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The adventures of Beaumont and Beasley are at an end. The Council of Scions has finally caught up with Nick Beasley and his friends–and the sinister enchantress Madame Levesque has plans for them. Nick and Cordelia must solve an ancient mystery for her. Otherwise, Crispin and Molly will be lost forever. The investigation leads Nick and Cordelia to the Castle of Basile, a bThe adventures of Beaumont and Beasley are at an end. The Council of Scions has finally caught up with Nick Beasley and his friends–and the sinister enchantress Madame Levesque has plans for them. Nick and Cordelia must solve an ancient mystery for her. Otherwise, Crispin and Molly will be lost forever. The investigation leads Nick and Cordelia to the Castle of Basile, a bizarre place detached from space and time. Old friends are trapped there, and Nick and Cordelia are soon imprisoned along with them. Their jailer is the Fairy Godmother from the tale of Cinderella…who turns out to be far less benevolent than the storybook version. A masked man offers to help–but can the White Rabbit really be trusted? What is Cinderella’s dark secret? And what will happen when the clock strikes twelve?...

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The Stroke of Eleven Reviews

  • Kyle
    2018-12-29 07:08

    Good heavens. Kyle Robert Shultz must be stopped. I'm only giving the book five stars because I'm scared of what he'll do to me if I don't. The shocking twists and bizarre timey-wimeyness of The Stroke of Eleven cannot possibly be legal. And the horrors his characters have to endure...someone needs to break into his Fortress of Inevitable Doom and rescue them. I'd volunteer, but I'm busy hiding under my bed. I feel like he's lurking nearby, so close I can almost touch him.Send help.

