Author: Rhonda Sermon
First Published: 13th of September 2015
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Rhonda has kindly sent me a review copy of the paperback
“You’ve misunderstood. It’s not a choice. It’s a destiny.”
When fifteen year old Cate accidentally brings a dead cheerleader back to life her connection to the secretive Timesurfers is revealed. The Timesurfers travel through time and battle the powerful dark forces intent on manipulating history. Cate must discover her powers, choose a side and end a centuries old war. No pressure.
Timesurfers is hands down the best Indie Book I’ve ever read, it’s actually one of my favourites reads for 2015. It was such a quick read and just addictive, that you had to read the next chapter, immediately. The storyline of good verse evil sucks you in, then mysteries keep your attention and lastly, love interests have you wanting more.
The information about this new world and references we’re introduce to in Timesurfers flowed throughout the whole book, never too much information in one chapter. The whole concept of time travelling is always automatically placed in the sci-fi genre, but the way that Rhonda has written about time travelling was refreshing. Time travelling within the book is powered by magic and only Timesurfers can time travel. The catch is, they can only travel to the past. However, people from the future can bring people from the past to their present. Timesurfers always are gifted with extraordinary (and not so fancy) powers as well. Super hearing and healing are many of these super powers that Timesurfers have and develop.
The plot of the book was amazing. There was only one plot twist that I did see coming from a mile away but the rest were mind blowing. The inclusion of historical facts that make you think that this book may actually be a non-fiction was just incredible and mind boggling to read and understand. The definition of bad and good is so unclear that you don’t really know who the main character Cate, should side with. The storyline always had me biting at my fingernails and was so complex just like the characters.
The characters within the book are just disgustingly loveable, like, they’re all just amazingly interesting and I would never part with any of them.
One of these characters is the protagonist, Cate, at first a normal teen, but then later on it’s revealed she’s a time surfer. Cate is mentally and physically a baddass, sparingly. She is such a strong female character. I’d definitely put her up there with Kestrel from the Winner’s Curse and Yelena from Poison Study. Austin is such a simple and loveable character, just easily likeable. Austin is also one of Cate’s love interests which kind of felt like instant love but then, later on, we find out why these two characters have that weird connection. However, there’s Jonah, a ghost, a sexy untraceable bad guy who isn’t that bad at all who Cate (thinks she) likes. Throughout the book, we slowly get to unravel the layers of Jonah and oh boy, was the guy just… swoon worthy. At the end of the book, you’ll really only rooting for one guy because we find out that there is another girl in the equation, so no (real tough) love triangles here. You’ll find a team.
I loved Rhonda’s writing and her new and refreshing concepts of time travelling. The whole book reminded me of the mortal instruments plus time travelling but better. I easily awarded the book five stars.
Next up is an interview with the genius author behind the book, Rhonda Sermon who went into detail about how she wrote the book and how it came to be.