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Thea Denny hates the tenth grade, and her home life isn’t easy. But she’s passionate about making art—and about her math-genius boyfriend, Cam, a recent transfer to her upstate New York high school from California. One day Cam mysteriously vanishes—and then things really get weird. The stars on the school flag go missing, eerily cut out. Intimate videos of Cam and Thea star Thea Denny hates the tenth grade, and her home life isn’t easy. But she’s passionate about making art—and about her math-genius boyfriend, Cam, a recent transfer to her upstate New York high school from California. One day Cam mysteriously vanishes—and then things really get weird. The stars on the school flag go missing, eerily cut out. Intimate videos of Cam and Thea start going viral online—videos they never took. The FBI gets involved. And Thea can hear the voice of Melody—a beautiful, disabled girl her age, whose illness has left her mute since birth. Cam once claimed to be the world’s foremost hacker…. Is he trying to reach her, send her a sign—or is Thea losing her mind?


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Thea Denny hates the tenth grade, and her home life isn’t easy. But she’s passionate about making art—and about her math-genius boyfriend, Cam, a recent transfer to her upstate New York high school from California. One day Cam mysteriously vanishes—and then things really get weird. The stars on the school flag go missing, eerily cut out. Intimate videos of Cam and Thea star Thea Denny hates the tenth grade, and her home life isn’t easy. But she’s passionate about making art—and about her math-genius boyfriend, Cam, a recent transfer to her upstate New York high school from California. One day Cam mysteriously vanishes—and then things really get weird. The stars on the school flag go missing, eerily cut out. Intimate videos of Cam and Thea start going viral online—videos they never took. The FBI gets involved. And Thea can hear the voice of Melody—a beautiful, disabled girl her age, whose illness has left her mute since birth. Cam once claimed to be the world’s foremost hacker…. Is he trying to reach her, send her a sign—or is Thea losing her mind?

30 review for Ghost Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris Mclean

    Reading other reviews shows me that I am not alone in my confusion about this book. It was a struggle for me to get through, although I was somewhat intrigued by its premise. There are so many jumps in time sequence and so little that actually happens or is explained that it just felt like work. There was some sex stuff and some profanities, which means that I would have a difficult time giving this book to any of my students. The complexity of the plot line would also give me pause about recomme Reading other reviews shows me that I am not alone in my confusion about this book. It was a struggle for me to get through, although I was somewhat intrigued by its premise. There are so many jumps in time sequence and so little that actually happens or is explained that it just felt like work. There was some sex stuff and some profanities, which means that I would have a difficult time giving this book to any of my students. The complexity of the plot line would also give me pause about recommending it to anyone. The ending frustrated me so much, as well. I did go back and forth about how many stars it deserved - I was into the mystery of what happened to Cam and how his past might have contributed to where he was. I liked Thea's voice and wondered about all of the phenomena around her. What ultimately made me give it a lower score was the frustration that I felt reading this and how the end just kind of ends. No explanation. No resolution. So, it might be part of a series, but because of how difficult this was to read, I probably would not purchase the next one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    May and probably does contain spoilers. I have spent the last few hours detoxing from my rapid reading of Ghost Time. I seriously needed to wrap my brain around all that I consumed. Then I found I really needed to get these words “on paper” or I will never get to sleep tonight. First off; this is not a book for young teenagers. Besides the fact profanity is constantly lobbed at you in word bomb form, there is also sex between an 15 and 18 year old couple. I just don’t think this is a subject appr May and probably does contain spoilers. I have spent the last few hours detoxing from my rapid reading of Ghost Time. I seriously needed to wrap my brain around all that I consumed. Then I found I really needed to get these words “on paper” or I will never get to sleep tonight. First off; this is not a book for young teenagers. Besides the fact profanity is constantly lobbed at you in word bomb form, there is also sex between an 15 and 18 year old couple. I just don’t think this is a subject appropriately printed for a YA teen crowd. BTW – this is part one of a trilogy set to publish. Next the method of the way the book is written. From a first person point of view of Thea Denny. The style reminded me of old black and white movies where all the characters talked fast and over each other now imagine that in scrip form with no punctuation occasional paragraph breaks or no quotations or anything like that in between sure you may get some italicized words but very few character markers like quotations. Top it off with vapid “teen” speak like “I go”. Believe it or not it was still easy to get into the flow of style. A little distracting at first but then for some reason it all made sense. Then we have how the chapters are broken up. Monday, April 4, 2011 5:27PM is our first chapter. Or the Apex of our Butterfly Affect of a story. Monday, April 4, 2011 (Two Hours Later) 7:28 PM is our next chapter. Monday, April 4, 2011 (To Hours Earlier) 3:32 PM. There are no page numbers to reference, just the date at the top of the page and the time at the bottom of the page. Then we alternate future, past, future, past, and so on. What’s interesting is how the past chapter feeds into the future chapter, much like a cause and effect. The premise is one of a few. What if God were a teenage girl? Time moves in two directions; both forward and back. The Butterfly Affect. Everything has a code. And so on. So what is this book? Is it horror? Murder mystery? Conspiracy theory? Book about a crazy girl sitting in a white jacket in a phyc ward? Altered reality? Converging dimensions? Book about a handicapped girl with an over active imagination? Proof that a journal named Hubble is really God’s notebook? I have to be honest that I’m still wondering. Cam was in the book a whole lot considering he went missing at the very beginning and started this emotional roller coaster of a ride through written word. His voice is clear when the chapters jump to the past. He seems like a boy with a purpose. One who is able to see the world without its filters and is trying to crack the code. When he does speak about the 3% of our reality he does sound a little fanatical. So much to the point that Thea pokes fun at him. But, Cam seems to have made an impression with Thea because in the future chapters she befriends Melody who is completely paralyzed and a mute. But Thea can “hear” her in her mind. Thea can also “see” Mel in her true beautiful form and the two unlikely teens become best friends. Cam is the driving force for Thea’s growth and awakening. In the past chapters we see how much they love one another. How much chemistry they have with one another. We see Cam in Thea’s slightly obsessed eyes and can’t help but love Cam a little ourselves. I do need to pause here a bit because I am annoyed with Cam. Hopefully he will be redeemed in the future installments of the trilogy. But throughout the book in the past we are shown how much they love one another and then in the future chapters there is nothing but bad juju. Videos of the couple having sex show up on sites all over the internet and not only can they not be deleted but they seem to be getting sharper and clearer with each click view. It’s alluded that Cam uploaded these videos. If he did, what an awful, horrible, despicable soon to be dead ex-boyfriend he would be. OK, rant over. The cracks in Thea’s world begin to manifest in FBI Agent Foley, he reminded me a lot of Agent Smith from The Matrix in his doggedness and let’s just say it, weirdness. All interaction with him were surreal at the very least. They reminded me of cold, sterile, unnerving, creepy, interactions where somewhere in the shadows you hear but cannot see, a drip constantly dripping and the screen is just off kilter. But I do wonder since we meet Agent Foley in the future if maybe Thea is now seeing the real him with her new eyes? The story ripples out from the epicenter of the beginning. Moving back and forth into the future and past as Thea navigates life without Cam and how to cope with the craziness that is now her life since he disappeared to the day Thea and Cam finally meet and then ultimately where this installment ends. The ending was very abrupt and not so subtle at all. In my mind’s eye it was much akin to the curtain dropping on the first act. Now I must await this intermission of sorts until the next act. This is beautifully written and well fleshed out. I found myself in the world of Thea. While some may not appreciate how this book ended with seemingly no resolution and quite a few questions in the head. I have to say that I really loved this book. I do have a lot of questions but honestly I feel like I figured it all out. I cannot wait to read the next book and find out how wrong I am! 5 solid stars for the simple reason that this one will keep me wondering. Love that in a book and can forgive the "I go's". I received this ARC by Amazon Content Services/Amazon Children’s Publishing free to me in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This book blew me away. Plain and Simple. Any expectations I may have had could not be compared to what I experienced reading this. It's one of those books that you love so much that you feel the need to recommend it to absolutely everyone you know, and maybe even some people you don't. So, why am I not calling every one of my second cousins (twice removed) to tell them about it? This book is not going to be one that everyone will love. Not like I did. I have tried and tried to put words together This book blew me away. Plain and Simple. Any expectations I may have had could not be compared to what I experienced reading this. It's one of those books that you love so much that you feel the need to recommend it to absolutely everyone you know, and maybe even some people you don't. So, why am I not calling every one of my second cousins (twice removed) to tell them about it? This book is not going to be one that everyone will love. Not like I did. I have tried and tried to put words together in a way that I can describe the book. I want people to get a good idea what they can expect from Ghost Time. So here goes... First off, it's like someone is telling you a story; there are no quotations, there are mannerisms. It can come across as awkward to read, but I promise you get used to it. It's not exactly a journal, but you feel like you're getting a very intimate look into someone's life. If you've ever read The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, you will understand what I mean. Personally, I felt that this brought me closer to the main character. I felt like I knew Thea by the end of it, and now that I'm finished the book, I feel like I'm missing my best friend! Second, it has a timeline a little like Memento (the movie with Guy Pearce), although it is simultaneously moving forward AND back, in alternating scenes. We learn about Thea and Cam in the past, watching their budding relationship in reverse, to figure out what happens in the future. And it all hinges on one moment in time, when Cam disappears. When I'm reading the past scenes, I lose myself in Thea and Cam's relationship, their chemistry. And then I come to the future scenes, and I have to remind myself that he's gone. I'll admit that I kind of miss him too... It's a good thing there's a sequel in the making; I won't have to miss them for long! I had been under the impression that this book was a stand alone, but when I got the end, I was downright heartsick! I immediately went online, and breathed a small sigh of relief. The story is NOT at an end. There may not be an expected publication date yet, but I know that I can at least hold on to hope. The two halves of the story, past and future, have very different vibes to them. It's like, sweet love story vs. paranormal conspiracy theory. And I LOVE the way they collide! I was instantly fascinated, constantly enthralled, and covered with goosebumps from beginning to end! I feel the need to tack on a warning for language and mature themes. Though this is being published by Amazon Children, and the protagonist is 15, it doesn't necessarily mean that this book is for your kids. I recommend parents giving it a read first. A copy of this book was provided by Netgalley. [image error]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Nelson