  • Deborah O'Carroll
    2019-01-20 03:55

    Re-read January 3, 2018Re-reading aloud, because I can. (Oh, shush; I know it's only been a month since I read it the first time. I couldn't resist since the younger siblings wanted to read it anyway.) AAAH! So many feels! But so epic! :D I love these characters so much! <3First read December 3, 2017(Review originally posted on my book blog: HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO REVIEW THIS, HALP. So much of this story is mind-boggling twists, and it’s basically a walking spoiler, so HOW I am even going to BEGIN to talk about this is just...*takes deep breath*This will be a spoiler-free review, and I will attempt coherency, but basically: everyone needs to read this so that I can talk about it, because if the whole world has read it, then nothing will be a spoiler anymore, right? Right. Problem solved!Anyway. Reviewing.MEEP. <—[My entire reaction to the entire book.]I HAVE FEELS, OKAY. I HAVE MANY FEELS.NO I WILL NOT BE CALM.*calms self*I haven’t quite figured out how I feel about a few of the things. Because wow, things GO DOWN in this and nothing will be the same. O_o It was honestly exhausting to read. So, good news for all you people who love feelsy books: this one is for you. XDI... ahem... do NOT always love feelsy books, so like I said, I’m kind of on the fence on some things... BUT once I got over it, I think I figured out that I’m mostly worried about what will happen in future books, and not AS much about what actually happened in this one (or did it?), so since that’s kind of a silly thing to worry about, I’ll just say: this was a good book. An excellently written one, in fact. And it’s brilliant/genius/mindboggling, and as long as I don’t worry about what future books will hold for my precious character friends, or about some of the sort-of things that kind of maybe happened (or not? Time travel is confusing, guys.), I can say: I LOVED IT! :DIt’s a fairytale retelling/reworking/mashup/THING, featuring Cinderella, dashes of Alice in Wonderland, continuations of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid (because of the first two books) and TIMEY-WIMEY STUFF. How cool is that? VERY cool.And I can’t say much about the plot because SPOILERS. (So. many.) But I’ll do what I can.Nick and Cordelia continue to be one of my favorite things—seriously, I love their relationship and banter SO MUCH. And just them as characters. THEY ARE THE BEST. <3 Crispin kind of isn’t in it as much, since he and Molly are kind of... out of the way near the beginning, but I didn’t actually mind as much as I thought I might. Because the explosion of plot twists, and Nick and Cordelia being adorable, kind of distracted me. XD (ButIloveCrispinokayarewegoodyesCrispinCrispinCrispin.) The Mythfits are back, being quirky as ever. ;) MALCOLM returns—I was kind of unsure about him in Tomb of the Sea Witch, but gaaahh, I love him now. So much. We also meet exciting NEW characters! And I quite liked the Cinderella and prince characters. They were great! :) The Cinderella story was fascinating in this! (Any story that is very involved with a clock/midnight is a prime candidate for a time-travel story. ;)) And yay for dashes of steampunk!There are SO many new developments, and time-travel-y thiiings (some of which are frankly terrifying, but you know). And DID I MENTION TWISTS? There are twists, people. o.o TWIIISTS. O____O And I guessed a couple of them and they happened and I’m in shock but wow, and I don’t know how I feel, but ALL THE THINGS. Also the White Rabbit. Yes. Wow. AND THERE WERE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST THINGS. I know it’s silly, because the Disney cartoon isn’t even an original thing, and I only saw it once, but I was ridiculously happy about a little moment or two in this that was B&B-ish. XD (And there was a thrown roll. Just sayin’.)Anyway, Nick and Cordelia and Crispin are some of my favorite EVER characters. I’m immensely attached to them. Plus I adore the Afterverse, and fairytales in general, and time travel hurts my brain, and what I mean to say is this book was excellent. Exhausting and hard for me to decide if I’m okay with a thing or two, but excellent. XD And did I mention it’s still hilarious? No? Because IT’S STILL HILARIOUS. I don’t know HOW Kyle Shultz does all of this—hilarious, fairytale, timey-wimey, plot twist, epic, fun adventure, with all the feels, and my favorite characters. I’M KIND OF EMOTIONALLY INVESTED. If you can’t tell. Ahem.SO, I LIED. This wasn’t a coherent review. Oh well. Now you know what I think (kind of... as much as I know... which isn’t very much...), so you can dash off and read the book yourself so that we can discuss spoilery things... And if you can’t yet, because you haven’t read The Beast of Talesend, well WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, YOU POOR SOUL. *shoos you off to go read that one because you’re missing out*If you need me, I’ll just be over here in the corner, emotionally worn out and confused and waiting for another Beaumont and Beasley adventure. Send help. Or, no, send tea and cakes and the next book, and a safe where I can keep the characters protected from all the MEEPery. (It’s a word, shush.)(This is why I don’t write reviews at one a.m.)[I received a free e-copy of this book from the author (thanks!); these opinions are entirely my own.]Some Favorite QuotesSo… parachutes. Not fun. I’ve never liked heights. I like them even less when I’m falling from them.***“Look… we come in peace.”“No, we don’t!” cried Cordelia. “We don’t come in peace! We go in abject terror!”***Getting eaten by evil pumpkins was very low on my list of preferred ways to die.***“My name is Gervase,” he informed us. “My condolences.”***Malcolm stopped me with a gesture before I could speak to him. “Please, don’t say anything. Whatever it is, I’ve already heard it.” He started doing a very poor imitation of my voice and accent. “Malcolm! Crikey! You’re so young! What’s going on here? Who’s that girl? I’m so confused! Oi!” “I do /not/ sound like that,” I growled. Melody smacked him on the back of the head. “Don’t be rude, grumpy-scales.”***“The White Rabbit Society is now assembled.” Kanin’s tone was solemn and ceremonial. “May the clock strike twelve.” “May the clock strike twelve,” echoed everyone, including Cordelia. I looked from one to the other in bewilderment. “Right. That wasn’t weird at all.”***“...but a scheme this brazen could get us all killed. Repeatedly.”***Melody moved over to a table laden with refreshments. She picked up some sandwiches and began gleefully throwing them at random people. “She reminds me of you,” I said to Cordelia. “Oh, really? I can’t imagine why.”***“Shut up and be magical.”***That was cheating, of course. But I was perfectly willing to cheat time, death, and any other inexorable force of nature for Crispin’s sake… regardless of what the consequences might be.***“Cinderella and Prince Charming.” They both gave me displeased looks. “What?” I shrugged. “That’s who you are, isn’t it?” Cinderella rubbed her eyes. “I do wish people didn’t remember me by that ridiculous nickname my stepsisters made up.” “And I have an actual name,” said Matteo. “Why do they never remember the princes’ actual names? Plus the fact that they made me out to be a complete idiot. How insane would you have to be to try finding a girl based on her shoe size?”***“Chin up, Gareth!” said Malcolm, with a sort of crazed cheerfulness. “Why worry? We’re Beaumont and Beasley! We live for danger!” “Technically, only Cordelia, Crispin, Molly, and I are Beaumont and Beasley,” I reminded him. “At this point, I’d say we’re all honorary members by virtue of shared insanity.”

