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MY THOUGHTS I admit that I have a soft spot for books with time travel. Sure, they're a bit confusing at times, but they are so fascinating. This one wasn't, thankfully, as confusing as previous time travel books I've read and I enjoyed reading it!
Elena Martinez has bounced from foster home to foster home and as she is approaching the age of 18, she'll be kicked out and left on her own. When she's offered an opportunity by a powerful tech company, she can't resist. Not when it means that she can actually have a future. Turns out that she'll get to actually see the future. She, along with a few other teens, will travel to the future, record their findings on the tech there, and return. Sounds easy. Except something goes wrong when they travel to the future. Except the teens can't help but look into what they're own futures are, and what they find out will horrify them.
I had absolutely no clue what this book was about when I picked it up. I make it a rule not to read the synopsis of a book right before reading the book, in case of spoilers. I thought there would be time travel involved, due to the title, but I didn't know for sure. So I was really excited when that bomb dropped! I love time travel in books, especially when folks travel into the future! This book was no different! I thought the time travel was interesting and it was done well. It wasn't a confusing mess like some time travel books. There were some times when I had to tilt my head, but time travel is a strange thing, there's always going to be a little confusion.
The book has strong sci-fi elements, but there's also a lot of mystery. I don't want to say the hows and the whys, as they're spoilers, but there's a lot of mystery elements in this book. It kept me on the edge and it kept me guessing, all throughout the book.
As for characters, I can't say I love any of the characters, but I did like them. Elena is a great MC, but she didn't really strike a chord. She kind of seemed like your average YA MC, except Mexican and with tattoos. I liked all of the supporting characters. I mainly liked how different the teens were and how they interacting with each other.
As for romance, it didn't wow me, but it also didn't distract from the major plot, so that's good. You could tell right away who the love interest was going to be, though that's the case with most YA, and it just felt it an added romance. *shrug*
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed this book. Again, I love time travel books, so this one was right up my alley. I loved the sci-fi elements and the mystery. There were some things, like characters and romance, that I was just okay with, but overall I think this is a great sci-fi standalone! ...more
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MY THOUGHTS I love books with time travel, so once I found out about this book, I couldn't wait to read it! I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book, besides the time travel, so I was able to be surprised by the plot. I ended up enjoying this book!
Hope's mother is presumed dead after a devastating earthquake. Hope doesn't know what to do without her mom, and her father sends her away to stay with her mother's sister, an aunt she's never really known. It's there that Hope finds out that her mother belongs to a society of time travelers and that her mother never died in that earthquake. Her mother is still alive, but she's trapped in the 12th century. Hope must travel into the past and rescue her mother, but it's not as easy as it sounds and she may found out a few more family secrets along the way.
I thought that the way that the time travel was covered was very interesting. I liked the idea of the society of time travelers, and how there were two different societies. The plot was interesting and the historical elements felt well-researched. Some factors of the plot that were supposed to be surprises I kind of figured out early on, but I still liked where the author was going with these plot points and am very curious to see what will happen in the next book.
The set of characters were great. I liked Hope as a MC and I liked all of the supporting characters in the book. Many of the characters just met Hope and I liked how quickly they grew to care for her, and her for them.
As for romance, I was meh about it.There's a mysterious boy that Hope meets and I figured out pretty early on what was going on there. I can't say that I dislike him, but I really can't ship it. I'm not feeling it.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I really did enjoy reading this book! Despite the predictability and the romance, I loved the time travel and the plot! The historical elements were great and the characters were fantastic! The pacing of this book was a bit slow at first, but I still felt like a lot happened, and a lot was discovered, and I am very curious to see what will happen next! ...more
MY THOUGHTS This book focuses on a group of ex-friends: Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe. After JoyThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book focuses on a group of ex-friends: Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe. After Joy moved without explanation, the friends drifted apart. It's when the summer camp they used to attend has a reunion that the girls see eachother again and end up accidentally transporting 2 years into the part. To their last summer as friends. The girls have to recreate their past, and their last photo, in order to get back to the present. But how can they live in the past when their older now? And what if they change things?
