Book #30 of 2016: Timebound by Rysa Walker

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When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

 I love time travel fiction. I find them to be intricate, filled with action and intrigue, and have an historical element that feeds my inner history nerd without going full out boring with facts.

I found Timebound through Audible’s website and used my credit to try it out. I’m glad I did. No more than the first few minutes and I was excited for the future (past?) chapters in the book. I should say that I’m still giddy about it, even though the character/historical figure was only seen a few small times in the climax of the book. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler since he’s mentioned right in the beginning, but I don’t really want to. I’ll give you hints though: American serial killer and Chicago World Expo. If you don’t know whom I am referring, suffice it to say that my demented part was very happy.

That said, even though there were brief moments of the serial killer, the book still had a lot going for it. The basics of the world’s time travel was explained and for a more exposition type of book, there was plenty of action and intrigue to keep me listening.

Kate is a character I could follow. She was adequately freaking out when her world was turned upside down. She had quite the mental breakdown and though I was yelling at the book when she made certain decisions, I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same.  Her love for The Princess Bride was great too.

Trey is a sweetie pie and though I have no idea if he’ll stay with Kate in the end of the trilogy, I want him to be.  I’m a Trey fan. He’s lovable, loyal, and just a great guy. There is a love triangle in the making, but I don’t know how that is going to pan out and it’s full of timey wimey weirdness.

In all, I am in love with this world and am hopeful for the rest of the series. The idea that time is not linear is an awesome mess. Throughout the book, the Tenth Doctor was in the back of my mind explaining the big ball of timey wimey stuff.

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