Title: Threads (Small Things, #2)
Author: Joe DeRouen
Published Date: October 8th 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
History is changing around nineteen-year-old Ben Spencer, and he’s powerless to stop it. His sister has disappeared, his family thinks he’s schizophrenic, and, worse yet, the girl he’s madly in love with won’t give him the time of day.Enter the mysterious Michael, who, years earlier, helped Ben’s parents defeat a powerful sorcerer bent on destroying them and reclaiming a relic stolen from him years before. With Michael’s help, Ben will travel back in time, to 1977, and attempt to set the past straight. But will he undue himself and the woman he loves in the process?
I enjoyed this one (the second book) more than the first one for a number of reasons. The first reason is that it was more of a modern setting so when the author wrote about the things going on it all flowed. There were no things that the characters used that were not available yet to people and there was no stress in trying to remember what was happening several years ago. The characters also were more developed in this book, both the recurring characters and the new characters. You could relate to them on a personal level in this book. The reader didn’t feel a lack of a connection with them in book 2, as they did in book 1.
With that being said there were some things that were a bit of a problem in book 2 for me. There were too many different plots, subplots and things going on that the reader sometimes lost interest in the story line. It seems that a couple of the detours along the way could have used a little tightening up. I was pleasantly surprised by the twist in the story, I didn’t see it coming, but again there needed to be more focus on just one or two parts of the plot instead of making so many at once. Joe DeRouen is a wonderful story teller, blending suspense and supernatural in just the right balance with some mystery, intrigue and wonder on the readers part.
With all that in mind, Threads is a good read and a read that could be a stand-alone read if the reader wanted to start here, as the author does a good job with the back story and with filling in the parts that the reader misses from the first book (if they don’t start with it). I will be looking forward to book 3, just because I have to see something that is started completed and of course because there are a few Thread’s left for me to unravel.
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