I was actually surprised by this book. For some reason I thought they metaphorically transported in time, so I was expecting a full-on contemporary. I was pleasantly surprised by the time travel aspect. Yet, this book is still very realistic. I think a praise on the book "Sisterhood of the (Time) Traveling Pants" is an accurate way to describe this book. The friendship and the summertime feeling to this book reminded me of the Traveling Pants book, though there are definitely differences.
There is the fact that this book is very very slow-paced. It makes sense considering the plot, but most of the book is the friends doing their separate things. Not that it was dull or anything. It was interesting seeing the girls try to recreate their summer, and not really recreate it. I actually really did end up liking seeing their different stories. This book is mostly about friendship and second chances, so there is hope and lots of drama in this.
This book also follows each of the girls individually. It's in third person, but it's like we're seeing the POV from each girl. I'm not a big fan of third person and some might find the switches confusing, but I think this worked out for this book! I really can't see how we could've gotten the story in any other way. Now, I did have issues with the girls. They seemed much younger. In fact, it seemed like they completely took over their roles of being 15 again, which kind of bothered me. It's not a huge problem, but I kind of wish that they seemed more their age. Besides this, though, these characters did grow so much throughout this book, learning about things about themselves and their past.
As for romance, some of the girls have their romances in the book, but I don't think that's important. This book is, again, about friendship. Whether it's a past friendship or a current one.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a great book with magical realism. I had issues with the characters and pacing, at first, but I grew into liking this book. I think this is a great summer read abouts second chances and friendship! I recommend this to fans of contemporary friendship reads!...more
MY THOUGHTS I love the idea of time travel, so when I found out that this book revolved arouThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I love the idea of time travel, so when I found out that this book revolved around time travel, I had to pick it up!
This book has two points of view: Alora and Bridger. Alora is a teenager in 2013. She has been living a normal life until she begins to have memory black-outs at seemingly random moments. Bridger lives in 2146 and has been training his ability to time travel. On one such mention, he comes across his deceased dad, warning Bridger that he needs to go back and save Alora. Bridger doesn't know Alora, but he risks his future to illegally time travel back to finish what might've been his dad's last mission. But why is Alora so special?
I admit, I don't think you can ever go wrong with time travel. I, personally, loved the aspect of someone from the future changing the past. This is a concept that has been done before, but this time it was different. Usually, someone from our time travels from the past, but this time someone over 100 years in the future travels into the past. I loved this and I also loved seeing how the future society worked. Because of genetic manipulation, many people have the ability to bend space, time, and mind. I loved this idea and how it was explored!
This book was very evenly paced. There wasn't a whole lot happening at points, but there was definitely build up to the climax. I was able to guess some of the major 'plot twists' early on, but I really enjoyed seeing these come together and I was still surprised along the way.
As for romance, there is some feeling between them, but it's very long-lasting, so it never takes control of the plot. So, it gets two thumbs up from me.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a really interesting time travel read with a different take. I strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and time travel! As for a sequel, as far as I know, this is a stand-alone, but there is definitely room for more. If there is more, I'll definitely be reading it!...more
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MY THOUGHTS I wanted to read this novella because of two reasons 1. I love Beth RevI received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I wanted to read this novella because of two reasons 1. I love Beth Revis's books 2. It's about time travel I'm not sure what I was expecting of this novella, but this was not it. That doesn't mean I didn't like it.
I can't really say much about this story without giving things away (as this is a short story), but this book focuses on Franklin. Franklin can time travel, but only within his own timeline, and not into the future. But a girl named Heather claims that she met his future self and that they are supposed to do great things together. It all happens with this machine.
