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Thursday, July 11, 2013

{BLOG TOUR: Review} Untimed by Andy Gavin

Hi there, loves! It's my stop on Andy Gavin Tour hosted by CLP Blog Tours today. I'll be featuring my review of his book UNTIMED and I'm telling you guys, this book is awesome! The tour runs until July 22nd so if you want to check out the other blogs participating in the tour, head on to the tour page for more reviews, excerpts, guest posts, etc.


Author: Andy Gavin
Genre: YA Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Published: December 17th 2012 by Mascherato
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | KOBO
Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.

As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.

Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.

When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it.

And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for the book tour. **

“I guess life is more about who you’re with than where – or when – you are.”

Fantasy, steampunk, historical and science fiction rolled into one, UNTIMED is a fast-paced and action-packed tale that will appeal to readers of all ages.

I’m such a sucker for good time travel stories so reading this book was such a fun experience for me. It is enjoyable and exciting. The characters are both funny and clever, even in the most desperate times. I like Charlie’s ability to adapt to different situations, time and places. He wasn’t aware at first of his time traveling abilities but he managed to survive every timeline he was in and made the most out of it. Yvaine was one feisty heroine. I like her guts and sass. She’s smart in her own right and I admired her for making such a big sacrifice. The way she speaks was a bit confusing, though, being a Scottish girl born in the past and all. But it’s easy to understand her language once you get the hang of it.

The idea of different timelines is really interesting. It also shows that everything we do may have a large scale effect, even though we may not be aware of it now. The pace of the story is okay. I enjoyed following Charlie and Yvaine through their hops. I especially like the idea that normal people have a hard time recognizing and remembering time travelers. They can’t be photographed or sketched. It’s like the universe is making them anonymous. Very interesting. The ending is also great. There’s a twist in the end that will make you look forward to the next book. Just when you think everything’s already okay, the big surprise smacks you in the face. I was honestly surprised when I got to the ending. Now I’m excited to read more of Charlie’s and Yvaine’s adventures.

A great read! Definitely one of a kind. If you’re looking for a different time travel story, UNTIMED is the book for you.

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

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Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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