Hello everyone, Paul here today. I am so happy to review Andy Gavin’s YA book Untimed. Click on the book title or image at any time to be taken to Amazon if you’d like to purchase the book I have to thank Andy, he has been kind enough to offer a signed print copy and an ebook copy of Untimed to 2 lucky International winners!!! Let’s here it for Andy for thinking of all our international followers. Click on the link here or the image below to go to Candace’s Saturday Situation to check out more great book related giveaways. You can also click here to go to I Am A Reader Not A Writers Got Great Giveaway link for more great book related giveaways Here’s the Goodreads blurb:
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!
Now for my review:
What I liked best: I loved the time traveling.Time travel if great in any setting, but this was fantastic. I am a big history and geography buff so I really enjoyed the different locales and alternate histories. The detail and descriptions of old time London made me feel like I was there. I loved the inclusion of historical figures and the changes to their impact on history as Charlie and Yvaine traveled up and down time. Untimed is a very good story, very exciting, and captivating.
What missed a bit: Not really a miss, but this is certainly a mature YA book. There is swearing, sexual situations, violence, and some pretty mature content. I personally loved it, but wouldn’t recommend it to young readers.
Overall: Excellent! A very entertaining read with some really humorous moments. I loved the reference of Ben’s forehead as a “fivehead”. The line of “familiar Charlie kicks swashbuckling Charlie to the curb.” Who doesn’t love something that involves swashbuckling? The story was well written and exciting. I really enjoyed the main characters and they were developed well. Aside from the aforementioned mature content I would recommend this book to anyone age appropriate to read.
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