    Ghost Time has an interesting premise, but there just wasn’t enough story to hold my interest throughout the entire novel. Thea, the main character, goes through a tough time when her boyfriend, Cam goes missing. The book is written in an alternating present-time/flash-back sequence, which was a cool method of slowly learning more about the characters while also progressing the timeline. My main issue, though, is that there is very, very little resolution to all the questions and weirdness intro Ghost Time has an interesting premise, but there just wasn’t enough story to hold my interest throughout the entire novel. Thea, the main character, goes through a tough time when her boyfriend, Cam goes missing. The book is written in an alternating present-time/flash-back sequence, which was a cool method of slowly learning more about the characters while also progressing the timeline. My main issue, though, is that there is very, very little resolution to all the questions and weirdness introduced throughout the story. I believe this was meant to be a series, and maybe this would have been a good first book if those answers were promised, but it looks like no sequel is forthcoming, so this is all we get. I wish there were more substance throughout the book: even just a hint or a clue as to what was going on. As it stands, I was rather confused throughout the entire novel and then it sort of just ended. With that said, I think Thea is a fun character to read about — she has a great backstory and a voice that I jived with. But, that wasn’t enough to carry the novel through. I really wanted to love this–it’s a shame that the plot didn’t really go anywhere. Also posted on Purple People Readers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    I have no idea how I feel about this book. Seriously. If you'd asked me in the first chapter, I would have said, eh, I'm not so sure about this stream of consciousness thing. But then if you asked me how I felt about chapter 2 through about the three-quarter mark, I would've given this book 5 stars. Gripping doesn't even begin to describe it, and the writing transformed into something magical. Courtney Eldridge can WRITE, that's for sure. Then, from about 75% to about 95%, I would give this book I have no idea how I feel about this book. Seriously. If you'd asked me in the first chapter, I would have said, eh, I'm not so sure about this stream of consciousness thing. But then if you asked me how I felt about chapter 2 through about the three-quarter mark, I would've given this book 5 stars. Gripping doesn't even begin to describe it, and the writing transformed into something magical. Courtney Eldridge can WRITE, that's for sure. Then, from about 75% to about 95%, I would give this book 4, 4 1/2 stars because it started to drag a little bit for me. But I was definitely still invested in finding out how it would end. And then we came to the ending, and now I have no idea how to rate this book. It just ... ended. I'm not the kind of person who needs everything wrapped up in a pretty package with a neat little bow, but this book had no resolution. Of anything. As I watched the page count tick higher and higher, I kept thinking, how is this going to resolve? How is this going to end? And then I reached the end and sort of sat there like ... huh. This book definitely captured my attention. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. But what I ultimately think about it, i still don't know. It's either brilliant or incredibly frustrating. Let me keep thinking....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Titan

    Please no love triangle please no love triangle please no love triangle pleaseee...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kiersten

