Category Archives: Young Adult

Untimed by Andy Gavin

untimedCharlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can’t remember his name. So when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously. Still, this isn’t all bad. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there’s this girl… Yvaine… another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine’s got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history — like accidentally let the founding father be killed — they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.

~~~ The Review ~~~

Okay, I admit it…I’m a bit ADD. I squirm and shift. I have trouble sitting through an entire movie and, thanks to the fact that I write as well, I have little tolerance for watching movies that don’t immediately catch my interest. The same thing can be said about books.

What a delightful surprise when I sat down to read Untimed by Andy Gavin. I expected a good read. In my special way. Read a little, do something else, read a little more, start a new project, read more, and so forth until I make my way to the conclusion. That was not the case with this book. I finished Untimed in a little over a day and a half, reading it as I cooked dinner and my family patiently waited to be fed.

I am almost embarrassed to say that. With the amount of history the book contains (and all cleverly woven throughout the story) I know that Gavin worked long and hard searching for historical facts. And the sheer brilliance of the time travelling rules and screw-ups! He did a fabulous job and I ran through it like nobody’s business.

So to Andy I say, “I’m sorry.” But I could not put your book down. I practically devoured it, and in no way gave it the attention and thorough read it deserved . And to you, the readers, I say get  get a copy. It’s sassy, unorthodox, funny, suspenseful, and filled with Charlie’s snarky brand of humor.

I loved every minute of it and can’t wait for the next one!

~~~~Author Bio ~~~

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

~~~ Find Andy ~~~












~~~ Andy on Tour ~~~


Here by Denise Grover Swank


Denise Grover Swank has done it again! Here is a fabulous book. Fab-u-lous!

After surviving an accident that took the life of her best friend, strange things start happening to our sixteen year old view point character, Julia. She can’t explain the  strange bracelet she has never seen before, yet was found wearing at the scene of the accident, and the swirling doodles that seem to simply flow from the end of her pencil. Now the most popular boy in the school is taking an interest in her. But there is something different about Evan, and Julia finds herself wanting to know more, yet afraid of what’s to come.

Though targeted toward young adults, Here is a novel for all ages. The theme is equally appealing to everyone. “What would happen if…” And that oh-so human pondering, “If things could be different…”

Denise does a outstanding job portraying the devastation that death has on family, the anguish of survivor’s guilt, and the pure and special innocence of first love. It is so very easy to identify with Julia, though most of us have never had to walk in similar shoes. As always, Denise’s characters are real and dimensional giving us a glimpse into their world and dragging us along for their journey.

I was sad to get to the end of the book, but thankful that it’s a series. Whew! There’s more on the way! In fact all of the books I’ve read from Denise have been installments in a series. Just call me a true fan, for on release day, you’ll find Denise’s new novel downloaded into my Nook! Can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!

Be sure to visit Denise’s tour page and be entered to win an Amazon gift card.

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Happy reading–Amie