Title: The Thirteenth
Author: G. L. Twynham
Series: The Thirteenth (Book One)
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Imagine starting at the end and finishing back at the beginning. This is the story of a teenage girl called Valerie Saunders who is about to be thrown through time and space. Being bestowed with abilities beyond her wildest nightmares, she discovers that she not only has to deal with turning eighteen, her first job and an unwanted tattoo, but also magical powers and intense urges to fall in love. She envisaged she would spend her life blending into the scenery, not blowing it up!
Val has a calling, but which side is dialling her number?
(Blurb taken exactly from the book)
What’s good about it? I quite liked the premise behind this and it’s a fascinating mix of sci-fi and magic. It makes for a highly original story – very different to what’s out currently.
It goes at a hell of a pace and there are some really exciting scenes. Oh, and there is an enormous twist that you really don’t see coming!
The characters are quite fun too.
What’s bad about it? This has been self published … and it shows. It really could’ve done with another proofread as there are several grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes that throw you out of the story during what should be tense scenes.
There is some cheesy dialogue and a few confusing points where Val goes from sobbing in one breath, to cracking a joke about a car in the next.
She also instantly trusts a complete stranger with her secrets and her life story with very little reason. That rang a little odd for me.
The verdict? I wanted to like this more than I did. I found the premise really exciting but all the little mistakes within the text were distracting. That said there were some great action scenes and I am intrigued to see how the series continues!