“One Way Fare” by Barb Taub and Hannah Taub

 photo B00EZJ4RAQ01LZZZZZZZ_zps992a5aad.jpgSuperpowers suck. If you just want to live a normal life, Null City is only a Metro ride away. After one day there, imps become baristas, and hellhounds become poodles. Demons settle down, become parents, join the PTA, and worry about their taxes.

Null City is the only sanctuary for Gaby Parker and Leila Rice, two young women confronting cataclysmic forces waging an unseen war between Heaven and Hell. Gaby and her younger brother and sister are already targets in the war that cost their parents’ lives. Should they forsake the powers that complete their souls and flee to Null City? Meanwhile, Leila has inherited a French chateau, a mysterious legacy, and a prophecy that she will end the world. Gaby and Leila become catalysts for the founding and survival of Null City. 

It just would have been nice if someone told them the angels were all on the other side.

I received a copy from the author, Barb Taub, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

One Way Fare is the first book in a series by Barb Taub and Hannah Taub. It’s a fast-paced fantasy involving several timelines and two heroines, Gaby and Leila, who come together to confront the war that is being waged between Heaven and Hell.

Gaby is an accountant, who at first glance appears to Have OCD about everything! As it turns out Gaby is Harmonia, gifted with the ability to see patterns in just about anything.

She lives in 1972 Seattle with her younger brother and sister after the death of their parents.

Leia, on the other hand, is from 2012 and a typical teenager who lives in France with adoptive parents and hating her birth mother and father, calling them the donors.

She has just inherited a chateau in the French countryside from her biological parents, and soon the ride begins.

They don’t know each other at the beginning, yet the danger which comes rushing into their lives like a runaway train soon brings them together.

Each has a special gift and a pivotal connection to the fate of the universe. They begin the hectic journeys which will take them back and forth through time, visiting hell, battle angels and all in a desperate effort to save themselves, humanity and Null City.

Null City is a sanctuary where any gifted can go to live a “normal” life, giving up their gifts to be there.

Gaby and Leila are funny and tough and they fight with each other and everyone around them. They make pop-culture references to such things as the evil overlords list, Star trek, Star wars, Princess Bride and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Along the way they fall in love with two strong, good-looking men who also have gifts and also help in the fight.

Null City is a fun story with original heroes and an imaginative plot, with some laugh out loud areas. Definitely worth reading.

~Tamera McIntosh, Independent Reviewer for Book Reads and Reviews


Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 8: I was a bit put back by the way the girls were just able to fit into 1891 like it was not a big deal.
  • Characterization – 8
  • Style – 8: Again I am going to have to say it was just missing something when it came to the 1891 time frame
  • Threshold Quality – 8: I would like to see what they do in the next book. Yet to be honest it’s not one that I have to have, one that I would like.
  • Addictiveness – 7: It is a bit distracting to go back and forth through the times 1972, 2012 and 1891.. yet by the end I was really laughing and enjoying the book.

Total – 39

Rating – 4 Stars