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Loop by Karen Akins Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway

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 think the aspect of time travel is extremely cool to watch or read about, something that made me that much more excited to read Loop. While I didn't love it as much as I hoped to, it was still an enjoyable, quick read! 

The way that time travel was explained throughout Loop was slightly confusing to me and I struggled to grasp certain aspects of it. I rarely read science fiction, though, so someone who reads more of it may be able to better understand the workings of time travel as it's explained in this novel. I was hoping for the time travel element to be more fun than it was, but the serious tone made sense with the story-lines throughout the rest of the novel.

The characters were mostly mediocre to me. A few of the side characters, such as Bree's best friend and Charlie, were more interesting to read about, but they didn't play a huge role in the story. Bree, while likable enough, wasn't my favorite. I also couldn't decide whether or not I liked Finn. The situation surrounding their relationship is definitely confusing (as you can probably tell from the summary). Finn seemed sweet at times, but came across as annoying at other moments in the novel. I'm still not entirely sure where I stand in regards to him, but he definitely had some very noble qualities, along with the not-so-great ones.

The mystery throughout the novel is interesting and although a few of the twists weren't too hard to guess, I still enjoyed the overall storyline. Along with the main mystery, there's a humorous one that is mentioned throughout the novel. It was fun to read about how Finn and Bree worked together to try to figure out the answers to both mysteries.

I wasn't aware that Loop had a sequel while I was reading it, but I'm happy it does. I'm curious to see what will happen next and overall, Loop was still a fun read. I'd give it 3 out of 5 flowers.

Thank you so much St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! :) They have also generously provided a copy of Loop for giveaway to any US winner. The giveaway is below:

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  1. Sorry you didn't like the characters more in this. It is really hard to connect to a story when you can't connect or even like the characters.

  2. I usually have that problem with time travel books and even though I like the idea at the end I usually get confused with the explanation of it. So I totally understand you. Great review :)


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