Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Time's Twisted Arrow by Rysa Walker

Title: Time's Twisted Arrow
Author: Rysa Walker
Series: The Chronos Files #1
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Gypsy Moon Books
ISBN13: 9780988351110
Format: eBook, 351 pages
Genre: YA, time travel
Source: blog tour

"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.
Time's Twisted Arrow is a very original read that I was very surprised by. Truth to be told, I really, really disliked its cover, but now I'm very glad to have read it.

Kate is just a regular teenage girl, if you don't count her random panic attacks. I truly admire her for her resilience even when her mother can't stand her father or grandmother. As well, she has a very grounded feeling to her, never really thrown off-kilter by all those things in her life, like the time travel and such.

However, I felt like the explanation for the time travel needed a bit more explanation to give it an extra "oomph". If Acosta had made it a bit more clear on how the medallion worked, I probably would sink into the story a bit easier.

Overall, Time's Twisted Arrow was not a mindblowing read, but nevertheless very enjoyable, and something I'd definitely recommend to fans of time travel.
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