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Screwing Up Time (Screwing Up Time #1)

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Mark Montgomery is a slacker content with his life. He’s a senior at New Haven Prep, has a great friend, and after graduation he’ll get a brand new sports car from his parents, assuming he stays out of trouble. Then, she comes into his life—Miranda with her I-just-escaped-from-a-Renaissance-Fair clothing. Only, she hasn’t. She has come from Bodiam Castle in the Middle Ages...more
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published July 12th 2011
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Laurel Garver
I started reading this at the gym, which was a big mistake because I was howling with laughter on the stationery bike (very bad gym manners!). Really engaging narrative voice, and obviously great humor.

I love fantasy that doesn't take itself too seriously, and enjoyed this immensely. What's especially engaging about the story is the characters' relationships, which felt very real, especially Mark's relationships with and his sister and his best friend.

The method for time travel was unusual and...more
Aaron Browder
Keller's writing style is immediately immersive. I could easily have mistaken this for the diary of a real high school kid, if not for the whole time travel thing. Each character is complete with his or her own personality, idiosyncrasies, and relationships. It particularly struck me when at one point Mark mentions how the medieval-era castle is much filthier and more unpleasant that movies like Lord of the Rings would have us believe. Keller captures the essence of the era, and it's clear that...more
Susan Swiderski
This isn't the first book that's been written about time travel, but Keller's vivid descriptions certainly give the concept a colorful new spin. Her characters are flesh-and-blood believable, and their adventures, exciting. What's more, their travels through time enable this sneaky writer to (gasp!) educate by lifting historical tidbits from the dusty pages of school textbooks, and making them come alive. I highly recommend this book for young readers. Heck, I recommend it for anyone. It's been...more
Suzan
I enjoyed this book. Time travel is not something I would normally read. But the characters kept me wanting to read more.
Brittany Sanford
*Easy read*
*Great characters (and character back stories)*
*Interesting mystery*
*Well written*
*Highly recommend*

I didn't read the full description before I read it so I was pleasantly surprised at every turn. The story pulled me in immediately and easily. The style is very simply but the story has many layers of history and mystery to it. I really enjoyed reading this. There are no lags in the story-line. I couldn't put it down. All I did was eat, sleep, and read. I needed to uncover the mystery....more
Tammy Theriault
Such an amazing fun adventure of time travel in male POV. One of my favs this year! Can't wait to read the 2nd book in the series.
Kathy
I would go 3.5 out of 4.

Mark is a high school senior whose super smart but doesn't really try. When a young woman appears in his room claiming to be from the middle ages and a castle in England, he questions his sanity then is convinced it's all real. The problems are in getting people, especially his family, to believe him and finding a way to go back in time to save his damsel in distress from an evil alchemist. As he investigates, he uncovers some serious family issues.

Good YA entry.
Lourie
Really enjoyed this book. It caputure my attention right from the start and kept it til the end.

The characters are real - sibling fighting. Hidden love. Crazy grandfather. What family doesn't sound like this?

A little predictable in some parts, but it didn't matter because the book just keeps on moving.

Even though there is a 2nd book this one could be a stand alone which is refreshing in it's self.

James
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's a fun read that has me interested in picking up the sequel.
A.B.
Mar 27, 2012 A.B. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf, fantasy, ya
This novel is very well written and engaging. As with all self published titles, I approach them with trepidation, but unlike so many others, this novel kept me involved throughout.
It takes a while to get used to Miranda’s speech patterns, but I was pleased that she sounded realistically medieval in that regard. The dialog as a whole was very realistic, and even the awkward interplay of modern day high school boy with little Lady from the dark ages worked on that inexplicable teen level.

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Melissa Pearl
This book captured me from the first chapter. I warmed to Mark immediately. He was a well rounded character with flaws and a typical laziness that can only be attributed to teenage boys who aren't quite sure where they're headed. I loved it. I found him endearing and incredibly human. I also liked Mark's best friend, Brian. Every person in the world needs a friend like this - someone who refuses to give up on you. In my opinion, Mark's character is made better by Brian's influence and I loved th...more
Katharine
I adored this book. The author did a great job of setting up the premise, making it believable (and it can't be easy with time travel, psych wards, and alchemy involved), and populating her book with smart, funny characters. The sibling relationship just sang with honesty, and I loved the way she portrayed the castle time period, it was gritty and dank. Not to mention the Grandfather in the Psych Ward-- ooh, he was a delightfully frightening character.

I read a traditionally published book to my...more
Kimberly
I really enjoyed Screwing Up Time! I easily connected with the characters and the family dynamic was interesting and unique. I rooted for Mark and Miranda and so many of the other characters. The historical aspect was a great touch and believable. The story has a little bit of everything, mystery, romance, history, and more. Great read. I'll definitely read the next books in the series!
Rivka D.
Really great book. Characters are fun and clever, plot-line is intricate but not unwelcoming, and the setting is just really great!
Allen
As time travel stories goes, this one was certainly different. It was an enjoyable read but I detected 4 errors.
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