    See more of my reviews at We Live and Breathe Books I must admit, when I started reading Ghost Time, I was very put off by the writing style – I found Thea's shallow, valley-girl speech quite off-putting. However, as the plot progressed and we started to see some depth in Thea, I found myself more and more drawn into this story. I received an uncorrected proof of Ghost Time from Amazon Children's Publishing at Book Expo America, and I was very excited to start it after reading the blurb – math-gen See more of my reviews at We Live and Breathe Books I must admit, when I started reading Ghost Time, I was very put off by the writing style – I found Thea's shallow, valley-girl speech quite off-putting. However, as the plot progressed and we started to see some depth in Thea, I found myself more and more drawn into this story. I received an uncorrected proof of Ghost Time from Amazon Children's Publishing at Book Expo America, and I was very excited to start it after reading the blurb – math-genius hacker, the voice of a mute girl, mysterious happenings... count me in! However, at the start of Ghost Time, the reader gets some of the prized dialogue that almost made me stop reading this book. "It was cold, and I was just like, Brrrr!" "...there was still a red outline of my lip gloss on his left hip bone, from when I'd knelt down, kissing him, because his hip bones drive me crazy." "...and his bone structure, like his cheekbones, are to die." " Because Cam has this really cool old car–it's so boss." Ugh. Luckily, this shallow Thea didn't last too long, which gave way to her insightful side - a side that is much darker and deeper. The way Thea grows throughout the story is astounding. Gradually, the reader gains more and more information about Thea's past and her relationship with her missing boyfriend, Cam, as well as her new friend Melody, a girl who speaks to Thea in her head. Despite how she sounds at the beginning, Thea has depth that I'm not sure many 15-year-olds can understand. Throughout her life, Thea has been through many hard times, but even after Cam, a boy who taught her to see the world through a different light, disappears, she still does her best to stay strong and keep going. Thea was a surprising heroine for me. When I find a heroine I really love, it's almost always immediate, – I'm usually drawn in by her strength and general disregard for society – but Thea is completely different. Thea is weak, she cares what people think of her, she needs other people – she is a 15-year-old girl, a teenager thrown into a terrible situation. The way Thea survives throughout the story is truly heroic. No matter how bad things seemed, she kept going and hoping for the best. And then there's Cam - who is, surprisingly, in very much of the book considering the fact that he is missing. Cam is probably definitely my favorite character in Ghost Time. While Thea may not be a scholar, Cam is very intelligent. The things he says to Thea are so insightful and captivating. Cam sees the world very different from most people, especially Thea, and he makes her see things differently. The title of the book, Ghost Time, comes from the equation that Cam is working on, regarding time moving in more than one direction at the same time. Courtney Eldridge does a brilliant job mirroring Cam's equation through the structure of the book, alternating between before and after Cam's disappearance. I love Cam. He is so loving and patient with Thea – it's kind of heart breaking. I wish there had been more Cam in Ghost Time – perhaps in Ghost Signs? While most of Cam's appearances are from before he disappeared (obviously), Melody appears afterwards. Mel is the daughter of the cop who is investigating Cam's disappearance. While Mel is paralyzed and mute, Thea has strange visions of Mel's "true self" and hears Mel's voice inside her head. Mel is one of the only people who can make Thea forget about Cam and all the drama surrounding his disappearance. Although Thea’s past contributes to her growth in the eyes of the reader, her friendship with Mel augments this growth, allowing the reader to see a nurturing side of Thea. Thea will do anything to help Mel feel like a normal teenage girl. The way Thea takes Mel under wing makes their relationship so charming and heartwarming. Overall, I really would have liked to give this book a higher rating, but the way Thea is portrayed in the beginning of the story just gets to me. When I compare the way Thea is in the first few chapters in comparison to the rest of the book, it's like she is a completely different character. I just don't see her being so different in the time lapses. Despite that, Courtney Eldridge crafted a wonderful novel filled with so many aspects of life: love, friendship, anger, sadness, family, longing – I could go on for a while. Even though I was skeptical about this book in the beginning, I'm glad I kept reading because the story was well worth it. The ending was very abrupt, leaving me asking, "WHERE IS THE REST OF THIS BOOK?!" but I'm hoping all will be resolved in Ghost Signs. The structure of the book along with the meticulous details, suspense, and insight made Ghost Time a great read. Also, there's this cool thing: http://www.saccadesproject.com Courtney Eldridge teamed up with some artists to gather inspiration for Ghost Time. It's really cool.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I had such high hopes for this one based off of the premises that that very well may have been where I went wrong with this one. I loved the cover, I loved the sound of it and I was excited to read something different and slightly conspiracy theory creepy good. What I wasn't expecting was the style of writing I received when opening the pages. I admit, I tolerate a lot in the YA genre, the drama, the immaturity, the love triangles and even the come here push away relationships that so many of the I had such high hopes for this one based off of the premises that that very well may have been where I went wrong with this one. I loved the cover, I loved the sound of it and I was excited to read something different and slightly conspiracy theory creepy good. What I wasn't expecting was the style of writing I received when opening the pages. I admit, I tolerate a lot in the YA genre, the drama, the immaturity, the love triangles and even the come here push away relationships that so many of them seem to have, but the valley girl 'like” dialogue and writing in this one just about did me in. I have never been a fan of the writing style and I sadly never will be. I wanted to love this though and the other positive reviews made me so curious as to what I was missing by the distracting dialogue that I decided to push though even though at times it was pretty excruciating for me. And I have to admit, the concept and idea behind Ghost Time was pretty original. It was very unlike anything I can honestly say I have read before and I am so SO glad I didn't give up on this one because it really did grow on me, Thea grew on me, valley girl talk and all. I admit, I wasn't thrilled about their age difference or all their extra curricular activities but their love for one another was pretty darn realistic. The way they showed and shared everything was pretty great. It truly was like they were soul mates. There is a lot going on in this book and yet very little at the same time. Secrets and clues are slowly revealed through the flashes of Cam and Thea's relationship weeks and sometimes months after Cam's very mysterious disappearance. Always alluding to where Cam is and yet, you never know for sure what is real and what just might be the rantings and ravings of a very broken girl. Really it is brilliantly done, craftily done. I couldn't help but get sucked right into the story and after awhile I was seriously contemplating on whether or not Thea was slightly crazy or whether so much more was really happening. I was pretty eager to find out exactly which it was and was consistently surprised by how all the foreshadowing of the “before” transpired in the “after”. Even though Thea comes off at times and immature and very much the fifteen year old that she is, there are some pretty great, pretty deep moments and thoughts in this as well. I wanted to write down a lot of them, something I don't normally do but honestly, there were too many too keep up with but I did manage to snag a few. This isn't just a love story or even a mystery, it is so much more. Twists and turns, secrets, lies and betrayal. People not always being who we think they are, not always being how they appear on the outside, good or bad. But the ending, the ending left me feeling sad and a little confused. Nothing was completely explained and you were sort of left to believe whatever you wanted to believe. You were left to draw your own conclusions about it all, from the very beginning and I am not so sure that after all of that build up...that that was all we got. I really don't know how to rate this one. Do I give it a 4 because it did captivate me or do a give it a 2 because I feel so very disappointed with the ending? So...neutral 3 it is.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I don't really know what to say about this book, except that I loved it. It is a psych thriller at its finest. Like Insanity and Tomomi Ishikawa you kind of just let the story unfold on its own, and accept that 90% of it will leave you scratching your head. still, with all that confusion, this is a fascinating story that is easy to get into. It's written in the stream of consciousness of a 15 year old girl, and the story goes back and forth between before and after his disappearance. That's prob I don't really know what to say about this book, except that I loved it. It is a psych thriller at its finest. Like Insanity and Tomomi Ishikawa you kind of just let the story unfold on its own, and accept that 90% of it will leave you scratching your head. still, with all that confusion, this is a fascinating story that is easy to get into. It's written in the stream of consciousness of a 15 year old girl, and the story goes back and forth between before and after his disappearance. That's probably going to get on some people's nerves, but I found it really authentic, and refreshing if nothing else. Even though the story centers on the boyfriends disappearance, some of the flashbacks are just about Thea and Cam's relationship, and her struggles with her parents' divorce and just normal teenager stuff. So it doesn't always feel so dark and twisty, sometimes it just feels like you're reading a coming of age story. And while I rarely buy into the teenage "tru luv" trope that pervades almost every book written about high schoolers, this felt truly genuine. I could really picture Thea and Cam, and their interactions and I honestly bought into their feelings for one another. The author does a fantastic job of showing what actual love looks like, instead of just "I could see in his eyes that he had never loved anyone the way he loved me and when I looked at him I felt all the love of everyone thought time pounding in my heart and OH MY GOD JUST STOP". Even though this book isn't a love story, and the depth of their relationship is a given, Eldridge still takes the time to let the reader see just why Thea lives Cam so much, and it's done so well I truly commend her for it. I have to take off a star because the ending was not satisfying. When I reached the last page I kept clicking the forward button on my kindle because there HAD to be more story left. I've heard this is to be a series, which is fine, but I think it should have given the reader at least a hint of what was happening or what was to come. Instead it felt like the last couple of chapters were missing. If it is a sequel, that's kind of a cheap trick (even though I will definitely be reading the next one) and if it's not, I'll probably have to take off another star because WTF. That being said, I really enjoyed reading this. It was interesting, creative and original. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    So, I think I will remember this book. Let me start with the cons. For what it was, it was too long. There are long detailed scenes described between our heroine, Thea and her boyfriend Cam that did not progress the plot in anyway. They were cute and showed a picture of their love and relationship, but it was too much. As all the other reviews explain, the book is told as though Thea is personally telling us a story. It is full of: "so then I go, oh my god, you can't be serious!" and "Like, she w So, I think I will remember this book. Let me start with the cons. For what it was, it was too long. There are long detailed scenes described between our heroine, Thea and her boyfriend Cam that did not progress the plot in anyway. They were cute and showed a picture of their love and relationship, but it was too much. As all the other reviews explain, the book is told as though Thea is personally telling us a story. It is full of: "so then I go, oh my god, you can't be serious!" and "Like, she was totally serious" It was annoying and distracting, however, somehow by the end of the book, I had grown accustomed to it. Also, I experienced this book in audio, which was still annoying to hear this narration, but I would bet my life, far better than trying to make my eyeballs accept this modern vernacular. I understand people talk like this, but please, please, please keep it out of my novels!!! The cons I listed above were pretty significant and they are part of the reason, that this book will be memorable! Anyway, I love what this book is actually about. Cam is a genius computer hacker who looks at life as so much more than feelings and experiences. He interprets everything he does "in code". therefore the code can be hacked! Anyway, I liked the timeline telling of the story. I rooted for Thea and I wanted her to find answers. I actually wasn't as frustrated with the ending as others seem to be. I thought it sort of wrapped things up nicely. (view spoiler)[Thea is given a chance to NOT ever meet Cam and avoid living through all of the events that lead up to a mostly disastrous ending. (hide spoiler)] So, even though much of the book aggravated me, I still awarded a generous 4 stars. (more like 3.5) A sequel? Really? Can't authors just leave well enough alone sometimes?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alice Liu

