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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Guest Review: Time's Twisted Arrow

Time's Twisted Arrow
The Chronos Files Series Book #1 
By Rysa Walker 
Publication date: October 1st 2012
Genre: YA Science Fiction

"Sharp writing, a flair for dialogue and a big, twisting imagination." - Kirkus Reviews
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.

First, I’d like to thank Girls *Heart* Books for allowing me the guest review.  I am much honored.  Thanks also to the author for the writing of it. ^_^ Secondly, since I really, really want everyone to read this for themselves, I am going to make this as spoiler free as possible. 
I’d like to begin by pointing out- I don’t usually read time travel books.  For some reason I’ve never been able to enjoy, (or keep the timeline straight) with such books.  Now that I’ve pointed it out, I have to say this book was fantastic and certainly not what I expected of a time travel book.

The environment is in an almost constant state of change.  While expected it wasn’t confusing in the least.  When needed the description were apt enough to provide a clear visual without bogging the story down with environment details.

Kate is a great heroine.  She thinks for herself for the most part (with guidance sometimes when warranted).  What’s greatly relieving is that she’s not a whiny girl waiting to be rescued or to be handed the answer.  She has no problem in acting.

Trey is… well, Trey.  I have no words for Trey.  He’s a bit more typical of the heroine counterpart found in most YA yet he has a little something that makes him original in his own sense.  Being the story is mostly about Kate I wasn’t too over concerned with Trey’s slight mainstream feel.

The plot moves.  There’s no way to just read one chapter.  The chapters lead into each other and there’s always something happening or something that warrants needing to know what’s going to happen next before going to bed.  I recommend a good hiding spot that will allow a three hour block of time to read.  No interruption is almost necessary for this book.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised.  I will admit I began as skeptical – it’s not really what I would have picked out for myself – but I’m glad Mel asked for a guest review.  I would have never found such a wonderful read otherwise.  Definitely for readers that like time travel and/or history.  

My Rating:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Girls Heart Books Tours present Awakened Release Day Event

Welcome Girls Heart Books Tours and Inger Iversen! Today we’re sharing a new release and holding a giveaway! ^_^ (I apologize in advance the giveaway is for USA residents only!) Let’s get started! 
Our book is:
Awakened (Few Are Angels Book #2)

Author: Inger Iversen

What must he overcome to protect her?

With no clue of what to do next and the responsibility of looking after Alex and Mia as promised, Kale is up to his ears in problems and no solutions. How will Kale save Ella, keep Alex and Mia safe, control Jace as well as control the Bloodlust that creeps beneath the surface waiting to be released? Will Kale be Ella’s savior or will he convict her to a fate worse than the one Laurent has already promised her?

What truths will she learn?

Ella knows that the choices she makes affects not only her but everyone else around her, but what about the choices made to find her? Ella learns the truth about the death of her parents, learns that the ones she thought she could trust aren’t so trustworthy after all.
How will Ella handle these betrayals, and will she be able to sacrifice what is necessary to obtain eternal life?


Sounds pretty awesome right? Things are certainly heating up in this sequel! And just to convince you further we have here, shared by the lovely Ms. Iversen an excerpt of exceptional torture:

The snow had stopped falling outside, and the night air was clear and crisp, revealing a worn, callused moon. I stood in the middle of the backyard with my eyes closed, listening to the night sounds around me. Winter months here were painfully quiet as people often used the homes around me for vacation—a getaway from noisy hustle of their jobs or the cankerous bustle of their cities.

While their nights were filled with blissful sleep, mine were filled with the tortuous sound of their resting heart beats, the soft mews of their breaths, and the sweet scent of warm flesh around me. The more the thirst demanded of me, the more I pulled back. The beast within me thrashed with anticipation and impatience. It sought to consume and control me, and tonight I worried that my strength would soon fail me. Bagged blood held no warmth, no pulse, and did nothing to ease the beast’s hunger that gnawed at my belly and burned my throat.

I worried that saving Ella would put her at my beast’s mercy, leaving me helpless to do anything but witness it destroy her. How could I save her from one monster, only to put her in the hands of another? Jace and his stupid plan to prove our immortality had been a mistake. I hadn’t feed in at least three days, and though I could normally last a week, la Luxure had weakened my will. I hadn’t lost a significant amount of blood, but with the hunger pains and my recent blackouts I should have allowed him to take the knife’s blade. My minute lost of blood could end up detrimental to a tasty human’s life.

Inger Iversen lives in Virginia Beach with her tree-hugging boyfriend Joshua and her overweight lap cat Max. When not reading or writing she spends her time watching reruns of True Blood or killing zombies in Call Of Duty.

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