A Time to Live

A Time to Live

by Jonas Lee


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.

First I have to let y’all know that Jonas Lee is one awesome dude! He writes fun, action packed young adult novels and is a co-host for the web series, Cross-country Nerds. Plus he’s an amazingly patient friend who has waited far too long for this review! 

A Time to Live is the second novel in The Legend of Carter Gabel series. Be sure to check out my review of the first novel, A Time to Reapbefore continuing. Gifted teens Carter and Mo are listed as dead and are in hiding while they wait for the effects of the Pemberton explosion to die down.  But, they receive news that their grandson, David, is under a mysterious illness and learn of the destruction caused by a terrorist group known as The Pirates. The dynamic duo are back for a fight!

Jonas Lee is a master of snarky characters! Carter and I could definitely be friends with his sharp whit and love for pop culture. It’s the characters that keep me coming back to these novels. The core characters are well developed and have plenty of flaws melded in with their good points. They are characters you find yourself rooting for and I love the team Carter develops.

The plot is twisted and intricate. We learn more about the Carter’s world and I was happy to finally learn what caused the genetic mutation we see throughout the story. I like that we are introduced to a larger ‘playing field’ in A Time to Live. We went from Carter destroying the Academy to learning about the various resistant movements against the Program. I’m excited to learn even more in the next book!

First person POV is one of my favorite and least favorite aspects of A Time to Live. I love hearing Carter’s inner monologue. He’s hilarious and his observations push the story along. But, first person makes it difficult to provide setting. I wish there was more world building. More descriptions of the technology and environment. More history lessons on Carter’s world. I keep forgetting that A Time to Live is set in the future. Small details, such as the phone watches, are a quick reminder but I’d like to see more. But, Jonas’ writing just keeps getting better and better, so I’m excited to read the next installment!

There is only one thing that irks me about A Time to Live. I am not a fan of how Mo channels important info to Carter while the rest of the group has to stand around and wait. I get their connection but I would be so pissed if I was in the group watching them silently plan. I like their quiet personal convos but not when it deals with big plot points. That’s if for complaints. 

I definitely recommend this series! It’s fun, snarky, and different…all good points in my opinion! Plus, take some time to check out all of Jonas’ other activities!


What to Expect – OCTOBER


My favorite month of the year has arrived and you should see all the reviews that await you! MWAHAHAHA! (cue the creepy music…)

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So what can you expect this month? Lots and lots of paranormal cozy mysteries. What can I say? I love mysteries involving ghosts and witches.

I plan on reviewing Juliet Blackwell’s entire Withcraft Mystery series, which follows the adventures of sweet witch, Lily Ivory and her potbelly pig/goblin, Oscar.

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The third installment of Jackie Smith’s Cemetery Tours series comes out this month and you will see a review! I’m looking forward to After Death. Ghost hunting and a circus….oooooo!

Also, I will be reviewing one non paranormal novel this month: Jones Lee’s A Time to Live. This amazing friend has been beyond patient while waiting for this review and I’m excited to talk about the crazy adventures of snarky Carter Gabel!

So grad a pumpkin spice latte and your favorite candy because it is going to be a fun month!


What to Expect: JULY

What To Expect: JULY

Well…it’s probably quite obvious by the number of reviews I posted in June that I’m STILL adjusting to my new day-shift schedule. UGH!! 13 hours of my day are dedicated to exercise, work, and my commute back and forth, which leaves far less reading time than I’m accustomed to. Thank the Lord for audiobooks! Guys, I haven’t even made it to the beach this summer! That should be considered a crime against humanity. (DEEP BREATH, DEEP BREATH) But, July is a brand new month and I have a new trusty planner to help me navigate this new schedule!

So what should you expect to see in July?! the same thing you should have seen in June!

1. A Time to Live by Jonas Lee

2. Akarnae by Lynette Noni

3. Identity Theft by Laura Lee

Don’t worry! The reviews will keep coming. I love doing this too much to throw in the towel! Happy reading this July and hopefully we’ll all find time to hit the beach and get a little sand between the pages!