    There better be another book (12:56am) I mean it. Ghost Time is a quantum time travel, or mind travel, or possibly even alien thriller written from the perspective of the person left behind, Thea. Because of that point of view, it is a mystery that never really gets fully resolved. It has copious dialogue with zero quotation marks, and several people may be speaking within a paragraph. If you are a left-brain reader with a rules based expectation of punctuation, this might be a difficult read fo There better be another book (12:56am) I mean it. Ghost Time is a quantum time travel, or mind travel, or possibly even alien thriller written from the perspective of the person left behind, Thea. Because of that point of view, it is a mystery that never really gets fully resolved. It has copious dialogue with zero quotation marks, and several people may be speaking within a paragraph. If you are a left-brain reader with a rules based expectation of punctuation, this might be a difficult read for you as you will have to over-think the language. However, if you are a right-brain reader, the dialogue flows and even the constant back-and-forth feels natural. The beauty of compelling right-brained reading is that the Ghost Time is very much about the quantum aspects of life, the synchronicities, the non-linear nature of time, telepathy, and the power of thought to change a reality. Beneath it all is the very real anger felt by Thea, who is really just trying to deal with immense pain, while trying to figure out why the only person who ever fully accepted her has disappeared -- but seems to be ghosting back through social media and other very public clues. I didn't think I would like how the book alternates chapters from future to the past, but ended up loving it as more gets revealed each time. I also loved how the creepy elements are insinuated into Thea's life through different characters. So, I am left at the end wondering if this was time travel, alien abduction, or mind over matter. There better be another book. (12:38am)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    I received this book ARC edition that was provided by NetGalley and Amazon Children's Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: June 11, 2013. Where do I start with this book? First let me say I am rating it as 3 1/2 stars and not 3. Half the time I was confused which I think was mostly because of the chapters. They were put into time frames as before Cam's disappearance and after it, and I seemed to get a bit lost with that. Another thing that bothered me was the so called " I received this book ARC edition that was provided by NetGalley and Amazon Children's Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: June 11, 2013. Where do I start with this book? First let me say I am rating it as 3 1/2 stars and not 3. Half the time I was confused which I think was mostly because of the chapters. They were put into time frames as before Cam's disappearance and after it, and I seemed to get a bit lost with that. Another thing that bothered me was the so called "valley girl" talk. It literally drove me batty through out the whole book, I did try to ignore it the best that I could. I do assume that is just how the author writes. Now the ending, I would like to know what the heck happened to Cam? Could it be that Thea is going crazy? Or did Cam happen to crack the code that he is always talking about? I did enjoy the little romance that Cam and Thea had one of those cute teenage romances. Even though there is an age difference one is fifteen the other eighteen. I also liked the twist that was thrown in there about Cam I want to say towards the end. I didn't see that coming at all. What Thea is going though my heart did break for her as I know it must have been hard with Cam disappearing and then have her personal life come out. Overall it was a decent book, after reading the other reviews I see that this is part of a series. Now that I know that I do believe I would love to read book two and see if it improves a lot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Reilly

