Tracey Farley | 2/12/2014
" Agonizing. Flat. I couldn't finish it. This plot is all over the place. Whiny 'heroine'. Ugh. "
Jacqui Hencsie | 2/5/2014
" I slogged through this book hoping it would get better, and I really don't think it was worth it. "
Susie Bradley | 2/4/2014
" I really liked the way that the author created the angel heirarchy, and explained how they interact with the "humans". I want to read the series, now, just to find out what happens next. "
Heather | 2/1/2014
" Hmm. Not sure what to say about this book. The plot was interesting, the characters were interesting, the entire idea was interesting... but I felt like it fell way short of pulling it all off, mostly due to the pacing. Reading this story was rather like listening to someone telling you a story as fast as they possibly could. Some details get lost in the process, and I felt like I never really got the chance to really *know* the characters. At this moment, I'm undecided as of yet whether I will read the rest of the books in the series, especially if the rest of the books feel as rushed as this one. "
Amanda | 1/28/2014
" This book was amazing. I loved the story, plot, the romance, everything. It pulled me in and I couldn't put it down until I finished. I cannot wait to pick up the next book and hope it lives up to the first book. "
Beth | 1/25/2014
" With Shadow of the Sun, first time author, Laura Kreitzer, illuminates us with the first book in her Timeless series. The story starts off as her heroine, Dr. Gabriella Moretti, receives three bodies from an archeological dig in Italy. Dr. Moretti is a supernatural specialist for the Zelko Corporation, and the bodies have been sent to her for investigation. She walks into her lab and looks into the crates to find the supposed 2000 year old bodies to have no decomposition what-so-ever. She immediately contacts the dig to make sure she was sent the correct bodies, for these seem minutes dead and not centuries. She is soon emailed pictures of the bodies that were taken just four days prior, and images of three leathery, decayed corpses appear on her screen. Eager to find some answers, Dr. Moretti takes a tissue sample from the arm of one of the bodies, and in the time it takes her to turn around, the flesh has regenerated. For the first time in her tenure with Zelko, her skepticism is rocked to it's foundation.
Dr. Moretti seals her lab and rushes to contact her supervisor, both anxious and eager to return to her lab once he arrives to see what they will find there. While waiting in her office, her assistant delivers her dry cleaning and a mysterious box. Wanting to make herself presentable after practically living at her lab as of late, Gabriella puts all thoughts of the box aside. While in the en-suite bathroom of her office, she begins to hear noises in her office. Peaking out into the room, she sees nothing, until she realizes that the box appears to be punched opened. Soon a darkness overcomes her, and a shadowy creature appears warning her not to wake the angels. The mysterious bodies below are angels.
Soon her boss arrives along with the FBI, who want to take this whole operation under their jurisdiction. Feeling very protective of these creatures, with only Gabriella knowing their true identity, she is included in the detail to remove them from her lab. Hidden in the ranks of the FBI agents are a Shadow, Jeff, and an angel, Karen. Gabriella finds herself back in her office with Karen, who reveals herself. She tells Gabriella that she is her guardian angel sent to keep her and the bodies safe. More importantly, Kreitzer uses Karen's explanation that angels are immortals who protect humanity, and their depiction in religious texts was written by her self-righteous angel brothers. With this, Kreitzer has given herself creative liberty for her world of angels to not follow the archetype that angels are the messengers of God, and in turn frees the reader to accept Kreitzer's world as she unfolds it to us.
Karen accompanies Gabriella as she goes home to pack for the trip, and in the processes is presented with the angel elders. She is told she is the â€œDarkness Illuminatorâ€. A prophesy was made stating that the Darkness Illuminator would come and be the key to end the war between the angels and the Shadows. Because Gabriella survived her visit from the Shadow, which no human and few angels have survived, they believe she is the one who will save them and bring them peace.
Gabriella finds herself on the run, not knowing who to trust as she discovers more of the lore of this hidden world of guardian immortals. Not only does their history unfold, but her own hidden past is revealed to her as well. Gabriella hides, runs, and fights with the help of the three crated angels come-to-life, Andrew, Ehno, and Lucia; and a human FBI agent, Joseph. Other angels and shadows cross their paths, but as Gabriella learns, people are not always who they seem to be. Kreitzer's mix of narrative, flashbacks, borrowed memories, and even stored messages in inanimate objects presents the unfolding of this world, and Gabriella's past and future, in digestible pieces. As complex as this world is, you are able to keep track of who everyone is, and the various levels of lies that mask and complicate the situation Gabriella finds herself in. You can feel her emotion coming off the page,her anxiety in your nerves, and her weariness in your bones.
Along with the larger picture of ending a supernatural war is the slow unfolding of a love story between Gabriella and Andrew. Beginning with him coming to life in time to save her from a plane crash, they find themselves on the run together. They reveal each others worlds to each other, and gradually, pieces of themselves. They have an actually physical connection that they ignore at first, but soon there is an emotional connection as well.
Laura Kreitzer has created a world rich with history and intrigue. Just when you think you have it figured out, she throws you for another loop and you are no longer operating in the same reality you thought existed for the story. This is an intriguing start to what promises to be a captivating book series. "
Melanie | 1/13/2014
" Loved the book! Can't wait for the next one! "
Vicky | 1/13/2014
" OMG!!! I tell you I'm always saying I'm going to kick this paranormal phase or addiction I have. But I just had to try just one more, maybe this will be the one that sucks so bad that it will make me quit. Gabby and Andrew had me at "what's an airplane" lol...not really but you know what i meant if you read it. I can't believe how much I loved this series or what's out for it already. The whole take on Angels and their affiliation with "God" being a joke had me smirking the whole damn read....haha!! "
Hannah | 12/17/2013
" Considering this was a Kindle Daily Deal, I found it quite good. It reminded me of a mix of Twilight and Kate Mosse's Labyrinth. I wasn't originally planning on reading the second one, but the final page hooked me in "
Jessa | 12/12/2013
" I loved this book enough to buy the rest of the series. Gabriella goes from not knowing herself to a leader. those who wont give the book a try are missing out!!! "
Kelly | 11/30/2013
" I got this book from Laura Kreitzer through I am a Reader Not a Writer. Thanks! I am looking forward to the series! "
Stephanie Johnson | 11/13/2013
" There was something about this book I really liked. It was confusing at times and took a while to get going. But once it did it was a ride. I am definitely interested to see where the story goes. "
Niki | 10/13/2013
" Simply put it down and couldn't pick it back up again.... "
Deana | 9/3/2013
" Fun! FUNfunfunfunfunfun read!!! I really enjoyed reading this story. "
Rachel Morris | 7/24/2013
" The timeless series are an 'Awesome' read, don't want to give too much away, but lets just say I enjoyed them so much I have read all 3 books in the series in about a week, and I look forward to the next two :-) "
Jemima Puddle Duck | 1/27/2013
" This was a free eBook I found on smashwords. At times, it didn't make a whole lot of sense, but overall it was an enjoyable read. "
Chell | 1/15/2013
" This is by far one of my favorite books. the author takes you through a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down. Be sure you have tissues ready for the tears and the laughs!! "
Holly | 1/15/2013
" Laura creates an amazing world here that will only get better as the series goes on! Team.... ANDREW!! "
Patrice | 12/21/2012
" It is a good book. The author were able to create unexpected twists. When I first started the reading the book, I was really curious. But when I started flipping through the pages and joining Gabriella in her adventures of knowing who she really is, I can't stop reading. :) "