Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Loop by Karen Akins Review and Interview

Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Age Group: YA
My Copy: eGalley via NetGalley
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: 10/21/14
Review by: Alicia


At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future. 


I have been wanting to read Loop ever since I heard it was about a time traveler who accidentally brings a boy from the past into the future with her, and oh yeah, he’s in love with her future self. I mean, how does that not interest you? So yeah, I’ve really been looking forward to Loop. Luckily for me, Loop was even better than I thought it would be.

The book starts off by literally throwing you into the story. There is no slow start; it starts off with a bang. Because of that, I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it, but once I got a little ways more in, I was hooked. Bree has a lot of different slang and it was part of the reason as to why I wasn’t all that into Loop. Once I got the hang of it, the slang was fine. Actually, the slang leaned on the cute and funny side which I loved. All of the future technology, words, ect. were also a little hard to follow at first, but once I was past the first couple of chapters, I was able to understand it and had no more problems. Akins does also explain everything, so you won’t spend the entire book lost and confused.

Loop had a lot of mysteries going on, as is the case with most books dealing with time travel. I’m usually really good at figuring everything out in books before the truths are revealed, but Loop stumped me. I think I only figured one or two things out, the majority of the twists and revelations surprised me. I was a little suspicious of the person who turned out to be the attacker, but even then I pretty much dismissed them. Major props to Karen Akins for writing a book that will leave readers guessing and unable to figure everything out.

And Finn. Their first meeting was the best. They didn’t leave the best first impression on each other, especially since Bree ended up “kidnapping” him, which was absolutely hilarious. They spent a lot of time after that bantering and bickering. I love reading about couples who banter, and Bree and Finn’s relationship definitely has that throughout the entire book. Their relationship is too freaking cute. Honestly, they just had a lot of cute and funny moments together. Finn is definitely a new book boyfriend. He’s confident, hot, not at all embarrassed by his nerdiness, protective of Bree, but also knows that he needs to back down because she can do things herself, and it’s easy to see just how much he loves her. *happy sigh*

And Bree. Oh, Bree. You are fabulous. One of my favorite heroines. She’s snarky, fearless, willing to do whatever it takes, and very easy to relate to. I had absolutely no problems about liking Bree. Her narrative is easy to follow and enjoy. She is also funny and smart. I spent half of the book laughing at the things she said or thought. Bree may be smart, but she does have a few moments where she messes up. When those happened she owned up to it and tried to come up with ways to fix it, even if it didn’t turn out all that right.

If you are looking for a book that is funny, cute, romantic, fun and unputdownable pick Loop up! I could go on and on, but this review is already getting long. Just get a copy of Loop. Trust me.

The sequel, Twist, will be out on March 31, 2015. You can bet I’ll be counting down the days until I can get it.

Cover Comments: I’m not a huge fan of kissing covers, but I do like this one. Especially the background—it looks like a time vortex.

Overall: 5/5 

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today to celebrate the release of LOOP!

1. What was your favorite scene to write?

 Ooh. This is a hard one. There’s one particular scene where Bree and Finn are trapped together in a small vehicle from the future called a Pod, and it was fun to write because they’re packed in there so tightly that I was hyperaware of all their body movements. I could just feel their awareness of each other as I wrote it out. And it’s a scene were she starts to open up to him, so it gives that extra dose of closeness.

 2. If it was possible to time travel, would you?

 Part of me would want to go back to my own past and observe special moments (like my wedding or my sons’ births), but at the same time, I wouldn’t want to ruin them. Everyone tells me how happy I looked on my wedding day—that I didn’t stop smiling the entire time—but I think I’d be picking apart details. For instance, my husband surprised me for our ten-year anniversary last week with a slideshow of our wedding pics, and I noticed that my shoes looked weird from a certain angle.

 So now, even though I know there’s almost no chance that people were staring at my shoes that day, I will always wonder.

 3. Do you have any favorite time travel books, movies, and tv shows?

 Oh. My. Word. You have opened up the floodgates. I LOVE time travel. I love to pick it apart and find loopholes in it. I think that’s part of the fun.

 My all-time favorite time travel is Back To The Future. It’s actually the first movie that I remember seeing in the theaters. (And little spoiler alert: There’s a scene paying homage to it in TWIST.) My husband and I have heated discussions about whether II or III is superior (II, obviously).

 In recent years, I really enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past. I thought the way they tied the present together with the changing past was brilliant. Looper held my attention, but dang it was gruesome.

 In books, I've actually avoided reading time travel while I've been writing LOOP. There are already so many similar themes in the sub-genre. I didn’t want to be overly influenced by other authors. And let me tell you, it has been hard. Once I finish my final polishes on TWIST, I’m going to have a total time travel binge. I’m looking at you, Julie Cross, Myra McEntire, and Cristin Terrill. J

 4. What are some of your favorite books and which books are you looking forward to?

 Well, I mentioned the impending time travel binge.

 All-time favorites are Harry Potter, everything by Jane Austen, The Hunger Games series, Anne of Green Gables, To Kill a Mockingbird, Tuck Everlasting, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. In recent years, I really liked The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams, The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats, The Mediator series by Meg Cabot, and the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis. I haven’t had a chance yet to read Beth’s book The Body Electric, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to a few of my crit partners’ books. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio is coming out at the end of April, and I can’t wait. I got to read an early version, and it’s fabulous. Kimberly Loth’s sequel in her Kissed series is coming out soon, and she very cruelly hasn’t let me read any of it yet. I’m looking forward to that one, too.

 5. What are you working on now?

 At this moment, I’m waiting on copy edits for TWIST. I’m also finishing up revisions on a Middle Grade story that’s been percolating in my head for quite awhile. And then, there’s a shiny new idea brewing that I can’t talk about just yet.

 Thanks again for having me! I hope everyone enjoys LOOP. <3 nbsp="">

To find out more about Karen, you can visit her: website, twitter, tumblr, facebook, goodreads, instagram, and pinterest.


Liviania said...

Great interview! This sounds like a really fun story. (And she has good taste in time travel movies!)

Kindlemom said...

I have seen so many fabulous reviews for this, I just know I need to read it.
Wonderful review!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

This is the third outstanding review I have read for this one in the last two days. I am sold. Get me a copy.

Cleo Bannister said...

An outstanding review and a really interesting interview to go alongside it. So glad to hear you enjoyed The Loop so much.

Melliane said...

Oh I'm glad you had a great time with the book, it's the second good review I see about this one and it's intriguing. Thanks for interview as well, it's always wonderful to know more!

Diva Booknerd said...

This one looks incredible! I haven't actually heard of The Loop before, but the storyline sounds like it's definitely one I'd love. The awesome characters are just a bonus. Loved the review and interview, I'm sold :)

Glass said...

I am not big fan of time travel topic in my books, but this one looks really interesting.
Thanks for sharing.
Great review.

Erika Sorocco said...

Oddly enough, I have never read a time travel book. This one, however, sounds highly intriguing!


Krysten Quiles said...

This sounds super cute!

Brandi Kosiner said...

Like the sound of the mystery involved

Zoe N. said...

ALICIA! So great to see you here! :D

I'll be quite honest here - I'm a bit nervous for this because of the time travel topic. Time travel - for me at least - is either unbelievably awesome or fails epically; but it sounds like this one falls into the awesome category, which makes me happy. ;)

Definitely going to consider giving this a try!

kimbacaffeinate said...

What a pretty cover and I do love time travel. I like that the mystery kept you guessing! Wonderful review.