    Interesting concept, but I REALLY hate when a story has a completely obscure ending. The first 3/4 of the story focuses on the main character, her relationship with her boyfriend, his mysterious disappearance, and the weird instances subsequently happening. The last 1/4 of the book -- I couldn't even tell you what it was really about. The story ends very abruptly and the last sentence is an attempt at being clever and ironic that seems way too contrived, in my opinion. Good book up until the end Interesting concept, but I REALLY hate when a story has a completely obscure ending. The first 3/4 of the story focuses on the main character, her relationship with her boyfriend, his mysterious disappearance, and the weird instances subsequently happening. The last 1/4 of the book -- I couldn't even tell you what it was really about. The story ends very abruptly and the last sentence is an attempt at being clever and ironic that seems way too contrived, in my opinion. Good book up until the end, where it just fell flat and left me feeling very unsatisfied, wondering why I bothered reading it. Plus, the author attempts to paint this picture of a teen girl by writing the story the way a teen girl might talk, which is just confusing when it comes to dialogue and trying to figure out who's talking and what the character is thinking but not saying out loud. It was actually hard to read and to envision in your head. I lost count of all the times I had to reread a sentence because I couldn't figure out if something was being said out loud or being said non-verbally, who was talking at what time, or if the main character was just thinking something but not actually saying it. Too frustrating and the ending did not make it worth reading at all...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I started out loving the story, but then it seemed to drag on. The ending just disappointed me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna

    Ghost Time was another book that Literary Lushes put on an ARC tour. I read the description and thought it sounded interesting, so I signed up. As soon as I cracked open Ghost Time, I knew that it was going to take a while to get into. The writing style is very strange. For one thing, and what was the most irritating, there were no quotation marks. Ghost Time was narrated in first-person, so sometimes, it was really hard to tell whether Thea was thinking or speaking. For example: I go, All right, Ghost Time was another book that Literary Lushes put on an ARC tour. I read the description and thought it sounded interesting, so I signed up. As soon as I cracked open Ghost Time, I knew that it was going to take a while to get into. The writing style is very strange. For one thing, and what was the most irritating, there were no quotation marks. Ghost Time was narrated in first-person, so sometimes, it was really hard to tell whether Thea was thinking or speaking. For example: I go, All right, all right, but tell me what you were going to say before that, and Cam goes, Oh, yeah. That’s not one of the more confusing instances, but it gives you an idea of the writing style, as this continues throughout the whole book. Also, and this is more of a personal pet peeve, but there were no page numbers. I don’t know if this was unique to the ARC or if the finished copy also lacks page numbers, but that annoyed me. I like knowing what page I’m on. So you know what I did? I counted pages as I was reading, and no, I am not even joking! Also, going along with the writing style, Ghost Time focuses a lot on time, and it jumps around. For example, the first chapter is “Monday, April 4, 2011 5:27pm”. The second chapter is two hours later, and the third chapter is two hours earlier, and that’s how it continues. The chapters alternate between the past and the future and how they relate to the initial chapter. Anyway, now that I got the writing style out of the way, let’s talk a little bit about the story line. If you read the Goodreads description posted above, you know the gist of it. Thea’s boyfriend disappears, and then weird things start happening. Honestly, they had me absolutely confused, trying desperately to figure out how and why this was happening, and this was the main reason I kept flipping the pages. So the strange things that happen, along with Thea’s interactions with the FBI agent assigned to the case, and her reactions to Cam’s disappearance take up the majority of the “future” chapters. The “past” chapters mostly revolve around her relationship with Cam, though sometimes we get some back story on her as well. Some of these past chapters appeared relevant to some of the strange happenings that occur, but some of them just seemed extraneous at times. If I got bored reading Ghost Time, it was most likely during a past chapter. Thea was not a very likable character. She seemed to have a very short temper, as several of the past chapters demonstrated. There was also just something a little off about her, which almost had me wondering if she was crazy and this whole story was in her head or something. I don’t know; I just didn’t find her easy to relate to. Cam seemed kind of like an arrogant jerk, but then in the next scene he’d be a really romantic, caring boyfriend. Detective Knox and Melody were interesting characters, and Agent Foley was just all kinds of creepy, though I haven’t figured out why. As I said before, most of the reason that I kept feverishly flipping through pages was because I was so confused and needed an explanation. I will admit that I was extremely frustrated with the ending, as it really didn’t seem to give much information at all. Honestly, if this wasn’t a book that I had to pass on for the tour, I probably would have thrown it. However, I did a little googling and found this on the author’s website: her young adult novel, Ghost Time, the first of a trilogy, will be published by Amazon Publishing Okay, so it’s going to be part of a trilogy. This makes me feel a little better about the ending than if the story really just ended there, but I will say, after 416 pages, I really needed a little something to be resolved! Needless to say, I’m still frustrated by the ending and also a little disappointed. However, Ghost Time absolutely had me hooked, and I will definitely be reading the sequel, so I’m giving it 3 stars. This review is also posted on my blog, Mommy's Reading Break.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I am not sure exactly what I think about this book. It was very different and unusual. And a lot of things happen that don't make sense. The narrator is Thea a 15 year old Sophomore. She loves to draw and take photographs. Her boyfriend is Cam, an 18 year old math genius/hacker who is a senior in high school. First off this book is advertised as YA. I would say it should be marketed as a more mature YA read. There are a lot of difficult topics discussed. And the main character is 15 years old and I am not sure exactly what I think about this book. It was very different and unusual. And a lot of things happen that don't make sense. The narrator is Thea a 15 year old Sophomore. She loves to draw and take photographs. Her boyfriend is Cam, an 18 year old math genius/hacker who is a senior in high school. First off this book is advertised as YA. I would say it should be marketed as a more mature YA read. There are a lot of difficult topics discussed. And the main character is 15 years old and having sex. I'm not sure exactly why the narrator had to be so young. But just be prepared. On April 4th 2011 Cam disappears. The local police and FBI are called. Was he kidnapped? Did he run away? Lots of strange things start to happen, many of which make little sense. There are sex videos of Thea and Cam appearing on the internet. Thea can clearly hear a disabled girl's thoughts. The stars on the school's flag are cut out. There are a few very unusual things about this book. First the book has an interesting format that took me a while to get used to. The book starts off on April 4th 2011. Then alternates between going into the future and the past in alternate chapters. So first it goes a few hours into the future, then a few hours into the past. Then a few more hours into the future, then a bunch more hours into the past. It continues like this. Going forward in the story. And going further into the past. At the beginning I found this sort of off-putting (mostly because it was just a few hours at a time). But once we got into weeks earlier or later it was much easier to follow. Also, the way the story was told was very unusual. I don't even really know how to explain it because I've never seen anything written this way before. But instead of having dialogue the narrator just sort of summarizes what people are saying. So no quotes for people talking. The narrator just says everything. I found this extremely bizarre. It was easy enough to get used to this style. But not sure why. I've seen it described as the narrator simply giving her thoughts in a stream of consciousness way. As I said you get used to it. But it was very different. I found that unlike some YA where there is insta-love, the relationship between Thea and Cam seemed very realistic. The chapters in the past focused on Thea and Cam's relationship. Going backwards to when they first started dating. The forward chapters showed Thea trying to deal with Cam's disappearance. As I mentioned there a bunch of complex issues, most of which I don't want to spoil. But Thea had a lot of issues, including being estranged from her dad. The story was interesting. Unusual. But there really was no resolution. And the ending was completely unsatisfying. The book just ended and felt incomplete. I have heard a few people say that this is a trilogy. Well if so then market it as such. People are reading it expecting an ending. Thanks to netgalley and Amazon Children's Publishing for allowing me to read this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Looking for something a little dark, a little mysterious and a little creepy? Of course, there is a lot to choose from, but, trust me, you will want to put Ghost Time at the top of the list! Author Courtney Eldridge has a hit on her hands with this one! Thea, social outcast, fifteen, finds real love with genius older guy, Cam, who is new to town and her school. Their attraction seems so real, but, yes, I'm pulling the Mom Card out again, we have a pretty big age/maturity gap here. Okay, card put Looking for something a little dark, a little mysterious and a little creepy? Of course, there is a lot to choose from, but, trust me, you will want to put Ghost Time at the top of the list! Author Courtney Eldridge has a hit on her hands with this one! Thea, social outcast, fifteen, finds real love with genius older guy, Cam, who is new to town and her school. Their attraction seems so real, but, yes, I'm pulling the Mom Card out again, we have a pretty big age/maturity gap here. Okay, card put away. these two have an amazing connection, they just "get" each other on their own special level. Cam disappears soon after receiving a seemingly innocuous phone call. And the strangeness begins...Thea becomes the main suspect when mysterious things start happening, pictures of her and Cam start appearing online, but they never existed! After the police get nowhere, the FBI is called in and there is something unusual about the agent in charge, he is less than friendly toward Thea, all but directly accusing her of being responsible for Cam's disappearance. Meanwhile, Thea trusts the police detective and befriends both him and his handicapped daughter, who makes a psychic bond with Thea. Unable to communicate with anyone else, she can communicate mentally with Thea. The question remains, where is Cam? Who is Cam? Is it true he has a dark secret in his past? You may question some of the actions in this tale, but it is very well-written with a huge dose of dark and creepy, along with another dose of lonely teen! Add psychic abilities and viral internet feeds, along with flawed characters with too much to hide and you have Ghost Time, Nice work, Courtney Eldridge! This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Amazon Children's Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: June 11, 2013

