by Holly Lauren


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Chapel Ryan isn't crazy. At least, that's what she's been trying to convince herself of for most of her life. But after being hallucination-free for three years, Chapel finds herself facedown on her English classroom's gritty linoleum floor. When she looks up, everyone around her is suspended in animation. Mouths hang open mid-yawn, feet hover mid-cross, Ms. Freeman's arm flexes mid-sentence diagram. It's another hallucination. Or, is it?

Chapel prepares to tear herself back to reality when something happens. Something that has never happened before in any of her hallucinations--someone moves. And not just any someone-it's the new guy with a scar over his lip and a reputation as black as his perfectly styled hair. And all of the sudden Chapel's white-knuckle grip on her life has slipped, and with it, her assurance that what she's experiencing isn't real.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493513307
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2013
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Holly was born and raised in a small town in North Georgia. The third of four children, Holly grew up telling stories to get herself out of-and her siblings into-trouble. When she was eight years old, she penned her first publication: a newspaper called Sunny Dayz News. While she didn't sell any actual copies, her sympathetic grandmother did peruse through the edition at least once.

When Holly isn't dreaming up new plotlines for her next book, she enjoys breakfasting at Picnic Café in Dahlonega, Georgia with her (handsome) husband and their two (adorable) daughters.

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Tempus 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book is everything a YA novel should be. Holly Lauren's writing is strong and her visionary is magnificent. Anyone looking for the best of the best YA Paranormal reads should snap this one up and never let go. A stellar execution of perfect character creation and unflawed vision. If you pass Tempus up, you'll be missing out on the beginning of one of YA's greatest achievements. Congratulations Ms. Lauren, you have set a bar that even the biggest authors will have to leap high over to achieve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great use of my Saturday. I simply couldn't put the book down once I started, and now I NEED a sequel. Chapel and Zay have my heart and I can't wait to continue this adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tempus was everything that every YA author should strive for. Chapel Ryan, the POV character, understands that something about her is different from other people. Those close to her tried to slough it off as a symptom of PTSD. On top of dealing with this, she is mending the broken heart of first love, the gradual loss of a somewhat close relationship with her mother and a creepy stepfather that seems to be more interested in the results of his election than what is happening in his own house. But rather than wallowing in self-pity she puts on a brave face throughout most of the book and focuses her concerns on finding out what is wrong with her and how to normalize herself. Over the course of the book, Chapel finds a new love interest, Isaiah. Ms. Lauren did an incredible job in building this relationship. The chemistry between the two is perfect from the beginning and Chapel’s reluctance to trust another boy so soon after having her heart broken is played in a manner that shows inner strength rather than weakness. At the same time, the mystery surrounding Isaiah is more than Chapel can resist and, eventually, a small crack in her self-imposed armor spurs the events that lead her to allowing Isaiah in just enough to solve her own mystery. The book kept me guessing all the way through the reveal of why Chapel had these mysterious episodes and who (or what, given the paranormal undertones of the novel) Isaiah actually was. Never mind that as she made her journey to self discovery I wasn’t sure who was on Chapel’s side and who I wanted her to stay as far away as possible from. Even her three best friends came into question in my mind somewhere near the end of the book. Other reviewers have made mention of the grammar and formatting issues so, although I must point them out, I won’t harp on that here. Because Ms. Lauren has acknowledged the feedback of her readers, and has expressed her gratitude for it, I also won’t let it hinder my review score and will, instead, focus on the exceptional plot and the brilliant writing style prevalent throughout the entirety of the book. Let it be known that I do NOT enjoy YA romances; especially those with a paranormal tendency (although I’m a rabid fan of adult novels in this genre). Upon reading two extremely popular series where the POV female characters felt so damn sorry for themselves all the time, I’d sworn off of them for good. Having said that, I hope that the fact that I give Tempus a five star rating will convince others who have been turned off by the recent fluff of YA fiction give this unexpected treasure the well deserved benefit of the doubt.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
