Monday, 20 May 2013

Neptune's Tears (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner

Sponsored post - Source: I received a paperback copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Daphne from Winged Reviews, and Piccadilly Publishers.
Neptune's Tears
Blurb (from Goodreads):
London, 2218 A.D. Seventeen-year-old Zee is an intern empath. She’s focused on her job, poised for a great career—until one day an attractive patient undoes her hard-earned calm. As an empath, she cannot afford such distractions, but neither can she stay away from David, even when she discovers he’s one of a mysterious alien race. As London comes under attack by anarchist bombings, and as Zee struggles to get a handle on her unusually strong psychic abilities, David starts pulling away. Although Zee’s sure he’s attracted to her, David has secrets he cannot share. But it’s too late for Zee. She’s losing her heart to the gray-eyed alien boy, and she’s determined to follow him—no matter how far it may take her.

Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Neptune's Tears(Source: I received a paperback copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Daphne from Winged Reviews, and Piccadilly Publishers.)
17-year-old Zee is a healing empath, which means that she works in a hospital and uses her special gifts to heal people.

One day she is sent to see a patient who is being difficult, but when she enters the room she gets two surprises. The first is that she is strangely attracted to the patient – David, and the second is when he tells her he is an alien.

Aliens have lived among humans for a while, but Zee hasn’t really met many. David’s being an alien isn’t the biggest problem though as Zee finds herself falling in love with him. Love is very detrimental to an empaths career as it messed with their ability to feel things, and falling for David puts both Zee’s heart and career at risk.

David has even more surprises in store for Zee though, and Zee’s adventures are only just beginning.
What else is David hiding though? Why can’t they be together? And what does the future hold in store for Zee?

This story was okay, but I think it’s probably more suited to a younger reader, maybe age 8 – 15, as the story seems quite simplistic, and the pace is quite slow.

Zee was an interesting character. She obviously cared a great deal about her work and her patients, and had absolutely no intentions of ever falling in love, least of all with an alien. It was nice to see how Zee’s feelings totally took her over, even when she didn’t want them to, and how swept away she was by her new found love for David.
I didn’t really get that much of a feel for David, other than knowing that he was secretive and clearly hiding things from Zee. This theme continued throughout the entire book, and although the relationship between the pair was sweet enough at times, this dishonesty set alarm bells ringing for me.

The storyline in this book was okay, if a little unbelievable at times. David’s coming-out as an alien was a little weird, but nothing compared to the major bombshell that was dropped right at the end of the story, leaving us with an ending that was part cliff-hanger, and part ‘to be continued…’ This book is obviously just the first half of Zee and David’s story, and leaves the reader with a lot more questions than answers, so if you want to read this, be prepared to have to read both books, as this is more like part 1 and 2 of a story rather than two stories in a series in my opinion.
Overall; a fairly tame sci-fi/romance story, probably best suited to a younger audience (ages 8 – 15).
6.5 out of 10.

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  1. I think the alien concept is very cool, but this does sound like middle school which is hard for me to get into.

  2. A cliffhanger in MG? Is no genre safe from that awful disease?

  3. The premise sounds good, but sorry it was for younger than you thought

  4. I love aliens and I haven't heard about this one until now. Might give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Hmm. I'm not really sure if I'd like this one or not. I'll have to think about it. =)