||May 24, 2009
Book One in the Trinity saga.
Imogen Stromholdt lives a very uninteresting and sluggish life; her days are about as fast as a snail riding a turnip. She so longs to have fun adventures of her own filled with daring plots and danger, but those dreams are as far away as a dream could be.
But her life quickly becomes filled with real danger when she meets a very suave and charming young man named Lucius Knight. Well, that, and the tiny vicious little monsters called Sea-Merrows that tried to drown her, a slightly egocentric Irish youth who can manipulate fire, and blood-thirsty vampires tracking her across the country. Not to mention the indestructible beings called Hollows that want to kidnap her by the orders of their undead master, Byron Barrowite. Other than that, she has nothing to worry about.
Imogen’s life just became a lot more interesting, and if she can just survive the giant dragon made of pure fire, she may learn just how much she enjoys getting into trouble. Her greatest weapon is her freedom of choice in this charming and darkly romantic tale of magic, murder, and destiny.
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I was a little timid going into reading this book. I was thinking, "Okay this is like Harry Potter meets Twilight". But the more I dived into the book, I realized that, although a supernaturally themed book, it's in its own category. A new up and coming cultural phenom. From page one of The Pocket Watch, I was captivated. The story leapt off the pages with such vivid descriptions. It allowed me to envision entire scenes in my head while not overly explaining the background, which in many cases can become wordy, boring, and completely eliminating the readers imaginative process that goes along with reading books. The author allows the reader to envision what Imogen is seeing. There are a lot of different characters in this book that are so endearing and well drawn up it makes them unforgetable. Each character is unique in their own right.
The story itself was something new and refreshing. It was a very good twist on old monsters and new ideas that allow it to be something original. I felt Imogen's sorrow when discovering her family's secret, I felt her fear when her friend turned on her(albeit was against his will), I felt her anguish at the the thought of leaving, I fell in love right along with her, and I also felt her betrayal and sadness. There is just enough mystery in the book to keep it exciting but not so much that it was confusing. I honestly couldn't put the book down. I have three small children and yet I still finished it in three days! I haven't been this excited over a series in a long time, and am already dying for the second one!
This epic adventure follows a young lady on her journey through a world that's been beneath her feet her entire life.
Seventeen year old Imogen Stromholdt is a key factor in a dangerous plot to change the world as we know it. The problem is... she has no idea.
One cold, wet day, mysterious characters make their entrance into her world and begin to change things, showing her that the life she knows isn't really the life she knows. Suddenly secrets, lies, and mystery are a part of her daily routine. Without any consent on her part she is thrown into a world of fantasy where creatures that shouldn't exist do and things that should be impossible aren't.
Ronnell Porter's novel "The Pocket Watch" combines the worlds of mythology, fantasy, and contemporary fiction in a novel that keeps you guessing, hoping, thinking, and waiting for the next twist in the story!
Sierra Rose, Author
I received a review copy from the author and first will come right out and say that mentions in previous reviews of Twilight made me leery as nothing will force me near that series. Not to say I don't enjoy vampires in my stories but it's been overdone.
The Pocket Watch, on the other hand, didn't strike me as that type of read. I believe the characters pulled me in first. Imogen is striving to be a regular seventeen year old when she is anything but. She is a wonderfully written, likable girl that makes you want to read more and more. All of the characters you find in this first book by Mr. Porter will make you curious about them. Aside from Imogen, I especially liked Lucius and look forward to more on him and our young Imogen.
Yes, fans of Twilight and even Harry Potter will enjoy this book, but even if you aren't fans of those titles, this book will pull you in and make you want to read from start to finish in one sitting. The epilogue is especially interesting. I throughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the others in the trilogy.
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