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stacey B.

    OVERALL IMPRESSION: What? That's what I said to myself as soon as I finished reading this. It took me a little bit to get used to the writing - we hear Thea's scattered thoughts, it was a little annoying to me, but I adjusted eventually. The whole story line captivated me. I was really interested in finding out what happened to Cam and why all of the strange things were happening throughout the story. The timeline jumps back and forth starting from the disappearance of Cam and going backward and f OVERALL IMPRESSION: What? That's what I said to myself as soon as I finished reading this. It took me a little bit to get used to the writing - we hear Thea's scattered thoughts, it was a little annoying to me, but I adjusted eventually. The whole story line captivated me. I was really interested in finding out what happened to Cam and why all of the strange things were happening throughout the story. The timeline jumps back and forth starting from the disappearance of Cam and going backward and forward in time with each chapter. It sounds like that would be confusing, but I had no trouble following it, and for me it really added to the interest of the story. Then, I got to the end and I was extremely disappointed. From what I now understand, is that there is going to be a followup book to this one. When I was reading it, I had no idea, I thought it was a standalone book. I felt like the book kept picking up speed, going faster and faster, and then just - BAM. It stopped and there nothing. No crash, no explosion, just nothing. It just ended and left me feeling unsatisfied. I understand that authors want to pull you in and get you excited to read the next book in a series, but this one just left me confused with no idea where the story is going to lead next. I don't think I'll be picking up the next one in this series. CHARACTERS: The characters were fine. I didn't get particularly attached to any of them, but I am curious to see where they take Mel's character. I liked hearing her thoughts and her feelings towards her father. COVER: I do like the cover. I'm not really sure how it ties in with the book, because I'm so confused about what this book was trying to accomplish, but I do like the way the cover looks. **I received an ARC copy of this book from Amazon Vine for my honest opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lohman

    Pros: This is one of the few books that I thought really pulled off the time-switch without being confusing. What helped was that the author added the time lapsed (ex: six weeks before, three months after, etc) and the exact date and time of that chapter onto the heading, which allowed the reader not to be thrown off course. The author made the relationship between the artistic and tortured Thea and the gorgeous and math-whiz Cam realistic, no matter how generic the concept was. Cons: The back cov Pros: This is one of the few books that I thought really pulled off the time-switch without being confusing. What helped was that the author added the time lapsed (ex: six weeks before, three months after, etc) and the exact date and time of that chapter onto the heading, which allowed the reader not to be thrown off course. The author made the relationship between the artistic and tortured Thea and the gorgeous and math-whiz Cam realistic, no matter how generic the concept was. Cons: The back cover is completely misleading. Expecting to be reading a sci-fi mystery, I was engrossed in the book, waiting for the "plot to thicken", so to speak. The book actually went along with it, for a while; it focused on Cam's disappearance and reeked of government conspiracy, treachery, and what I thought would be the best sci-fi thriller of the year. However, the author completely changed the tune about 1/3rd of the way into the book. It seemed as if the author didn't know how to carry the storyline and hastily changed the plot into a slice-of-life, teen-recovering-from-depression-and-loss mess. The story added unnecessary subplots (such as Melody, Thea's hearing voices) and twisted in a completely different direction, only mentioning anything slightly to do with Cam when the author slipped in a frustrating sign from him that Thea seemed to, for the most part, brushed aside. The book ends in a highly unrealistic and anti-climactic way, with a vague explanation of Cam's past and many major ideas ignored. It seemed as if the author didn't know how to execute a thick storyline hinted at the beginning, and instead reverted to a let-down of a book. I really wished that the author was more consistent, because Ghost Time had more potential than any book I've read all year.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Willa

