REVIEW // “Waiting For Dusk” by Nancy Pennick

6 Nov

Right now I’m up to my eyeballs in writing!

It’s November which means it’s time for National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo for short.
For those of you not familiar with NaNoWriMo, people who dream of being writers set forth to torture themselves for a whole month. This torture hopefully results in 50,000 words that mostly make sense and make up the first draft of a novel. The goal is to write 1667 words every day for 30 days to reach the ultimate 50,000 word goal.

I am participating for the 4th year. I gave it a shot in 2009, 2010 and 2012. (I skipped 2011 since I had a 2 month old baby at the time!) For the first time ever I am right on track and thrilled beyond words. Someday I hope to see my book featured on book review blogs!

If you’d like to follow my progress you can check it out on the sidebar and also right at the NaNo website here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/faerietears

So, because I’m tying up all my time in NaNoWriMo + regular work + my weekend job, I’m going to share with you a review that I have on my Goodreads account from September. I’ll see about getting the review for the sequel written up soon as well.

Without further ado………………….

Review MAY contain minor spoilers – nothing I don’t think you’d guess just from reading the synopsis though!

 

“Waiting For Dusk” by Nancy Pennick

4.5 Stars // “It Was Amazing”
Young Adult / Fantasy

When I first picked up “Waiting For Dusk” and started reading, I was sure I wasn’t going to like it. The first couple of chapters were kind of boring and Katie was just irritating. But oh boy am I glad I stuck with it! After those first couple of chapters, once the story got going, I was SUCKED in!

When Katie complains about being bored because all of her friends have “abandoned” her for summer vacation, her mom gives her a book to read. Katie isn’t too thrilled, she hasn’t read a book that wasn’t required for school in forever.

However, Katie does read the book then falls asleep… and wakes up in 1927!

I’ll start with what I did NOT like about the book:
As I said above, the story didn’t grab me right away. I love a book that hooks me from the first chapter or, even better, the first page!
I also didn’t really care for Katie’s attitude, she acts like a typical teenage brat – which is fine – except that I don’t think an 18 year old mature boy, like her love interest is, would be into that.
I also thought that the characterization of Tyson was strange. I get the importance of his character arch, but it just seemed to come out of nowhere, I feel like Katie should have had a clue about how he felt about her considering they’d been best friends since they were 8. He came on too strong. But hey! Maybe I just didn’t like Tyson! I also wish there had been more interaction between Katie and Drew before they begin professing their love for each other, it is implied that weeks have gone by, but we don’t really SEE much of that interaction. I wanted to read more about their courtship.

What I DID like about the book:
While a lot of the story was predictable, it was still very fun and there were still twists that I did NOT see coming! I loved the supporting cast in 1927. I can’t put my finger on it, but there was something in this book that just grabbed me and would not let go. I literally spent almost an entire day laying in bed reading this book, getting up only to feed my child and change her diaper. I read it aloud to her when she craved my attention, because I couldn’t put it down.

If you have read the Time Travelers series by Caroline B. Cooney (Both Sides of Time, Out of Time, For All Time, Prisoner of Time) you will LOVE the Waiting for Dusk series. It’s got a lot of the same elements without repeating the same story that Cooney told. I would happily have both sets of books on my bookshelf.

I’m looking forward to reading Call of the Canyon, the second in this series, because the end of Waiting For Dusk left me craving more. (OK, who am I kidding? I literally finished this book and then went and downloaded the second onto my Kindle!)

Buy It Here: http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/nancypennick/WaitingForDusk.html

Add to Goodreads Here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17279864-waiting-for-dusk

***Note: This book is published by the company I work for, but I stand by my review that this is an awesome book!

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2 Responses to “REVIEW // “Waiting For Dusk” by Nancy Pennick”

  1. Nancy Pennick November 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Thanks for reviewing my book!

    • Caroline November 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      My pleasure! I can’t wait to read the third one!
      I will be posting the review of the second book, “Call of the Canyon” probably sometime in December. 🙂

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