Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Undoing time by Alyssa Richards

 Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
 Title: Undoing Time
 Author: Alyssa Richards
 Series: The Fine Art of Deception
 Publication Date: Jan 2015
 Publisher: Self Published
 Age Group: 18+
 Genre: Paranormal Romance
 Pages: 266
 Format: eBook
 Source: Author provided Review Copy
 Buy the Book: Amazon | Goodreads

Art appraiser Addison Montgomery just wants a normal life. One where she can ignore the vicious ghosts who follow her. One where she’s free from her “gift” of touching an object and seeing the owner’s deepest secrets. And one where she can fall in love without having all of the above get in the way.

But when tall, dark, and dangerous gallery owner Blake Greenwood enters her life, normal is the last thing she’s feeling. The man has more secrets than the priceless art he sells, giving Addison’s quest for normal no chance. That, and he may just hold the key to uncovering the truth behind her father’s unexplained disappearance.

Despite her paranormal gifts warning her to stay away, she feels an inexplicable, captivating fascination for him, something that goes deeper than attraction. There’s something between them that’s older than time, and if she can learn to give him her trust, it may just save her life.

I really loved the concept of this book! How many times have I walked through a museum or a gallery or looked at my own print of Van Gogh's Starry Night and wished I knew the story behind it, the real story? The book has a bit of an old-school "whodunit?" vibe as bits and pieces are revealed and you try to figure out the mystery in this book (here's a hint: there's more than one mystery to solve!) . The writing was excellent and the plot well thought out. There are a few P.O.V. shifts, and, honestly, they were a bit disorienting. The shifts always occur at the start of a new chapter, but they were still a bit jarring at times, especially since, due to the suspense/mystery nature of the story, they leave you scratching your head as to what the hell just happened.

It did take me a little while to really get into the story, I was about a third of the way through before I was genuinely hooked and wanting to know what was going to happen. Sure, it was a little slow to get started, but it was setting up for a great finish!

The character development was excellent, though I didn't really connect with Addie, but that's not due to any problems with the writing or development. She frustrated me a bit with her floundering between what she should or shouldn't do.

All in all the story was intriguing and entertaining. It does end on a semi-cliffhanger, but book 2 is already out and available, so don't let that stop you from reading this one!

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