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
Number of pages298 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Audiobook

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

  • Brad
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Katherine
    I know I said A Symphony of Echoes was a roller coaster of a book but think of that one as a wooden roller coaster - fast and exhilarating, but without loops and going upside down. A Second Chance, in comparison is the newer with crazy tricks thrown in that leave you ready to get off ASAP.This book pulled no punches emotionally. Just when I thought I was ready to move onto the next mission arc there'd be something in it that would make me want to...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Ian
    Max returns for part 3 of the The Chronicles of St Mary's. In this episode her team travels back to Troy to observe the final defeat, but when Max finds herself caught up in the sacking of the city, she could well end up dead. They also find time to visit a 19th century cheese rolling festival, and somehow manage to be chased through the streets of Cambridge after Isaac Newton accuses them of theft.As with the rest of the series there is a lot go...
  • Alexandra
    This series just keeps getting better.
  • Marjolein
    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com Returning to St Mary’s already feels like a long awaited return home, even as I’m bingereading my way through the series. I’ve seldom had so much fun just with the characters as they really are what make the series stand out. And normally, I’m really not much of a bingereader myself (don’t get me wrong, I’ll read a lot but not one series at a time) as after one or two books I...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mark
    This one is an emotional journey through time. Plan to be on the edge of your pod seat. Looking forward to the jump to #4.
  • Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
    8/10: Excellent read, well written, fell right into the fictional world created.OK. Where to start? What a book. I loved it & I hated it, but in the end I couldn't stop reading it.A wonderful & great time-travel mad-cap ride. Again.A frustrating & annoying repeat of knee-jerk reactions & unbelievable responses. Again.A heart-breaking & emotional story of love & loss. Not so "again."This one had it all, though. But I really wasn't sure, at one poi...
  • Megalion
    More time traveling historian shenanigans.An interesting crop of destinations this time: Isaac Newton, the siege of Troy and more.One of the things I really like about this series is that there are multiple stories that not only concurring but some are consecutive. Feels more organic for a setting such as an institution devoted to exploring history. It's not always going to be about a singular mission.In addition to the entertaining escapades off...
  • Wealhtheow
    Dr.Madeleine Maxwell is one of the rare historians who travels back in time to learn the truth of the matter. It's not that time travel is difficult to gain access to, precisely, so much as that it's incredibly dangerous and requires a certain unique point of view. Max loves her job and her coworkers (each with priorities as off-kilter as Max's), and they comprise her whole life. And yet, working for St.Mary's is dangerous, and she's starting to ...
  • Sydney Young
    Love love love this series! My inner geek is so happy!
  • G.R. Matthews
    Another fun book as the team travel through time. The Trojan war provides a backdrop to much of the action and old enemies do show up, for a brief period of time.I did dislike the main protagonist at around 80% in (her lack of empathy is a character trait though), but by the end I had found my enjoyment once again.Be warned... there are tears in this one and a cliff hanger ending!
  • beentsy
    I love these books. They are just a riot of fun.
  •  Olivermagnus
    The third book in this compelling combination of time travel and historical fiction involves investigating the fall of ancient Troy. The historians of St. Mary's want to determine whether Helen was really the cause of the war, and why the city sealed it's own destruction by taking down the gates to let in a wooden horse? In another jump, a retiring professor wants to meet his idol, Isaac Newton, and there's a hilarious St. Mary's day trip to witn...
  • Erik Wennstrom
    There's so much I love about this and a lot that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I feel like I've got a strong grasp on what kind of person Leon (the central love interest) is, but every time something goes wrong in that romance, it's like he turns into a completely different character, and it pretty much shatters the illusion that these are real people. Now this isn't one of those stories where the narrator (and thus the reader) seem to just be...