  • Claire Banschbach
    2019-01-20 06:52

    Well I am suddenly very concerned for the future B&B books... I really love these books. They're so full of snark and humor and general fairy tale awesomeness. And this one kind of took it to a whole new level. ALL OF THE TIMEY-WIMEYNESS! Like, I can't even recap some of the plot, because it would be vaguely spoilery. But in typical Shultz fashion, I couldn't put the book down. I called a particular twist, but then basically had my heart ripped out. So that was pretty cool. AND I'M GOING TO NEED SOMEONE TO HUG CRISPIN PLEASE! lol! All the characters are still great. I was excited to see the Mythfits again. And villainous villains are coming. And everything has escalated. And I'm just waiting for my feels to be destroyed again in the next few books. :P But in all honesty, read this book, because the series is great, and you will not regret a single thing.

  • H.L. Burke
    2018-12-25 07:14

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  • Katelyn Buxton
    2018-12-30 04:00

    I honestly have no idea how Shultz does it, but he does. Every addition to the Beaumont and Beasley world gets better, and The Stroke of Eleven is no exception. This book was such a rollercoaster of feels, and such a whirlwind of well-thought-out plot, and familiar, vivid characters, that I am sitting here in awe. Nick and Cordelia are still their lovable selves, as are the Mythfits and Malcolm (although don’t tell him I said that.) But Crispin. *screams into the void* *mutters unintelligibly* *bleeps our several spoilers* What have you done to my precious optimist, Shultz?? Read this book, you guys, because I may not be able to hold the spoilers in much longer. *tries to look a little less crazy than the Mad Hatter* *probably fails*Speaking of which, this book is titled The Stroke of Eleven, and is definitely a retelling of Cinderella, but it also has some serious Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass influences, which I absolutely loved, having read both of those books for the first time recently. (Impeccable timing, I must say—those whether it’s mine or Shultz’s, I don’t know.) :PAnother lovely element was the time-travel, which left my head spinning, but was a lot of fun. Each installment in the Beaumont and Beasley series deepens the world, and this one showed me just how vast the scope for the future of these books is. The time-travel just added to that.The only “stuff” I have to note, since these books are really very clean, is a kiss, two or three uses of God’s name in vain, and for those who care, the fact that this book feels a little... “darker”... than the rest. I guess serious is a better word than “dark.” The dialogue was just as hilarious and witty as ever, but it felt a little more sober-minded at times. Personally, I appreciated this, since it’s supposed to wrap up the first trilogy in the Beaumont and Beasley series, and finales have to have weight, but that was a change I noticed.And now I’m off to read Christmas in Talesend since I don’t have to worry about spoilers from that any more, and to eagerly await the next installment in the series. :D

  • emrys merlin
    2018-12-24 02:07

    The Stroke of Eleven reminds me of The Last Jedi in a lot of ways. Both have forever changed how I view their respective series, both are very ambitious, and both went in very unexpected directions. I really liked the first two books in the B&B series, yet there was always something slightly lacking. However, after reading this book, I was finally able to become fully invested in this series and figure out what it was that kept me from loving this series. Simply put, my problem was that I never felt like the stakes were high enough until now.Yes, the whole "We've got to change Nick back into a human" was a fun plot while it lasted, but it lacked any major threat or danger. Which is why I'm so glad this book decided to change things up and create a new story arc that actually felt threatening. It has done nothing but add more richness and depth to the overall series, and it will undoubtedly be better for it. Of course, it doesn't completely change the whole aspect of the series either. It still has the same fun and humor that made this series so good to begin with. But it also feels more deep, more relatable in a way, and I love it!

