Posts Tagged ‘time travel’

Netgalley November: Week Two Round Up

netgalleynovember3Personal Target: To read and review eight net galley titles and improve my approved/feedback rating

Number of books read this week: 3

Running total of books read: 5

Netgalley Approved-Feedback: 54.7%

Currently Reading: Crossing by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Feedback: My Approved-Feedback percentage would have been much higher but I was approved for four new books this week.I know, I know! but I was posting my feedback and I just happened to look at the the newly available and most popular titles and they were just too good to pass up!

On the positive side the fact that I am being approved for titles after a bit of a drought shows how much this challenge has already helped!

If I manage to complete my original target, before the end of the month, I will go on to read from this list of recently approved titles:

The Edge Of Always (The Edge Of Never 2 )by J.A. Redmerski
Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
Doubting Abbey by Samantha Tonge
Unleashing Mr Darcy by Teri Wilson

As usual click on the TBR title to be taken to the appropriate Goodreads page.

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone
time after timeCalling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

Time After Time is the sequel to the excellent Time Between Us. The first book was told from Anna’s first person perspective as she meets the mysterious Bennett in 1995 and uncovers his secrets. In Time After Time we are gifted with Bennett’s perspective as he navigates and attempts to reconcile the two halves of his life in contemporary San Francisco and 90’s Chicago.

While Time After Time is a time travel book (my third this month!)it had a very contemporary feel. Bennett’s gift is the tool the author uses to allow the unlikely couple to meet and to develop the tension within their relationship, however I felt that this fantasy element was much less important compared to the couples individual character developments over the duology. Both Anna and Bennett struggle with issues related to identity, self belief and faith in their relationship. For Anna the lesson was about being true to her ambitions and not being defined by her relationships.

When we met Bennett in Time Between Us is was already very familiar with his extraordinary gift and how he could use it to enhance the lives of the people he loves. Over the course of the two books he explores the impact that seemly small actions can have on people’s lives and he develops a confidence in his instincts and opinions but with an added maturity and humility.

Verdict: A sweet romantic read I can envision myself returning to time and time again

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All Our Yesterdays

Cristin Terrill
all our yesterdaysA brilliantly brain-warping thriller and a love story that leaps back and forth in time – All Our Yesterdays is an amazing first novel, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.
Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.
Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

Every now and then bibliophiles like myself come across a book which inspires so much adoration that not only do they find themselves zealously recommending it to all of their friends (and strangers in book shops), but they find themselves envious of all those people who have yet to read it.

The theme of my reading experience can be summarized as torn; torn between racing thought the pages to discover the fate of this amazing cast of characters, while simultaneously feeling like I should slow down and savour every single page (with the knowledge that I would feel bereft when I came to the end of their story); torn between equally rooting for two groups of characters, from two different time periods with opposite agendas; and having finished the book and learning of the plan sequel, torn between my fear of spoiling the perfect reading experience and my desire for MORE, MORE, MORE.

And I really do mean experience. All Our Yesterdays isn’t simply a fantastic read, it is a breathtaking time twisting experience, with stomach fluttering romance, heart pounding action, breath catching tension, flawed hero’s and sinister villains.

I’ve racked my brains for a clever way of telling you more about All Our Yesterday’s without giving away any of the significant plot. But what I’ve realised is that with regards to this book, every single plot point, every twist, every character interaction was essential to my experience, and I am loathed to take anything away from yours.
Therefore I am going to leave you with the blurb above and urge you to read this fabulous novel.

Verdict: Perfection. Quite simply the best book I have read this year!

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Publication Date: August 2013
Format: ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Speculative fiction, Time travel
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: Debut Author
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All Our Yesterdays Trailer

I was absolutely blown away by All Our Yesterdays, the time travelling, dystopian novel by debut author Cristin Terrill.
If I can manage to form some coherent sentences I will post a full review in week or so.
In the meantime, I recommend that you check this trailer made by, fellow UKYA blogger, Casey (view her blog here)

Doesn’t it look amazing!

The good news for our UK followers is that We are currently giving away a copy of All Our Yesterdays in our Sci-Fi, Paranormal and Contemporary Prize pack ( click here for more details and to enter).

For everyone not luck enough to win a copy from us, All Our yesterdays will be published in the UK on the 1st of August by Bloomsbury. I have already pre ordered my own hardback copy!

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Back to Blackbrick

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

blackbrickWhen Cosmo keeps his promise to go to Blackbrick Abbey, he unlocks the gate to the place his granddad once worked and finds himself in the forgotten corners of a distant past, one that his granddad has, strangely, never really talked about. Here there are new beginnings, memories are just being born, friendships come to life and everything is still possible…

Cosmo loves his Grandad, really honestly, but the only problem is that in his old age he’s gone slightly, how do you put it? well, crazy. So crazy in fact, that he regularly gets into long conversations with a lamp post. The only other problem is that other people have started to realise and ask embarrassing and hard to answer questions. Since Cosmo’s brother Brian died, his world has been slowly crumbling around him and because his mum couldn’t stand not having Brian around she went off to Sydney because there were apparently ‘better business opportunities’ leaving Cosmo to live with his granny and grandad where he enjoyed himself entirely…that was until his granddad started going crazy and losing his memory.