"Halstead, if you hang around me for any amount of time, you'll learn something about me: I'm not a halfway kind of girl." Tempus was an interesting, unique, unpredictable book. The mix of paranormal and mystery, friendship and romance, and complex, likable characters gave Tempus the elements I most enjoy in a young adult book. Chapel was a fantastic protagonist. She was strong and sassy, yet soft and insecure at times. Isaiah (Zay) was an intriguing character. He seemed older than he was, I thought. But I really liked the friendship and relationship these two built. "One day," he said, "you'll ask me a question. And the answer will be this. This moment. Right here and right now. I hope you'll believe me." This book had a great mix of the paranormal and the more mundane. I enjoyed Chapel's journey to finding out what's really causing her hallucinations. Not to mention all of the other things she learned about the world along the way. I was kept guessing and never really felt like I knew what was going to happen. Mixed with all of this was struggles with her mom and step dad, the friendships she's developed and her relationship with Zay. Chapel and Zay were great characters with a boatload of chemistry. Their connection and the romance that develops felt genuine, never forced. They were easy to root for. I was invested in them and their relationship. "Why can't I resist you?" she whispered, drawing him closer, every molecule of her being vibrating. "Because we are the same." Zay spoke against her clavicle, moved to her collarbone, and hovered over her mouth. "Two broken people, trying to figure out how to make our hearts work." The only thing that was rather disappointing about the book was the number of grammatical errors. I originally chalked it up to the fact I was reading an ARC. I know we're not supposed to review books based on grammar and typos, but, I'm not going to lie, the sheer number of them was distracting. What I learned from reading other reviews and visiting Holly's blog was that there were, in fact, a number of errors in the final version, too. I'm happy to say that the book is going back through another round of edits and will be re-published, according to Holly's blog. This book was so outstanding I'd hate to see typos cause it to get less attention and praise than it deserves. "… I'm not the hero in this story. I'm just a regular guy who is going to screw up a lot. But I want to try. And what I should have said was that I want all of it. I want your stubbornness, your jealousy, your impetuousness, your determination, your strength, your laugh, you freckles, your heart. I want you."  In the end, Tempus was a thoroughly enjoyable read that was unlike anything I've read before. The ending was satisfying, but I was still left wanting more. I hope there's a follow-up. It's not to say the story couldn't be complete without it, but I'd love more of these characters and their story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely incredible. The only reason I'm giving it four and a half stars instead of five is due to the number of spelling / grammatical errors in it. It is so disappointing to me, because this is the best young adult novel I've read in a while. The story and characters were so good that I kept reading despite the mistakes, but I know some readers would find this too distracting. This book really should have been edited before publishing. Still, it is amazing and deserves to be read.  I loved Chapel as a protagonist. She is such a kind-hearted person, yet she is strong, fiery. The romance that develops is intensely real, and I found myself smiling like an idiot numerous times. Holly Lauren is great at telling a story and at developing characters. It was a story I cared about and wanted to read; I had to keep turning the page, starting the next chapter, even when I should've been doing other things (like sleeping – I stayed up until 5 am reading).  Chapel is just trying to be a normal teenage girl, but her PTSD hallucinations are back. But are they really hallucinations? They seem so real, and there's something secretive going on with the few people who know about them. Could she really be stopping time like it seems when she has these hallucinations? She just wants them to stop. When she thinks she sees the new kid at her school, Isaiah, actually move during one of these episodes - while everyone else, everything else is completely frozen - her life begins to change, though she doesn't know it. She grows closer to Isaiah - Zay, as he told her to call her - and closer to knowing the truth about herself. And the world around her becomes more dangerous. The portions of the novel that didn't seem to involve Chapel's "hallucinations" were just as riveting as those that revolved around them. I wanted to know the little things, like why her stepdad Todd behaves so oddly, what she would say when her ex-boyfriend / ex-best friend Logan confronted her, etc. Lauren's characters are all so intriguing. Who is the young and attractive football coach that seems to have taken such an interest in Chapel, even if it is only because he used to know her dad before he was murdered? Who is this dark and cool new kid Zay, who could have anything he wanted from any girl at school but wants to spend his time walking Chapel to practice? Who is Valerie, Chapel's distant and distracted mother, to whom she used to be so close but who she barely knows anymore? And what really are all their roles in her life? These are some of the questions that I was excited to uncover the answers to as I read Tempus - these and, of course, what really is happening when Chapel hallucinates?  