  • Daley Downing
    2018-12-28 04:01

    Welcome to the most internally screaming review ever!There is so much I could say about this book, but I won't. (Contrary to what some may think, I don't actually do spoilers.)This is by far the most exciting book yet in the Beaumont and Beasley series. There are many events that occur which shake up the status quo of our established heroes, and not only are the heroes led towards making decisions that are almost not hero-like, I really enjoyed the way Shultz uses his premise of time "being broken" to explore certain themes. For example, what happens to the integrity of a well-meaning hero who makes a very selfish choice that adversely affects others, even if that wasn't his or her intention? There are also things about this third installment that shake up the "order" of things in this universe, while certainly revisiting familiar characters and motifs. I was glad to see the Mythfits return (from "Tomb of the Sea Witch"), and although Malcolm Blackfire didn't feature as much in this tale as the second book, when he was "on screen," man, he made it count! What happened with secondary characters like Crispin and Molly was fascinating. There are a lot of hints, possibilities, and omnipresent-author-indicators that really got the gears turning for what the future may hold in the Afterlands.There are a lot of reasons to read this third Beaumont and Beasley tale. The stakes are definitely high. The characters don't stay static. And there are definitely more twisted-up fairytales to come!

  • Cathrine Bonham
    2019-01-10 09:21

    Hi I'm Cathrine and I'm a Beaumont and Beasley reader.I have just finished the third book in the series, The Stroke of Eleven.I litteraly had a hard time putting this book down. Kyle Robert Shultz must be stopped. he is an evil mastermind who has started interfering with my ability to function in normal society.I find myself saying random things like, "noo, not Nick," and "oh my gosh Crispin!" I break out in random laughter as I remember something from the book and twitch in anticipation of picking it back up. Now I ask random strangers if they've read the books and force them to listen to me recite them verbatim if they haven't.I can't talk about this book because of all the spoilers, but if you a member of B&B anonymous then you already know and if aren't, why aren't you? Go read the Beast of Talesend. Welcome to the club.

  • E.B. Dawson
    2019-01-20 08:10

    What a romp. As the third installment in this series, this book did not disappoint. Full of snark, adventure, wild imagination, and clever plot twists, it also had some remarkably genuine moments that seemed to pop out of the book and grab hold of my heart in a way I will not soon forget. I appreciated how multiple threads from the series were addressed, although not all were answered. And I particularly liked the ending, because I have been waiting, WAITING for this thing to happen. From this point, Shultz can basically expand in any and every direction and will probably take over the world. You have been warned. Love this author. Love his work.

