Review: Two

Two (The Sometimes Time-Travelling Twins, #1) by Karl Alexander
Published: May 6th by Rainy May Books
Pages: 241 pages

Emerson and Parker Leigh, wonderful girl twins, are battling with reigning prep school queen, Portia Flowers, over the right to be themselves and Parker's "thing" for Randall Hamner-by day, a tennis star, by night, a car thief. Enter, Tim Raines, a handsome young write with a Harley who interviews the twins for his first novel. Sparks fly between Tim and Emerson, but Portia hooks up with Randall, momentarily wrecking Parker's life, but Portia's video gets her tossed out of school.

In Tim's book, the twins time-travel to Edwardian England and befriend H.G. Wells, but Til does them no favors by bringing Portia and Randall along as adversaries. Alas, the time machine stops working, and at a young Fabians weekend in the country, Emerson is murdered. 

Back in present-day Calabasas, Portia seeks revenge. She frames the twins and Tim for kidnapping. With high-powered attorneys as parents, Emerson and Parker stay out of jail, but not Tim. So, the book remains unfinished. As Emerson tries to solve the kidnapping, Parker tries to finish writing the book., solve her sister's murder in the past-with a little help from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-and bring them both back home.

Not that the twins were unpopular. Au contraire, they were special-they knew it-everybody know it-they'd been special since their first day on the Point of View School campus way back in the 7th grade. 
- Karl Alexander, Two

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm not proud to present to you: my first ever DNF. I'm really not proud because the book is only 241 pages, but when I got halfway, I already eye-rolled way too much and sighed loudly more than I wanted to. The premise wasn't really something I was interested in reading in the first place. Maybe it's a personal matter, but I'm still very disappointed with what I've read.

When it came to the characters, there were absolutely none that could hold my interest. The twins were both the most egocentric and stereotypical blondes. It felt like the author had a bit too much fun with the twins and decided to take it always a little too far. Common examples in here are the finishing of each other's sentences, to know exactly what one another is thinking and their bond of let's be best friends forever. Tim came over as creepy, nothing else. All the characters had something in common: undeveloped and therefore incredibly flat. Their actions were predictable and so another reason why I couldn't bear to finish it. Because this book is basically two stories put together, there was an abundance of characters which was all too confusing in the end.

To say the least, this book contains no plot. Save yourself from reading the entire thing when the summary offers you literally, everything there is to know. Throughout the thing, all I kept thinking was how the author managed to write it. Because to me, it felt like he had watched way too much high school drama and girly tv-shows. Just like the characters, the plot is filled with clichés and boring events happening without a single high-light. In combination with the pace, still nothing interesting. Again, the fact that this book was a combination of two could have been way better if it was actually woven together with a decent flow. It made everything way more confusing for me than it already was.

In the end, Two was just the kind of book I regret trying to read. Do not let the pretty cover fool you, because all pleasure I had from it was when I closed it and decided to stop continuing.

Aurélie Cremers is an eighteen-year-old living in Belgium. As an active member on Goodreads, Edelweiss and Amazon, she's always spreading her reviews to express her opinion and influences her followers to read the books she fairly enjoyed. When she's not writing, you can find her at her local bookstore or in a classroom. With her blog, "Exploring Pages", Aurélie hopes to gain a larger public in the near future and to continue that what she'll always love doing: writing.

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