The Sunshine Time: Episode 1 by Sonal Panse
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: October 16, 2016
Format: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Episode 1 - On the long train journey from Samanbar to her new home in Alsalem, Lea Chantry is intrigued by a handsome and taciturn Mitrione officer, quite enough to disregard the deep-rooted familial hatred of the dreaded paramilitary force and make a nuisance of herself.
The times are turbulent, and so are the romantic tangles.
18 year old Lea Chantry moves to Alsalem with her family and begins her first year as a Fine Art Student at the Eirwen Art College at the Alsalem State University. Irreverent, imaginative, and talented, she struggles to fit into the university social scene while remaining true to herself. Being officially an adult, she discovers, is not the complete breeze she had thought it would be.
Meeting the charismatic music student, Guy Caraindon, creates a seismic upheaval in her life that is as unexpected as it is bewildering. Is this renowned crackpot really the one true love that her favorite romance authors said everyone finds once in one lifetime? Or is Mr. Right just a trope best avoided by sensible people?
A coming of age tale recounted with humor and sensitivity, The Sunshine Time by writer and illustrator Sonal Panse is a YA romance that will remind you of the time when the world seemed to have happy surprises every day and there were wonderful adventures to be had just around the corner.
'The Sunshine Time' is a serial novel; that is, it is a continuing story with related episodes. The episodes need to be read in sequence. This is not a standalone novel. Please be aware of this.
Each episode will be published on a fortnightly schedule (that is, every two weeks). At present, 30 episodes are planned for Season 1.
I was contacted by the author to read and review the book and I thought, why not give it a shot? It’s a very interesting concept with each book being a episode of a season, kind of like a TV show with seasons. I haven’t ever read a book with a concept like this so I wasn’t sure what to expect from it.
WIth that said, I didn’t understand the plot very well, or the characters as there wasn’t really any background for them and didn’t know what was going on at all. Lea is on a train with her dog to go home and she meets a lieutenant traveling on the same train. This episode mostly consisted of their interactions in the car and in the dining room with a lot of interruptions from her dog, Mack.
Lea is very chatty, the type of person that you would get annoyed with if they were the only person there and just kept talking and talking and talking. The Lieutenant isn’t someone with a patience and is very short tempered. Already I can see signs of a potential romance between the two characters but I don’t see it progressing out very far.
The writing style wasn’t really what I’m used to so I think that’s part of the reason I didn’t enjoy the book that much. There also weren’t that much description about the characters, or the settings which I think is very crucial in this type of book.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy the book very much, I give the book a 3/10 (2/5 stars). The writing was good, but it was mainly the setup of the plot that I didn’t like as much. If you like books that are set up like episodes, then this is the series for you. I personally don’t really like books like this so I don’t think that I will be continuing on with the series. But if you get the book, let me know what you think about it and I may change my mind and give it another shot.
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