Book Review: A Time to Live by Jonas Lee

A Time to Live

Rating: 5 owls, cause stars are boring5owlrating

This is the second book in Jonas Lee’s series “The Legend of Carter Gabel.”

Synopsis taken from Amazon.

Carter Gabel had to overcome a lot in the last year, and time travel as a side effect of his “genetic disease” was only the beginning. He’s lost his mother, reunited with his estranged father, crippled a city and destroyed his school. If he thought he could fade into the sunset, Carter has another thing coming. A terrorist group known as Pirates has infiltrated his hometown to overthrow the Program designed to monitor those with potentially harmful abilities. Carter is a teenager, but he’s forced back into the mix as his grandson, David, has been put into a coma. He will have to try and stay out of sight as much as possible and work with new Eventuals along the way in order to stop the Pirates from turning Lincoln Square into a ghost town.

It took me a little longer to read the second book, but not because it was boring. It was far from it. The first book I flew through, because I knew I had another book in the series. And that is not the case with the recent novel. Nope, I now have to wait for the next book and I can already tell you, it’s going to kill me.

The second book picks up where the last one left off. Carter and his girlfriend, Mo, are in hiding, staying under the radar, letting people believe they are dead. Let me just say, I adore the relationship between Carter and Mo. It makes my little nerd heart squee in excitement because their love for one another is so rare, perfect, and pure. It’s not beyond believable and were basically created to be soul mates. Read the books and you will understand.

Of course, like any good book, the calmness that comes with the world thinking you are dead, doesn’t last long. Soon, Carter has been tracked down by a brother and sister, to tell him that his grandson is in trouble. Yes, Carters grandson. Again, you have to read these books! There is a crazy thing going on within these pages and there isn’t much more I can tell you without giving it all away.

Looking At a Few Things

The writing is on point. You can tell that the novel has been well edited and polished to near perfection. I only say near perfection because nothing is ever perfect, though I couldn’t tell you anything that was wrong with the story.

The dialogue, which some authors have issues with, stayed on track. The story features mostly teenagers and the dialogue stayed within what you would think a teenager would sound like.

I have this issue with endings. They have to be perfect. I have read to many books where the ending takes place in the middle of the story. This one wasn’t like that. The story is left with questions and things left open, but it ends in a way that you are comfortable with, but it keeps you on edge waiting for the next book.

The cover is amazing! If I had seen this book on the shelf at my local book store I would have picked it up in a heart beat. I am one of the people that will judge a book by it’s cover and I have no shame in that!

Once more can I say how much I love the relationship between Carter and Mo? I just love them so much and I may get a little sick to my stomach every time something comes up that could jeopardize their happily ever after.


This book was just as amazing as the first one. It’s fast paced so you don’t get bored. Not once did I stop and think “Get on with the story already.” I would read this book again and probably will when the third installment comes out.

A quick warning though, towards the end you will cry. I swear to you! I don’t cry often when it comes to reading, but I got teary eyed so I thank the author for sharing emotions so strong that I feel it my cold heart.

If you haven’t read the first book, you need to read it. If you have read it and haven’t read this one, you need to buy it. Seriously, what are you waiting on?

I will even link you to where you can buy it!

A Time to Reap
A Time to Live

Barnes & Noble:
A Time to Reap
A Time To Live

Also, you can find Mr. Jonas Lee right HERE. I suggest you follow him in any way that is easiest to you because you don’t want to miss out when he releases his next book…honestly, I hope that’s soon.


P.S. Tune in Tomorrow for an interview with Jonas Lee.

15 thoughts on “Book Review: A Time to Live by Jonas Lee

  1. Sissy says:

    Okay, I love me a good trippy time travel book and this sounds like it has a good blend of plot and romance (I just desperately need a plot xD) I will definitely have to check this out!

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