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Posted July 3, 2013
Are you looking for adventure? Pick this one up! Whoever said t
Are you looking for adventure? Pick this one up!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Whoever said that indie-published books aren't well-packaged, well-written and well-made probably hasn't read and seen the details inside the pages of Andy Gavin's Untimed.
First off, let's take a second to admire the beautiful cover. Hee. It was photoshopped by the Author himself, mind you. I read it on the very last page of the book, on the Author's Acknowledgements. And yes, just to set the record straight, I read about Authors, too. It helps in understanding how the book and story came to life.
Second, I love the illustrations that were painstakingly arranged inside the pages of the book! It's perfect for young readers, and it really shows just how much work was put into this book.
Third, awesome adventure for the storyline. I love time-traveling stories, especially ones which take the reader on a whirlwind of situations that test the character's courage and wit. With that said, I really liked Charlie as a protagonist. He's resourceful and a bit naive, but he's also smart and quick on his feet.
I also love how the Tocks were designed! And the plot-device where they cannot change the status of things such as moving a door or something was really creative. It was one of the things that gave Charlie an advantage.
The premise and the way the story was delivered was also fascinating. When I was reading, I felt like I was in the middle of a history lesson with a few twists that made everything a bit more interesting. It was fun reading about Benjamin Franklin, too!
The only thing that I didn't approve of in this book is the part about Yvaine. True, her personality and background was well-suited for a flawed but believable and interesting character, but I don't really approve her relationship with Charlie. At fifteen years old, I think Charlie is just deeply infatuated with her. And the parts where they were behaving intimately was a little uncomfortable for me. (Yes, I am a little conservative.)
All in all, this book is a solid adventure packed in 385 pages! Perfect for people looking for engrossing reads and very interesting characters!
Posted May 21, 2013
Untimed was a very interesting, original idea. The aspect I like
Untimed was a very interesting, original idea. The aspect I liked most was the time-assimilation - the conversion and adapting of the travelers to the time, changing clothes and accessories to fit. I also found the limitation of gender time-traveling directions unique. The plot was different and showed how one small change in the past change outrageous affect the future. I loved Yvaine's Scottish accent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
However, there were quite a few things I wasn't fond of. I wish Charlie had shown a bit more discretion, had a bit more self-control and morals with the drink and the ladies. The book is rife with underage drinking. Charlie fell for Yvaine awfully fast, considering he only knew her 2 days. While their having sex was only alluded to, each time it felt unnecessary, forced, and slapped on.
I also wasn't too fond of Charlie's conversational style of description. Lines like "Dad's study looks very Chinese" irked me. Maybe teens these days are used to and like that type of writing now, but I still enjoy actual description, however flowery it may seem.
Still, an interesting idea, no doubt with a sequel on the way. A good read for those who are looking for a different twist on time-travel.
I won this in a Goodreads' First Reads giveaway.
Posted April 2, 2013
Time travel with MANY a twist. The basic breakdown is this...you
Time travel with MANY a twist.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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!
First off, the restrictions! There's a cool down period between when they can travel and when they need to build up their magical-type mojo to time jump again. Then the fact that skillful jumping has nothing to do with age. Follow that up with the fact that you can't actually kill anyone, no one will remember your name and above all you must remember NOT TO CHANGE ANYTHING. Yeah, too bad Charlie didn't know that before he accidentally jumped after a Tick Tock, found and fell in love with Yvaine and had to race through time to not only save their own necks but the lives of those he loves and the world in general. Yes...it's a fun, fast, wonderful romp through the pages of history as we know it and as it might have (or still could if they are not successful) be!
Recommended for teens through adults for all the reasons mentioned. It was an exciting read that really kept you glued to the pages, even as history turned itself on its ear! Can't wait to see what's in store for our young friends in book two....
**this review was part of a blog tour post in which a copy of the book was received in exchange for an HONEST review; the full post can be seen on my site**
Posted March 10, 2013
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was
3.5 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was exciting, different, and kept me interested. I read it every free chance I had and finished it in just over 2 days.
The concept for this book was different for me. Yes, it is about time travel and how one person can change the course of the future - or history as we know it. However, the manner by which they travel - boys go to the past, girls travel to the future - was different and added a unique twist to these types of stories. The tick-tocks were intriguing characters. They weren't human but clockmen who wanted to change time to suit themselves and they wanted to stop the time travelers. The tick-tocks were quite violent always seemed one step ahead.
Charlie and Yvaine, our main characters, are not your typical teens. They are time travelers...easily forgotten by everyone but leave their mark on the world. Charlie did not know what he was until he showed up in 18th century England after following a tick-tock. There he meets Yvaine and so begins their adventure. Yvaine is originally from Scotland and knows how to handle herself and those around her. She is not afraid of much and she loves her infant son dearly. While Charlie and Yvaine seem an unlikely match, they work well together. They are a bit young for some of their interactions but they suit one another.
I did not like Charlie's dad. He seemed too distant and uncaring. I enjoyed Charlie's aunt, Sophie. She seemed pretty cool...a bit klutzy but cool. I felt bad for Charlie's mother. She just seemed lost and lonely.
I want to know what happens next. I will be anxiously awaiting a sequel to Untimed. I will also have to read more by this author.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to any adult who enjoys adventure YA books and to older young adults, especially boys who are at least 16 as the language and sex scenes are a bit much for the younger readers in my opinion.
Will I read it again: I will not.
Posted April 26, 2013
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