  • Christine Smith
    2019-01-07 01:58

    I think the best way to describe my feelings about this book is SKDLJFLKJDS:LFJL:DSKJ:LFKJ:DLSKJF:LKJDS:LFJKSLDKJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Okey doke. Now that we have that established…The Stroke of Eleven is the 3rd installment in the Beaumont and Beasley series. And oh my goodness, I LOVE THIS SERIES. This 3rd book may be my favorite yet. I DON’T KNOW. They’re all so good! But where the first two (the first especially) was more on the lighthearted side, this one took the feels to a whoooooole ‘nuther level and just… *collapses* THIS BOOK, GUYS.THE RUNDOWNWhere The Beast of Talesend (book #1) was a Beauty and the Beast retelling and The Tomb of the Sea Witch (book #2) The Little Mermaid, The Stroke of Eleven is a Cinderella retelling. (Though with these books I use “retelling” loosely. They’re more…fairytale continuations-ish?)I’m aware there are like 293982 Cinderella retellings out there, but, personally I neverrrr get tired of them. And this one took the events and made them so, so epic. Trust me, you’re gonna love it! And, again, it’s not really a retelling. More like the events after the story of Cinderella happened. In a sense.ANYWAYS. Nick, Cordelia, Crispin, and Molly have finally gotten captured by Madame Levesque. To keep Crispin and Molly safe, Nick and Cordelia must go to this mysterious, phantom castle for Levesque and do what she asks. Once there, things start getting even more dangerous than they realize. *cue complex, epic plot things and FEELS*CHARACTERSThe whole gang is back. I’d say Nick and Cordelia were even more spectacular in this one. The things they had to do and experience added a whole other level of depth to their already amazing characters and brought them closer and skdljflskjdfs. I CAN’T WITH THESE TWO.Crispin was of course the BEST. As always. Except there was sort of a sad lack of him in this one. Still, the scenes we did get with him were fabulous. Molly, too, wasn’t present for a lot of it. But there was one scene in the beginning with her that made me crack up and love this sweet girl even more.The Mythfits are back!!! Which I was so ecstatic about. I was worried they were just going to be in The Tomb of the Sea Witch and that be it. But nope! They were a very big factor in the plot of this one and it made me ridiculously happy.ALSO MALCOLM. This cranky, shapeshifting dragon becomes even more epic in this installment. Every time we get a taste of him and his backstory, I want to know mooooore. I find him one of the most intriguing characters in the Afterlands. PLUS HE’S A DRAGON SO THERE’S THAT.We also have new additions. Like the White Rabbit who was soooo mysterious and cool! And Cinderella and the Prince themselves! I. LOVED. THEM. The Prince had me cracking up. Kyle is the best at flipping over cliches and surprising you with the characters. Cinderella was a sweetie, which I was so glad of! The tenderhearted, nice Cinderellas are always my fave. I seriously adored both of them!Basically, the whole cast is perfection and I am so attached to these people, it’s probably not even healthy.OTHER THINGS I LOVEDUm…everything? Seriously, there was just soooo much epic stuff going on in this book! But there are definitely a few things that literally had me shrieking with excitement.- IT’S TIMEY WIMEY. We’ve got time travel and time loops and time staying still and just…TIMEY WIMEY THIIINGS. Which is my faaaavorite. I can’t even express how ecstatic I was when I heard this book was full of convoluted time travel-y things. One of my favorite story aspects in one of my favorite series? YES PLEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!- ALICE IN WONDERLAND THINGS. So the other books have had hints of some Wonderland stuff going on. But this one dove right into it with the addition of the White Rabbit and some other stuff. And and and AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! You should know I'm unhealthily obsessed with all things Alice in Wonderland. I was literally whisper screaming over certain parts and at each and every nod this had to Wonderland. IT MADE MY WONDERLAND-LOVING HEART SO HAPPY. I cannot waaaaaaaait to see where all the Wonderland stuff goes in the rest of the series.- The Castle of Basile. Trying to avoid spoilers here, but the mystery involving the castle and the way it worked was SO. FUN. Everything was just so funnn!- Nods to Beauty and the Beast. Despite being a Cinderella story, there was actually a lot of continuation to the Beauty and the Beast threads and it was so sweet to see! I LOVED all the nods to that.- The humor! Kyle’s specialty. And despite this book being more feelsy, there was still pleeeeeeenty of humor to go around. Basically every other line is quotable. I was laughing so much!- THE FEELS. When I wasn’t laughing, I was wanting to cry. Because ACK. And yes, this is a positive. GIMME ALL THE FEELS. I looooved how this story got way deeper and more feelsy than the previous installments. Humor and feels—precisely what I look for in novels!- PLOT TWISTS. Plot twists eeeeeverywhere!!! This story had me reeling right and left. I just love how much deeper and complex this story took everything! I’m so anxious to see how everything continues to play out because EEEEP. ALL THE THINGS.I need to stop or this list will go on forever. But like I said, I LOVED EVERYTHING.THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE*cricket, cricket*…Nothing?Seriously, I’m trying really hard to think of something I didn’t enjoy, but I’m coming up with nothing. I guess there were some events I was suuuuper nervous about. But they actually sorta turned out better than I hoped. Though I won’t know the full outcome of Certain Things until later books. So it’s sort of like a…half complaint but not really because I don’t know how things will turn out?Wow. That made zero sense. It’s hard reviewing a 3rd book of a series because SPOILERS. Anyways! I really just loved everything.CONTENT CAUTIONSNothing, really. Though this one was more feelsy and complex, it still kept to the clean style all the others books have run. Lots of magic and fantasy things with a few fights, but descriptions of gore is down to a minimum.Though, there were a few instances where characters said “Oh my God” or things like that. Which I realize everybody in the universe and their cousin’s talking dog uses that term like 300 times a day. But…I just am not a fan. I hate how we now use God’s sacred name so lightly over eeeeverything. But that just may be a me thing. And it wasn’t used much in the book, only a few times that I can remember.Other than that teeny tiny thing, it was perfectly clean. I highly recommend for ALL ages!CONCLUSIONBetween the feels, deeper plot, timey-wimey things, Alice in Wonderland threads, and twists around every corner, this 3rd book may top as my favorite Beaumont and Beasley novel yet!If you’ve read The Beast of Talesend and The Tomb of the Sea Witch, YOU NEED THIS NEXT BOOK ASAP. And if you haven’t, what is wrong with you???? Go immerse yourself in the delight that is the Beaumont and Beasley series! Fairytales, humor, endearing characters, 1920s-feel world, epic plots, and all manner of twists—IT’S JUST THE BEST.Review originally posted on my blog:Musings of an Elf

