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Today, we're playing host to a stop on a Tribute Book Reviews blog tour featuring a curious Young Adult book, the first in a planned series in fact, that places time travel front and center...only not in the ways you might thing, with a few nifty tricks and quite a few surprising restrictions that make for some rather interesting times. Ready to jump to my past but your potential future? Here we go! Today's blog tour guest and book of choice is...
About the book...
Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.
As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.
Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.
When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it. And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!
See? What'd I tell you. Time travel with MANY a twist.
The basic breakdown is this...young lad, son of a time traveler and a norm reaches his "prime", follows a Tick Tock back to yesteryear, falls in love, and makes a mess of both the past and the future while discovering who he really is both by blood and by heart. How's that? Oh, but wait...there's still so much more!
Bet you're wondering what a Tick Tock is now, right? Well...it's these mechanical beings out of the time sync just like out travelers, only more so. They are steampunk-ish in nature, with minds (sorta) of their own, bent on remaking history in their image, or rather the FUTURE in their image and if Charlie and company can't get things sorted out, they just might succeed. Clockwork devices, mechanical marvels and curious dressing sound like your cup of tea? Ha...think again, while you still can that is. It's amazing the way the ripple affects become SO huge as they traverse time. Something as small as the creation of a door where there formerly was none, might save a life this time around versus its non-existence dooming a life previously, can set in motion changes you never dreamed of. While we're on the subject of characters, let's talk good guys and girls...
So, let's talk summary. Time travel? Check...just not in the traditional sense, if there really IS a traditional sense for this particular category. There's also this nifty write in where when they time jump their clothes, accents, money, everything changes to fit them into the period to which they've landed. (Personal favorite? The "I-was-a-new-iPhone-but-now-I'm-a-notepad-and-paper" transformation...love it!) History as it is and in the making? Check...with pretty scary and dire consequences if things aren't put back together again ala Humpty Dumpty. Characters you care to see through to the end? Check..that's affirmative on all counts; even the bad guys because really, you HAVE to know what happens to them or they come back like Mikey Myers all those times! Family? Check...even if time is threatening to unravel it to oblivion. Love interests? Check...there is a mix too with different levels of affection however this is also where my one gripe comes into play.
|Author Andy Gavin|
Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels.
His first book, The Darkening Dream, has been well-received by fans and critics alike. Publisher’s Weekly called it “gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying.” Untimed is an even more ambitious follow-up. It is a lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty-one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.
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So, what'd you think?
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Review copy, tour stop and giveaway courtesy of Nicole at Tribute Books. (THANKS!) For more information on where this tour has been and is going to, be sure to visit the official tour blog (sorta like your own brass-like page of nifty info similar to the ones that...oh, wait; you don't know about those yet...*-*). To discover more about the author, feel free to click through the links embedded above. To discover all there is to know, for now, about the great books associated with AND folks known as Tribute Books, be sure to stop by their site, like their Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter. This book is available now so be on the look out for it on a store shelf near you. Need a few links to get you started online? Check it out over on Amazon in paper and ebook editions, or stop by the author's site for a listing of other retailers.
Until next time...good luck...and happy reading!
Gina, thanks for the wonderful, in depth review of Andy's book. Glad you enjoyed his time travel adventure :)
P.S. You had me cracking up at the hedgehog analogy. How cute is that pic? :)
Looks coooool! Great cover!
Loving the cover, so haunting. Not generally a fan of the whole time travel thing but by the sound of it I could well make an exception for this.
I have to say that cover drew my eye first. And I love the sounds of this one too. :) Thank you!
This sounds like a very unique book. I love time traveling stories and I love how each author makes up their own rules, you never experience the same thing.
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