Tuesday, February 26, 2013

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Time's Twisted Arrow by Rysa Walker

Title: Time's Twisted Arrow (Chronos Files #1)
Author: Rysa Walker
Release Date:  Sept 15/2012
Adquired: Ebook copy provided by author
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Purchase: Amazon

They weren't panic attacks. Of that, seventeen year old Kate is certain, no matter what the shrink told her parents. But it's even harder to accept the explanation offered by her terminally ill grandmother - that Kate has inherited designer DNA from the time-traveling historians of CHRONOS, who were stranded in the past by a saboteur. Kate knows that her grandmother's story could easily be the brain tumor talking, but that doesn't explain the odd medallion or the two young men - one of them hauntingly familiar -- who simply vanish before her eyes on the subway. It doesn't explain Trey, the handsome stranger who now occupies Kate's assigned seat in trig class. And it definitely doesn't explain why Kate is now in an alternate timeline, where leaders of a previously unknown cult hold great power and are planning a rather drastic form of environmental defense.

In this new reality, Kate's grandmother was murdered at age twenty-two on a research trip to the past, which means that Kate's mother was never born, her father doesn't know her and, for all intents and purposes, she doesn't exist. The only thing keeping her from disappearing entirely is the strange blue medallion around her neck, and the only thing keeping her sane is her burgeoning relationship with Trey. To restore the time line, Kate must travel back to 1893 and keep herself and her grandmother clear of H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who is stalking young women at the Chicago World's Fair. But that choice comes at a price - she'll remember the past few months with Trey, but when he looks at her, he'll see a total stranger.


Oh the wondrous and endlessly fascinating idea that is time travel-I can't think of a better topic to base a fiction novel on, especially one that the author takes the time to write well. I've always been a complete sucker for this idea, and the infinite possibilities it presents. I've had the pleasure of reading a few novels lately that combine time travel with an impressive story line-this novel was no exception. It was a pleasure to read, albeit a confusing one at times, but I was entertained for the most part.

Kate Pierce-Heller has discovered that her link to Time Travel runs blood-deep. She has inherited DNA that allows her to use a medallion to travel to secure points in time throughout history, or the future. After a (very short-lived) initial shock, she is quickly given enough proof to secure her position as the world's only remaining hope. A family member of Kates is hell-bent on twisting history in his own favour, and doesn't care if he has destroy his own blood to do it.

I was a bit weary of Kate's 16/17 yr-old character. Her speech seemed a little too mature for her age, despite the fact that she mostly "stuck to her books" as opposed to doing what others typically do at her age. It was slightly unnerving, and a little unrealistic. However, she definitely grew on me as the story progressed: she wasn't whiny, or thoughtless to the point of annoyance, and I learned to appreciate the way her mind worked. As I mentioned before, she seemed to grasp the reality of the situation a little too easily, I wish she had spent a little more time in disbelief, but I suppose the situation left her no choice. This rarely happens, but the romance aspect between Kate and Treys character was refreshing and welcomed-I thought it was sweet, and made it easy for me to choose the direction I wanted the story line to head in.

The technicalities, and history tidbits, in this book were a bit overwhelming, but I took it slower at these parts, making it easier to digest. Time travel can get confusing very quickly, especially if you're not paying attention to even the smallest details. The author did a good job, for the most part, of keeping the story fluid and without snags or plot holes. There was so much going on in this book. I wish that each aspect was focused on individually a little more, but I enjoyed the complexity of it. The world building was well-written, and I absolutely LOVED that she used Chicago World's Fair as one of the focal points-it's been a slight obsession of mine for a long time.

I think I enjoyed the last quarter of this story the most, as I felt like it's what the majority of the book was building up to. It was nerve-wracking in one of the best ways, and I screamed out loud on more than one occasion. I am really looking forward to the future installments-I think it will include a lot more back stories for some of the characters I wish we got to hear more from. A great start to a series, I recommend this one to all time travel fans!


RYSA WALKER grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. (Occasionally, she would mix things up a bit and read books to cows.) 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.

When not writing, she teaches history and government in North Carolina, where she shares an office with her husband, who heroically pays the mortgage each month, and a golden retriever named Lucy. She still doesn't get control of the TV very often, thanks to two sports-obsessed kids.

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