This really is a fantastic novel, and I would definitely recommend it. I'm actually planning on typing up all the errors and sending them to the publisher because I think this book deserves recognition but won't get it until it's been cleaned up a bit. It’s really such a shame that there are so many simple mistakes that could’ve been easily fixed. Overall though, it is an incredible story.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In Tempus by Holly Lauren, Chapel Ryan had been experiencing hallucinations since she was eight. After five years of treatment, the hallucinations stopped and she was convinced that, like her doctor said, the hallucinations had been due to PTSD attributed to the death of her father. But now the hallucinations were back, only there was an exception this time. Her hallucination episodes seemed to have the power to stop time and bring everything to a standstill, except for one person. The new boy in school, whom she happened to be falling for, was immune to whatever magic her mind was producing. Chapel does not know how powerful and special her gift is and that there are other people out there with similar gifts like hers, including those who would do anything to control hers. Tempus by Holly Lauren is a flawlessly written, captivating story with good doses of enchanting young romance, amazing science fiction, intrigue and drama. Holly created a story so captivating that just after reading the first chapter, I was completely hooked. The plot is original and very easily believable and the characters came alive throughout the story. I could vividly picture the different scenes as I read and I easily connected with all the characters. Tempus is the kind of book you read so fast because you are eager to know how the story ends, but once you get to the end, you mourn because you want it go on forever; it is that good. It is an incredible YA romance and science fiction story guaranteed to give the reader a thrilling reading experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holly Lauren's Tempus, took me on a journey which encountered a bunch of twists and turns. I instantly "fell in love" with Chapel's character. It was a very enjoyable read. As a debut novel, I highly recommend this to all YA readers, and I look forward to other works by Holly.
Camille20 More than 1 year ago
Holly, I'm a fan. I cared about the characters and I was hooked by the plot. Please hurry and write the next book in this series. This will be a series, yes? I'm eager to find out what Todd's up to and what's going on with Valerie. And of course about the next adventure for Chapel, Zay, and the other Genexes. Camille DeSalme
Chanzie More than 1 year ago
Wow what a book! Tempus is so much better than I expected - I loved this book from the beginning. The opening chapter dives right into Chapel having an hallucination, but the first one in  about 5 years. It sets the scene for the introduction of some main characters. Characters: 5/5  Holly creates beautiful characters. They are well rounded and balanced.  Chapel - Chapel is smart, witty and genuine. I just love her, and she is easy to relate to. She puts everyone else first and is such a nice person. She doesn't have any airs or flairs about herself, even though she is a cheerleader - a position which normally comes with issues. I connected with her so easily right from the beginning.  Zay - aka Isaiah, is charming and sweet. A bit of a bad boy rep, but you meet him initially as a nice guy and hear about his past. He is such a gentleman and so sweet when it comes to Chapel. I loved Chapel's effect on him and how she changed him as much as he changed her.  Chapel and Zay just make me fuzzy and warm. I love their interactions and bantering. This 'sort of' instalove just works. It's not overly gushy and is very believable. Gabe & Rush - Gabe is awesome. He creeps into your heart so quickly. I wasn't sure which side he was on, but I still adored him. Rush is your sarcastic & humorous character. He teases Chapel to pieces and is Zay's best bud.  Plot, Pace, Writing style:5 /5   I was drawn into the book quickly. The plot was captivating, the pace was perfect and the writing style was brilliant. Holly has created an awesome world that is easy to love and get lost in. She brings in twists you don't see coming and keeps you glued to the story. I did sort of guess the ending but wasn't disappointed Cover talk: 5/5 I love the simplicity of the cover. It is just beautiful. Final Thoughts: This is the best YA book I have read in a long time. I am hooked and cannot wait for the next book!
