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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Time Flies is the second book in a spellbinding series, Ferdie and the Seven by Larry Buenafe, a beautiful mix of coming of age, young adult fantasy and sci-fi. We follow Ferdie and his friends, Marsh Dog, Ling, Rafael and Gabriella, on a perilous adventure to stop a very dangerous enemy, and the fate of the world could depend on their success. But do they have what it takes to stop the monster and, even if they did, how much time do they have left?
There is a lot to savor in this thrilling tale of adventure. First, I was pulled in by the author’s deft handling of character development. The characters are just lovely. We meet Ferdie, an unusual kid with odd mannerisms, still not over the loss of his friends. He, as well as other characters, are explored in great depth and I enjoyed their emotional and psychological development. There are powerful insights into the personalities of the characters, traits that readers can identify with easily. For instance, here is a description of Ferdie that is as humorous as it is detailed: "Sometimes I get in these loops where I am tapping my head without knowing it and other times I find myself flipping the lights on and off for no reason.”
The pacing is good and Larry Buenafe writes with unusual grace and confidence. The first person narrative is engrossing and it pulls the reader into the narrator’s worldview in an irresistible way. Time Flies offers a lot of action, quirky moments, and a pacing that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.