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Back to the Future!

If you are a fan of time travel, then you should check out these two books!

TempestTempest by Julie Cross

Jackson Meyer can jump through time.  When we meet him at the beginning of Tempest he is nineteen-years-old in 2009  and is just starting to scratch the surface of his time travelling abilities.  He believes that he can only travel to the past for a short amount of time, but that all changes when one morning a couple of strangers burst into his girlfriend’s dorm room and fatally shoot her while trying to abduct Jackson.  As Jackson holds the dying Holly in his arms, he suddenly travels back in time to 2007.  However, he is stuck in 2007 and has to pretend to be his seventeen-year-old self to try to figure out why he was in danger in 2009.  He also begins to discover the secrets his father has hidden from him about his time travelling abilities.

Tempest is an exciting and action-packed book.  The characters are really fun to read about and I found myself laughing out loud at times.  This is definitely not a dramatic read, but there is a lot of drama with Jackson’s abilities.  The mystery behind Jackson’s time jumping powers is very interesting to read but it is also a bit complicated.  Pick this book up if you are looking for a book that has a lot of mystery, action, and twists and turns.

Ruby RedRuby Red by Kerstin Gier

Gwenyth had grown up knowing that her more sophisticated and prettier cousin Charlotte had the genetic ability to travel through time.  Gwenyth is just a normal sixteen-year-old girl who likes to hang out with her friends, gossip and talk on her phone, and who also happens to be able to see and talk to ghosts.  Charlotte, however, has had extensive lessons and training for different skills that will come in handy when she starts travelling back in time–like fencing, learning German, and even self defense.  It all goes wrong, though, when Gwenyth actually turns out to be the next time traveler in the family.  Once The Guardians, the secret order that protects time travellers, confirms that she is “The Ruby” (the last of the time travellers) she is suddenly thrust into a world that she is very unprepared for.  Will Gwenyth be able to survive travelling through time without the proper training?  Will she uncover the secret of why one of her time travelling relatives ran away and took a precious device with her?  And, most importantly, can she learn to tolerate her time travelling partner Gideon–an older, cuter, and very arrogant descendant of another family with the genetic ability to travel through time.

Ruby Red was a good read.  The great mystery surrounding Gwenyth’s role as “The Ruby” and the missing time travel device are set up nicely in this first book in a planned trilogy.  Be warned, though!  The ending is quite a cliffhanger.  Gwenyth is a fun character to read about, too.  At first I was so frustrated at how immature she was, but I think the author did this so that she could show how much Gwenyth had to grow up when she learned that she had the time travel gene.  One thing to know about this book is that it was translated into English from German, and it takes place in London, both in the current day and also in the past.  It does use British terms and references, but for me this just added to the story.  I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Au Revoir crazy European chick book coverAu Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

With a title like Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up this book by Joe Schreiber.  I definitely did not expect a book that has so much action that it puts some of the latest action movies to shame!  I also did not expect that the character that is the cause of all the danger, violence, and excitement is a female foreign exchange student.  Finally, I didn’t expect that I would love this book and that by the end of the book it was not even close to the story I thought I was reading when I first started.

When I first picked up Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, I thought it would be a mix of a romance with a weird storyline that involved a foreign exchange student.  While some of that is true, the story is so much more!  Perry is your normal teenage guy, he is a little bit on the geeky side, but deals with the normal pressures that a high school senior deals with– choosing the right college, working at his dad’s work, and dealing with the pressure his parents put on him to achieve the best.  However, there is one thing in Perry’s life that isn’t that normal, his family’s Lithuanian exchange student named Gobi.  A majority of this novel takes place on one night, a night that will change Perry’s life forever, the night that Perry takes Gobi to the prom and learns that Gobi is actually a 24-year-old trained assassin who has commandeered Perry to be her driver for the night while she hunts down those she has been assigned to kill.

The characters of both Perry and Gobi are so much fun to read.  Gobi appears to be this weak girl at first, but is actually a kick butt assassin who is both scary and awesome.  Perry grows a lot in this story and at first you think there’s no one that he will survive this night as Gobi’s chauffer.  I won’t give the ending away, so you will need to read the book to find out if Perry does make it out alive.  This novel has everything action, a little romance, a mystery, and drama.  However, there is strong language and a lot of violence, so if that is not something you like to read then this is not the book for you.  If you do like an awesome story that keeps you guessing and is filled with nonstop action, then pick up Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick at the Library today!

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend is a book that had a lot of hype surrounding it. So when I sat down to read I wondered if it would live up to all of the hype. Legend wasn’t legendary, but it was pretty good and it stands apart from other dystopian (books similar to The Hunger Games) novels that have come out in the past year.  What makes Legend stand out? First, there’s the font: it’s gold- I thought that was really cool. I’ve read a LOT of books and none of them so far have had gold colored font. The chapters written from Day’s perspective, the notorious teen criminal on the run from the Republic, are in gold. Then the chapters written by June, the genius future star of the Republic’s security force, are in black.

Another great element is the action in the book. Right from the beginning you’re pulled into one of Day’s daring missions to try and help his family.  This mission goes terribly wrong when one of the Republic’s security guards tries to stop Day and ends up losing his life.  What makes matter worse is that it security guard was also June’s brother. A brother, who was like a father to her, since their parents died a few years back.  June is assigned to track down Day and bring him to justice for killing her brother.  But once June and Day meet face to face it turns out perhaps avenging her brother’s death isn’t the real answer to her or the Republic’s problems.

Marie Lu Talks About Legend

Legend is the latest hot dystopian novel to hit the shelves.  It was published in November and even before it appeared on bookshelves it had a movie deal.  The author, Marie Lu, has a pretty interesting background as a director for a video game company and says that the idea for Legend came to her while she was watching Les Miserables.

To read more about Lu’s background in video games, click here to read her interview with EW’s Shelf Life.

To read more about the her inspiration for Legend, click here to read her interview with MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog.

Click here to find Legend in the Library!