glad I did. I'm not one who likes to read about witches & Greek mythology unless its Nora Roberts. This was so well written I felt like I was watching a movie in my head as I was reading. It's so well & vividly written. I love that the three girls are Latina and each has a strength. Love the cover, it's beautiful. 

    I love the three girls Angie, Julia and Kaitlyn. Well I wasn't a big fan of Kaitlyn. She can be quite annoying and mean in the beginning. Angie and Julia are bound together by their magic. The girls each have their flaws, they can be insecure but when they connect they are strong. Kaitlyn is very secure and sure of herself. But there's a secret she has that's not really revealed. I'm hoping that it's revealed in another book and something is done. 

    The girls face monster together and time travel. I never thought I would like a book about time travel but I couldn't put this book down from the very first page. 

     I wanted to get Ethan's point of view from the beginning but I guess we couldn't because of the secret revealed at the end. 

    I'm hoping for more of girls adventures and see if how they bond with everything they face together. I want to see what happens to Ethan in the future. I almost finished this book last night but I was practically in tears and had put it down. Of course after reading one more chapter. 

    This is a YA romance fantasy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone of any age. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    So, disclaimer: I know the author, and I first read this book ma

    So, disclaimer: I know the author, and I first read this book many moons ago in the rough draft stages. Reading it again after publication was like discovering it all over again, and when I finished I IMed the author and said "So, hey. You're the devil and I want book two now or I'm stealing all the cookies in the world and you'll never have one again."

    I was serious about that. The book ends on a note that made my heart hurt in the most delicious ways, and made me want more immediately. That feeling is part of why I read; I love the bittersweetness of it. But skipping ahead to the end is getting a little ahead of myself, so...

    Overall, Paz's writing captures the YA voice superbly, with an authenticity that's rare to find. This story is a bit different in that it's told from the POVs of three different girls. You'd think they'd blend together, but Paz makes them so entirely distinct that even without the chapter headings I'd know which girl I was reading within one sentence. Each has a wholly unique personality and style; each has her own appeal, though I took longer to warm up to Angie--but by the end I adored her, and couldn't pick a favorite. Kaitlyn is the one I identify with most, but I admire Angie deeply--but Julia's the one who made me feel the most throughout the book, and the one whose plot engaged me more thoroughly.

    Together the three POVs weave a fast-paced story with an intricate plot that still doesn't bog down in the details, and even if Julia can freeze time her story rushes you forward until you can't wait to turn the next page. I'm not normally a fan of time travel stories, but this one captures all the right elements and weaves them together with a plot that places the three Daughters of Fate in charge of protecting the world from an ancient enemy who would use the source of their powers to seize dominion and alter time forever. With a dash of history and a Guardian who just makes me sigh and brings me back to the days of my own high school crushes, Timespell brings it all to the table and still leaves you hungry for more.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to hide a certain someone's cookies.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    I blurbed this book for Diana Paz, and I was, and remain, flatte

    I blurbed this book for Diana Paz, and I was, and remain, flattered to be attached to such a wonderful piece of fiction. The concept, which blends the Fates of Greek mythology with both contemporary California and Marie Antoinette's France, had me salivating from the start. Even though Diana succeeds wonderfully with a unique, ingenuitive plot, the concept didn't even end up being my favorite part of devouring this book.

    That's because her characters absolutely blew me away. The story centers around the Daughters of Fate, three modern day girls destined to take over the Fates eternal duties - which also include banishing evil from our realm and protecting the pages of history. The first two girls we're introduced to are Angie, a studiously quiet, loyal friend who has known about her role as a Fate since childhood, and Julia, a more typical teen who's more interested in boys and what the Fate's magic can do for her than saving the world.

    In order to come into their magic and be able to keep it, they need to find the third daughter...and soon. When they learn their third is Kaitlyn, their high school's resident mean girl, Angie and Julia both rethink being bound to her forever - except mythological forces have already broken into the human realm in revolutionary France, and if the girls don't find a way to get along for long enough to stop them, the fate of the earth could change for the worse.

    The girls are so vastly different but equally well crafted that it's hard to choose a favorite. I'm probably in the minority in favoring Kaitlyn, who certainly does a heck of job making us hate her on the page, but who I came to understand well enough to love. The characters are beautifully drawn, realistic teenagers balancing their real lives with the expectations of their otherworldly duties, and I am so, so impressed with Diana's craft.

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there IS a boy, and he IS completely swoonworthy, complicated, and harboring a huge, heartbreaking secret that will leave you salivating for Diana's sequel. I know I am.

    I can't recommend this enchanting debut highly enough. If you're a fan of history, mythology, or amazing books in general, you're going to want to pick this up NOW, not later.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    Diana Paz does an amazing job of weaving history and mythology a

    Diana Paz does an amazing job of weaving history and mythology and the present day together. I was fortunate enough to read an early draft and I absolutely devoured every bit of it when it arrived in my inbox!

    One of the things I particularly love about Paz's novel is the way she brings three such distinct personalities into play. It feels like there's a Daughter of Fate for every reader to connect with, no matter how different. Each has different challenges they must face, personally as well as together, as they confront the evil powers which are threatening the very world. 

    And those powers! Diana Paz brings life to the monsters of mythology in ways that have stuck with me long after I finished reading the book! Her descriptions and imagery are perfectly done and evocative. 

    From start to finish, TIMESPELL is a wild and fun read and a great gateway for exploring mythology and history, both!!

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