Monday, July 6, 2015

#Review Loop by Karen Akins (YA Science Fiction/Time Travel)

Series: Loop # 2
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: April 7, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: E-galley, 336 pages 
Genre: YA, Science Fiction

The unbelievably thrilling sequel to the time-travel YA novel Loop.

Bree Bennis finally has it all—a non-comatose mother, an uber-hot (albeit anachronistic) boyfriend named Finn, and a new-found mission to protect the timeline from those who would skew it for their own gain. But when she leans over one day to smooch said boyfriend, her lips meet those of her arch-nemesis Wyck instead. The timeline has been altered, and Bree is caught in the crosshairs. But when she goes back to repair the damage, she is stopped by none other than her Future Self, who delivers an urgent message: Someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past. It’s up to Bree to stop them. But first, she has to figure out who... and why.

To follow the trail of chronocrumbs, Bree reluctantly accepts her new undercover gig as Wyck’s girlfriend. Everything goes spiffy until Finn shows up in the 23rd century on the eager arm of a gorgeous fellow Shifter,Blark. Even as Bree struggles with jealousy, she battles the nagging dread that Finn might be better off with someone less chronologically complicated. Her worst fear is confirmed when Finn becomes the kidnapper’s next victim. As Bree zeroes in on the culprit, they unravel her life one timeline-change at a time. She realizes that she alone has the power to save herself and everyone she loves. But to do that, she may lose Finn forever.

Twist is the final installment in the Loop Duology and the perfect title for this book. Bree Bennis, our heroine with the time traveling gene, truly believes that things are looking up. After-all, her mother is no longer in a coma, her relationship with Finnigan (Finn) Masterson is going amazingly well, and she adores Finn's family. So, what could possibly go wrong? Well, if you are Bree, almost everything! This is the book where Bree's entire life ends up in turmoil. From watching a 17th century Haven for Shifters burn to the ground, to ICE and their plans for shifters and non shifters alike by making Bree scramble around blindly trying to stop them, to not knowing when or where Future Bree will appear with yet another vague message or warning.

Then, there is a major timeline shift while Bree is on a date with Finn and suddenly she's kissing her archnemesis and former friend Wyck who tried to kill her. If that weren't enough, Finn shows up with his "new" girlfriend Jafney in tow! What the blark is going on here? Bree is going to be a very busy girl by the time this story wraps up. She's got to get to the bottom of Ice's manipulations, get her boyfriend back, find out why Future Bree has been so secretive, save her mother from self-destruction, and she will also have discover why why she received a warning that says "To save his, destroy yours."

Here's my recommendation for you dear readers. Do not skip over Loop before starting Twist. Do enjoy yourself while reading this series. Don't try to wrap your mind around all the science, or the ever twisting timeliness, or the revelations, or the fact that Bree has some really heart wrenching moments throughout this series. Just sit back, put your feet up, grab a snack, and enjoy the ride. Twist has a level of complexity that rivals the movie Inception. You really can't expect any answers just because you expect them to be there for you. You need to have patience and read the book till the very end. Good luck, and have fun!

**I received this book for free from (St. Martin's Griffin) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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  1. I loved Loop and Twist too. Glad to see you did as well and I totally agree the Inception level complexity of the plot was what kept me hooked till the end.

    Great review:)
    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  2. Great adivce esp as my brain short circuits when it comes to sci-fi. Also, this being a duology is great!

    1. Absolutely! That way I don't have to wait around until the next installment comes out. I'm already done!