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Timebound (The Chronos Files #1)

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When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Skyscape (first published September 15th 2012)
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Marion Hudson I listened to the audio version of this book with my 17, 14 and 12 year old sons. My 12 year old loved it as much as his older brothers and his…moreI listened to the audio version of this book with my 17, 14 and 12 year old sons. My 12 year old loved it as much as his older brothers and his mother. Perhaps the audio made it easier for him to follow the time shifts, but I thought this was a wonderful early foray into the YA genre for him. (less)
Rysa Walker Time's Twisted Arrow is the earlier version of Timebound, which was self-published prior to winning grand prize in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel…moreTime's Twisted Arrow is the earlier version of Timebound, which was self-published prior to winning grand prize in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. There were some minor tweaks and changes, including a new title and cover, but in terms of the overall story, yes--it's the same book. (less)
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I have to give kudos to the author for attempting a young adult book about time travel. It's not an easy topic to keep straight.

Three star reviews are the hardest to write for me, because I'm just not sure what there is to say. I liked it. I'm not passionate about it. I didn't hate it. I don't want to kill it with fire. So there's that.

Kate Pierce-Keller meets her grandmother, Katherine, who informs her that she has a time-traveling gene and of the following: Katherine was born far into the futu
Robin (Bridge Four)
Time travel, the Chicago Expo, a Serial Killer, True Love, Hermione’s Time Medallion and uncomfortable shoes. Timebound has all of that and more.

“It would be a lot easier to fix the universe if I could dress like Wonder Woman –or Batgirl.”

I enjoyed this novel it was pretty decently paced there was only one chunk in the middle that seemed to drag on a bit too long but the rest of it sailed by especially once Kate actually went into the past. The characters are fun Kate seemed to have a pretty
I absolutely loved this book and I'm so glad the few criticisms I caught wind of did not deter me from purchasing it. In fact, I honesty haven't read a YA book that I've loved this much since The Hourglass Door series and, before that, The Hunger Games.

(Note: Timebound has nothing in common with those other two series, except that they just hooked me, sucked me in, and fascinated me.)

So, why the love?

First of all, time travel is incredibly difficult to write about. So much confusion, multiple
I'm just going to jump right into the critique, which I know is going to appear harsher than I intend.

I had difficulty connecting at times with Kate especially in the present day for a multitude of reasons mainly having to do with character development. I was offput by her reckless sharing of sensitive information with her best friend and then with Trey, a stranger she had no reason to trust, who was a bit too pushy in the initial scenes.

Kate and Trey's relationship moved too quickly to the poin
Marked By Books
When I finished this book, I was trying really hard not to cry. It may have been because of the obnoxious fluorescent lights that had been shining on me for the past few hours as I read this book in one sitting, but I think it's something else. I am SO GLAD that Rysa didn't leave me with a cliffhanger here. I'm pretty sure I'd still be holding back tears, but it would not be joy streaming down my face. It would be bitter, agonizing pain because I wasn't ready to let go of the characters yet.

D.H. Nevins
First of all, I have to say it. I loved Time’s Twisted Arrow. This YA book is clever, complex and lots of fun. First of all, Rysa Walker is a fabulous writer, her sentences flowing so beautifully they immediately suck you in. The time travel plot is ambitiously intricate, yet so clearly relayed I had no difficulty following it. It’s hard to believe that this was a debut novel! I am so impressed.

Kate’s growth as a character was incredibly well done. At one moment, she’s your typical skeptical tee
Nathan Van Coops
Timebound is the type of book I’ve been searching out for years on bookstore shelves and not finding. It’s a time travel adventure that’s more than just a there and back trip. It’s time travel as an ongoing adventure for its characters, and that’s what has always excited and inspired me the most in the genre.
Walker’s world of time travel is a universe of changeable timelines, where your memories or even your existence may be in danger at any moment from the reckless tampering of other travelers
I received this book as a gift. I have to say overall it's good- the plot was engrossing (if a little overly complex) and the writing smooth. However, there were a few annoyances with the characters that stopped this book living to its full potential.

