A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #3) by Jodi Taylor

A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #3)

St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another.The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese- rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC – concussion by cheese. The long awaited jump to Bronze Age Troy ends in personal cata...

Details A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #3)

TitleA Second Chance (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #3)
Release DateSep 24th, 2015
PublisherAccent Press
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #3)

  • Bradley
    Oh my lord, this series is kicking my ass. I mean, sure, there's tons of truly hilarious events going on, just one after another, and I love it. Plus the time-travel simply plays second fiddle to the historical accuracy displayed, but here's the real kicker: the emotional impact.It's always bad enough to see people die that you didn't know very well, and then this series keeps on throwing people we're beginning to love under the bus. And then. I ...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Name-Changing Wanderer ⚔
    And now I know what the "second chance" in the title means and it does not make me happy.Here I was, enjoying this book...Really intense that scene about the fall of Troy. I enjoyed the author's recreation of it immensely. And then the DRAMA LLAMA at about 52%. Apparently so. I can NOT get on board with the emotional manipulation and manufactured drama inserted here. It's a deal breaker for me.And the way it was resolved was just cheap. Are we su...
  • Trish
    It's nearly 1 o'clock at night and I have been a sobbing mess for hours. I'm gonna find the author's address, drive up there and kill her!Review to come (if prison has internet I'll be allowed to use).-----------------------------------------------Since I wanted to sleep in a little, I only got up at 9:20 this morning. To calm my still raw nerves, I tried to read the (in comparison) rather dull Mr. Bulfinch, which didn't work at all. So I then pr...
  • Choko
    *** 4 ***A buddy read with the MacHalos, because we love to travel in time... Liked it even better the second time around:)This author has decided to first bamboozle us with humor, attract us with the interpersonal relationships of the characters, intrigue us with the time travel for historical research to different important events in time, in this case The Fall of of Troy and The battle of Agincourt, as well as a very vigorous cheese rolling fe...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    This was more like two books than one in my mind. There is the first half which pretty fantastic with its wild madcap adventures and a trip to Troy which was as fantastic as it was tragic and then there is the second half of the book which is some relationship angst I didn’t get and a death and a not-death and…..a very interesting ending.The first half totally gets 4.5 Stars and I was loving it. Max takes an aged professor back in time to see...
  • Emma
    Outstanding!! Oh my! Ms Taylor has outdone herself.. This story wrung me out and messed with my head... I LOVED it! ALL THE STARS! All the feels! All the hilarity! All the weeping!Carefully crafted and plotted, rich in historical detail. One of my favourite series, I've just decided. Can't wait to read the next. Definitely going to need some rationing as I don't want to run out of her books.This series is SO recommended. But start with the first ...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling fertility ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC – concussion by cheese. The long await...
  • Jaya
    DiiieeeesssssssDear Author,There are better ways to kill your readers than make them die of sensory overload and emotional upheaval. BEWARE!The reader of this series shall be blissfully ensconced in the literary world but soon would be chewed up, swallowed and then spat back, left to flounder. And be helpless to deal with real life.This instalment was bloody brutal and brilliant. I am exhausted. But in a good way. Am already halfway through the n...
  • Steven
    Holy effing craziness, Jodi Taylor. What did you do? You completely demolished every expectation I had. I didn't see anything coming, other than one tiny little bit of inconsequentialness....Jeez, if you haven't read this series and you like time travel and snarky, strong female leads, then you need to pick up The Chronicles of St. Mary's.
  • Maria Dimitrova
    Buddy read at BB&B.This is a weird series for me. I like most of it and am curious enough to keep coming for more and yet I want to tear my hair out when the relationship angst hits. But that'll come later.The Iliad was one of my favourite mandatory reads back in school. I always loved the Greek Mythology and the story of the Trojan War fascinated me even if my side ended up losing. The depiction of the war in this book is probably a lot closer t...
  • Kaitlin
    Well this was fabulous :) In fact I think it's my favourite one in the series so far and there were even a few scenes where I was listening along to the audiobook at work, and I got all EMOSH and had to cover up a few teary-eyed moments. This is the continuation of Max's story where she has joined the St Mary's departments of...well.. time travellers. She's a fantastic lady who has a way with words and is not afraid to call people on any judgemen...
  • Jeanette
