Thursday, January 17

Book Review: Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent by Kristy Tate

Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent (Beyond, #1)
Author: Kristy Tate
Title: Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent
(Beyond #1)
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, PNR, Historical
Pages: ebook
Published: January 1st 2013
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon Freebie)

When Petra Baron goes into the fortuneteller’s tent at a Renaissance fair, she expects to leave with a date to prom. Instead, she walks out into Elizabethan England, where she meets gypsies, a demon dog and a kindred spirit in Emory Ravenswood. 

Emory must thwart the plans of religious zealots. His mission is dangerous, his enemies are fanatical, and Petra Baron is a complication that Heaven only knows he does not need. Or does he? Although Emory is on Heaven’s errand, he learned long ago that Heaven does not always play fair. 

As Petra slowly falls for Emory, she wonders if he really is who he seems, or if he is just as lost as she is. How can they have a future while trapped in the past? Or is anything possible Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent?

Oooo Amazon and your freebies. I can't get enough. 

The story follows Petra who goes into the fortuneteller's tent at the Renaissance fair and exits out into the past. She meets Emory who becomes her guide of sorts and a protector. However, Emory is in the middle of stopping the plans of religious nuts. Things happen and they fall for each other. But Emory and Petra are both keeping secrets from each other. 

Petra was a little, snotty, beeeyoooottttccccchhhhh. I wanted to smack her. She was that girl in school that was a bully. Ugh. I'm glad she got sucked back in time and learns some manners. I don't think she deserved such a good guy as Emory, but whatever I guess. She does grow and learn and becomes a better person (no spoiler here). 

I enjoyed the journey overall, but the writing was lacking. Not that the author was bad...but there was some serious editing needed for sure. The biggest example was the author couldn't keep the year straight. She would say it was 1610 and then the next chapter would say it was 1614. Like c'mon! Maybe she changed her mind and forgot to adjust? Who knows. 

Also, the dialogue was a little cringe-worthy here and there. The beginning was fine but then it got cringey as the story went along. She really tried too hard to show the difference between the modern tongue and Elizabethan tongue. Bleh. 

I am slightly intrigued to see what book 2 brings. There are a lot of answers I want to know. However, I am glad the author wrote the ending the way it was written. No huge cliffhanger or sudden ending. It left off fine and I was content. Sure, I do have some questions, but I'll only read book 2 if I randomly see it at the library or as an Amazon freebie. 

Overall, this was an interesting journey and I was curious to see what happened next. However, the writing was left to be desired. It needed some editing for sure. I'll give this 2 stars. 

I'll count this as Time Travel. It could be a YA on the other bingo sheet...but meh. 


Sophia Rose said...

LOL, love your remark about her learning some manners in the past. I can deal with a mean one who grows out of their snotty ways.
Oops on the year confusing.
Glad it was written with closure even if there's a book two.

Carole Rae said...

It was nice to see her grow up for sure!

Carole said...

Love that cover! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Blodeuedd said...

WOuldn't they just have burned her as a witch no questions asked ;)

Carole Rae said...

Carole ,me too

B , right?