PAnneBartotto More than 1 year ago
Actual Ranking = 4.5 Stars Chap is not your average teenager, she was not your average child, but she never truly knew the extent of her uniqueness until she reached the brink of adulthood, and reality came crashing down around her. Accustom to her solid friendship with Logan, Timmy, and Erica; her childhood chums...things changed when romance mixed in and suddenly she felt she no longer knew Logan. At the start of her senior year, she who usually knew what she wanted and when she would do it, felt lost. Enter the new guy in town, Zay. Not only her neighbor but a most intriguing boy. Along with the intrigue though came many questions, that never seemed to be able to be answered. Chapel felt broken, a common situation for someone who has experienced great trauma. Having lost her father at the age of three, watching her mother remarry and start a new family, suddenly not knowing who she can trust, and a return to a bizarre behavior that she thought she had outgrown; Chap would like to throw in the towel, but that is the exact opposite of her true character. Character is something that defines the book that Lauren has crafted for the readers enjoyment. Chapel stands out as a marvelous role model for the young adult readers of the day, and I hope that this book reaches a wide market. Story wise there is a solid plot, but I fear that some of the dramatic decisions that face Chap could have been presented earlier in the novel's progress. Too much time may have been spent on the romantic triangle angle, that essentially floundered. I felt that more attention to the special aspect of Chapel and her new friends could have been allowed more exploration in this book, as I am unsure if another book is coming that would companion with Tempus. Granted with the epilogue it does seem that a sequel is coming. The romantic tension built between Chap and Zay is probably some of the best writing of such emotions I have read in a long time, so when the other relationships lost connection it was a sad thing to see. I think in the end this would be a case of biting off a tad more than one can chew when tackling a story, thus losing something in translation. I foresee great things in Lauren's future and would definitely like to have more tales with Chapel, especially now that she has discovered new things about her past and what her present can hold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tempus was all of the things that are right about young adult fiction.  It had an intriguing story, a romance without gratuitous sex scenes thrown in, characters that were multidimensional, and great flow. Lauren almost lulls you in to thinking this is just a little love story with a tiny side of sci-fi/paranormal, when BAM! the story flips on its head and gets intense. Chapel, the main character, is tough and likable.  Her friends are interesting and add depth to the story.  I'm curious about what is going  on with Chapel's mother and step-father. Definitely pick this book up if you have a chance.  
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Tempus Author: Holly Lauren Published: Libertine Press Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Tempus" by Holly Lauren was a wonderful well written incredible young adult read. You will find some fantasy, mystery, suspense, friendship, romance and some likable as well as unlikable characters in the awesome told novel. Be prepared for action, drama, complex feelings mixed in with hurt and love all in this novel. Here is a Quote from "TEMPUS" In truth, no one knew all of her. She gave out pieces of herself here and there, but the whole of Chapel belonged to no one but Chapel. That was how she wanted it. The characters were also mainly all well developed, well rounded, colorful and simply fascinating to read about. We find that the two main characters Chapel(Chap) and Isaiah (Zay) were so very captivating and intriguing only to give the reader a good read. Let's not leave out some of the supporting cast/secondary characters because truly Erica and Timmy were Chapel's buds that were just a few of these phenomenal folk in "Tempus." This author really works her magic taking the reader of a journey full of twist and turns of what was causing Chapel to hallucinate. Were there someone out there that knew her secret and could stop them? What happens when Isaiah (Zay) the new kid at school actually...well you will be kept guessing right up till almost the end of the read. Then you throw in problems Chap had with her mom(Valerie), stepfather, friends (ex boyfriend),(new boyfriend and then you have a real story that this author tells so very well. With all the struggles that were on Chap would she be able to except a romance with Zay? What was up with them being able to finish each other sentences? And another quote from TEMPUS: “Zay,” she whispered, and her voice, her always sure, always steady voice, shook. “I want—” She didn’t finish. “I want, too,” he said simply. This author really transported the reader into a 'world