Oct 13, 2011

Review--Sojourn by Jana Oliver

London, September 1888. 

An aged Queen Victoria rules. The threat of anarchy hovers in the air. A new kind of evil lurks in the back alleys of Whitechapel. Enter Jacynda Lassiter, a Time Rover on a mission find an overdue tourist' and return him to 2057 before he changes history.

Victorian London is a dangerous place for the unwary. Mysterious shape-shifters haunt the streets, making friend and foe indistinguishable. When a fellow Time Rover is murdered, Jacynda's mission becomes personal. Can she trust the two gentlemen who come to her aid, or do they harbor their own dark secrets?

In a few days, Jack the Ripper will add to his bloody legacy. But old Jack isn't the only threat in Whitechapel. Unless Jacynda can outwit a madman, her Victorian sojourn will rewrite history and end at the point of a blade.

I received this book for review from Jana's PA

Sojourn is a book Jana wrote a few years ago, before her Demon Trapper's series and it's actually a pretty decent read as well! Time traveling, shapeshifters not bad. And a murder mystery on top of it!

I had some high expectations going into the book, but not all of them were lived up to unfortunately. Not to say it was horrible, I just didn't get sucked in like I was expecting. I think it was due to some of the descriptions running a little long. It didn't have the same sort of feel as her YA series does. And this series is definitely not YA, took me a few pages to realize that!

But it was still very interesting! I loved the idea of time traveling, although it does sound scary to go back to dangerous times! In the beginning Jacynda is at Pompeii moments before Vesuvius was about to erupt in order to bring a "guest" home. And now Jacynda is sent to London in 1888 days before Jack the Ripper is about to strike and cause pandemonium. 

Jacynda soon gets in way over her head. After sending her "guest" home, she's asked to find another one.  The other Time Rover who should've collected him before going home, turns out to be her sometimes lover, Chris. But she finds out her employers were wrong. Chris didn't return home. He's still in London, 1888, dead.

Aiding her are two men, Jonathon Keats and Alastair (can't recall last name). They've both have their own secrets as well, yet both are captivated by Jacynda who's not like women they know.

Now Jacynda has to find his murderer, she owes him that. What she doesn't know is that back at home things are dicey with her employers and the company. A friend who remains behind the scene does all he can to try to bring her back home, but Jacynda doesn't even know that returning home is impossible at the moment.

So like I said, it was an interest book with a lot of promise, I just didn't fall in love with it like I thought I would.

Overall rating 3.5/5 stars

To give the book another chance, I decided I want to give my copy away to another blogger to review so she or he can make their own opinion on it! All you have to do is leave a comment in this post with your email address.

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  1. I liked your honest review. The only reason I haven't started this series of Jana's is I was worried I wouldn't like as much as The Demon Trappers, but that's ok. I would still like to investigate this series and have a read.

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  2. I'm not a blogger and don't need to win a copy since I just happen to be reading Sojourn right now. I enjoyed your review, but I may give it a bit higher rating because I'm really enjoying it. I love the Victorian setting and the time travel aspect, along with the mystery as well.

  3. I haven't read any of her books before - I like the premise of this one, so I'd be curious to see whether I might get more into it, not having read the Demon Trappers already.

    Time travel, Victorian London, and Jack the Ripper? I would be willing to give this one a shot!

  4. * Hit submit just as I realized I hadn't written out my email - sorry!


  5. Sorry you didn't like this one as well as The Demon Trapper books! The time traveling interest definitely has me hooked!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!


  6. Too bad you didn't like it!
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  7. I've just started the Demon Trapper series. I could definitely give this one a try.


  8. I've heard great things about Jana's writing, but haven't had a chance to read her books yet. This one sounds really interesting - I do like historical books, and I'm curious to see how this all plays out. Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

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