Sunday, September 11, 2016

ARC Review: The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez

The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes #2)
From the blurb:

Relationship and communication issues plague Officer Vikash Soren, but those are nothing compared to facing stick-throwing tumbleweeds, pill bugs and…time travel?

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.

But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.

Heather's rating:

I'm SO into Angel Martinez right now! First came Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, which totally charmed me, and now this follow up? So good! If you are into quirky, short sci-fi romance reads, you HAVE to give this series a go.

In this story, we get Vikash's POV, which is a change from the first book. I think I slightly enjoyed being inside Kyle's head more, but it did give me a lot of insight about Vikash as a character. He is more serious and less funny, but seeing things from his perspective was wonderful as well.

The plot was sort of crazy like in the first book, but in a good way. Time-traveling! Pill bugs! Primitive-human orgies! I absolutely love the side characters, especially Mr. Jacket and Tim, and I think that Angel Martinez is so imaginative with her storytelling. I actually could have used another 50 pages of time-traveling goodness, but I really liked the fast-pace of the story. I read the story super quickly, pounding it down in just a couple of hours, unable to put it down.

Again, the romance was there but not the main focus of the story. That was actually okay with me because I like more action than relationship development in my urban fantasy-type stories. I think this story was a good mix of both.

I can't wait for more books in this series. I'm always on the hunt for light, adventurous, easy, off-beat reads, and this fits the bill to a T!

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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Enjoy, my friends!

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