This book is completely shocking and it is very interesting how many revelations come in just so few pages. What's really interesting is Franklin. At first you like "this guy is okay" then you learn more and more about him, completely changing your perspective of him. (view spoiler)[into one of my most hated people. Seriously. I don't hate anyone on the planet more than rapists. Especially those that get away with it. (hide spoiler)] I was constantly questioning what was going on, especially Heather's story which didn't really add up. (view spoiler)[GO HEATHER!!!! THAT ASSHOLE DESERVES IT!!! (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very interesting short story. It was completely unexpected and the twist took me by surprise!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
MY THOUGHTS I love books with time travel and have a minor obsession with it! So, I had greaThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I love books with time travel and have a minor obsession with it! So, I had great expectations for this book and they were met!
Bree lives in the 23rd century and has the time travel gene. As part of an assignment, she has to go back to the 21st century and ends up running into a geeky kid named Finn. But when Bree sneaks back into the 21st century, she finds that she is 3 years off and Finn is, apparently in love with Bree. Not this Bree, but future Bree. And future Bree also told Finn that he needs to protect her. Bree has to figure out what exactly future Bree plans were and what happened to her mom (who is in a mysterious coma).
The whole idea behind this book was so well-crafted! The idea of time travel wasn't confusing at all and it made perfect sense! And the entire plot that this book revolves around is amazing! I love the idea of the time gene! I also really liked the idea of a future self affecting your present!
The characters were great, though I did have a few issues with Bree. Bree would constantly disregard any ideas or theories Finn had, saying that it wasn't possible, when they all made perfect sense. I can understand why Bree was like this, as Finn's theories went against everything Bree was told, but I really wish she could consider them. Honestly, this wasn't that big of a deal. Everything else about Bree was great. Finn was also great and, even though this isn't his Bree, he still cared about her. And Bree also has some great supporting friends!
Don't let the cover deceive you, this isn't a romance book. There is a teeny-tiny romance, but it's hardly there (may be in the next book). The amazing plo takes up a majority of the book!
My only issue with this book was how confusing it was. I mentioned earlier that "The idea of time travel wasn't confusing", which is true, the idea wasn't confusing! But there is a lot of past and future events that happen that just become really coming! There are so many things that future Bree supposedly does to different time lines affecting the story that were hard to keep track of! If it wasn't for how confused I got (near the end), this would have gotten 5 stars.
IN CONCLUSION This is a very interesting time travel book! It was confusing at times, but everything else was great! I do recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book!...more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I loved the first book in this series, so I was excited to read this book! This book was full of surprises and it was absolutely fantastic!
Aliens have been secretly messing with Earth's time field. Skylar, Win, and the rebels have discovered the weapon that will free the Earth and are now heading back to the space station that this race calls home. But Skylar is an Earthling and can't be fully allowed on the station, unless she pretends to be an Earthling "pet". The rebels continue to meet, but they face betrayal and Skylar is determined to find the spy.
I was a bit disappointed at first by the fact that there wasn't really any time travel, but I actually think I like this more than the first book! I feel like I'm getting a better understanding on these people, as horrendous they are towards Earthlings. It was interesting getting this look into things and even though I ended up with more questions, I felt like things got clearer.
There is a new unexpected romance in this book and, oddly enough I was shipping it. I actually really liked this (view spoiler)[which is why I was sad at the end when he was the betrayer. I really wish they could be together (hide spoiler)]. It also didn't distract from the plot at all, so that's a plus!
This book has a lot of just planning and plotting, so it may have some middle-book syndrome, but it wasn't dull or boring. The spend of this book really picks up in the end, so much that I'm still reeling from it. It was really intense and, yes, there was a cliffhanger.
IN CONCLUSION This is such a great sci-fi series and this was a great sequel! I admit, I actually like it more than book one! I felt like I learned so much more of the world and characters, and I loved the unexpected romance. There is a cliffhanger that my brain still can't comprehend, so you may want to wait on this one, but I definitely recommend this series!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS For some odd reason, I was expecting a dystopian book. I guess I didn't really read the synopsis. But I ended up being surprised and enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would! Turns out, this book had two of my favorite things: Aliens and Time Travel.
