Book Review #159 – Opposite of Always

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 449 Pages
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Synopsis:
Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . .

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

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Graphic Novel Review #7 – Zojaqan: The Complete Series

Zojaqan: The Complete Series by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Adrian F. Wassel (Editor), Damian A. Wassel (Editor), Nathan C. Gooden (Artist), Vittorio Astone (Artist) 
Rating: 2 Stars
Series: Zojaqan
Length: 160 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis:
A grieving mother wakes in a brutal but fantastic landscape, where the currents of time pull her into the future, lurching forward days, years, and millennia. Her name is Shannon Kind, and her life in our world has vanished without warning. Perhaps she can find peace in her new home. Perhaps she can shape Zojaqan into a better world. But first, she must survive.

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Arrow Review #91 – The Eternal War

The Eternal War by Alex Scarrow
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Rating: 4/5 Stars
Series: TimeRiders, #4
Length: 448 Pages
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Synopsis:
A time wave has struck that alters the entire history of the American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln has followed Liam into the present from 1831and now the world is in a dangerous state of limbo…

If the TimeRiders can’t return Lincoln to the past, the Civil War will never end. Can Maddy persuade two colonels on either side of no man’s land to cease fire long enough to save the future?

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Arrow Review #79 – The Doomsday Code

The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow
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Rating: 4/5 Stars
Series: TimeRiders, #3
Length: 438 Pages
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Synopsis:
In 1993 British computer hacker Adam Lewis finds his name in a coded manuscript that is almost one thousand years old. How did Adam’s name get in there… and why?

Confronted by Adam in 2001, the TimeRiders travel back to Sherwood Forest in 1193 to discover the origins of the ancient message. But when a strange hooded man appears interested in the same thing, they begin to wonder what terrible threat this cryptic link from the past holds for the future…

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Arrow Review #54 – The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Girl with the Red Balloon By Katherine Locke
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Thank You Albert Whitman & Company & NetGalley for giving a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Series: The Balloonmakers, #1, Standalone
Length: 288 Pages
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Synopsis:
When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.

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Arrow Review #25 – Day of the Predator

Day of the Predator By Alex Scarrow
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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Series: TimeRiders, #2
Length: 405 Pages
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Synopsis:
Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.

But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no-one knows exists. Its purpose—to prevent time travel destroying history . . .

When Maddy mistakenly opens a time window where and when she shouldn’t have, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years ago in the hunting ground of a deadly—and until now—undiscovered species of predator.

Can Liam make contact with Maddy and Sal before he’s torn to pieces by dinosaurs—and without endangering history so much that the world is overtaken by a terrifying new reality?

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Arrow Review #3 – TimeRiders

TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow
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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Series: TimeRiders, #1
Length: 425 Pages
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Synopsis:

Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand …’But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose—to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That’s why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world..

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