STORY: We step into the shoes of Kate, who suddenly learns of her gift as someone who can use CHRONOS technology and that her grandmother is fashioning a scheme to stop a time-drive take over from Kate's grandfather. Generally I felt the story was w
Stephanie Swint
Time Travel, strong female lead, 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, multiple time lines – what’s not to like. ‘Timebound’ is the first in Rysa Walker’s Chronos Series. At this point we know there will be at least three books in the series. The second book is scheduled to drop on October 21, 2014. I’m ready for it now. This is light and fun young adult fiction adults can enjoy. Walker would have delved much deeper into the science of time travel etc. had it been for an adult audience but ‘Timeboound’ is ...more
I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Kate finds out from her ailing grandmother that she has the ability to travel through time. Kate is to be trained to travel through time and fix the time line that has been altered by opposing forces. Everything goes wrong when a time shift takes place that erases Kate's life. Her Grandmother is killed in the past and so she no longer exists. Her whole life is gone. Now Kate has to learn to use her p
Auntie J
I'll admit, I didn't really have high expectations for this one. I hoped for a reasonably enjoyable read and not really much more. I was in for a very pleasant surprise. This story hooked me almost right from the start.

I think time-travel stories typically have elements that if thought about too hard, or considered too closely, logic problems can be found. In my opinion the trick for the author is to tell the story in such a way so that there are not only as few of these as possible, but so that
WOW! I was totally blown away by Rysa Walker's debut. Time's Twisted Arrow is a totally engrossing, action-packed adventure across time that left me all warm and gooey inside. I absolutely LOVED both Trey and Kiernan (especially young Kiernan) and I felt that the romantic aspects were both realistic and compelling - I really can't choose which one of them I hope Kate ends up with! (Maybe both? Is that weird??) I also appreciated getting to see Kate's love for the various members of her family an ...more
This is the story of a young girl named Kate, who has a gift of being able to go back in time and is recruited by her grandmother, who is from the future but stayed in this timeline and had two daughters. One of the daughters, Kate's aunt, disappeared in the past when she got her hands on one of the medallions that allows them to go back in time. The father of the two daughter's also has this gift and uses it to go back in time for evil and dominance. Kate's grandmother is prepping her to go bac ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Time's Twisted Arrow is a fantastic time travel book. I have to say that I love time travel books. It is something about the main characters traveling between time that makes for a great read. This story is no different but i loved chow the author threw in different things and made you really want to keep reading to see what was going to happen to Kate. The Chronos gene had me so intrigued because Kate knew she was not going crazy but that there was something off about her.

The story flowed nicel
I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. I get the feeling that it has something to do with the YA romance feel of the book description and the cover making it look more like a time travel textbook than a time travel page-turner. However, I thought I'd give it a try since the book club was reading it and because it had such high ratings.

... And I liked it very much. But what makes it good?
*Time travel abilities in this novel rely on genetics. Therefore, there aren't a large number
I am so incredibly happy I downloaded this book. I thought it was absolutely fantastic. It's filled with fantasy, and time travel, and love, and action, and anger, and hate and all the things a great novel really has. I can't say I was expecting much from a book I got off of Amazon for free but wow, was I pleasantly surprised. I thought all the characters were very well developed and had wonderful back stories. Everyone had a major role in the life of this book, and I loved that. I'm not a big h ...more
Nikki (Tumblr.Books)

I'm so glad I found this series! This is easily one of my new favorites. I loved every aspect of it. The time travel, the historic and future story lines and the characters. I'm just mad I have to wait to read the next book. While it didn't end in a cliff hanger, it left off at a place where you want to know what happens next!
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I have a love/hate relationship with time travel books. As an historian I am weak-kneed by the prospect of traveling to the past and getting to experience the things I have spent so many years studying. On the other hand, time travel books often make my brain hurt as I try to keep track of who is who and when is when.

There were a lot of times in this book where I found myself thinking "now wait a minute..." There are multiple characters who changed
Although this book is billed as a YA book, I am one of those that believe a well-written book can appeal to anyone. Because I enjoy time travel books, I was eager to give this one a try. Wow! All ages will enjoy this complex time -traveling plot that carries the main character Kate from the present to the Chicago's World Fair in 1893. It is all because of genetics and a magical medallion that Kate is able to time travel. To tell you more is to get in to the complexity that is part of what book o ...more
Timebound pulled me right in and made me love Kate, the 16-year-old heroine who discovers she needs to go back in time to make sure she’ll exist in the future.

