Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (Book Review)

A madcap new slant on history that seems to be everyone's cup of tea...

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.

Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document - to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered questions... and not to die in the process. 

But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And, as they soon discover - it's not just History they're fighting. 

Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to World War 1, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For whenever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake...

(Blurb on the back)

Published: 20th August 2015
Publisher: Accent Press
Genres: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction
Goodreads Star Rating: 4/5

This book follows Madeline Maxwell (mostly known as Max), who has been given an opportunity to be part of the Historians of St Mary's. After discovery the hidden secret of St Mary's, she is excited to be part of this loud family. Max goes through all the training and procedure and is able to become one of the historians to be able to go back into time and observe the natural surroundings.

But there is someone who is trying to destroy St Mary's by altering history which is one of the rules that they should not do. 

I have been in need of a break from the Fantasy and I needed something new and completely unexpected, and this book showed it. I am not much of a fan of Science Fiction books, mostly it is because they say a lot of words that I don't know what they mean and I find it hard to understand. But this book is very different to Science Fiction books that I have read before. 

I loved reading the parts when they are jumping back into time. They go to World War 1 but the big one would be the Cretaceous period (THE LAND OF DINOSAURS!!), they spent a big chunk of jumping back then, it was amazing. It added its own flavour to the book and it was very interesting to visit those places and not trying to change the timeline.

Max is such a brilliant character, she is a goal seeker and a thrill seeker. She is fascinated with History and will go to many lengths to complete her mission. She had a tough up bring and she was able to turn it around and study to become a Historian. With the opportunity to be part of the Institute, she works hard at what she does and she is tough like many other characters in the big ensemble cast. She goes through a lot of hard troubles throughout the book and she is able to confide in Leon Farrell, who is the Chief Technician and love interest to Max. The relationship is not the main focus in this book but you learn a lot more of Leon's past and you learn more about the Institute, as to who founded it and built it to be as it is. 

I got the book mostly because I got the Audiobook. I did start reading this book on Audible but I was not enjoying it over there and I was thankful to have the book with me. It is a very good book and I highly recommend this book to anyone. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Hope you are having a lovely day 



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