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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,228 ratings  ·  271 reviews
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Faye, la Patata

Time-traveling has never been as fun.

I've always loved time traveling, ever since I read a romance book that had it as a central theme many, many years ago. The possibilities are just endless, you know? Who wouldn't be fascinated with going back in time, and then possibly affecting the past that would eventually change the future? I mean, I myself would want to change a lot in my past... I'd kill to go back in time, shake my past self silly, and go, "Why didn't you study forthat exam?! Why did
Karen Akins
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote
Hi! Karen here. I'm the author of LOOP, and I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by its Goodreads page. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it. I'll use this space to update news on LOOP (10/21/14) and its sequel TWIST (3/31/15). You can also check out updates at my website Feel free to ask me a question through the Author Ask feature. :)
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved the concept of time travel which ran throughout the entire novel, but minor editing details constantly pulled me from the story. For example, how did a glass shatter if the character was sitting on a bed? Episodes like that were not vital to a scene, but personally bothered me. Overall 3/5 stars; I will try the next book and hope the editing errors decrease as I enjoyed everything else about the YA adventure.
To be perfectly honest, I almost gave up on this book within the first few chapters. For some reason I have the hardest time with time travel novels, I'm completely fascinated with them mind you, but the mind-spinning technology, time jumping from past, present and future and always feeling like I'm missing the bigger picture, makes me wonder if this particular genre is really for me. Loop was all of above, but still had me fascinatingly curious. So, I stuck it out. And you know what happened? ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-physical
Short Version: A book that is both fun and full of feels? Absolutely! And time travel with history stuff and a big old mystery? Sign me up! Then add some fantastic characters and time travel somehow feeling totally plausible, and I could not put this one down. Oh, and throw in an adorable romance, and please, I am hooked. Good thing I am currently reading Twist!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t even finish it, it was so slow. And boring. And predictable. Not worth your or my time.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-hardcover
3.5 stars, I think? A very positive 3.5 stars. Really liked it and can't wait to read the sequel! *eyes library copy which is still "on order" UGH*
Nasty Lady MJ
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
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And now my average or above average streak has been ruined :(

But the good news, this did have some nice things about it.

So that’s a positive right?

Why I decided to read Loop: It seemed interesting. I like the whole time travel aspect and the summary made it sound sort of Meg Cabot-y.

The Result: Less Meg Cabot more like Alienated and through in some Dissonance in there for good matter. Man, that would be a very ugly or awkward looking book.

And this was that
Lauren R.
3.5-4 stars. I think the ending made up for some of my reservations in the middle. The world-building was confusing for me and I still feel like I don't understand exactly how things worked? It could be that I was reading in a very distracting environment all week and didn't fully get it, but who knows. I liked Bree and Finn enough but Bree suuuuuper annoyed me through much of the book. If someone knew the "future version" of myself and had messages/insight, I would not be like "okay bye leave ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This was an enjoyable first book, although the plotline was extremely complicated and the pacing was iffy.

Opening Sentence: Hitting the ground is the hardest part.

The Review:

Bree is a shifter at a school for shifters, or time-travelers. In her midterm, she travels to put something on the grave of Muffy Van Sloot, but it goes horribly awry. When she travels back to try to right her wrongs, it gets even weirder — Finn, a boy she met three
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think I always start off a time travel book review with 'Time Travel is an odd and complex genre to write in the world of YA...' or something along those lines. I always tend to make comparisons to Doctor Who, Back to the Future, and other previous books I've read of that genre. BUT this time, I will not mention anything of the sort, because this book is so refreshing and different in terms of the way it is structured that I'm starting fresh, I kid you not... Karen Akins is the definition of ...more
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours) by: Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Initial Impressions 2/28/25: Oh that was SOOO much fun! Thanks to Andi for the push and letting me borrow!!! This was such a me book.
I love "sci-fi light", as apparently it's called these days. The humor in this book was delightful and really just made me fall in love with the characters that much more.
I loved how much of a firecracker Bree was and she was such a clever character. Absolutely LOVED Finn. Swoony swooooons.
Some really awesome twists in the end!! One I totally saw coming but so
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Mind. Blown. Can that be my review for Loop? No seriously, can I just say ‘mind blown, read it’ and be done with it? Really that is all I want to say.

I wanted to tell people to read Loop when I was 4% done with the book. I wanted to tell people when I was 18% done. I just wanted to tell all the people to read it as soon as the possible can. Because Loop, is 100% fantastic!

Loop is a fantastic time travel story about Bree, a 16 year old girl, living in the 23rd century where Time Travel is a part
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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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.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

* I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Loop was such a fun read! There were twists and turns and loops everywhere. A lot was going on in this book and while it could've gotten a bit confusing or too much, the author made everything work. She did well with creating this time travel adventure.