I admit it, the main reason why I love this book so much is that it incorporated these two amazing things, but they were incorporated in a way that was so interesting. The idea behind this book is both unique and disturbing. The aliens in this book have basically been experimenting with Earth for thousands of years changing the past and changing lives so often that it is unraveling the Earth. I've heard of aliens time travel (Doctor Who happens to be my favorite TV show), but I've never read a book like this and I found it very interesting. Overall, the book was very fast-paced and exciting, trying to see if Win and Skylar can actually help fix the planet.
As far of the characters go, I liked them. I couldn't fully connect with Skylar, mostly because we're so different, but I felt for her (especially about her brother).
There was hardly any romance in this book. There is a hint that maybe more in future books, but this book focused on the actual plot, which I approve of.
The only problem I had was that a few things didn't quite add up. The world-building, while I loved the ideas, felt weak. For example: I never really understood why the aliens kept experimenting. Was it for the fun of it? And I felt like I didn't get enough answers. I also had issues in the beginning in how quickly Win trusted Skylar with these alien secrets. I got over it, but it's kind of strange.
IN CONCLUSION If you love books with Time Travel or Aliens, definitely pick up this book! I thought it was great and I am definitely continuing the series! I'm also going to check out other books by this author!...more
MY THOUGHTS I am inbetween about my feelings on this book. On one haThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS I am inbetween about my feelings on this book. On one hand, I am very disappointed. On the other, I actually sort of liked this book.
Starting this book, I was worried. This book immediately starting following what I can YA Book Syndrome. Two side effects of YA Book Syndrome is that our main character (usually a girl) faces a tragedy and/or moves to a new school (usually a private or boarding school). This book follows both of these "side effects" and it made me worry that this book was going to be just like every other YA book. I honestly didn't have to worry about this. Sure, this book isn't completely original, but none of this is what disappointed me.
I could not stand the romance. I was actually fine with everything else, but whenever the romance took center stage, my opinion on the book went down. This book featured my least favorite type of romance: insta-love. Michele and Philip have an immediate attraction towards each other. It was cheesy and unbelievable. Maybe I could understand Michele, since she's had dreams about Philip her whole life, but Philip? I honestly couldn't believe it. This guy has never talked to her before (he did see her for a very brief moment), he's even engaged to someone, but he's willing to be with this girl for his life. I just honestly couldn't understand this instant attraction to one another. Whenever the romance was in the book, which was maybe the middle portion of the book, I was very annoyed at the book, but the romance wasn't always the focus of the book. Obviously, there is time travel and time travel happens to be one of my favorite things that I can find in books. There are times when Michele goes back in time without going to see Philip and I loved those moments! I loved seeing the lives of the past! That's one of the reasons that I love time travel so much! And while I don't quite understand how it works, I do like the concept in the book.
IN CONCLUSION The romance was annoying and cliche, but the time travel was amazing! If it wasn't for the romance, this book would have such a higher rating, but I just can't ignore the stupid romance. As far as reading the sequel, I'm not sure. I am interested in continuing, as I want some more answers.(view spoiler)[ Why can Philip see her? What do her dreams mean? And what about her father? (hide spoiler)] And this book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger (Although, I don't care because it's a cliffhanger used way too often and it also involves Philip). But the next book isn't at my library and I don't really feel inclined to buy it. I'll guess I'll have to see.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
THE RUN-DOWN Around the year 2090, the world is within a plague outbreak, killing millions. Prenna, along with almost a thousACTUAL RATING: 2.5 stars
THE RUN-DOWN Around the year 2090, the world is within a plague outbreak, killing millions. Prenna, along with almost a thousand others, are sent back to the year 2010, so they can live without the death of their future and possibly stop the plague from ever starting. But The Community, as they are called, has a set of 12 rules that the thousand time travels must follow in order to "protect" them from those in the present day world.
