I am so excited to be a part of the LOOP Blog Tour. I’d been wanting to read this book ever since I first read its description. So the chance to read it prior to its release and share my thoughts on the tour was one I could not pass up.
And I have to say that it was every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be. I’m a huge fan of time travel stories, especially those with time loops and paradoxes and tidbits to make me stop and think and wonder how it all could possibly happen and what the repercussions could be. I’m thrilled to say that LOOP had it all.
And with the way things end… well… I am already counting the days until TWIST’s release.
If you’d like to know what I thought about LOOP, my review follows the book’s description and author’s details. And if you’d like the chance to win a copy for yourself, the publisher has offered up a copy to include on my stop.
Title & Series: LOOP (Loop #1)
Author: Karen Akins
Release date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.
After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.
Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.
But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.
About Karen Akins
Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.
Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.
LOOP is a captivating, delightful and wildly entertaining read. Set primarily in the 23rd century, this futuristic story travels between the main character’s present and a two-century-old past. It offers readers action, mystery, suspense, romance, humor and enough time loops to blow the mind. And it delivers an ending that will leave readers anxiously awaiting the sequel.
When what should have been a routine mission goes horribly wrong, Bree Bennis must find a way to return to the past to fix her mistake before anyone realizes there was one. Because if she doesn’t, it could have serious repercussions for the timeline and even more dire consequences for herself and her mother.
But with every Shift requiring a transporter, she won’t be able sneak back on her own. And putting her friends at risk is not something she is willing to do. So when an opportunity arises to get back to the 21st century in the vicinity of where and when she needs to be, she takes it.
And it would have been perfect if only she hadn’t arrived three years later than she was supposed to. Or stayed longer than she should have, giving the Institute time to realize that she was missing and to pull her back. Or if she didn’t bring something back with her, something that was against the rules, something that shouldn’t have even survived the trip.
LOOP is not your typical time travel tale – there are no missions to save the world from annihilation, the future isn’t on the verge of collapse. But there are threats to past, present and future. There are trips through time that prove just how dangerous things can get. There are time loops and ontological paradoxes. And it does adhere to the theory of the predestination paradox, making for a fascinating and thrilling and thoroughly engaging read.
Author Karen Akins penned a fast-paced, fun and imaginative story with LOOP. Bree – at least the version of herself introduced in this story – is a likable heroine who finds herself in difficult situations more often than not, who is often responsible for getting into those situations in the first place, who is clever, who questions things, who isn’t too trusting, and who is protective and understanding and absolutely adorable.
The writing has an easy flow, which allows readers to connect to both the story and its characters and which makes those pages turn. The love story is sweet and romantic and provides the perfect distraction from the whirlwind of events happening in Bree’s life. The science is intriguing but not dense. The humor keeps things light, especially with the futuristic touches the author adds – every reader will want their very own pegamoo. And the ending, which hints at an even more action-packed story to come, ensures that readers will be back for more.
Courtesy of the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, I have a hardcover copy of LOOP to give away for my tour stop today which I’ll be sending out to the winner.
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