Title: Tempus
Author: Holly Lauren
Publisher: self-published
Published: November 25, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Synopsis: 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.

**We received a copy of this book from the author,
but that did not influence the review**

Celeste and Ana will put Tempus on their second shelf!!

Celeste’s review: 3.5 stars rounding up to 4 Wow, I’m not really sure how to rate this story. Parts of it were 5 stars, amazing, brilliant, outstanding…and other parts were too much, bogged down, totally irrelevant. The storyline itself, told in 3rd person POV, was really, really good and sucked me in from the beginning. It peaked my interest and that is what kept me turning the pages.

The paranormal aspect was wicked cool. I loved it from the synopsis and I loved it even more when I got into the story. However, it turned out that there was so much more going on than just Chapel and her “gift”.  There were teams, battles, recruiting, power struggles…so much to keep up with, and almost too much information. I think a lot of that could have been left out.

The romance was (and is) full of potential. The chemistry from the first chapter was totally evident. It was definitely a slow build up, and had plenty of bumps along the way, but it was there, and it was good. However, the greedy romantic in me wanted more. More kissing, more hand holding, more whispers in the ear…yep, all that stuff.

Is this the first book or is it a stand alone? It ends with a kind of cliffhanger so I am assuming there’s a book 2. There’s also too many loose ends. The biggest one for me is Todd. He obviously fits in somehow, but it wasn’t evident. The same with Valerie. Even if there is a book 2, we at least needed to be thrown a few bones to see what direction parts of the story would go in.

Would I rec this? Yes. I love paranormal stories and this was a really fresh idea. I also think that while the storyline itself got a little too bogged down with detail, the overall idea of it was really captivating and worth the read. I would absolutely read book 2, as I would love to know what happens with Chapel and Zay.

Ana’s review: 4 stars This book had a great storyline and some very intriguing characters.  The paranormal aspect was different and interesting and the romance was well done, if not just short of what I’d have loved to see.  However, I guess I need to keep in mind that this is YA and the romance should actually take a slow course.  So…maybe the romance was just right.  There was a good amount of mystery surrounding Isaiah (Zay) and an even bigger mystery when it came to understanding what was happening to Chapel.  Both main characters were strong and I especially appreciated that as far as Chapel was concerned.  It’s not often we find a girl who’s more concerned with her future than with the handsome boy next door.  Don’t get me wrong, there was definitely chemistry there!  It’s just that the romance didn’t consume Chapel’s every thought and that was very refreshing.  This is a heroine that young girls should look up to.

This book pulled me in right away…from the first scene.  I was excited to see where it would go.  What I did find, however, was that the first part of the book could have moved along at a quicker pace.  The intensity of the first scene was not duplicated again until quite a few chapters later and that left me wondering where the story was going.  I also felt that this book needed to be tightened up a little bit…given more of a laser focus.  For example, in my opinion, some of the secondary characters really didn’t need to be there.  They took up space and, because we weren’t given enough information about their storyline, they felt unnecessary.  I can only guess that they’re there to be explored in the next book, which should be interesting based on the ending of this one.

Overall, this was a unique story.  The writing and plot were very good and the main characters were likeable and well developed.  I look forward to seeing what happens next.

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