    Having loved the St. Mary's #1 more, I still enjoyed this read. This is one of those series that just fills my every need to hear the historic "real" without interpretation, To see Mary Stuart, or Achilles in real time with visual "eyes". OUTSTANDING.But I'm so bummed at the character development and general level of the tone of the narrator (Max)- that I also cannot take these in large doses. In fact, maybe a year between the sequences? That's a...
  • Wing Kee
    Torn torn and torn.Every time I read this series I am awfully torn. In one regard, I love the writing, the dialog and the scenarios I find this book taking place in. However, I am also certainly annoyed with the emotional development and character depths. As I said, torn:World: Wonderfully dense and fun. The history is researched in detail, the world is described vividly and feels alive and the world of St. Mary's is a hoot. This is the best part...
  • Kelly
    Guys, there's some gripping parts of this (the opening third builds to a pretty good climatic sequence), per usual, and Max remains a compelling voice. The silly humor and hijinx are here and some pathos when you've given up hope of it. It would make a good episodic show. Flaws, sometimes really upsetting relationships, messy as usual. More detail later.
  • Nigel
    I enjoyed this. Max is a great character and well used by the author. The whole concept of St Mary's is fun and well worked. I do understand those who feel this one is a bit disjointed - I'd probably say the same. At times it feels like a number of stories that are eventually linked rather than something planned. Still enjoyed it and will continue with the series from time to time.
  • Tia
    This book. This book broke my soul. I think I cried through the entire thing. It surprised me at every turn. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that ending.
  • Alexandra
    This series just keeps getting better.
  • Robyn
    3.5 that I’m rounding up for Taylor’s style and the great narration on the audio book. This one carried a few too many twists and turns for me to really love it, but it does certainly set up for an interesting new plot line!
  • Karsyn
    ARGH!! The End of this book!! This series is just soooooo amazing. I love it so much. Obviously since this is my 3rd read-thru of the series in a year. LOVE THESE BOOKS!!===============Well, shit!! Was gonna rate this book a 4 through most of it, but then the damn end happened. I knew something was coming, but it didn't turn out the way I thought it was, so nice touch.In this book Max was the bitch, big time, then tries to turn around and do what...
  • Jana
    When I wrote my review for the first book, Just One Damned Thing After Another, I observed that just when you think things can't possibly get more gut wrenching, they do. When I wrote my review for the second book, A Symphony of Echoes, I remarked how it was interspersed with several I-did-not-see-THAT-coming moments. In this one, all of the above, including more than one moment, Ms. Taylor, that I really, really hated you. Oh. My. Word. What a f...
  • Ula
    I'm struggling to rate this. It could be a 3 or a 4, so I'm going with 3.5 stars.Firstly, what the fuck. It started in typical St. Mary's fashion, accosting Isaac Newton and possibly starting the next big bang. Then it starts to hit you in the feels. There were definitely parts I liked less than the first two books, the entire drama that's central to this book was simply unnecessary. It made it complicated, but the thing I loved about these books...
  • Anita Reads
    What an ending. Really enjoyed this again. 4.5 Stars
  • Sanny
    This author is trying to kill me, or get me fired. I listen to the audiobook in the car on the way to work. Listening to A Second Chance, I found myself compelled to sit in the office parking lot at risk of being late, or driving slower than prevailing traffic on the interstate to prolong my commute. Just when I thought my heart could break no further - surely, the book couldn't bring me to tears TWO mornings in a row - my heart broke yet again.T...
  • CalamityMane
    I like books that make me laugh. I like books that make me cry. And I especially like books that make me laugh and cry. If that happens at the same time, all the better.For me, the series just gets better and better. There are times when the narrative made me feel uncomfortable or tense, or uncomfortable and tense, and that's a good thing. The action sequences made me feel the way a good action film makes me feel - shoulders hunched, breath held,...
  • puppitypup
    Adventure/Romance This is why I readBook two left me with an aching hole in my chest where my heart used to be...starting to heal, but still gun shy. After this one, I'm having a whole different reaction. My whole torso is wound so tight, breathing seems like something I used to know how to do. I understood early on why it was so difficult for Max, our heroine, to risk loving someone. But with Leon being a man of so few words, I had no idea how m...
  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    What. The. Heck.How in the world do you just stop at this book? Where is the next one? Give it to me now.
  • C-shaw
    The third episode of "The Chronicles of St. Mary's." I love these books!* * * * *Oh my, the most exciting and fast-moving episode yet. Once again, the historians at St. Mary's observe and participate in iconic world events through the adventure of time travel. As soon as I finished it this morning, I immediately downloaded Book #4, _A Trail Through Time_: must see what happens next!"In my experience, the only time women get to go first is when wa...