What to Expect: JUNE

What to Expect: JUNE

Today is June 1st and like most people I am shocked that 2015 is zipping by so quickly! I am still adjusting to my new schedule and workload but am doing better with keeping up with my reading. June promises more posts and here is what to expect.

I have a few books that I have needed to read and review for some very patient friends.  The following are three you will definitely hear about this month!

1. A Time to Live by Jonas Lee

2. Akarnae by Lynette Noni

3. Identity Theft by Laura Lee

Plus, there will still be a few mysteries left over from May!

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Thank you all for being so patient with me the last few months. Things here at Sand Between the Pages are getting back to normal, so be ready for plenty of reviews coming your way!  Here’s to summer and lazy beach days spent reading!


What to Expect – MARCH

What to Expect – MARCH

Maybe I will actually get the ‘What to Expect’ post out on the first of April.  Sorry about the delay; we are stuck playing catch up until then!  In wordpress news: I started a sister site to Sand Between the Pages where I document my writing progress and post personal musings.  Check it out here!  Now, on to the rest of the post!

March arrived like a breath of fresh air.  Cold foggy days were suddenly replaced with sunshine and warm afternoons.  Florida’s first warm sunny weekend had arrived, and I spent most of Saturday lounging in my bathing suit in the backyard with a good book and happy tortoise for company.  It was wonderful, until I realized my choice to forgo sunscreen was just plain stupid.  I am now rocking raccoon eyes and a slight pink hue.  I don’t regret any of my sunny reading time, though, and happily await the next sunny day.

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March will be spent finishing the two novels I was supposed to review last month:

1. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

2. A Time to Live by Jonas Lee

You can expect a few straggling winter survival stories this month.  The spring sun means that my book settings will also make a seasonal change.  Expect a few mystery novels.  I love the mystery genre and I am reading a number of them, analyzing how each mystery plays out.  Just research for my WIP!  And who knows, a fantasy story may even appear in the lineup!

Its going to be a fun month and I hope you enjoy!  What are you reading in March?


A Time to Reap

A Time to Reap

by Jonas Lee

A Time to Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel, #1)

Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter’s sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father’s involvement with it all.

Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He will have to learn who to trust out of the people in his life if he wants to conquer the looming notion that the government may be hunting him down because of his developing abilities.

A Time to Reap is the first novel an author requested I review.  My husband can attest to the goofy happy dance that resulted from that request so thank you Jonas Lee for the confidence boost!  I am excited to post a review of A Time to Reap!

A Time to Reap is about a young couple, Carter and Mo, with extraordinary talents who are forced to fight for their lives against the organization known as the Program.  Readers experience the story from Carter’s point of view and are in for a treat as Jonas excels at character development. Carter is a snarky teen who has no qualms with talking to himself and a love for ‘classic’ movies and music.  All of the ‘classic culture’ references left me giggling in nerdy delight!  Mo is just as quirky and delightful to read and the two teens made a great team.  Now I am normally the first person to provide an exaggerated eyeroll at novelized teen romances, but Jonas has made the relationship feel real.  I would have no problem being friends with these two cheeky teens.  Also, Jonas has nailed first-person point of view which leaves me awestruck as an aspiring author; first person POV is hard to write!

The one thing that left me frustrated was having to wait to learn all the complex details.  I am not a patient person, and therefore not a patient reader.  I wanted to know more details about Carter’s situation in the beginning of the book.  I had a hard time waiting for Carter to get all the details so I could know them too!

Honestly, this a great debut novel!  Character development is definitely one of Jonas’s gifts and I enjoyed the complex plot A Time to Reap contains.  The story is fun, fast-paced, and full of smartass remarks!  I definitely recommend A Time to Reap, especially if you are looking for a fun YA novel that is thankfully much different than the typical novels currently flooding the market.  Thank you for providing me with a copy Jonas!  I can not wait to read the next installment and now I need to go watch both Push and Ghostbusters!

Has anyone else read A Time to Reap?  What did you think?