The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

thepillbugsoftimeTitle: The Pill Bugs of Time
Series: Offbeat Crimes #2

Author: Angel Martinez

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/20/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Bisexual, Paranormal


Relationship and communication issues plague Officer Vikash Soren, but those are nothing compared to facing stick-throwing tumbleweeds, pill bugs and…time travel?

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.

But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

My View:

I originally reviewed the first edition of this book when it came out in 2015 and loved it! So then you may be asking yourself why I would read this one again and offer up another review. Well, it is because this series is just so unique and fun. It is something well written and easy to read yet it is different in a quirky way that made for an enjoyable reading experience. And that is something I have been needing since it seems that every book I have picked up lately has been much of the same.

You can read my original review here, but I would like to add to what I said the first time around.

Vikash was an interesting character in that all of his struggles appeared to be self made. Yes, they came from external influences, but it seemed that Vikash made them out to be much worse than they really were. And so he had to find it within himself to overcome his fears. I was worried for a bit that things would not go as I hoped, but in the end, Vikash pulled it together and I can see potential for him and Kyle to be long lasting.

I loved the way the author used the pill bugs and time travel to show Vikash how things could be and how things were. And by doing so, Vikash was able to open his mind and allow the possibilities of happiness inside. And at the same time, the author gave us some really creative looks at the past and the future, fun images of some huge historic beasts, and put in our minds as readers, little tidbits to make us think about how things could be in the future. It was fun, it was interesting, it was unique and quirky. I loved going for rides with the pill bugs.

I enjoy these characters and LJ and Tim were great additions to the cast. I look forward to more from the 77th precinct.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

  1. I’ve seen this a lot over the last few days and that title certainly catches the eye!
    Finally read what it is about – thanks – I am now off to look at the series more. Always enjoy a bit of quirky!!!

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