  • Heather Hayden
    2019-01-08 09:07

    I was up until half past four in the morning reading this book (after finishing The Tomb of the Sea Witch). I don't stay up that late for just any book. In other words, this was an amazing wrap-up for an awesome trilogy of twisted fairy tale retellings.This books focuses on the Cinderella story, but there's so much more going on as well... References are made to Alice in Wonderland, for instance, and a war is brewing/was brewing/has brewed (it's hard to review a book involving time travel). Granted, there was war in the previous book as well, but this one's more of the apocalyptic nature...and it's up to Beaumont and Beasley to save the world. Again.I loved the twists Kyle put on the fairy tales that came to life, as well as the hints that some fairy tales may be playing out a lot more close to home, rather than the distant past (I'm trying to be vague to avoid spoilers...)And let's just say that the ending hit me so hard that it took me a very. long. time. to get to sleep after that.Well done, Kyle. Now get cracking on the sequels, because I need to know what happens next! (view spoiler)[AND IF NICK DOESN'T GET HIS HUMAN SELF BACK PERMANENTLY AT SOME POINT SO HE AND CORDELIA CAN LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, I'M GOING TO BE VERY UPSET (hide spoiler)]

  • Beth Wangler
    2019-01-01 05:08

    Wow.That was my reaction the whole time reading "The Stroke of Eleven." Kyle Robert Shultz's books just keep getting better. This book starts off strong and only improves from there. I love Shultz's characters, and it's such a treat seeing how they have grown and continue to grow. His twists on classic fairy tales continue to renew my wonder and interest in those stories. He handled the time travel elements introduced in this installation with cleverness and dexterity. Every time I think of this book, of this series, of this whole universe of stories, I can't help but smile.If you're a fan of fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, Doctor Who, or even just a fan of stories that are intrinsically fun, you're in for a treat with "The Stroke of Eleven."

  • Aria Maher
    2019-01-14 07:08

    This was one of the first books I've read in a while that I just genuinely enjoyed from start to finish, and that kept me up kinda late trying to get to the end so that I could make sure everyone got out of this ordeal alive! I love this series SO MUCH, and Mr. Shultz had better write more books very, very soon, or I am going to lose my mind! This book reminded me strongly of Doctor Who, with all the things that description entails (twists and turns, time travel, a delightful abundance of absolute absurdity which kind of works out in the end and makes sense on some level, etc.) All my favorite characters made an appearance, and I certainly hope we'll be seeing more of all of them very soon! This book ends on a very EVIL cliffhanger, and like I said, if I don't get Book 4 and Book 5 and however many more books Mr. Shultz has planned very soon, I might have to kidnap him and force him to write more books. (I'm kidding, of course :P )All in all, I think everyone who loves reading, no matter their age or background, should definitely pick up this series, because it is absolutely fantastic in every sense of the word.

  • Hannah Heath
    2019-01-07 05:52

    How is it that this series just keeps getting better and better? Full review coming soon(ish).

  • R.G.
    2019-01-10 03:06

    Like the other books, this was a new and rather dark twist on the fairy tales we know and love. After surviving on the run for so long, they're finally captured. It's interesting to be back dealing with the Council, as well as Nick's dream Beast still coming in to play, and them finally questioning what really happened to Cordelia's father. It helps to tie the stories together to develop this larger over arching plot, and not just a new case of the week. The building of the time loop, and how the world changes around them was fascinating, and practically apocalyptic. And while this is supposed to be about Cinderella's real story, it was surprisingly more Beauty and the Beast than even the first book was. With the outfits, the song, and even living furniture making little debuts, which was rather charming. However, I found it ridiculous how the other magic users in the story kept ignoring Nick because he was just an ordinary guy, even if he is currently a beast. After all he'd done and the cases he's solved, it felt like a rather strange turn of events to act like any idea he comes up with couldn't possibly be worth their time. Also, while this story had so much to offer, and a lot of questions were answered, as well as plenty of plot lines that could build for more stories, it ultimately ended up being rather predictable. The "big reveals" were more of a confirmation of what you already knew. It was a good book, but just wasn't on par with the previous stories. Even the whole sci-fi bit of Doctor Who style clockwork people and robots really tainted the normally magical aspect. Plus there were a lot of typos. It feels like Shultz may have rushed this story. I still do look forward to see what happens next, especially after that ending which really makes me wonder which Liddell was in that locked room.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-28 02:56

