Title: Just One Damned Thing After Another
Author: Jodi Taylor
Publisher: Accent Press
Release Date: 21st November 2013
Source: Own Copy
Time travel meets history in this explosive, bestselling adventure series.
At St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, the historians don’t just study the past, they revisit it.
Behind the strait-laced façade of a conventional academic institution, the secret of time travel is being used for ground-breaking and daring historical research taking the historians on a rollercoaster ride through history: from the destruction of Pompeii to the Normandy trenches; from the Great Fire of London to Bronze Age Troy and even to the time of the dinosaurs…
Meanwhile, within at St Mary’s itself, there are power struggles and intrigues worthy of a book in themselves.
In Book One, we follow new recruit Max as she rides the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to the First World War, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake ...
A friend recommended this series to me and boy, I am glad she did!
St Mary's is bonkers, good bonkers. Long story short it follows our female protagonist Max as she joins the secretive St Mary's Institute of Historical Research. This is not a place where the Historians sit over dusty books and scrolls, no they live it.
Yes they have freaking time machines!!
This could go one of either ways - 1) it could make this book really naff (some time travel books can be a bit meh) or 2) it is done it such a fun, crazy way that you can't help but love it. Yes of course this book is option 2.
Just One Damned Thing After Another or for the sake of my fingers JODTAA follows Max as she joins the ranks of the historians at St Mary's, taking her from training to becoming a fully fledged historian.
As book one in the series JODTAA eases you in to this world, I'm not 100% sure of the time setting, maybe near future, anyway we meet Max and her colleagues and then we travel to points in time that need to be researched.
But the path of St Mary's is never clear of problems, Max's journey brings her in contact with dinosaurs and legendary libraries, seeing history from a totally different POV whilst trying not to change anything and avoiding getting killed, maimed or worse running out of teabags.
This is a cracking read, in fact at this point in time I have just finished book 3 in the series, I love it so much. It is a great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun. Plus there is a cracking sex scene which I had to re-read several times due to the enthusiasm of it!! Also I don't think there was a single character who felt unnecessary.
A must read and a great start to my 2017 reviews!
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