Thursday, 9 April 2015

Years and an Ocean (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Years and an Ocean
Author:  Jo Noelle
Publisher:  Little Box Press LLC
Published Date:  1st December 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to I Am A Reader Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis: Going to a séance was supposed to be a harmless diversion in Victorian England, but for Delia Spencer, it was life altering. Since that day, she has been plagued by fainting spells, while her consciousness visits Elle Thomas more than a century in the future. In modern-day New York, Elle has kept secret the dream-like memories of Delia’s life. As the visits have become more frequent, Elle is confused about what is her life and what is not. Back in England, Delia’s father is determined to marry her off to any marginally suitable man before her illness becomes known to society. But will Delia consent, now that she’s had a taste of Elle’s independence?

Review: There are a lot of things to say about this book, and I don’t know where to start! I think I would begin by saying that this book doesn’t focus as much on the séance and the traveling between times much. It’s more about what both of these people are going through.

The cast of characters was lovely. I loved Janey, Lucy and Cami who were basically the support crew and best friends in both time set stories. They all had different status and personalities, but they were the kindest people to our main characters. I did like Elle as a main character, who was a modern day teenager, but I didn’t like her nearly as much as Delia. Delia is an eighteen year old being forced into marriage, and her story is truly drastic. Because she falls in love with someone else, Matthew (who is the best man ever, well, excepting Luke) but is promised to Andrew who is truly a villain. He is bad, manipulative and disregards women in ways I would never believe. And Delia’s parents don’t seem to be much different. However, the level of darkness that Andrew reaches… I couldn’t have predicted it at all.

At the beginning of the book there were some repetitions of phrases which bothered me a lot, because I felt like the characters were saying the same things again and again. However, in the second half of the book the story really picks up, and that problem faded away. So just have a bit of patience with this one.

I loved the setting of old England, especially the balls that Delia attended. It was beautifully described! There was also a mention of Doctor Who in this novel, which always earns it bonus points.

The ending to this one was terribly sad. There was a lot more death than I could’ve expected, but I won’t tell you who because that would be spoilers. But seriously, this book did a complete 180 and left me feeling stunned by the moment I closed the book. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a while.

This book is written by a daughter and a mother. A lovely pairing. I always admire that J

Authors Info: Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—

Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.
They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation.
Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family.

Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.
 
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Olivia’s Question: Do you believe in talking to the spirits beyond?

Olivia-Savannah x

24 comments:

  1. The cover is very pretty, is it just me or does it remind me of The Pretty App? I think I might really like Delia as well, her story sounds quite intriguing actually - I might give this a go sometime soon, glad you enjoyed it overall<3 Your review is amazing as always.
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I haven't read The Pretty App yet, but it does seem like it now that I think about it! Delia's story was my favourite part of the whole novel. I hope you will let me know what you think of it.

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  2. I like the image on the cover. It sounds interesting. I do find it a little annoying when a book takes so long to pick up though.

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    1. I do as well! Yes, slow reads do bother me a bit, but this one was worth waiting out for.

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  3. From the book cover to the synopsis, the book sounds really intriguing and nice. Very well-written review Olivia! :-)

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    1. Thanks Aditi! I appreciate you always reading my reviews <3

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  4. Hi Olivia - How funny that I'm also currently reading a story about a medium and a séance. The book is a mystery, of course. It's Medium Dead by Paula Paul.

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    1. Oh wow, we must be reading similar books! Can't wait to see what your review coming up.

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  5. Thanks for sharing info about Years & an Ocean. And thanks for reading it too. I hope your blog followers will enjoy it!

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    1. It was my pleasure to read it for you and enjoyed it a lot! Thanks <3

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  6. I like that quote so much. My, my do I need to quit my job soon. :P

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  7. I think I will pass this one :P I just can't stand repetition or sad endings... I can tolerate them when necessary haha but prefer to avoid them! Super review though!!

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    1. The repetition was annoying but sparse, and quickly died down. And I understand about sad endings - they are not for everyone!

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  8. I haven't heard of this one before. it sounds interesting overall. I really like the cover! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)
    ~Jess

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  9. This books sounds like an epic read. I'm looking forward to reading it. I don't care much about books with seance involved, but it sounds like the way this one is written may possibly be a different take on it.

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    1. This one wasn't too focused on the séance and when it was, it was used in a different way than I have seen before. I think you'll like it!

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  10. The cover is lovely! but I don't think this is a book for me, so I would have to pass on this one and regarding your question, no I don't believe in talking to the spirits beyond. I don't really wanna think about it really; it's so creepy hahahaha

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    1. Yeah, sometimes the idea of the unknown or other things being out there with us that we can't control is creepy.

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  11. I haven't been lucky reading time-travelling books, but I think it's interesting that is was written by a daughter and a mother! I don't know if I could do a project like that with my mom, we would end up fighting I believe hehe.

    Also, I don't believe in talking to spirits....My brain is to scientific hehe. But who knows? Maybe some people have those senses more developed and can do it. It would be great it we could talk to some of our family members or friends that are gone...

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    1. xD I think I wouldn't be able to write a book with my mum as well. But I can definitely admire them for managing to do it!

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  12. Such a pretty cover for this one. So happy to see you really enjoyed this one and that the story gets better during the second half. I have to admit that it bugs me in books when characters seem to be constantly repeating themselves, so I'm glad that stops after a while.

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    1. I really like the cover as well! It was good to have that improvement in there so I could feel rewarded for getting through the first half :D

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