Invictus by Ryan Graudin
3 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Description: Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.
I originally received Invictus from The Novl and from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I didn’t get around to finishing it last year (more later), but I decided to check out the audiobook from my library and finally finish it.
So why did I not finish it last year? Honestly, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. I started to get bored early on and decided I needed a break from it. I didn’t want to force myself to read it when I wasn’t in the mood for it, because it probably would have made me hate it. I set it down and it got lost in the pile. I finally finished it though, so at least there’s that.
Fast forward to this year and I finally finished Invictus! I am not entirely sure what to say in this review, so it may end up being a short one. As you can see, I gave it three out of five stars. The boredom still lingered at the beginning and at some parts throughout the book. I didn’t feel enough excitement. The second half of the book was a little better though and I did enjoy it. There’s a lot more going on and things to get a little excited for. I felt like I didn’t click with the characters as much as I hoped I would. They were likable, but my connection to them just wasn’t that strong. There were some “feels” moments and laugh out loud moments with them. Not enough for my liking though.
Overall, I did enjoy the second half of Invictus a lot more than the first half. While I didn’t love the characters in the story, I did like them. There were some fun moments and a couple interesting twists. I’m sad I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped I would, but I am still glad that I finally picked it up again. This was my first time reading a book by Ryan Graudin, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It wasn’t a bad story at all and I can see why so many people loved it.
Have you read Invictus? If so, what did you think?
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*clutches pearls* haha! Great review Ashley! I’m glad the second half picked up for you even though you didn’t really connect with any of the characters ;( …cause you know…I loved it LMAO! it’s my love for time travel that made this one a hit in my corner, it reminded me a lot of DC Legends of Tomorrow haha 😉
LOL! I wanted to love it so badly! But at least it was still good. It just started so slow for me. Never seen DC Legends of Tomorrow haha. I also don’t really care for superhero movies/tv shows LOL. I am a horrible person. 😛 I’m glad you loved it though! I’m still glad I finally finished it, because even though I didn’t love it, it still had it’s good moments.
Yeah, this book sounds like it promises a fun experience throughout but sad to hear that the early parts were slow (and potentially a bore). I haven’t read it yet but this certainly doesn’t inspire confidence.
I was so excited about it, because everyone seemed to love it. I should have known though, because I don’t always like hyped books as much as everyone else. The beginning was a bit slow (and boring at times). The second half was a little more interesting though and some few exciting things, so at least there’s that.
I’m sorry that the beginning felt a bit slow and that you didn’t quite connect with the characters, I hate when that happens I hope you will enjoy your next read a bit better 😀 x
I hate when I don’t connect with the characters in a book. I think I like characters more than anything when it comes to stories, so when I don’t connect like I want to it sucks! I’m still glad I read it though and I can see why everyone else loved it. 🙂
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I’m afraid of not liking this book. I loved her duology Wolf by Wolf and while the concept for this one sounds interesting, I have a feeling that I won’t be head-over-heels in love with the characters. Still not sure if I’ll ever pick this one up.
I really want to read Wolf by Wolf. I never got around to reading it. I hope I like that one better. It was hard to really connect to the characters in Invictus.
I hope you love it. It’s one of my favorites.
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