    I have had a little bit of difficulty deciding how to review this book without filling it with spoilers. I adored it from the start, right up until the very end. I did a little research and found out that this is the first book in a trilogy, which now makes sense. This is a young adult book about a teenager, Thea, who is having a hard time believing that her previous math tutor slash new boyfriend Cam really wants to be with her. She's never really had a boyfriend before, and he's older, but it s I have had a little bit of difficulty deciding how to review this book without filling it with spoilers. I adored it from the start, right up until the very end. I did a little research and found out that this is the first book in a trilogy, which now makes sense. This is a young adult book about a teenager, Thea, who is having a hard time believing that her previous math tutor slash new boyfriend Cam really wants to be with her. She's never really had a boyfriend before, and he's older, but it sure seems to be true love. Then he disappears, and some very strange things start happening, including YouTube videos of Thea and Cam making love that she is sure could not possibly exist. And they are impossible to remove. The FBI gets involved, news vans start showing up, and Thea's live gets much more complicated than it should be. She would like to be able to just go to school and worry about and/or grieve Cam's absence, but she is constantly forced to explain herself. A local police detective becomes an unlikely ally, as does the detective's handicapped daughter, with whom Thea seems to have a psychic bond. As the books winds to a close, I started getting worried that nothing was going to be explained or resolved, and that turned out to be the case. Still, I loved the book, and it has stuck with me. I hope the second part of the trilogy is published soon so we can find out what happens with Thea and Cam. I received this book from NetGalley in return for a review; I was not paid for this review, nor required to post a positive review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pamela (slytherpuff)

    See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up. Waaaaaait just a second. That's the end? I didn't know that this the beginning of a series! GAH!!! Courtney Eldridge, you are going to make me pull my my hair out. I hate reading series until all books are published for exactly this reason: I'm going to go crazy wondering what happens next. I'm a bit relieved that it's not the end, though. I want to know more about Thea, Cam, and Melody. It doesn't help that I want to know NOW, though. Hmph. I love the way See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up. Waaaaaait just a second. That's the end? I didn't know that this the beginning of a series! GAH!!! Courtney Eldridge, you are going to make me pull my my hair out. I hate reading series until all books are published for exactly this reason: I'm going to go crazy wondering what happens next. I'm a bit relieved that it's not the end, though. I want to know more about Thea, Cam, and Melody. It doesn't help that I want to know NOW, though. Hmph. I love the way that the story is told: from a single point in time, we're treated to the stream-of-consciousness thoughts of 15-year-old Thea. Each chapter either takes us further back in time to relive days and weeks past, or days and weeks into the present. You get to uncover their stories bit by bit and it made it really hard to put down and go to sleep (or pay attention to my kids, but anyhow). Time is obviously the central theme of the books, and Eldridge weaves the story beautifully. Some of my favorite lines include: What if time is plural, and time can move forward or backward? and ...the amazing thing about looking at the stars is you're looking into the future and the past at the same time. Oh yeah. That's some good Time Lord stuff, right there. I can't wait until the sequel comes out! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Earvin

    Overall I liked this book - it is a different concept than what has been seen in YA recently. My main complaint about the story is that it is scheduled to be a trilogy...and I have an issue with the spreading thin of a story line just to produce books. ( why do in three books, what you can do in two or possibly one BIG book )I have concerns that this may be the case with the Saccades Trilogy. However, I won't truly know if this is the situation until the next book comes out. *sigh* Again...as I st Overall I liked this book - it is a different concept than what has been seen in YA recently. My main complaint about the story is that it is scheduled to be a trilogy...and I have an issue with the spreading thin of a story line just to produce books. ( why do in three books, what you can do in two or possibly one BIG book )I have concerns that this may be the case with the Saccades Trilogy. However, I won't truly know if this is the situation until the next book comes out. *sigh* Again...as I stated in my "Wither" review, we have a situation where the reader isn't being told enough about the main concept (which appears in the title) to get at least a tiny idea of where the story might be headed. I don't need to know everything- just a little illumination will do. I find it very frustrating when writers/editors do this. Ghost Time is supposedly an equation. Okay - so - it is an equation that proves what? I just want to know a little, that's all. It seems that Eldridge chose to let the characters and their relationships do the heavy lifting for this installment, and admittedly, I care about two of the characters. I want to know what's going to happen to them. Her character building worked in this respect. Don't get me wrong, there were definitely some interesting things going on. There appears to be a plot...Eldridge has a plan - and it better not disappoint...lots of promise here. She had better have a good explanation as to what Ghost Time is...she just better...that's all I have to say. :) LOL

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Summary (fairly vague, sorry): Thea's boyfriend Cam has disappeared. He hasn't left much behind and no one knows what has happened. Things start to pop up in popular media online, and Thea has to wonder if Cam is sending her messages or if someone is screwing with her. Some of what shows up wasn't even made by the two of them (sexual films definitely come to get you). Then, she notices a strange glowing tattoo on her shoulder. What is going on? My thoughts: Unfortunately, the "what is going on" que Summary (fairly vague, sorry): Thea's boyfriend Cam has disappeared. He hasn't left much behind and no one knows what has happened. Things start to pop up in popular media online, and Thea has to wonder if Cam is sending her messages or if someone is screwing with her. Some of what shows up wasn't even made by the two of them (sexual films definitely come to get you). Then, she notices a strange glowing tattoo on her shoulder. What is going on? My thoughts: Unfortunately, the "what is going on" question goes through the entire novel. I was confused several times. We hear Thea's voice as a stream of consciousness. This includes rapid jumps in thoughts and sometimes odd breaks. As a reader, I have to put my own breaths into the sentences or I'd pass out. There was just too much crammed together. Other than that, the mystery that goes throughout the novel stays throughout the novel. There are more unanswered questions with each page you turn. Most of those stay unanswered. I was not thrilled with the ending. I know there is another book coming out, so I hope that there was a reason for leaving so many things unclear. On the positive side, it was weird enough to keep me interested. The premise is carried out generally well and this odd sensation of being on unstable ground follows throughout the novel. I'm sure that the creepy factor of not knowing was the only reason I kept reading. I want to know! I just hope that I know more before the end of the next book or I will just leave with the ambiguity.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    This is probably one of the strangest books I've read. I really liked the plot, I thought it was really interesting and constantly wanted to know why everything was happening. Unfortunately for me, I guess I have to wait for the next book to come out because this one did not answer a thing. Not one thing. Leaving me extremely angry at it. Anywho. I also liked how the events in this book could probably never happen in real life, yet the characters' reactions all seem so real! However, in addition This is probably one of the strangest books I've read. I really liked the plot, I thought it was really interesting and constantly wanted to know why everything was happening. Unfortunately for me, I guess I have to wait for the next book to come out because this one did not answer a thing. Not one thing. Leaving me extremely angry at it. Anywho. I also liked how the events in this book could probably never happen in real life, yet the characters' reactions all seem so real! However, in addition to the ending making me mad, I also didn't like the writing style of this book. There are no quotes to separate speech from narration, making it somewhat difficult to understand at times, but giving it a kind of crazy, stream-of-consciousness feel to it. Also, the book alternates between past and present, which wasn't too confusing for me because it just alternates every chapter, but sometimes the flashbacks-within-flashbacks can be kind of "...wait, what?" and sometimes the chapters in the past are just kind of pointless. I mean, yeah, I know, character development for Thea and Cam, and some of them actually give you background into the events that take place in the "future", but it's just like, "I don't care about their first date, I want to know what happened to Cam, and spoilers that I won't even get into! I want to know about that!" But I guess I'll just have to wait until the next book comes out...sigh...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I received this book as part of the Free Reads program of Good Reads.The writing itself, or craft of this story was excellent,and a truer account of a bright,disturbed adolescent would be more difficult to find.But I wanted more of a resolution/solution to the story line.Even if the reading level was not too high for my 8th graders, I couldn't consider even giving this book to them or to the guidance counselor to share.Besides the active sex life of the main character (which to be honest is mor I received this book as part of the Free Reads program of Good Reads.The writing itself, or craft of this story was excellent,and a truer account of a bright,disturbed adolescent would be more difficult to find.But I wanted more of a resolution/solution to the story line.Even if the reading level was not too high for my 8th graders, I couldn't consider even giving this book to them or to the guidance counselor to share.Besides the active sex life of the main character (which to be honest is more realistic than I admit knowing) this book is a "head" book, not dealing with drugs, but continually dealing what the main character feels or thinks and less with what may have actually happened.Oh yeah,to put the nuts on top of this sundae,the main character is an unreliable narrator. Of course, and maybe rightly, because of the main characters' conflicting emotions the time sequence is out of order. I'd re-read this book for the language and excellent writng as well puzzling out what is real or fantasy in the main character's head,but I wouldn't put it in the hands of impatient plot-driven adolescent. I,as an adult, just held on long enough to finish,even while appreciating the glorious writng style of Courtney Eldridge.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nikki S