    We paused while reading this (which was difficult to do) in order to read a short story of his that was set earlier in the series. Then, because of school and soccer, we had to wait until the next weekend to finish this. My kids kept begging for more but I wouldn't let them read this without me. Finally we got back to it and it did not disappoint. Thoroughly enjoyable. The characters are growing depth. Their situation is getting more complex and the overall story is growing yet more interesting even while still light and funny. We all certainly want more. I signed up for his mailing list and got an interesting short story and collection of Christmas stories, which my family and I devoured. We want MORE!!! Please write fastr Kyle Robert Shultz.

  • Aristae Henricus
    2018-12-29 06:20

    One of the Best Books Ever!Sincerely one of the best books ever! The Stroke of Eleven is the third book in Kyle Robert Schultz's Beaumont and Beasley series. The plot is a little confusing to recount, but it deals a lot with Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Beauty and the Beast retellings to name a few. Please never stop writing Kyle Schultz! You are a fantastic writer.

  • Rebecca Pierson
    2019-01-18 09:51

    Amazing as usual!This book was a fun adventure of Beaumont and Beasley getting in a pickle.... AGAIN! But still finding a way to get out of it. A fun new twist on Cinderella. I can't wait for everything that follows!

  • Azelyn Klein
    2019-01-06 08:05

    Well, that was a bundle of confusing plot twists! Some of which I saw coming—*cough* Alice *cough*—some of which I did not. Suffice to say I like time travel sometimes. Time loops on the other hand? Hmm, it depends on the way they’re handled. Shultz actually does a pretty good job making sure nothing becomes monotonous, though the feelings of deja vu are left up to the characters rather than the reader, which I find pretty nice.Overall, I’d say the plot is getting a little too complicated for my taste. (view spoiler)[While I liked the idea that Crispin is a father and the White Rabbit, I'm not a fan of how depressed his future self became. Kinda ruined the character a bit for me. (hide spoiler)] And is it just me, or were there two or three climaxes in this book? It’s really hard to tell with all the different timelines.Again, the formatting was weird if not worse than the first two books. I’ve been trying to ignore it, but it’s starting to get annoying.But the characters were fun for the most part! Though I can’t say I’m a fan of certain characters from the future. Seeing some of them so broken is making me sad.Then there’s the nods to other fairy tales and even a mention of Moriarty. I don’t want to see what he could do in a magical universe. And I do. Wonder if he’ll ever show up...I gave this book 3/5 stars for the ever-confusing and slightly overused time travel but some interesting characters and plot twists. I’d recommend this series to anybody who enjoys fantasy and fairy tales. Seriously, I need to lay off the time travel books for a while. Can somebody get me some historical or realistic contemporary fiction? Please, and thank you.Now I’m onto my next book!

  • Justice
    2018-12-20 03:55

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Does anyone else get stressed when there’s a book with a gorgeous cover, because they worry the story won’t hold up? This is definitely my favorite cover of the series so far (because colors), but that means heightened hopes, which means heightened apprehension.I didn’t need to worry.The Stroke of Eleven is just as good as its predecessors, even as it does so much more. Not only is this moving the main story forward, but it also expands the world and hints at further stories.Without giving too much away, I will say that we get to see a display of time-traveling powers like were introduced in The Tomb of the Sea Witch. Combining that with more of the dimension crossing that was brewing in the epilogues, the Beaumont and Beasley universe is blown wide open.There are so many opportunities for spin-offs, some of which are already out there (The Last Days of Cordelia Beaumont, anyone?). And then for those following Shultz’s 2018 announcements, this book clearly sets the stage for the Malcolm Blackfire series (a Malcolm Blackfire series– are you excited yet??) with the dragon’s increased presence.But with all this branching out and setting up, it’s easy for the main story to get lost (consider many of the weaker Marvel movies, which are just extended backstory for the next team-up). That never happens here.The plot is still as self-contained as can be expected from a continuing series. The Cinderella twist makes for a delightfully creepy setting and the time travel is cleverly done. The different timeline is super intriguing, and I can’t wait to see what happens with those… ramifications. And no spoilers, but there’s a scene, with a dance, and a certain song playing in the background, and something happens that made me really, really happy. I may have fangirl-squealed out loud.I know I’ve mentioned problems with pacing in the earlier books. Those are still present, but they’re getting better. Although some of the revelations could have been drawn out more, the whole story takes place in such a short amount of time that it felt fine while reading.So the story itself is just as good as the previous books (which is no small feat by itself). But The Stroke of Eleven‘s additional set-up of the larger universe is seamless.There is more dimension-overlap, but that has been foreshadowed for two books now (and, admittedly, showed up in Last Days). The time-travel stuff was also suggested, subtly, in the previous book. Malcolm is present more often than before, but he has a purpose for being there that is directly relevant to the story.Rather than throwing a bunch of new elements in to create spin-offs, the world has already had the potential for a greater scope. It just chose to show it now.This is a worthy installment in the Beaumont and Beasley series. I can’t wait to read the next one (and the Malcolm series. Can’t wait for that, either).

