Time’s Twisted Arrow Review & Tour

March 1, 2013 Book Reviews, Book Tour, Giveaway 1

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Time’s Twisted Arrow 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.

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Time Travel … it throws me for a loop every time. There were times I thought I had a handle on it, then wham, I was lost. It has to be done well, to keep the story moving and not lose the reader. This one toed the line for me, but I didn’t get so totally lost that I wasn’t able to follow along. I did however have to re-read sections before I got it. But I can be a little slow sometimes, especially at midnight when I was staying up to finish it. Because I needed to know what was going to happen!

Kate has a … complicated family history. She is roughly 300 years older than her grandmother. Who she has to learn to trust, and it is up to her to not only save her family from never existing, but possibly even the world from a crazy religious cult from taking over. No pressure.

I have to admit there were a few places I had to suspend my own logic and  just believe the story. A science background sometimes makes it hard to read about science. Especially future science. With things that are not possible. (Side note – I know time travel technically isn’t possible, but that is the one thing I knew going in I was going to have to suspend belief for) This is one of those, “They explain why and even though it is outrageous I just have to believe it possible,” stories. So if you have a hard time suspending belief or following multiple time line possibilities, this may be one you want to skip.

However, if you like pondering the what-ifs, and the if-onlys, then you will love this. How many of us could go back in time and not change things? Save a life?  Stop a war? I personally would try to prevent some animal extinctions. But what would those changes affect in then current time? Would you even be born? O_O

And while there is definitely more story to be told, there is not a cliffhanger ending. Thank the YA gods! If you do read this, I am curious to know what your thoughts are. Please come back and let me know! The discussion we could have … oh buddy. 🙂

4starsCLEAR laurasig





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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