Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Review: Twist by Karen Akins

Book Blurb:

Bree Bennis finally has it all-a non-comatose mother, an uber-hot (albeit anachronistic) boyfriend named Finn, and a newfound 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.

My review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Mystery, Supernatural--

Book 2 pick up a few months after book one ends, with Bree and Finn trying to save people from making changes to their own timelines, as well as stealing a few minutes here and there for each other. While on a much needed night out at the movies, Bree is told by her shady contact that Finn is listed as a class 5 chronofugitve and they are looking for him. Bree anxiously returns to the movie to inform Finn of his status only to realize that Finn is not with her. Instead she finds her arch enemy Wyck, whom she has been dating for the last 6 months. Something or someone has messed with her timeline and Bree has to stop it before the world crashes around her.

This is not a standalone story, so you have to read the books in order otherwise almost nothing will make sense. I was a huge fan of the first book and was really excited to read this second book. Unfortunately I did not like this one as well as I did the first. Don’t get me wrong, this was a good book, but some of the things that made me love the first title were completely missing here. Bree was predominantly the same Bree, with her creative curse words and tough attitude. I rooted for her even though I felt like we were both flailing about in a word that made no sense. The story had a great mystery and twisty turny timeline that kept me on my toes as to what side was up. I was able to pick the villain, but it was not so very obvious as it could have been. I loved the concept for the world, how shifters help to preserve and document the past, and all the fun futuristic developments like car-pods with foam protection and mini cow pets (which I would totally get!).

The dynamic between Bree and Finn made the entire first book for me. Ok to be fair, Finn made the first book for me. Bree is a really strong character, but Finn was the glue to hold her together. I loved how Finn was so friendly and amicable, excited over everything and had an entire relationship with Bree she had no idea about. The two of them would bicker, predominantly Bree would say something snarky and Finn would deflect it with his good humor and patience. In the first book Finn made me develop an appreciation for the nice, sweet, fun boys. You don’t need to be a brooding alpha male to be a great love interest. I found myself wrapped up in Bree and Finn, looking forward to all the time I could spend with them. This book started with this but it stopped very quickly and I was really bummed. I understand the whys do to plot progression, but it still made my heart sad.

I thought the first half of the book was a depressing kind of bittersweet, with Bree living a fake life with another boy, while pinning away for her real love. And when said real love comes in the picture, he was nothing like he was suppose to be, the Finn that I loved.

The second half of the book was bittersweet in a different way because the reader has no idea what is to become of Bree and Finn, whether they can have a relationship regardless of all the obstacles thrown in the way or if they were doomed from the start. Even though there is action and tons of mystery and sci-fi stuff, at the heart of this duology is romance and the boundaries of love. I was afraid that I may see a new version of Romeo and Juliet here, with love that can never be. I went into the book looking for a fun adventure filled ride like the first book, but instead I was faced with anxiety and hard choices.

I don’t want to give too much away so I will wrap my review up and say that I am really glad that I got to read both books even though I was so conflicted through most of this one. Don't let the 3 stars fool you, I liked the book and would recommend it, it just did not live up to the amazing first book and I was a little sad by that. Together they create an entire picture about fate and destiny and that sometimes things happen for a reason. I loved this series and look forward to more by the author in the future.

I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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