  • D. Domain
    2019-01-07 06:18

    “A Time-Bending Fantasy Angst-fest…”1st Impressions: Wow! A lot to digest…Scary prophesies, alter-egos, a weird white rabbit, and a clockwork dystopia. This one is a little more angst-heavy than the previous books, but not to worry, there’s plenty of humor too.New Characters on the Block: We get to meet Malcolm’s main squeeze, Melody…apparently their romance predates her imprisonment in the painting. Ella and Prince Matteo… of Cinderella fame…They provide some nice comic relief. Beatrice, a perfectionist control-freak obsessed with happily-ever afters. She runs amok in Grimmany. Alice, from wonderland, makes a interesting cameo before she falls down a rabbit hole. And…Nadia, a fork-tongued naga (half-snake, half-woman beastie) who drives a hard bargain with Cordelia at an underground magical black-market.‘White’ Hot Mess: Nick and Cordelia land in a whole lotta trouble when their past magical violations finally catch up with them and their gang of magical outlaws. (Crispin & Molly round out the foursome). Meanwhile, a mysterious disappearing castle has unexpectedly reappeared and begun kidnapping random people. Malcolm and the Mythfits are MIA and presumed to be trapped somewhere within, under the thrall of a wicked Fairy Godmother. Now at the mercy of the Council of Scions, Nick and Cordelia make a misguided deal with the she-devil, Madame Levesque, in order to spare Crispin and Molly any harm/punishment. The Bargain: They agree to help defeat the Godmother and rescue Malcolm and the Mythfits from the vanishing castle and in exchange, their past magical missteps will be forgiven. Romance...and disaster… are in the air as everyone and everything in the Afterlands gets drawn into the fray.Minor Beefs: A few too many characters on the scene. However much I may love them, I think the canvas was a little crowded….both in terms of characters and plot-lines. Personally, I adore a complicated storyline, but even I felt this one was on the verge of dizzying. While it didn’t diminish my utter enjoyment of the book (or this series), it did sometimes make the vast multitude of details…names, places, time-points, curses, prophesies, powers, creatures, etc a wee bit tough to follow. There were several instances where I literally could not tell which character was speaking in a conversation…And a few characters that I struggled to recall, not because they weren’t memorable exactly. Its just that… in almost every iteration of this series, there is some kind of reality-altering event (dreams sequences, back-from-the-dead, mirror realms, possessed persons, duel personalities, time-looping, erased memories). Until, I have a tough time recalling the particulars. Some characters have changed species since the last time we saw them!!Cool Points: “The Last Days of Lady Cordelia” a gripping between-book short story based in the same universe (the Afterlands). It also served a duel-purpose. Its works as an extended prologue to put some elements into place…and introduce some not so obvious conceptual backstory. The Neverwolves, the fragile nature of reality, and the Council of Scions’ key to keeping magic a secret from the general public.Edge of the Cliff: Some story-lines were capped off, while others were brought to a natural close, but with the door left open for further story-arcs to come. While there is no true cliff-edge, this series has sort of morphed into a highly complex (very spin-off-able) universe. Its kinda to the point where there is way too much going on to be contained within one book. I honestly think it could benefit from some spin-offs…and I notice that the author has already begun turning in that direction. Kudos.The Final Word: Another great read.