Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Time's Twisted Arrow by Rysa Walker Blog Tour + $25 GC GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to my stop for the Time's Twisted Arrow Review Tour! I have, of course, a review of this wonderful book coming up, along with an ebook giveaway and a $25 GC giveaway! But, let me first introduce the book:

Time's Twisted Arrow (The Chronos Files, #1)
They weren't panic attacks. Of that, seventeen year old Kate is certain, no matter what the shrink told her parents. But it's even harder to accept the explanation offered by her terminally ill grandmother - that Kate has inherited designer DNA from the time-traveling historians of CHRONOS, who were stranded in the past by a saboteur. Kate knows that her grandmother's story could easily be the brain tumor talking, but that doesn't explain the odd medallion or the two young men - one of them hauntingly familiar -- who simply vanish before her eyes on the subway. It doesn't explain Trey, the handsome stranger who now occupies Kate's assigned seat in trig class. And it definitely doesn't explain why Kate is now in an alternate timeline, where leaders of a previously unknown cult hold great power and are planning a rather drastic form of environmental defense.

In this new reality, Kate's grandmother was murdered at age twenty-two on a research trip to the past, which means that Kate's mother was never born, her father doesn't know her and, for all intents and purposes, she doesn't exist. The only thing keeping her from disappearing entirely is the strange blue medallion around her neck, and the only thing keeping her sane is her burgeoning relationship with Trey. To restore the time line, Kate must travel back to 1893 and keep herself and her grandmother clear of H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who is stalking young women at the Chicago World's Fair. But that choice comes at a price - she'll remember the past few months with Trey, but when he looks at her, he'll see a total stranger.

My thoughts:
My Rating: 4/5

A pleasant surprise! I wasn't sure what to expect of Time's Twisted Arrow, but it turned out brilliantly.

Let me begin by saying how much I liked the world-building in this book. The description of the CHRONOS  gene and how it works and the technology of time travel was flawlessly done. It could almost be believed. And the whole multiple time lines and conflicted memories could easily have become confusing, but the author managed to keep it understandable.

Kate was a lovely character. She deals with a lot throughout the book, but she stays strong and handles everything as best she can. She was a very realistic character and very likable.

Trey was such a sweetie. He was so wonderful. I thought it was so sweet how he believed in Kate and  supported her during a very trying time in her life (is it part of her life is she wasn't supposed to exist during it?). The adorable things he would say would just have me smiling and wanting to give him a hug. He and Kate were a perfect couple. Here's hoping that the whole "Trey won't remember their entire relationship" won't be a huge impediment.

Speaking of impediments, there is a hint of another love-interest in this book: Kieran-a young man living over a century ago who knew Kate in a different time line. They were in love in that time line, but Kate never met him in this one. But he was so sweet and adorable and I loved him immediately even though he's only in a few pages of the book. I'm guessing that, based on what happened at the end of this book, that he will be a more prominent character in the next book. We'll see what happens...

The plot was okay, but it contained the weak stop. There were a lot of secrets and surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat. Plenty of thrills that kept me hooked. But, when Kate began to learn how to time travel to save her grandmother, the plot stalled for a bit. It didn't get boring but it did slow down and nothing particularly exciting happened for a bit. But, it wasn't a huge deal, just a minor problem. The ending definitely set up a spectacular sequel and, now I'm very curious to find out what happens next.

Time's Twisted Arrow was a lovely book. If you like YA, romance, thrills, mysteries, conspiracies, this book is for you.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

I have two giveaways for you:
1) Up for grabs is an e-copy of Time's Twisted Arrow. Open internationally. Ends March 9.
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2) Up for grabs is a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Time's Twisted Arrow. Ends March 10.
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Check out the other tour stops for more fun!

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About the Author:
RYSA WALKER grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. (Occasionally, she would mix things up a bit and read books to cows.) On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light.

When not writing, she teaches history and government in North Carolina, where she shares an office with her husband, who heroically pays the mortgage each month, and a golden retriever named Lucy. She still doesn't get control of the TV very often, thanks to two sports-obsessed kids.

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