In Review: Tempus (The GenEx Saga #1) by Holly Lauren

Posted January 4, 2014 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Tempus (The GenEx Saga #1) by Holly LaurenTempus by Holly Lauren
Series: The GenEx Saga #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: November 25, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 362 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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.

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in review my thoughts

“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. 

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About Holly Lauren

My name is Holly. I love to read and write, live in a small town, laugh at my own jokes, and I enjoy my family, my church, good books, sour candy, Diet Coke, Atlanta sports teams (though they break my heart) and antiques.

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  1. It is a shame that the book needed more editing before it went to print. Hopefully, it will get more love after it has been thoroughly edited for grammar.