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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Time For Alexander by Jennifer Macaire



Time For Alexander by Jennifer Macaire
Publisher: Calderwood Books
Genre: Time travel, Sci-Fi, Historical
Length: Full (271 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Ashley is a one of the elite, a time-travel journalist who has fought to prove herself in a world that that believes her road in life was paved by her parents' money and her title.

After winning a prestigious award she is chosen to travel through time and interview a historical figure. Choosing her childhood hero Alexander the Great, she is sent back in time for less than a day to find and interview a man whose legend has survived to the present day. He mistakes her for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and kidnaps her, stranding her in his own time.

What follows, after she awakes under a pomegranate tree, is a hilarious, mind-bending tale of a modern woman immersed in the ancient throes of sex, love, quite a bit of vino, war, death, and ever so much more.

Time for Alexander by Jennifer Macaire was not only well written, but very entertaining as well. This book was great and I loved it.

The main character, Ashley, is from the future. She is a time-travel journalist and wins an award and so gets to travel back in time to interview any historical person of her choice. She chooses Alexander the Great, a man she is already in love with. Ashley is an injured character, lonely and seeking something. When she meets Alexander, she discovers something similar in him. She is awed by him, but as she gets to know him, it becomes clear just how human he really is, despite everyone around him treating him like a god. He¹s strong but vulnerable.

Alexander is utterly endearing, and the way this story is written, I believe every word of it. The author is truly talented.

I loved the little details such as Ashley's preparation to travel time. For example, sandals made of plaited grass imported from the Euphrates riverbank are given to her. Also, as a bit of sci-fi comes into play, she¹s given a futuristic invention, a tradiscope so she's able to understand languages, and given the proper shots. I read a lot of time travel, but I have never come across such an important detail before. It's one of many that makes the story more realistic.

The book has many good lines as well. I really liked this one: I hadn't known I'd had a heart until it broke. A tale filled with emotional ups and downs, Time For Alexander moved me many times.

As Ashley and Alexander become involved, I felt her heartache at being unable to tell Alexander that he is to die young or try to save him, for if she changes history, she will be erased. As I read this, I kept hoping something would happen, and she'd be able to get around that. Alexander was just so loveable.

I liked the scientific explanation given for when she arrived in his time; it was just enough and not over the top. The author described how the elasticity of time allowed for short visits, but problems occurred if a person stayed longer. The body's atoms fought to stay in that time...very interesting.

Many unexpected things happen in this book. Ashley and Alexander's relationship is so tender and strong that at first I suspected this is primarliy a romance, but it definitely is not. It gave me all the rewards that reading romance gives me, but, well, Alexander had other wives, and both he and Ashley had other relationships. If this hadn't been handled right, I might have been disappointed or lost respect for the characters; however, Ms. Macaire wrote this with such authentic attention to history and the culture her characters resided in.

Many complex relationships were explored. It was fascinating. In a less talented author, things might have gotten a little confusing, but the author made me understand.

It was fun meeting Alexander's teacher, Aristotle, in this book. I feel like I learned many things while reading this story but was also wildly entertained. The touching moments weren't lacking either. Alexander helps the dying. Then there's humor, and spicy sex.

Both characters experience personal growth, and it was interesting to read about. This story is intelligent, and deep topics are approached, but it's good enough that someone ought to produce it. I highly recommend it and will be looking for the other books in this series.

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