Kate’s grandparents are time travelers and the grandfather she never knew has been tinkering with the past. If she doesn’t undo some of his changes, she won’t exist. The only thing that protects her is her grandmother’s blue medallion, which is also used as the time traveling catalyst.

Her grandfather changes the present day through the p
Jennifer Rinehart
I just finished this book today- - I was listening to the audio version which was amazing, by the way, and when the last part played I said, 'wow.' Out loud. It really was such a great book and then I rushed to the computer to find out when the next book came out.

First of all, I'm super duper in love with time travel stories, but so often they just don't make a whole lotta sense, people interact and mess up historical settings without seeming to realize the huge earth changing problems they cou
I received a free copy of this book in return for writing a review.

I like YA books and I like time travel books, so Time's Twisted Arrow was right up my alley. The story drew me in right from the start. Kate seems to be an average teenager, going to school and splitting time between her divorced parents's apartments. She's likable without being whiny or prissy or trying to be "too cool." But the sudden arrival of her grandmother rocks her world. It seems grandma was actually born a couple hundr
I grabbed this book as part of Amazon's Kindle First promotion. After several ho-hum "get-Kindle-books-cheap" promotions with less than interesting reads, I had some reservations. The description looked interesting though, so I snagged it. I enjoy time travel stories very much, but this can sometimes be a doubled-edged sword. I have very high expectations of them and can spot a bad one a mile away. Jack Finney has forever raised the bar with his Time and Again, the quintessential time-travel nov ...more
Rebekkah Ford
The genre this book falls under is young adult with a sci-fi, historical flair to it. However, it can be enjoyed by adults as well. There is no doubt about that. I’m an adult, although I don’t feel like one, and I totally got into this book.

Seventeen-year-old Kate is the main character in this imaginative tale. When Kate’s grandmother tells her she has inherited designer DNA from the time-traveling historians of CHRONOS (Chrono-Historical Research Organization and Natural Observation Society),
Jan 29, 2013 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Time travel junkies
Time's Twisted Arrow is a time travel adventure story involving 16 year old Kate who is told by her grandmother that she has inherited the ability to travel through time. The time travel is possible through a combination of genetic predisposition, and the use of a special device. So although time travel is possible by many, the existence of the device is known only to a few. The story has characters from the past, the present, and the future, or possibly all three at the same time. There are qui ...more
This is honestly one of the best time travel stories I've ever read. Sixteen year old Kate sees a bright blue glow from her grandmother's medallion that no one else seems to see, and her grandmother smiles knowingly. So begins a science fantasy historical adventure that will have Kate time-traveling to save her world and loved ones from a nefarious plot spanning millennia and affecting billions.

Rysa Walker's very imaginative series draws in many what ifs on alternative paths history may take by
*In the interest of full disclosure, I suppose I should mention first that the author gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I'm sort of still digesting this book and I'm left with questions that may only be answered by a re-read. The plot itself is rather complex, and either there are some unresolved plot holes or I didn't catch everything on my first read-through. That said, kudos to the author for taking on this book. You know that common time-travel trope, the what-if-
Felicia York
I really hate anthologies and Rysa Walker's book is the reason why...because you get invested in the characters/situations and then the book ends but you're not done!

Mix 1 part historical fiction, 2 parts YA, 3 parts time travel, and a dose of great writing and you have this novel. I always get nervous when people write historical fiction novels because I always think they're going to not abolish slavery or it will be boring and you have to know stuff about history, but this book kept me on my t
Catherine Astolfo
Rysa Walker’s novel, Time's Twisted Arrow (A Chronos Files book) is outstanding in all the right ways – character development, plot, style, vocabulary, dialogue.

The main character, Kate, is a smart, independent, likeable young woman whose reactions to extraordinary circumstances are both believable and clever. Her various relationships, with her grandmother, parents, and friends, are well drawn and described.

Taking us on time travel journeys through an ingenious device, the author keeps the acti
This is an amazing book! A time-travel novel like no other I've ever read and I am astounded at the ability of the other to keep track of the different time zones and events and yet still keep the story rolling. And roll it does, gathering pace and drawing in the reader at every page. I admit I had to re-read the first couple of chapters to get a better sense of what was going on but once that was done the story made perfect sense to me(!!). I know little of American history but it appears that ...more
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RYSA WALKER grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. 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.

Timebound, the first book in the CHRONOS Files series, was the Young Adult and Gran
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