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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Audible Book Review: Contingency: Sage Hannigan Time Warper, Book 1 by Peggy Martinez

This is an interesting time warp fantasy.
Contingency: Sage Hannigan Time Warper, Book 1
Written by: Peggy Martinez
Narrated by: Amanda C. Miller
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
Series: Sage Hannigan, Time Warper, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:06-30-14
Publisher: Peggy Martinez
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 3.75 of 5.0

Publisher's Summary
Eighteen-year-old Sage Hannigan wants to get back to her own time, preferably one that hasn't been destroyed by an underworld plot brewing in Edwardian-era South Carolina. How hard can it be?
Sage never asked to be chosen by the Druid Priestess, Amerach, to become a Warper and she never asked to have the future hanging on her shoulders or to warp a hundred years into the past. She certainly never asked to meet Dr. Aldwin Blake, who would make her question her desire to get back to her own time. But if she fails her mission, people will die, history will change, and the present she wishes to return to will be no more.
©2012 Peggy Martinez (P)2014 Peggy Martinez

Sage is an 18 year old, modern day woman finally setting up her own place and forging ahead on plans for her future. She loves shopping in book stores and vintage shops. She feels compelled to purchase a pretty necklace while shopping in a new store. On her way out the door to head home she bumps into an old woman who speaks gibberish and seems to saddle her with some type of curse.

The next morning Sage has awakened 100 years in the past. As though time warping isn’t enough to cope with she quickly discovers that preternatural creatures - vampires, weres and shifters - believed to be the stuff of fantasy and myth are alive and well ... and threatening her life. Sage is rescued from the streets and brought to a home for young women. She is informed by her new friends that she is a Warper who has arrived so that she could prevent a disaster that would impact time.

The home’s proprietress, the scarred but still handsome professor, Dr. Aldwin Blake, and her young eager rescuer are part of a special society assigned to keep preternatural activities secret from the public. The team takes up the task of training Sage. She must learn etiquette and dress suitable for the time period, defense with knifes and strategies, and control of her own unique abilities. The plan is to prepare Sage to become the secretary to one of the strongest vampires in town so she can infiltrate his circles to try to learn what major threat is imminent.

Sage is attracted to Aldwin and thinks he likes her too but he remains aloof. Then she meets the remarkable vampire and finds an attraction there as well. Through bumbling luck as much as anything Sage and the vampire uncover hints that help them track down an assassin plan. Now the team has to step in to help prevent the murder that would change history. Sage is eager to help stop the danger but she isn’t sure if she will then get to go home to 2004, or if she wants to.

I appreciated the action and danger that were the base of the story along with the bits of historical clothing and features. The love triangle, although too swift and obvious, added some additional tension and interest, especially for the ending. There are some weaknesses in the story with Sage being viewed as confident and sure when she really is just a mass of confusion and pretty much inept. I thought the writing a bit more on the YA or NA level than I like. (It is categorized for Ages 11-13 which I don't think is really accurate.) Still, the story was engaging enough to keep my attention for a quick listen.

Audio Notes: Amanda C. Miller did an acceptable job on narration. There is no real effort to make a distinction between many of the characters, but the narrator’s voice suits Sage who tells the story in first person. I enjoyed the quick audiobook for this story which I might not have chosen to read in print/ebook.

I received this title for an honest review through Audiobook Jukebox.
This qualifies for my Audiobook challege.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your view of this audiobook. I've added this title to my list to get.


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