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Blog Tour: Time Spell by T.A. Foster {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Time Spell tour hosted by InkSlingerPR!
Today I am excited to share my review and a giveaway with you!

Time Spell (Ivy Grace Spell Series #1)
   by: T.A. Foster

Publication Date: Aug. 27, 2013
Publisher: Bookbaby
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received from InkSlingerPR and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 242 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Ivy Grace is learning that magic--and love--are all about the right timing.

Follow the adventures of this spirited young Southern woman as she embarks upon a successful new career writing novels and movies that explore romantic mysteries of the past.

Ivy, a witch who spends her days practicing her brand of good magic in a sleepy little city, often travels back in time to observe events of yesteryear and turn them into compelling stories for her modern-day fans. But as her uncanny ability to weave enthralling historic tales lands her in the limelight, she quickly finds that fame sometimes comes with a price.

Evil forces now know who she is and threaten to reveal her family’s most sacred magical secrets.

With the help of her ruggedly handsome editor and a sexy supernatural ex-boyfriend, Ivy must unravel history while fighting to keep these ominous forces at bay.

Will Ivy be able to make the ultimate sacrifice for the people she loves the most?
 
 
My Review:

Time Spell is an enchanting, sassy read that lovers of paranormal mystery will really enjoy. Ivy Grace's voice is fun, witty, and really upbeat. She has a great relationship with her family, loves her job, and oh- she just so happens to be a witch! I really enjoyed getting to know Ivy and T.A. does a great job of giving us setting in this book. She is very thorough in her explanations and descriptions. Usually that is something that would bother me, but again Ivy's voice is just so much fun that I found myself intrigued by what she was telling us.

This book really read more as a mystery, which I was not expecting, but T.A. did a good job of weaving in the paranormal mystical elements to really make this work.  There were a lot of magical spells introduced in this first novel (my favorite being the Time spell- who wouldn't want to be able to travel through time?!) and I hope T.A. will continue to provide us with more information of Ivy's family's magical history and about her powers.

As for the romance, it is not the main focus of this story, but T.A. gives us just enough to satisfy us romantics, but still leave us wanting so much more. We have Jack, Ivy's editor, who she has been crushing on for a couple of years now, yet as much as she has flirted with him, he was strictly professional. We meet Jack pretty quickly into the novel as he has been sent a rather alarming letter about Ivy, threatening to expose her as a witch. Jack, of course is clearly rattled as, if he does not comply with the letter, his sister will be placed in harm's way. I felt for Jack, as he was put in a difficult position. The safety of his sister comes first and therefore, he demands Ivy inform him as to what's going on. At first I was wary of Jack, unsure if he was going to be able to handle such knowledge, but he actually turned out to be a good character and friend to Ivy, helping her solve the mystery so they could ensure both of their families' safety. As for whether or not Ivy can crack those walls of professionalism- you'll have to read and find out! We also have Finn, Ivy's ex-boyfriend. We do not find out about Ivy and Finn's history and why they broke up, but Finn works as a detective with her brother and Ivy ends up calling on him for help. These two still have chemistry and you can tell he really does care about her. Which begs the question: What happened between these two to make them fall apart?

As I said, this book reads more as a mystery and watching Ivy travel back in time to figure out the hows and the whys of the problem is really neat. What started as an innocent time travel back to find a story for her book, ends up throwing Ivy right into the middle of a well planned out diamond heist, but with a twist! Betrayal, scandal, and intrigue are at every turn: Will Ivy be able to make things right in the present or will her past actions of research come back and get the best of her?
 
About T.A. Foster:
 
T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos. 
Her long love affair with books started at an early age and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.  When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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8 comments

  1. Great review! I like time travel books. This sounds really interesting and I like the mystery element as well.

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  2. Ooo this sounds fun! I like the sassy heroines! I like that there's romance too but it doesn't overpower! :)

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    1. This was fun! And I agree- I like sassy heroines too!

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  3. I have been seeing this around a lot lately and I love the sound of it. Its really cool how its about time travel and witches in the same story. I like that! And although it doesn't have a huge romance focus, I am curious about what little it does have, even if the guy is an editor! lol ;p And I want to know what happened to them too! Even though this wasn't spectacular for you, I'm glad you could still enjoy it! Great review Jessica! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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    1. Thanks Maida! This was definitely a likeable book, but I am looking forward to more in the second!

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  4. Oh sassy! I love sassy books! This sounds like fun and I cant remember my last time travel book! Great review!

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    1. Thanks Teresa! I love sassy books too! They are so much fun! I needed a fun little read!

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