Life’s not so fun when your grandad stops remembering who you are. Cosmo and his gran started getting worried about him when he did a wee in the dishwasher. So they called a care home and they said they will do a memory test tomorrow to see if he can stay at home or will have to got into a care home. Cosmo tries to get his grandad to remember stuff but to no avail.

One day his grandad gives him the key to the south gates of Blackbrick Abbey where he used to work. While unlocking the gate, Cosmo unlocks his Grandad’s forgotten past…

Verdict: Amazing. Nothing else said.

Reviewed by Daisy (11)

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 2013
Format: Hardback
Pages: 227KB
Genre: Time travel, Fantasy
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy (11)
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: Debut Author
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Julie Cross

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps.Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

I liked the premise of this book which introduces Jackson Meyer, who is nineteen years old, has a girlfriend and a fairly regular life – other than the fact that he can travel through time. It’s set in the year 2009 and Jackson has only recently discovered his ‘gift’ and with the help of his friend Adam is beginning to test his abilities and its limitations. His ‘jumps’ into the past only last a few minutes in real ie present time and nothing he does in the past when jumping affects the future. When mysterious and unknown thugs burst into his girlfriend Holly’s dorm room there is a struggle and Holly is killed. Jackson then jumps to escape and decides to keep going back in time to try to work out who the men are and what they were after.

After this, for me it all got a bit confusing. There are lots of jumps so we are going back and forward a lot to different times and picking up new bits of information along the way as Jackson tries to piece everything together. At one point he gets stuck in 2007 for a long time and has to re-meet Holly and Adam in order to be close to Holly to protect her and because he just can’t stay away and to enlist Adam’s help for all his techie needs! There is also a lot of suspicion surrounding his father, his father’s job and how he relates to the men that shot Holly in 2009.

We eventually find out that Jackson has the Tempest gene which gives him these abilities and there are those out there who want to use these gifts and those gifted for good and of course those who have plans that are not so good. These people are also jumping between time zones and popping up all over the place and time! As Jackson finds out more information and his relationship with his father changes and begins to provide some answers he then trains (very quickly!) to become a top CIA secret agent super spy type person to get stuck in and beat the baddies – once he’s worked out who is definitely a baddie and who’s a goodie!

A lot of the story focuses on the relationship between Jackson and Holly – both the 2007 and the 2009 versions. Their romance didn’t particularly move me plus the two Holly’s from the different years are quite different from each other and it just all felt a bit odd to me.

The next one in the trilogy is out in 2013 and while I’m sure I will pick it up at some point as I do tend to like to follow a story through to its conclusion, I won’t be rushing to buy it as soon as it’s published.

Verdict: I really liked the premise, but I’m not sure that for me the book lived up to my expectations.

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: January 2012
Format: ebook
Pages: 350
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, Fantasy
Age: YA
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Own copy
Challenge: Debut Author
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Tom’s Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce

When Tom is sent to his aunt’s house for the summer he resigns himself to weeks of boredom. Lying awake one night he listens to the grandfather clock in the hall strike every hour. Eleven…Twelve…Thirteen. Thirteen! Tom rushes down the stairs and opens the back door. There, awaiting him, is a beautiful garden. A garden that shouldn’t exist. And there are children in the garden too – are they ghosts? Or is it Tom who is really the ghost…

Stories that have a bit of intrigue and mystery always get my attention and the way this tale comes together at the end is brilliant. Lonely Tom has been sent to stay with his aunt and uncle and there are no other children there, and not even a garden to play in. But at night incredible things start happening when the clock strikes thirteen. Tom goes to investigate and discovers a garden that only appears at night. Better still, in the garden there is a girl that he befriends and plays with.

Strangely when Tom re-visits the garden, the very next night, time has moved differently in the garden, but his new friend Hatty is still there. Sometimes she is older, sometimes younger, sometimes it is summer, sometimes winter. Tom is very puzzled about what is happening and why other people in the garden can’t see him, it is an exciting problem! Tom goes on an incredible journey of discovery, about himself and about the garden and about Hatty.

This story examines many issues that affect children; loneliness and friendship, truth lies and stories, growing up and moving on, love and loss, what is time? Being away from home, how to make difficult choices. It is crammed full of issues and things to think about, but this never detracts from the story.

The prose in this book is wonderful; the description of the garden is lovely and draws you in to the world that Tom is experiencing. The enchanted world he enters feels magical and real at the same time. I also love the passages about his experiences with Hatty, some make you smile, some are moving, in particular when they both put their hands in the water and they are touching and yet not touching. It is beautiful and full of a sense of the love and the boundaries of their relationship. It always brings a lump to my throat when I read it. It is so evocative of the myriad emotions that you go through when growing up and yet so often can’t articulate.

As we move between now and the time in garden we gradually uncover the history of the house and Hatty’s story, The movement between the time periods demonstrates how different and yet how similar the lives of children are. The clothes and expectations maybe different, but the feelings and problems to be dealt with are often the same.

I can’t say any more without putting in major spoilers about the story, you need to read it for yourself and feel it all as Tom feels it, see it as he sees it. Suffice to say it is both a happy and sad ending and one which is very satisfying without being typical in any way.

Verdict: Intriguing, clever, beautifully written, great characters, absorbing ideas, a book you can return to many times and still find fresh and exciting. Fabulous!

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: OUP
Publication Date: January 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Genre: Classic, Adventure, Time Travelling
Age: Middle Grade
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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