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Screwing Up Time (The Screwing Up Time Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This YA novel has all the typical time travel tropes—the kid (Mark) who doesn’t know he can time travel, a little bit of romance (Miranda isn’t a name you see every day) and some evil dude (never trust Peter) trying to seize power.
The mystery behind time travel and its connection to the Montgomerys in Screwing Up Time did catch my attention. The family is keeping a memory from the main character, Mark, and it involves a grandfather locked up in an mental hospital. Oh, family secrets that include a medical mystery and attempted murder! It’s like a soap opera!
I quite enjoyed the pop culture references. I’m almost certain that if I traveled in time, I would be referencing the catalog of books and movies I’ve read and watched if I were thrown back in time. I’m pretty sure that Braveheart is an accurate depiction of how to live in Scotland and Robin Hood: Princes of Thieves is a good reference point for surviving in England, right?
Definitely give Screwing Up Time a shot. Fans of time travel novels will enjoy the familiarity of the tropes and hopefully be intrigued by the big family secret and the ultimate reveal. In the meantime, I’m off to read more time travel novels and watch more historical movies just in case, you know, I get transported back in time.
Aside from the magic of time travel, this book was incredibly real. What I mean is... the family situations for Mark and Brian, the tension between different characters, and the unspoken secrets from the past touched on very real human emotion. C. M. Keller captured these emotions with raw beauty.
The story was written with intelligence and style. The mystery carried me through, along with the constant surprises that popped out of the pages. Each chapter ending made you want to keep reading.
This is a well-written story with great pacing, real characters and an enticing mystery. I can highly recommend this book.
It takes a while to get used to Miranda’s speech patterns, but I was pleased that she sounded realistically medieval in that regard. The dialog as a whole was very realistic, and even the awkward interplay of modern day high school boy with little Lady from the dark ages worked on that inexplicable teen level.
The Plot, Characterization and Setting were well dispersed, so I was never left feeling as though I’d just read a useless paragraph of character or setting description and likewise never felt swept along by a raging torrent of the plot.
As for the downside, I was expecting for there to be more of the novel – which is entirely from Mark’s perspective – to be in the past. So my expectations led to a teensy bit of “are we there yet” syndrome.
There was only one point that didn’t truly work for me and that was that these two boys, both very well educated, didn’t seem to think about the fact that one of their plans (later in the book) to take a white powdery substance on a plane might end up with both of them in custody. It pulled me out of the book, but wasn’t so jarring that it was detrimental to the book.
Finally, a few times I felt myself slipping into memories of watching Wax Works II: Lost in time. But mostly that was just because I’d find myself thinking of Alexander Godunov whenever Peter was in the scene. The story itself was only similar in that time travel was involved and the movie went to a medieval time period. (Obviously this won’t bother you if you’re not one of the 12 people who have actually seen Waxwork II.)
What it boils down to is an amusing YA novel that was well written and enjoyable to read.
What I loved most about the book, though, is that a time travel series has room for anything to happen. When reading the story, I didn't feel any sort of deja vu; the story felt unique. I won't spoil anything for you, but the story introduces a bunch of interesting plot points that can be developed throughout the series. I typically search for free books to read, but very few manage to hook me enough that I want to purchase other titles by the author. Can't wait to dig into the sequel to this :-)
The tl;dr - Screwing Up Time is a great read as a standalone book, but I have a feeling it's the start to an amazing series. If you're on the fence about buying it, DO IT. Happy reading!
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