Friday, April 5, 2013

Book Review: Interred + Giveaway!

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.


Interred definitely has an interesting premise, as far as the time-travel aspect goes. While the majority of YA books contain paranormal elements and/or creatures, Interred differs from the rest in that it doesn’t contain vampires, werewolves, or witches, and there isn’t a love triangle. It does, however, contain magic.

Baxter Jacobs’ life quickly goes from normal to totally screwed in no time at all. She inherits a pendant, which contains the soul of a boy named Declan. Only Baxter can see him, and only Baxter can set him free. The more Baxter learns about her time-travel abilities, however, the more she realizes there’s nothing fun about them. It won’t be long before she has to put her abilities to the test in the Interment—a test for those who are coming into their powers. But when the Interment goes awry and she’s hunted solely for the purpose of death, who can she trust? How will she ever be able to set Declan free?

Overall, there were highs and lows in this book. Many scenes featured non-stop action, and other areas slacked in that department—so much so, I skimmed over several portions of the story. The book is well-written, though, and Marilyn did a great job with the eclectic settings. There’s a hint of a love triangle that never happens, and as far as a romance aspect in this series, I’m hoping there will be more in the sequel. I also got a bit confused about the names of each person who had a unique ability. There were Time Benders, Healers, Warriors…but that’s all I remember. So if you’re looking for a story with a paranormal side, or if you enjoy books regarding time-travel and magic, then I’d recommend picking this up.
**Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review


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  1. This sounds interesting, but it's sad to hear that there were a lot of parts in the plot that fell through. Great review!

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories


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