Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time -- Book Review & Giveaway


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am working with The Children's Book Review and P.J. Davis to bring you this review and giveaway.

What is time? It has been called the fourth dimension. It is also said to be made up by man to help explain life. The calendar has changed over the years and some places still change the clock twice a year for Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time. So what is time? For that matter, what is life? What would life be without time? Today we are sharing a middle school fantasy about an underworld force who is stealing time to overcome our world as well as other dimensions. The book is Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time by P.J. Davis and illustrated by Thomas Peacock. It is recommended for ages 8+. 

About the Book:

Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time Written by P.J. Davis and Illustrated by Thomas Peacock

Ages: 8+ | 234 Pages | Publisher: Philaments | ISBN-13: B0CVS2P3N3

Book Summary: “…it’s hard to prove the world’s most important substance is missing when no one knows it’s gone.”

“Substance? What substance?” asks thirteen-year-old Max Kellerman. “Why time itself!” exclaims the strange professor who Max meets in the back of his uncle’s bookstore. In fact, he says, time is being sucked out of every living person by invisible thieves and stored away in a deep, dark netherworld.

Could the professor possibly be right… or just plain crazy?

It depends on whether Max can unravel the mysterious clues in the tattered manuscript the professor leaves behind. With the help of his best friends Derek and Samantha, Max begins a quest to find this dark realm and to discover its hidden secrets. But with the time clock ticking and the professor gone missing, Max uncovers a truth he never thought possible.

Max must unravel the mysteries of Nemesis to save not just his world, but the very fabric of time itself.



PJ Davis lives in the tiny mountain town of Brevard, North Carolina overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. He lives there with his wife, youngest son, three sleepy cats and three noisy ducks. For his day job, he names things, such as companies, products and services. he even named the town’s annual White Squirrel Festival.

PJ is a nickname, short for Phillip John, which is the type of long, formal-sounding name that parents use when they are really mad about something you did and for which you are about to get into serious trouble. As a child PJ was a bit like his book character Max, and also suffered from ACHOO syndrome, along with bouts of intense curiosity and daydreaming. Growing up, almost all of his questions started with “what if…”, which drove his parents crazy.

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Tom Peacock is an artist extraordinaire with an extensive background in illustration and graphic design. His work as an agency art director and subsequent roles in marketing and art direction make him an in-demand talent. Tom is not a native of North Carolina but got there as soon as he could. When not drawing, off roading or selling mountain real estate, Tom can be most likely be found in the woods.

From Me:

At first one might think someone is putting an elaborate hoax or practical joke on Max. It is all so crazy. Even his friends try to come up with explanations of what he is experiencing. As they begin to experience some of the weirdness, they realize it is true and they join Max on a crazy but amazing adventure. They enter the dimension of Nemesis where there are boggarts, hobgoblins, wereboars, and more fantastical creatures. Each one is worse than the last. They are there protecting the time they steal from humans on Earth. Time is the life force. They have been stealing seconds from humans when they daydream, sneeze, in a coma, or that period before you fall asleep. There is a dark force having them do this so they can overtake Earth as well as the dimension above Earth. 

This story is well written. The reader tries to figure things out with Max and his friends. In the beginning it seems so unbelievable. As the weird things keep happening, the reader gets pulled into to the fantasy with Max, Derek and Sam. The mystery unravels and keeps pulling the reader in. Every once in a while there is an illustration to show a bit of the action in the story. This is a story kids will enjoy. It is full of mystery, fantasy, and action. It is also a story that will get you thinking about time, Deja vu, and what life actually is.  So what is time to you? Is it life? 

I see this book being read by individuals who love fantasy as well as by a class. I can see some interesting conversations about it. Although it is definitely a fantasy book there are some interesting topics for conversation: time, life force, other dimensions and so much more. It is a book that will pull the reader in even the reluctant readers. I hope you will check it out!


Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a copy of Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time autographed by P.J. Davis, a Galaxy Flying Orb Ball, and a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Good luck!! In the meantime be sure to check out this free downloadable activity kit to use with the book.