January at-a-glance

As part of my New Year’s Resolution to do more posts for you all. I’ve decided that I simply can’t do full book reviews for every book that I read. Sooo I’ve decided that I will do a month- at-a-glance and show you what I have read and with a quick description, genre and whether it’s any good or not. Hope you enjoy getting a sneak peak and maybe one of these will spark your interest.

Here goes, in no particular order:

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn – book one of the Mindjack Trilogy Genre: YAOpen Minds. A world where everyone can read each others’ minds and the odd ones out are the ones that can’t. This story was pretty good but a bit slow for me until about 2/3 of the way through but it ended well. Get it!

The Line by J.D. Horn – Witching Savannah, Book One Genre: YAthe Line. This is about a family of witches in, you guessed it – Savannah, Georgia. I really liked this book and am looking forward to reading the next in the series. Get it!

Forbidden Forest by Tenaya Jayne – Legends of Regia Genre: Adult, Paranormal, FantasyForbidden Forest. This was surprisingly good if short (234 pages). The story moved along really well and was satisfying all around. Definitely going to read the next in the Legends of Regia series. Get it!

Timebound by Rysa Walker – The Chronos Files Genre: YA, Sci-FiTimebound Well, if you’ve read my posts, you know I liked this one. Get it!

Sacrificed in Shadow by SM Reine Genre: Adult, ParanormalSacrificed In Shadow Mystery. Pretty interesting story  (shifter, demons, angels, magic) and good writing. What more could you want? Get it!

Crimson NightCrimson Night by Marie Hall Genre: Adult, Paranormal This was told from the demons’ perspective but she was a good(?) demon. Not bad, decent writing and storyline, but I just wasn’t that into it. Get it!

Timebound by Rysa Walker

Timebound

2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Grand Prize and Young Adult Fiction Winner

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

Timebound was originally released as Time’s Twisted Arrow.

This was actually a really fun read. I was instantly drawn in by the action on the first page. This is a Young Adult novel and of course, there is a love triangle, though it wasn’t annoyingly written. It did leave me guessing until the end who she would end up with – I mean, it is a time travel story after all and people were being erased left and right – but I appreciated Kate’s strong moral compass. However, the triangle is just a sideline. The main story is about making sure that Kate’s own timeline doesn’t get completely erased and to do that, she must go back to the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. I have always had a soft spot for historical (romance) fiction and this one had some interesting bits about the Fair and the scandals during that time. This novel was set in the present, gave a glimpse into the future, and rekindled the past for a few exciting pages. Walker did a nice job of showing what an experienced time traveler could do to make his or her dreams come true and it reminded me a lot of the saying “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” ~ Lord Acton. This was a well written story that was hard to put down. Everything tied up really nicely (read no cliffhanger ending) and I will be looking forward to the next story in the “Chronos Files” series.