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Loop Hardcover – October 21, 2014
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“Emotional at times, hilarious at times, action-packed almost the entire ride, LOOP is a page-turning adventure with some brilliant and original twists to the time travel genre.” ―Julie Cross, TEMPEST series
“An intriguingly mindbending time travel tale in which both past and future must be mined for clues. A feisty, witty heroine and quirkily hot hero make for a duo you can't help but root for, while snappy dialog and imaginative worldbuilding keep the pages turning.” ―National bestselling author Sophie Littlefield
“Hilarious and suspenseful with a delicious dash of romance, LOOP is a mind-bending good time!” ―Melissa Landers, ALIENATED series
“Witty and inventive, LOOP is a time travel treat!” ―Lenore Appelhans, author of THE MEMORY OF AFTER
“With flawless worldbuilding, the perfect balance of humor, angst, dire stakes, romance, and action, and a main character you can't help but root for, LOOP is a fresh and exciting addition to the time-slip genre. Highly recommended for fans of the time-travel romance in Myra McEntire's HOURGLASS and the breathless pace and high stakes of Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT. I absolutely loved it.” ―Leigh Ann Kopans, ONE and TWO
“LOOP is a wild romp through time with an epic mystery brimming with romance. We couldn't put it down!” ―Lisa & Laura Roecker, authors of THE LIAR SOCIETY series and THIS IS W.A.R.
“So. Much. Fun. Bree Bennis belongs on the list of Most Awesome Time Travelers Ever, right alongside the Doctor and Marty McFly. And Akins belongs on the list of Writers You Must Read ASAP.” ―Carrie Harris, author of Demon Derby, Bad Taste in Boys, and Bad Hair Day
About the Author
Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves taking care of her son and hanging out with her husband. And watching Downton Abbey. 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 her first novel.
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I wanted to tell people to read Loop when I was 4% done with the book. I wanted to tell people when I was 18% done. I just wanted to tell all the people to read it as soon as the possible can. Because Loop, is 100% fantastic!
Loop is a fantastic time travel story about Bree, a 16 year old girl, living in the 23rd century where Time Travel is a part of everyday life. To complete a midterm, Bree is sent to the 21st century and ends up on a path she never expected when she takes a teenage boy hostage (sort of by accident). On the verge of losing her scholarship at the Institute she has no choice but to sneak back to talk to the kid. The only problem is he is convinced he knows her and they are in love. Not knowing what to do and what is actually going on Bree returns home, but inadvertently ends up taking him with her. Now stuck in the 23rd century with a boy she doesn’t know that knows her and a pile of odd occurrences, Bree has to figure out just what is exactly happening and who it is she is supposed to trust.
There was a lot I loved about this book. I loved Bree’s voice, Finn’s adorableness, the humor, the writing. I even liked all of the side characters. But the one thing I loved the most (the humor and Finn are tied for a close second) was the mystery you read without knowing you are reading it. There is a very intricate story woven into the pages of Loop and as a reader you don’t really even know that’s what is happening. Every single thing that Akins’ wrote was written for the purpose of moving the story along. Time travel and parallel life stories are hard. There is a lot of planning and plotting involved to not confuse the reader and to make the plot flow seamlessly. And when all is said and done you can tell Akins put the time and energy in it for her readers. I wasn’t left feeling confused or like something was missing. I left Loop just wanting the story to go on forever.
I could go on and on, as I said there was so much I loved about this book, but I feel like I may have said too much already. I feel like the best thing I can do for you is to just tell you to read it and enjoy. To take it all in. To be left dying for more. To just read a great book with some great writing. If you love parallel life/time travel stories, then DO NOT MISS this book. It is a must.
Now give me the sequel Twist!!!
This book was super fun and well written. I would recommend it to anyone. I am looking forward to the sequel.
The Pearls –
This book has it all; great characterization, an enticing plot, and suck you in setting. This book will definitely take you places all over time nonetheless. My favorite part of the book was Bree’s affinity for fun words. Her little sayings were very cute and added to her fun quirky personality. Though don’t let her sparkling personality diminish that this girl gets down to business. Present Bree and Future Bree who poses to be a bit of an enigma. Splitting a character over time to where you’ve got two different characters really was impressive.
"Umm, because you smell like a wad of yummy wrapped in a layer of delicious?" -Bree
LOOP was such a great, fun book, with an amusing character and intriguing take on time travel! I was actually given an eARC of this, but didn't realize that it expired by a certain date (boo), so... I had to buy my own version so I could read it in time for the review/giveaway on my blog. Which is fine, and totally worth it! (I've actually now ordered a hard copy--that's how much I loved it!)
LOOP starts out with Bree being given an assignment to go to a particular place in time. There's a whole other thing going on that you don't fully understand until quite a bit further into the book, but let's just say that she is also trying to sneak in an "off the record" assignment at the same time, to benefit her family. Problem is, pretty much everything goes wrong, which starts a long twist of things getting more funny and wonky and confusing as she learns nothing at all is really as it seems and this might not be the first time she's been at this particular point in time.
I don't want to say much because there are layers to the plot and I might give something away, but I will say that not reading the blurb actually benefitted me a lot, because I had no idea what to expect and that made the read more exciting.
I also loved Karen's voice. She gave Bree, her best friend, Mimi, and the rest of the characters such great dialogue, and her descriptions were seamless. I'm one of those readers who doesn't always want long descriptive parts when I'm really enjoying a book (get me to the action!), and this fit the bill with perfect laughs, set-ups, and surprises. Another quote:
Finn stared at me like I'd sprouted a third eyeball. He waited until I was done before he sat up and clapped his hands together. Again. And again. "Bravo! Did they serve a helping of brainwashing with the twigs this morning or was it beamed directly into your brain via your microchip?"
There are so many elements to LOOP that time travel really is just a part of it. Even if that's not normally your "thing", I guarantee you'll enjoy LOOP anyway. I love love loved book one, and can't wait to read the next in the series!
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