Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Review Tour: Time's Twisted Arrow

Today I'm reviewing Time's Twisted Arrow. This tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Time's Twisted Arrow by Rysa Walker 
Publication date: October 1st 2012
Genre: YA Science Fiction
"Sharp writing, a flair for dialogue and a big, twisting imagination." - Kirkus Reviews.

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.


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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Times Twisted Arrow is a riveting time traveling ya novel that has seventeen year old Kate visiting alternate time lines to correct mistakes and right wrongs/sabotages. While she starts as a typical teen with 'panic attacks' things change not only when she discovers she DNA linked to the time traveling historians of  CHRONOS. As she learns the truth and realizes she's in an alternate timeline, she decides to work with her two love interests, one from a past she can't remember and another who will be forgotten if she fixes what's been corrupted. Learning that her grandmother was a time traveler trapped in the past by her evil husband only increases the stakes as he's created a cult bent on world domination. The time shifts keep both readers and Kate on their toes and when you finish this book you'll want to read what happens next and see how she can possibly fix this crazy mess.

There are a few issues. The time jumping can get confusing when you want to keep the timeline and story lines straight. Also it gets kind of annoying when time travel seems to at times only cement things she's trying to change or avoid. So while this is a really good read, be prepared to read this book closely as it's not for the lazy or a quick beach read. Still if you enjoy time travel and science fiction, this book is right up your alley.

Rating: 3.5 Stars


  1. Good luck Rysa! Awesome cover. Simple and intriguing.

  2. Time travel YA is a fun genre. Congrats to Rysa!

  3. Awesome review and intriguing book. I haven't read much time travel, I may have to hit this one up


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