Paulina Simons comes to the blog with the first in her new trilogy, End of Forever
The Tiger Catcher
Never having heard of this author or her work, I was curious to see this book and if it lived up to the promise of love found, lost and found again between time travel, growth and heartbreak. And the premise of this one is amazing – a more ‘modern day’ theme similar to Outlander (my standard for these sorts of titles). So we have Julian working in LA, running a business and pretty darn successful. He was a bit vanilla to start – no real characteristics that made me curious about who he was at first, and it would take a bit of time for me to grab onto his personality. He meets Josephine and he sees stars, rainbows and unicorns. He is smitten and their whirlwind romance is everything to him – often to the detriment of everything else.
For her Part – I was really struggling to deal with Josephine. She was vapid, unlikable and utterly unable to tell the truth in any situation. And that was just to start – when you added in her manipulation of Julian ……. Well, it’s not manipulation if you discount everything else in your life to follow someone around like a lovesick puppy. The burst of interest was revived with the element of time travel – but if I’m honest, I’d checked out by that point and reading each chapter became more of a chore than a delight or an escape into another world. Leading a series with two characters in the forefront that are decidedly unpleasant, and leave you uninterested in their futures, then adding in secondary characters who are little more than despicable – this is what happens.
I was hoping that Simons would turn this around and give me something,, no matter how minuscule, to grab onto something positive for any of the characters. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t happen, and I was sad for that. The rambling nature that felt very “Slavic” in construct, the unlikable characters and the overall fact that the actual story failed to meet the threshold of anticipation I had, and while others may love this book (and I am certain they will) I don’t find a reason to continue with this series or author.
Title: The Tiger Catcher
Author: Paullina Simons
Series: End of Forever #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Time Travel / Alternate Universe
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 26 May, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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The first novel in a beautiful, heartbreaking new trilogy from Paullina Simons, the international bestselling author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman.
Can true love ever die?
Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. Surrounded by friends, he is young, handsome, and runs a successful business. Everything changes after he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious young woman named Josephine. Julian’s world is turned upside down by a love affair that takes him—and everyone else in his life—by storm. For the two new lovers, the City of Angels is transformed into a magical playground.
But Josephine is not what she seems and carries secrets that threaten to tear them apart—seemingly forever.
A broken man, his faith in tatters, Julian meets a mysterious stranger who tells him how to find Josephine again if he is willing to give up everything and take a death-defying trip from which no one has ever returned.
So begins Julian and Josephine’s extraordinary adventure of love, loss, and the mystical forces that bind people across time and space. It is a journey that propels Julian toward an impossible choice which will lead him to love fulfilled…or to oblivion.
The Tiger Catcher takes readers from the depths of despair to the dizzying heights of joy in the first novel of an unforgettable trilogy of love lost and found. For all fans of Outlander, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Jojo Moyes.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Paullina will host a Grand Prize Giveaway where all of the readers can enter to win:
• A TIGER CATCHER tote
• A quartz crystal necklace
• A red beret
• A “From the Desk of Mr. Know-it-all” notepad
One lucky winner in the continental US will win this Grand Prize and a runner-up will receive a quartz crystal necklace. Paullina will post on her website photos of the prizes and the entry form for the contest.