    I received this ARC through ARCycling, so I was really upset the first time I tried reading it and just couldn't get through it. At the time I thought it was just because I only wanted to read contemp romance, but even now when I've been mostly in the mood for paranormal romance, I just couldn't get into it. I believe it was the writing style. More so with the chapters. It seemed like every one was tw hours ahead and then there was the occasional ones with days and then some with weeks later. H I received this ARC through ARCycling, so I was really upset the first time I tried reading it and just couldn't get through it. At the time I thought it was just because I only wanted to read contemp romance, but even now when I've been mostly in the mood for paranormal romance, I just couldn't get into it. I believe it was the writing style. More so with the chapters. It seemed like every one was tw hours ahead and then there was the occasional ones with days and then some with weeks later. Honestly, I was just confused. It seemed to be a lot going on. What I'm most upset about is it had a very promising synopsis. Especially since I just watched Scandal and was FASCINATED by Huck and his hacking. I was thinking I would love this one. It just seemed to go in circles and I wasn't happy with it. After a couple times setting it down and coming back to it it further confused me. To the point of I just didn't care anymore. So for that reason, I had to DNF it. I would tell you the page, BUT THERE ARE NONE IN MY ARC. Just throwing that out there. It was at the beginning of the chapter entitled "Thursday, April 21,2011 (Seventeen Days Later) 12:13 pm."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (lifeinlit)

    DNF at 40%. I tried listening to the audio as well as reading the ebook. Sadly, it just wasn't for me. I didn't care for the writing style, which made it extremely difficult for me to get into the story itself. I honestly didn't care how it all turned out, so that was a sure sign to me that it may not be worth finishing. So at approximately 40% I decided to put this book aside. I don't make it a habit of DNF'ing books. I honestly don't remember the last time I did so. I was really excited to rea DNF at 40%. I tried listening to the audio as well as reading the ebook. Sadly, it just wasn't for me. I didn't care for the writing style, which made it extremely difficult for me to get into the story itself. I honestly didn't care how it all turned out, so that was a sure sign to me that it may not be worth finishing. So at approximately 40% I decided to put this book aside. I don't make it a habit of DNF'ing books. I honestly don't remember the last time I did so. I was really excited to read this one, and I'm disappointed that I didn't get into it like I thought I would. I've read many favorable reviews for Ghost Time, so this book definitely has its share of fans. If you think you will enjoy it, I'd say give it a try!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I had to take breaks from this book. The stream of consciousness narrative wasn't doing it for me. I had to step away from Thea and go read another book (or three) before I could come back.... And I had to keep coming back because I wanted answers. I just COULDN'T connect with the writing style. But, there was something about the concept. I had to know what was happening. I had to get to the conclusion. So, of course, that pull was a huge plus. (And that pull is also what made this a 3 star read f I had to take breaks from this book. The stream of consciousness narrative wasn't doing it for me. I had to step away from Thea and go read another book (or three) before I could come back.... And I had to keep coming back because I wanted answers. I just COULDN'T connect with the writing style. But, there was something about the concept. I had to know what was happening. I had to get to the conclusion. So, of course, that pull was a huge plus. (And that pull is also what made this a 3 star read for me...) Another plus, while the presentation of the story drove me INSANE, I will say that I found the teenage narration to be ridiculously believable. Maybe I just wanted dialogue punctuation...I don't know. I'm torn. I love/hated it. (love/hate = like?)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Velasquez

    I won this book through a goodreads give away. I liked it. I liked it a lot. I especially enjoyed how the setting was both after and before the event occurred. The protagonist was well developed as well as the relationship she had with her boyfriend. The supporting characters did a good job characterizing Theodora. the story line was not hard to follow a lead to an interesting read. I would recommend this to people who enjoy young adult novels. I feel like people who like time and technology bas I won this book through a goodreads give away. I liked it. I liked it a lot. I especially enjoyed how the setting was both after and before the event occurred. The protagonist was well developed as well as the relationship she had with her boyfriend. The supporting characters did a good job characterizing Theodora. the story line was not hard to follow a lead to an interesting read. I would recommend this to people who enjoy young adult novels. I feel like people who like time and technology based novels will enjoy this read even if it may not be the most action packed or in depth book. It is a quick read and a good way to pass the time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Walter

    I won this book from a goodreads giveaway. Try as I might, I cannot get into this book. The copy I received has no page numbers, so I cannot tell you how far into I got, but I must admit it was only maybe a third of the book. The fact that there was no quotation marks confused me; it's quite possibly the reason I disliked this book So much. The chapters jumped around, and it was hard to make a connection to any of the characters. I must say, I was very disappointed because the synopsis of this b I won this book from a goodreads giveaway. Try as I might, I cannot get into this book. The copy I received has no page numbers, so I cannot tell you how far into I got, but I must admit it was only maybe a third of the book. The fact that there was no quotation marks confused me; it's quite possibly the reason I disliked this book So much. The chapters jumped around, and it was hard to make a connection to any of the characters. I must say, I was very disappointed because the synopsis of this book was great.

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