Review: TIME HEALS (Stranger Things Novels, #2) by Dina James
Author: Dina James
Series: Stranger Things Novels, #2
Format: Trade Paperback, eBook
Pages: 198 Original
Release Date: March 26, 2013
ISBN #: 978-1-60659-337-0
*I was given this copy by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.*
TIME HEALS is the follow up to Dina James’ YA debut, ALL WOUNDS. I loved the characters, how they interacted, and how they worked to fill the roles they were given in the story. To me, TIME HEALS is very much a book about finding a place, and making choices about how to live in that place. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads.com…
Rebecca MacDonnell is strange. More than that, she’s a Stranger, a human born with the ability to use her own life’s force to heal ethereal beings. Vampires, werewolves, demons, ghosts, goblins, and other things thought only imaginary all need help sometime, and when they do, they come to her.
Some things, however, are beyond help. Something is stalking all Ethereals, great and small. Beings of every race are fleeing a terror no one will acknowledge, let alone name.
At seventeen, Mistress Healer Rebecca is still learning to manage her power. She must learn to control it before it controls her.
Unless it’s already too late.
When her burgeoning ability gets away from her, that which heals turns to harm and drives her loyal man-wolf bodyguard Billy straight into the arms of the unknown horror.
Unlikely new friends are her only hope to finding out what’s happened, and she must enter new – and dangerous – territory in order to do it
I was happy to be back with Rebecca, Syd, Ryan, Nana, and Billy. At this point in the story, Rebecca has become a bit more comfortable with her Healer calling, but still has a lot to learn about using and controlling her gifts. And what could be a better motivator for figuring things out than finding someone she loves incapacitated and dying of unknown causes??!!??
My only complaint about the book is that, while I’m sure it probably mimics the frustration *IF* this were to happen in real life, there seemed a lot of time between when Billy was found, and when Rebecca finally had a course of action and followed through. Having said that, she didn’t know WHAT to do… that was part of the story, her figuring out how to help him… it just seemed like it took a long time for her “rescue” to get started. But once it did… WOWZA!!!
Something this book does NOT lack is imagination!!!! I absolutely LOVED all the new characters, and the return of some of the original side characters. They’re all so full of personality and they really add a fantastic layer of fun and adventure to the story. (I want a little plushy doll of Nothlet… no… I’m serious… Dina, make this, and I will buy it!!) The relationships that are formed throughout this book are really incredible. Everyone has their own journey, their own goal, but they all work so well together to help the “greater good”. The “greater good” that has to be wrestled from a very interesting (read: ewwwwww!) source. Like I said… NOT lacking in imagination!!!
Throughout the story, we’re brought back, time and time again, to the idea of choice. The point where the character has information, and finds himself or herself dealing with the consequences of their actions. TIME HEALS a fantastic blend of whimsy, adventure, and self discovery. And who doesn’t want to ride a spider, snuggle a sexy/sweet Master Vampire, have lunch with a tree nymph, or play a game of “kick the heads” with a hellhound pup??
I’m so happy with where the characters are at the end of this story. Of course there is more learning for all of them to do. There were choices made, and there will be ramification of those choices (I’m certain we haven’t seen the last of those demons!!), but at the close of TIME HEALS, the lessons have been learned from THIS adventure, and I feel confident they’re ready to handle whatever Dina throws at them in DEATH KNELL. (Although, I have to admit, the title makes me nervous!!)
If you haven’t read ALL WOUNDS… you should DEFINITELY get on that!!!! The Stranger Things series is a quick read that will draw you into its world, I suggest everyone have them on their TBR list!!!