Unlike a lot of people, I'm not much of a fan of time travel. I definitely loved it in this book, though! There were plenty of cool
Jessie Potts
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why you should read it: This one took me by surprise because it was the gorgeous cover that made me want to read it (shallow, I know), but it turned out to be much more than skin (cover) deep. This was convoluted and crazy. I loved Bree as a time traveler and didn't trust the microchips that supposedly kept the travelers sane and safe from the buzzing. The detailing and whole thought of time traveling was well done, and I liked how twisted it became — having future Bree and present Bree was ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pub-st-martins
I enjoyed this one a lot! Confusing in its twisty-ness - my head is still spinning a bit. But a time travel story that kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next. Loved Finn so much, and though Bree could be frustrating in her stubbornness and inability to reveal information, I also enjoyed her voice. Their romance was fun to see develop, especially after their first encounter. Excited for the next one!

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Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I started Loop, I was really skeptical - I'm not a huge fan of the kissing cover. Mostly, I just wanted a good time travel book, not one that was an angsty romance with a bit of time travel thrown in. So when I got through the first 20%, I wasn't quite in love yet, but it was far better than I had been anticipating. And then, all of a sudden I was at 70% and totally sucked in! The book kind of snuck up on me, but the slow build to the story was perfectly paced. And that romance? Oh so ...more
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. DON'T BE FOOLED BY THAT COVER. You think this is some cheap skate love story? NOPE. It's not. I don't have high expectations for this but I enjoyed reading this.
For the first time this year (in regards to new books from new authors), I actually LOVE the main character (Bree). She's no mary sue, in fact she makes mistakes and is annoying (at times), but still tries to do the right thing. She's a relatable character (I'm talking about her personality)! There were times when
Aanchal (Book Flame)
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every time I hear about a new book that has to do with time travel I get all excited and just have to get my hands on it even though only a few have truly impressed me and that I love beyond all measure I still gravitate towards books that have to do with the subject matter and Loop did not disappoint. Loop was actually very entertaining and I couldn't get enough of it.

Time travel in all the books I've read so far is always secretive stuff but in Loop Akins created a world in which everyone
Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads .

This is one of those books that I nearly didn't read because it got stuck in my ARC backlog. I've been picking up fewer and fewer young adult titles, but I remember I loved the idea of it when I first requested it. I just wasn't sure I was still all that interested. Before I decided not to read it, I checked out Goodreads and saw some incredible reviews from bloggers whose opinions I trust, so I decided to read it. And boy am I glad I did! It was
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)

This story wasn’t for me; I didn’t like the main character, and I got tired of the story.

Bree just annoyed me. She just seemed to have her own agenda, and did whatever it was that she felt was important, even if it meant that she didn’t complete her mission as expected. She told us about rules to do with time travel, and then when it was convenient to her, they all went
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I usually am not a huge fan of time travel novels (especially ones that involve a love story) but I really enjoyed this one. The plot is fast paced and extremely engaging, and I got really engrossed in the story- really, I read 90% of the book in one sitting. It is simply a fun read, and Atkins did some great worldbuilding to back up the exciting plot. The only thing about the book that I didn't enjoy was the use of the futuristic word "blark," but obviously it was a small thing that was easy to ...more
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
So fun!

Although Bree's stubbornness grated on my nerves from time to time, she showed real growth.

The timey-wimey, loopidy-loopiness of the logistics was a hoot to attempt to follow, though ultimately it wasn't that hard! The banter, and the dialogue as a whole, was the true winner here.

I can't help it. I'm diving into Twist immediately.
Helen Douglas
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-ya, luckies
This was such a fun read. It has romance, a sense of humor, lots of mysteries and clever plotting that twists your mind into all sorts of time-bending shapes. The perfect blend of romance and time travel.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
FIRST THOUGHTS: Took me some time to warm up to everything, but holy whoa, Loop threw me for a loop (hehe) with its awesome.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, that was fun!

I loved the "solution" to the time paradox problem that always plagues these kinds of books, and I just had a blast reading this. I figured some things out (the enigmatic smile, for instance) but a lot of the revelations at the end surprised me. I didn't realize this had a sequel, though, and I'm not really convinced it needed one. Still, I'll probably read it.
Emma (Miss Print)
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"You can't change the past. One of those weird temporal loops that couldn't be explained."

Bree Bennis lives in the twenty-third century where, because of a special gene mutation, she can travel anywhere in time. It's been years since travelers had to hide their unique skills but Bree knows better than most that time travel is still greeted with suspicion and even disdain by those unable to travel.

Bree used to be at the top of all of her classes. Now her biggest talent seems to involve making a
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOOP is a captivating, delightful and wildly entertaining read. Set primarily in the 23rd century, this futuristic story travels between the main character’s present and a two-century-old past. It offers readers action, mystery, suspense, romance, humor and enough time loops to blow the mind. And it delivers an ending that will leave readers anxiously awaiting the sequel.

When what should have been a routine mission goes horribly wrong, Bree Bennis must find a way to return to the past to fix her
Aug 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Karen Akins writes humorous, light sci-fi for young adults and the young in spirit. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.

Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.

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