Simon Says: Tips for the Intrepid Time Traveler by Rysa Walker

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Simon Says

Rysa Walker has become a must read for me. A very good friend kept urging me that I was missing something before I picked up Time Bound and he was right. The characters that Ms. Walker develops are very believable and have very captivating personalities that make you love or hate them. Simon Rand, affectionately known as Rat Bastard, is one you hate. Even after this glimpse into the inner mind of this character I really have no real affection for him. He is, a bastard in more than one definition of the word. Simon is a time traveler thanks to his wizardry with the Chronos key and in my opinion, with his personality being a mixture of idiot savant with a touch of evil, he grows up fast and hard and doesn’t have any qualms about who’s rules he breaks. Even the master mind behind the Cyrists, Saul, who plans every move he makes like a chess game he always wins is a little more likable than Simon.

In this novella, we see Simon as a kid before he truly was twisted by the fates of time and crossing times over and over again. His connection with his “friend” Kiernan is just beginning to be explored and it gives me a little bit more empathy for him…..just a little bit though. Especially when we see that his obsession and his determination to find out what truly happened cause him to set the history of a nation spiraling because he jumps before thinking it through. This along with his other experiments with the key as well as his work for the Cyrists, Brother Cyrus and Saul are only just starting though and one can hope that some way we get to see him stumble a few more times. I must strongly recommend that the reader start with Time Bound though to get the full emotion and direction of the series and the dynamic characters Ms. Walker has created. Even Simon, a character that I still haven’t much affection for is an amazing character and his story was a great read that filled in more blanks in the Chronos key world. I was given this copy for an honest review.

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Hey all.  Been away again but hoping things are on an upswing.  Actually had 3 great days in a row before waking to aching body parts but that’s life when you are living with chronic pain.  But in any case I am trying to stay positive and looking into more things to share with you!  More reviews are coming!  I have already posted my first review of Rysa Walker’s series and have now read the entire series!  They along with some other great reads are coming very soon!  As well I am working on a personal project to make my own Tardis shelving unit!  This will house my beads and my printer….and hopefully it will be bigger on the inside so I can make more room to create on the outside! lol   As well I am geeking out every month with my Nerd Block box and now my son had joined in the fun! I might even share or start putting up a contest or two in the future when things get rolling.  For now I will say goodbye….. and for those Canadian followers Happy Thanksgiving!

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I say FINALLY because I have been waiting to read this book for quite some time.  As what some might say a “recent” fan of Dr. Who and time travel interests in general this book has been twisting in my peripheral for quite some time.  (although I must say that if you really want to get into specifics time travel roms have always interested me and Gwyn Cready’s series is still one of my faves despite the connection to Pittsburgh…. hehehe….. sorry you can’t take the hockey completely out of me…. and as many know I am not a Pens fan) But wait…… I was talking about this amazing book by Rysa Walker called Timebound that I adored!  So without any more diversions here is what I thought and why I think you should all go and purchase this one immediately!!!

Timebound (the Chronos files book 1) by Rysa Walker

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Kate is your typical teenager trying to deal with normal girl things.

Boys.  Best Friends.  School.  Family.

Splitting her time between divorced parents homes and trying not to chose a side between them especially when her estranged grandmother comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse, Kate has no idea who to believe. When she is attacked on her way to school by a man who steals her backpack and the bizarre book her grandmother had given her a handsome stranger helps her out; but not without giving her a warning and a kiss that brought a vision of more.  When she gets back to her grandmother and the sanctuary of her home, things gets even more twisted in her life when her very existence is threatened.  She has no choice but to believe in what her grandmother and her assistant have told her….  That she carries a gene that allows her to travel through time when she goes to her school and witnesses for herself that she does not exist in the current timeline.  Meeting a guy that not only believes her when she spills her secrets but wants to help her is her bright light through dealing with the loss of her whole life as she knew it but when she must go back in time and stop a threat to her grandmother that will bring massive changes to the world as they know it she has to go it alone.  Headed back to Chicago and the Worlds Fair of 1893, Kate encounters many obstacles as she tries to stop not only a murder but catastrophic changes in reality that will change the world forever.  All while facing the reality that if she is successful she will lose the person that helped her through the worst days of her life.

