Review: Twist – Karen Akins and a Giveaway

Review: Twist – Karen Akins and a GiveawayTwist by Karen Akins
Series: Loop #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
on April 7th 2015
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Amazon, Goodreads

Bree Bennis finally has it all - a non-comatose mother, an über-hot (albeit anachronistic) boyfriend named Finn, and a newfound mission to protect the timeline from those who would skew it for their own gain. But when she leans over one day to kiss said boyfriend, her lips meet those of her arch-nemesis, Wyck, instead. The timeline has been altered, and Bree is caught in the crosshairs. But when she goes back to repair the damage, she is stopped by none other than her Future Self, who delivers an urgent message: Someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past. It’s up to Bree Bennis finally has it all―a non-comatose mother, an uber-hot (albeit anachronistic) boyfriend named Finn, and a newfound mission to protect the timeline from those who would skew it for their own gain. But when she leans over one day to smooch said boyfriend, her lips meet those of her arch-nemesis Wyck instead. The timeline has been altered, and Bree is caught in the crosshairs. But when she goes back to repair the damage, she is stopped by none other than her Future Self, who delivers an urgent message: Someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past. It's up to Bree to stop them. But first, she has to figure out who…and why.

To follow the trail of chronocrumbs, Bree reluctantly accepts her new undercover gig as Wyck's girlfriend. Everything goes spiffy until Finn shows up in the 23rd century on the eager arm of a gorgeous fellow Shifter. Blark. Even as Bree struggles with jealousy, she battles the nagging dread that Finn might be better off with someone less chronologically complicated. Her worst fear is confirmed when Finn becomes the kidnapper's next victim. As Bree zeroes in on the culprit, they unravel her life one timeline-change at a time. She realizes that she alone has the power to save herself and everyone she loves. But to do that, she may lose Finn forever.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I have basically told everyone and anyone that they needed to read Karen Akin’s debut Loop. I seriously loved that book so much. So when I saw it was a duology I knew I needed to read Twist. I loved that Bree and Finn’s story wasn’t done yet, that there were still ends that needed to be tied up. I was thrilled I would be able to immerse myself in their world again and immerse I did. Twist…LOVED it!

(Spoilers for Loop included. Read that before you read my review!)

Twist picks up right where Loop left off. Bree and Finn are together and shifting happily between their worlds, trying to stop changes that people are attempting to make to the timeline. So far things are going well until Bree’s future self stops her from using the reverter to stop a change being made my Bree’s former friend Wyck. Future Bree tells Bree that shifters are being taken and this change is the on,y way to help. Now Bree is stuck in a world where Wyck is her boyfriend and Finn is dating someone else. With everything backward Bree must work to figure out who is taking shifters and why. But when Finn is taking Bree has to figure out if being with him is even worth it for his own safety.

Okay so my description of the book does it no justice. I mean no matter what words I wrote it wouldn’t. Twist is just too, for lack of a better word, twisty, for me to really explain. This book really hurt my head in places as I tried to figure out exactly what was going on. And then all of a sudden there was a moment in the story that pulled everything together and made it all make sense and made me go, ‘OH!!!’. It just pulled all the pieces together in such a way that was almost magical. It made me feel like Bree did, only having some of the parts of the story and then having the whole thing right there. Basically it was awesome.

I won’t lie though, my heart hurt for a lot of it because my Bree and Finn live is strong. They have such an amazing, natural chemistry that it was hard to have them so apart. But I got it. It made sense for the story and worked. Actually it made it even better when they were together because then they had to fight the spark. Just another thing to live about Twist.

What Karen Akins did with this duology is give readers a great time travel story that will make your brain hurt with paradoxes and crazy situations, but make you fall in love with the story and the characters. When all is said in done it isn’t about time travel and fixing the world the way it should be. It’s about finding who you should be with no matter the point in your life. It was fantastic and I can’t wait for more from this author who is in my auto-buy list for life.

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And now time for the giveaway. If you know me you know I LOVE this duology. Loop was one of my favorite reads last year and everytime someone reads it and loves it I get book pusher flutters. Anyway because of this love I am giving away not one but 2 books. I had pre-ordered Twist MONTHS ago but was lucky enough to get a finished copy from St. Martin’s Press (THANK YOU!). So I don’t need my pre–order but I also don’t want to cancel. This means you my readers are in luck. I’m giving away my other copy of Twist. AND because of my love of Pegamoos (you’ll under if you have read the books!) I’m also throwing in Loop. Giveaway is US ONLY and runs until 11:59pm EST on April 11th.

 

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12 Comments

  1. I’d love to go to Renaissance Venice!! Lots of art and music and mystery!!

    I have a US address but rafflecopter might show my location outside US because I’m doing a semester abroad

    thank you so very much 🙂

  2. Thank you again for answering my myriad questions about this one! Obviously I’m excited about it. If I could I’d like to travel to the 1900s or 1920s–but only to visit. For permanent residence I’m fine with 2015 😉

  3. I would probably travel to the future if I could. Although, it would be nice to travel to the past and make investments that you know would pay off.

  4. Regency England is definitely the first time period I’d go and visit if I could! I also would like to visit the 1920s 😉 Loved seeing your thoughts on Twist, and definitely want to read it to see how it all wraps up 🙂

  5. That’s so tough! I need to read more historical fiction books to figure this out for sure, but I loved the setting/time period of The Falconer! Although I’d only want to visit… being in that era too long would make my rights as a woman disappear

  6. This is a hard one for me, as I love history and would want to go to them all. Especially turn of the century, classical time, and the Renaissance.

  7. I think I would travel to the early 1900s. I think that’s a pretty interesting time period. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I still need to read Loop, and it’s all because of you! I have a feeling I need to get my hands on Twist before, though, because I don’t think I’ll want to stop after I finish Loop! I’m so glad to hear you loved this one as well! So often the second book is just not as good.

  9. I am so glad you loved it! I just finished Loop and it was fantastic, but then when I skimmed over the reviews section of Goodreads for Twist, I saw they were really mixed. It makes me so happy that you enjoyed this one as well. Gosh, I want to get my hands on Twist so bad now!

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