Linked Through Time ~ time travel fun!


3 stars

Linked Through Time by Jessica Tornese:

I seem to have stumbled across a few books that deal with time travel. This was completely unplanned, but I’m happily devouring them regardless. Linked through time was a very quick, easy to read Young Adult fiction.

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Kate Christenson is pretty sure she’s about to experience the worst possible summer at her grandparents’ rural farm in Baudette, Minnesota. Without cable, cell phones, or computers, she is headed for total isolation and six tedious weeks of boredom.

Until the storm.

A freak lightning accident has Kate waking up in 1960.

But she is not herself. She’s the aunt she never met but has eerily resembled her entire life.

Thrust into living a dirt-poor, rural farm existence, Kate struggles to make sense of her situation – a boyfriend with a dark side, a “townie” who steals her heart, and the knowledge that 1960 is the very summer her aunt drowns in the local river.

But was the drowning an accident or a suicide… or something much worse?

Bookish things: 201 pages. The cover is rather simple, but I think it works well. I don’t think it is exactly how I pictured the bridge/road in the story, but it gives you something to start with regardless.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.99 or as a paperback for $9.89, Smashwords on a multitude of formats for $2.99

My review: 

bookshelves: chillengeautumn-challenge3-star-review,indie-author

Read from May 23 to 25, 2013
With the blurb telling you pretty much what you’ll work out about 10% in, this book does come across as a bit predictable. There were a lot of stereotypes scattered throughout, some that work and others that didn’t quite sit right.I much preferred Kate while she’s in 1960, but then, that really is the whole point isn’t it. I did often feel like I was being transported back to my grandparents era. The story took on similarities to tales they have told about their childhood, so it wasn’t much of a stretch to see what Jessica was going for.

There were a couple of inconsistencies with character that worried me (Travis) I didn’t get his reaction, I am guessing it was to do with grief, shock and self preservation, but I don’t think the scene quite got there.

Ultimately, the reading was quick, there was enough action to keep me reading and despite picking the climax about 15% in, the nice little sting in the tail was a welcome addition.

A couple of things I noticed:

78% – rag doll sentence repeated twice.

81% – ‘…creeped-out al (all) in one.’

What Young Adult books have you read recently? Any of them include time travel? Share them below.

2 thoughts on “Linked Through Time ~ time travel fun!

  1. This book sounds like a great concept, but maybe it just didn’t hit the mark. So much could be done with a story-line as interesting as this…

    • It was enjoyable, but a bit too predictable. One of the things that need to happen is situational irony, this book kind of missed the mark on that front.

      Still a quick, enjoyable read though.

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