April 19, 2013

Review: Time's Twisted Arrow by Rysa Walker

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.
Time's Twisted Arrow is Book One in the Chronos Files, a series that I really hope Rysa Walker continues to add to. Adventure, intrigue, romance, and time travel are the basic concepts of this book but the main emphasis is on relationships, past, present, and future. Kate, the protagonist, falls in love with a young man but is haunted by the dark eyes of a mysterious dream man. She also must examine her relationships with her mother, father, grandmother, and aunt in order to understand who to trust. Knowing who to trust may seem like a ridiculous concept but when time is shifting and changing constantly, a friend could turn into an enemy. At times, it was a tad difficult for me to understand the time paradox but, otherwise, I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book. Rysa Walker has created a very plausible idea of how time travel may work in the future and what possible consequences may happen. She also did very thorough research on the Chicago World's Fair where a portion of the book takes place. I honestly never realized how exciting the World's Fair had been and how people flocked by the thousands to see items that we literally see every day, like light bulbs and Ferris wheels. I HAVE to give this book five stars because it was such a fun, exciting, romantic, scary, interesting read that I would recommend it to all of my friends!
Published by-Gypsy Moon Books
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Cindi
Thank you to the author for donating this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange of a honest review!
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