of Chapel Ryan' in that she was so 'kind hearted, strong and a fiery' person who was just trying to be a normal HS senior. Then their is Isaiah (Zay) will he let Chap know what is going on? ...and I will stop and let you pick up the good read "Tempus" to see for yourself how this author presents it all to the reader. I will only say after reading "Tempus" is that you will be ready for the sequel and with that leaving me to say, Wow what a interesting ending! AND A LITTLE MORE! What I should have said was that I want all of it. I want your stubbornness, your jealousy, your impetuousness, your determination, your laugh, your freckles, your heart. I want you. Here is a BONUS: Zay and Chapel from Tempus by Holly Lauren Chapel made a complete circuit, peeking through the breaks in the stream, but she still didn’t see him. Had he left her there? The thought burned a hole through her excitement. The song changed again. This time it was something more current. A woman singing about going around and around. “Tell me now, tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know.” Chapel pulled her hair over her shoulder and wrung it out. She felt cold for the first time. “Don’t know how to feel about it. Something ‘bout the way you move.” She backed up to the center of the ring, making herself visible. She wondered if she should leave. “Makes me think I can’t live without you, and it takes me all the way.” “Chapel.” His voice was right behind her. “I want you to stay.” She turned slowly. Met his eyes. “I want you to stay.” All pretense of play was gone as his fingertips brushed against her chin. "You're not at all what I thought you'd be,” he said. Her heart thundered in her ears, along with the pulsing water around them. "What did you think I'd be?" He drew his dark eyebrows down. "I thought you were just another girl." She swallowed. "But instead I’m . . .” “Not." He dropped his hand, stared at his fingers. His breath was warm against her cheek as he stepped even closer and leaned his mouth toward hers. She was paralyzed. Not by fear. Not by indecision. But by the feeling that the moment was unique. That it was monumental for them both. That they were lowering their shields, holstering their weapons—at least for that perfect span of time. He kissed the side of her temple, just over her trio of freckles. When he leaned back and studied her, water droplets from his hair showered her like rain. “Zay,” she whispered, and her voice, her always sure, always steady voice, shook. “I want—” She didn’t finish. “I want, too,” he said simply. Then she closed her eyes. His hand came around the back of her neck, and with his thumb, he angled her jaw toward him. “So beautiful,” he whispered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Three words: I LOVED it!  From page one, I was hooked. Holly Lauren's writing is smart and real.  The main character, Chapel, is exactly my kind of girl. She is strong, kind-hearted, a bit of a smart-ass and balanced. One of the problems I come across while reading is that the characters have such strong personalities, which isn't a bad thing, it's what makes them unique, but it usually cages them in dysfunctional relationships. This is what I loved so much about Chapel: she's stubborn, but she's well-rounded, she lives in the "real" world, her stubbornness is not her only quality. I also think I like her character so much because respects herself; for example, when she told Zay, "I'm not playing hard to get," "I am hard to get," I just wanted to fist pump and laugh with joy. Finally, we have a functioning, strong, SANE, heroine. What I also wanted to discuss was the storyline. I really enjoyed the developing relationship between her and Zay, and then when her ability was realized to not be a hallucination, but just that, an ability, I was so excited. But what stuck with me after I finished the book, in hours I might add (I couldn't put it down, the outside world be damned), was that it wasn't a tragedy. Most romance novels today that are also: supernatural, fantasy, sci-fi, action- take your pick, usually portray the main romantic relationship as either being unattainable or not sustainable due to the heroine's decision to sacrifice herself or her relationship for the good of mankind, etc. But with "Tempus," her and Zay had their ups and downs, but realized they could maintain a relationship even in the throes of the crazy situations revolving them.  All in all, "Tempus," left me with a stupid smile on my face, semi-obsessively researching Holly Lauren's blog to get more information on the next book in the series. Definitely worth it.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a well written novel with characters that are relatable and storyline that is well developed. I was pulled in from the first page until the last. Even if you are not a fan of this genre the author is such an amazing storyteller that you will still enjoy this book. I would recommend this to ANYONE!! Cant wait to read more from this author - hopefully a sequel is in the works :)