Friday, February 22, 2013

"UnTimed" #BookTour & #BookReview! **A Time Traveling Story with Young Love**

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is participating in yet another Book Tour! This time, the book is  a young adult adventure story by Andy Gavin, titled, Untimed. I have been provided the book to review and  to share my personal opinions and experience while reading. All contents of my review below are 100% my own. It is also a pleasure to say that I am not the only book reviewer on the tour. You will also find below a list of amazing bloggers who have jumped aboard for the ride through this time-traveling adventure. Make sure to stop by their blogs as well!

Upcoming Giveaway for Signed Books of  Untimed: Make sure to stop by on Monday, March 11, 2013 12:01AM/EST for the start of the Signed Book Giveaway for 3 Winners! I will post the giveaway on this date.

What's The Inside Story

Untimed is an action-packed time travel novel by Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream and creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter
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 the bigger problem is. 
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!
A lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose Book Review
Untimed for me was an interesting ride. I was immediately drawn to this book by its cover art. Then once inside, while reading about Charlie's journey with his lady love, Yvaine, you find illustrations as well. I read this book in two days over the weekend and really wanted to know where the ending would lead Charlie and Yvaine. If you're the type who enjoys time traveling into different time periods, following a character through a life of thievery, new-found sexual desire, historic talking points and mix-ups with the past, present, and future, then, this is a book for you.

In the beginning of the book, I am introduced to Charlie, a boy who is literally an outcast. His father is never around but twice a year because of his work (time traveling) and his mother (a natural) mixes things up like his name. I believe many young adults at his age and older can relate to feeling like an outcast. Even for a young man, dealing with the girl-factor, can be even more trying when they're not involved with the in-crowd. However, as I have experienced in my own life, the character stumbled upon a gift he didn't even know he had, to give him strength. It was shielded from him by his father. It wasn't until he encounters some Tick-Tocks or "men" looking for his father and aunt at his home, does he put two and two together while out on a field trip in Philadelphia. This is the point in the story where his journey actually begins. Before this journey, Charlie was hopeless but by the end he became a "real man".

For a young adult reading, I would leave access to this book to the 16 year old and up.readers. Believe me, I know! With all the mess that comes on television these days, why would I care to mention the implied sexual moments, baby-momma-drama and multiple men, at such a young age and the violent fighting, right? However, it's worth mentioning for those who monitor their children's reading pleasures.

There were some points during my reading where I thought some chapters read a little too wordy or too lengthy for the events that were taking place. For me, these moments came when Charlie, Yvaine, and his aunt, Sophie arrived in Shanghai to finally meet up with his father. I totally got that his father was avoiding his son's worries over his mother, the meaning behind the Tick-Tocks and their existence, but it was a bit too lengthy. Also, the 'final' jail moments for Charlie and Yvaine, I thought were pondered a bit too long as well, beginning with Chapter 35: Newgate, Chapter 36: Condemned, and through to Chapter 37: Tyburn. Lastly, I did notice in the final chapter a To Be Continued..., I was wondering if there was another book coming. After reading the events that led up to this "to be continued..." I didn't see why there needed to be one since Charlie sees the future of Philadelphia under the control of the "corporation". However, that's up to you to decide after you read the book and share what you thought in a comment below!

Overall, it was a time traveling story with young love to keep the reader hanging on until the end. My Interest Grade: B

About Andy Gavin

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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Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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