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Timebound (The Chronos Files #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,290 Ratings  ·  1,781 Reviews
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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May 23, 2015 Benjaminoftomes rated it it was amazing
I have loved reading this book through out the month! What an incredible story.. can not wait to carry on with this series!

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
Jan 27, 2016 A Y rated it liked it
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
Jan 12, 2014 Alicia rated it it was amazing
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
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
Rating: 3.25/5
This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books.

I love me some time travel! So, naturally, after reading the blurb for Timebound it seemed to be the perfect story for me filled with many timey-wimey goodies.

The story starts off with Kate receiving a medallion from her grandmother. Then the time travel references come in. And then Kate needs to fix the timeline and stop Evil Time Travel Man otherwise Kate will blink out of existence.

Yes, it sounds a bit cliched, but I l
Alexandra aka Auntie J
**2/7/16 on sale for $1.99 on Audible**
2/12/16 $2.00 for Kindle

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 t
Praiz Sophyronja
AHHH... Too much information overload. I am in LOVE with the concept and the whole reality. The world building is so strong, I love stumbling into books that turn out better than I thought they were going to be!!!

Marked By Books
Jun 06, 2014 Marked By Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Nathan Coops
Dec 16, 2013 Nathan Coops rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel
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
D.H. Nevins
Mar 01, 2013 D.H. Nevins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2013 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jess the Audiobookworm
Feb 13, 2016 Jess the Audiobookworm rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, feb-tbr
I picked up this audiobook during one of Audible's $4.95 sales. I didn't necessarily choose it because I've seen a lot of great reviews or heard a ton of hype about it, because I haven't. And I was aware that my friend Dana (from Dana and the Books) only gave this 3.25 stars when she read it. But because of Audible's awesome return policy, I decided to give it a shot anyway since I'm such a sucker for time travel. Timebound is the perfect example of why readers/listeners should ultimately make t ...more
Stephanie Swint
Oct 03, 2014 Stephanie Swint rated it really liked it
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
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Sep 23, 2015 Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hannah Lesniak, Ree Spicer, Elizabeth Norton
Re-Read, 09/23/15

I sill loved it just as much this time around. The fear, suspense and mystery still got to me as a reader. To me, that's the mark of a truly good book -- if it can make you feel stuff even when you know how it's going to end! I'm even more excited to read the novellas I've been rationing now, and get Kiernan's side of the story. Also, after Time's Edge I get to find out Pru's story and I'm just so excited! I've never been one to squee or fangirl over a book, even though I'm a
Lauren Stoolfire
Kate thinks her grandmother must be senile when she gives her a glowing medallion and starts talking about time travel. If only it were that easy because what her grandmother was telling her hits home when a murder in the past drastically changes Kate's present. The medallion is the only thing that's keeping Kate tethered to reality. Kate learns that this murder at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair is the beginning of a sinister plot to rewrite world history and that she is one of the few who can pr ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Tish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 08, 2014 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: books-for-2014
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
Krystal Bond
Jul 19, 2015 Krystal Bond rated it liked it
3.7 I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did, but there was so much confusion for me in the way the time traveling was written. I feel like a lot and yet nothing happened at the same time. I definitely want to read the second book, because I enjoyed the story overall and I'm curious where it goes from here. I really enjoyed Kate as the main character. I look forward to learning more about this world and hopefully the time travel portion gets less complicated to understand. I believe it will b ...more
Colleen Houck
I love the whole time travel concept and wow am I a fan of Kiernan. Not sure how to spell his name as I listened to the audiobook. Every time he was involved in a scene I held my breath. That is one dreamy guy.
Michelle Madow
Wow -- an absolutely amazing and intricate time travel novel. Loved the time-twistedness, the romance, and the creativity behind the story. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Susan May
Nov 28, 2015 Susan May rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Review to come. All I can say is I LOVED THIS! Get the Audible. The voice actress is amazing.
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)
Aug 12, 2014 Nikki (Tumblr.Books) rated it it was amazing

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!
Andy Gavin
Aug 26, 2015 Andy Gavin rated it it was amazing
I found Timebound while searching for best sellers to use as advertising targets for my own time travel novel Untimed(I've been experimenting with Amazon's new do-it-yourself ads).

I'm glad I did.

At a certain level Timeboundshares common DNA with Untimed. They both featureteen protagonists who discover they aretime travelers and get dragged into a complex temporal war. There are other time traveling relatives and both mythologieseven have "books" that to some extent chronicle/reveal/inform. But m
Callie Rose Tyler

Yes! This was fantastic! I am still depressed that the book is over, the only thing keeping me off the ledge is the fact that this is a trilogy and the next book is already out.

The only reason I read this book is because I needed a Chicago book for my reading challenge, and if I'm being honest I was not expecting to like this. I thought it was going to be some formulaic badly written crap I was going to have to trudge though, and the beginning was a bit slow to start.

However, as the foundation w
Nov 17, 2014 Candace rated it really liked it
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
Apr 18, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Feb 20, 2014 Sheila rated it it was amazing
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
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RYSA WALKER is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she read every chance she got. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future,
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Other Books in the Series

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  • Time's Edge (The Chronos Files, #2)
  • Time's Divide (The Chronos Files, #3)

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