It is now the year 2014 and The Community is keeping their eye on Prenna, who may be breaking the rules by associating with a present day person. But Prenna will find out what is really going on within The Community.
MY OPINION There was two misconceptions I had about this book: 1. I assumed this was a contemporary when I first saw it. The cover seems like a cover for a contemporary book and the author is known for writing contemporary books, so I thought it was contemporary. 2. I thought it would be based on forbidden love. When I got around to reading the synopsis, I not only figured out that this was not a contemporary book, but I also saw that this book would have forbidden romance in it.
I was happy to find out that this is a time travel book, which is one of my favorite book topics. I was also happy to find out that this book was not all about forbidden romance, something that I have been getting sick of lately in books.
I was really interested in the idea behind this book. Someone coming from a desolate future to the present in order to save their own future? Heck yes! Sadly, I was disappointed by this book. This idea was shown in the book often, but the execution of this idea failed.
World-Building: The world-building was the main reason. Everything in this book was rushed, it was as if an entire series was crammed in one book. Since the book was rushed, there wasn't a lot of time for world-building, which left me with a lot of answered questions. Why were they chosen to travel? How exactly did they travel? And the list goes on.
Characters: With the story being rushed, we also didn't get a lot of time to know the characters, leaving us with a bunch of cardboard characters. Ethan is just the cardboard boyfriend, he doesn't even seem to have any other purpose than to be there. There's a girl named Katherine who is Prenna's best friend but she doesn't serve any purpose to the story at all, in fact, she's hardly in it. Almost every character is a cardboard character, even Prenna is a cardboard character (the idiot with a high IQ. Seriously, she makes so many dumb decisions yet she has a high IQ? In what world does this make sense?).
IN CONCLUSION I was really hoping to like this book. It would have been an interesting take on time-travel if only the story was not rushed. If we had more world-building and more personality to the characters, I would have been able to enjoy this book much more. ...more
THE RUN-DOWN Ever since her mother dies, Adeline has been able to time travel into the 1950s at random moments, and this doesn't change when her fatherTHE RUN-DOWN Ever since her mother dies, Adeline has been able to time travel into the 1950s at random moments, and this doesn't change when her father decides to move to Hollywood. In the 50s version of Hollywood, she meets Faye and Faye's super hot brother. But getting attached to the past is not the best thing...
MY OPINION I have loved all of the books in this series so far, and even though this book is a companion to the series (and doesn't follow Casey), I still loved it! One of my favorite things about this series is that they are all fun reads! (Even though there are some not-so-fun moments for the characters) And, like Casey's stories, Adeline's story is just as entertaining!
The only thing that bugged me about this book was some of Adeline's decisions (view spoiler)[One being her infatuation with Howard and the more major one being bringing Faye to the present. (hide spoiler)] But while I didn't agree with Adeline's decision's, it didn't ruin the book for me.
IN CONCLUSION This was a fun, quick read and I definitely recommend the series! (PSSSSST! The first book is FREE!) I'm also definitely looking into other books by this author!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book has got to be my favorite book in the series! BECAUSE WE FINALLY GET ANSWERS!!! That was my major problem in the previous books: We never gotThis book has got to be my favorite book in the series! BECAUSE WE FINALLY GET ANSWERS!!! That was my major problem in the previous books: We never got any answers. So I was happy when my questions finally got answered (view spoiler)[and that they finally told Gwen that her real parents were Lucy and Paul. Seriously, I couldn't have been the only one who saw that coming from the beginning (hide spoiler)] I also felt that this book actually had a plot to it when the others didn't. Sure, I loved all of the time travel but the other books didn't really have anything else. This book has a plot (It must in order to tie up the series). And the series did seem to tie-up nicely! I don't really have any questions left! (I will always have questions on any book no matter what)
Anyway, while it may seem like I didn't like this series, I actually really enjoyed it! I loved the time travel and the series was really funny! My point being, this was a great end to a great series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more