I’m stopping from giving any more “spoilers” and saying please pick this one up for yourself.  Yes it is of the Y/A genre but it doesn’t read like a lot of those in that category. It is a captivating read that has me salivating for more.  Kate’s journey through this book is never boring and it moves at a very fast pace.  The poor girl is thrown so many curves in the span this, her first story, but she bats away almost every threat with the maturity of a woman who has lived many lives.  The fact that this is in itself true set aside.  Dealing with losing everyone she loved, the suspected betrayal of those who should embrace her, and the multiple realities that have her heart split between two guys who love her and are willing to sacrifice everything to save her is a lot for anyone but Kate pulls no punches.  She keeps kicking and fighting and I can’t wait to see where the future takes her…. or shall I say the past? The second book in the series

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Dark Beyond the Stars Anthology where space meets story…. Space opera at its finest; or so says the blurb, is a very diverse compilation of stories that delve into several ideals and ideologies of space life and travel. As with all anthologies there were some I enjoyed more than others. Waiting until the end for 2092 by Rysa Walker was hard to wait until the end for but very much worth it. Her glimpse into the Chronos world she writes so brilliantly was very emotional and moving as well as insightful. Dragonet by Sara Reine held me captive as her character realized what was really the motivation behind her enemy’s defence of their planet and what she did to help save the extinction of a race. Winner Takes All by Elle Casey was a fun escape that left this reader with a taste for more including finding out the basic rules for the game of givit and if we have a human version available to play. Animal Planet by Patrice Fitzgerald was another that captured my interest as it twisted the ideals of evolution of man after restarting life on a new planet.

There are 11 stories in all in this anthology which are followed by a brief interview of the author that not only gave their “background story” but in some cases were a funny and entertaining story in itself. I was very impressed by this novella compilation despite, if I am being quite honest, the fact that space opera’s or rather most books set in a futuristic world don’t always end up high on my TBR list. Yes there were favorites and they tended to be the ones that drew me in on more of an emotional basis but as a whole I was very much entertained by them all. Take a chance on this one. I am confident that readers of many genres will find it an entertaining read.

Here are a few of my personal favorite stories……

2092 by Rysa Walker

Chronoton readings on the planet XE7 that Mila had brought to the attention of the Voshti have them salivating about winning their war with the Lor. Her orders to initiate 20 areas of attack and hope that the people of this world can agree that the attacks were from out of their known world then deceive the inhabitants in this world into believing that they must join the Alliance and fight with them against the Lor. Taking a risk and going after the Chronoton herself is dangerous but when she finds a way to not only take the powerful tool with her but possibly change her own past, saving the one who still held her heart as well as her people from the wars that follow trusting in the right people will be the biggest risk of all.

Dragonet by Sara Reine

Aja Skytoucher was calculating the damage her carriage had already taken when one of the inhabitants of Drakor III attacked her ship. With only one other body on board to help her evade the massive talons of the dragon that hunted them down after their carriage had taken a massive hit she used what she could to both take out the enemy and to make the crash landing as safe as humanly possible. Following the wreckage of her attacker they find an amazing site just beyond. Realizing what must be done and accepting her fate for her choice Aja is nudged into seeing the truth by an unlikely body.

The Event by Automn Kalquist

A powerful novella that brings to light so many of humanities best and worst qualities. Life, death, love, destruction, hate, religion…. All lived by one that holds the fate of the handful of those left to rebuild a future on a new planet. A chance to try again or to put that hope aside and turn off the lights once and for all.

Animal Planet by Patrice Fitzgerald

Jane Blake wanted to volunteer to see the planet…. They needed females and she was female, who really cared that she was 72 and not in her 20’s. Headed to Endrosa and Fort Beta she was leaving behind her entire world.

At Fort Gamma Roark and Curtis found one of the animals that had taken over both Fort Alpha and Beta lumbering towards them. Ready to take it out they stopped when they noticed the recorder that had initially been attached to the first inhabitants on the furry creature. Capturing it they watch the recording of one of the early settlers and how she got separated from her group but as to what happened to her that allowed this creature to have her camera was still a problem to solve.

Protocol A235 by Theresa Kay

Beth is a part of the maintenance crew on their way along with thousands of humans towards Zenith…. One last ditch effort to save humankind. Waking to take her first 30 day stint she finds irregularities…. And what’s more, she finds put the truth behind Protocol A235 and what she must do to save what’s left of the human race.

Winner Takes All by Elle Casey

Langlade was all for a good game of givit and when a pretty young thing was offering up her V-card he had to get in on the deal. Putting up his ship against her offer didn’t harbour a second thought but when she pulled out a hand that next to nothing could beat he knew that he had jumped in water that was too deep.

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http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Beyond-Stars-Blair-Babylon/dp/1515308383/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439390503&sr=1-1&keywords=dark+beyond+the+stars

Blair C. Babylon (Author),

Annie Bellet (Author),

Elle Casey (Author),

Ann Christy (Author),

Patrice Fitzgerald (Author),

Autumn Kalquist (Author),

 

Theresa Kay (Author),

Susan Kaye Quinn (Author),

Sara Reine (Author),

Rysa Walker (Author),

 

Jennifer Foehner Wells (Author),

Julie E. Czerneda (Foreword)