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Kate thinks her grandmother must be senile when she gives her a glowing medallion and starts talking about time travel. If only it were that easy because what her grandmother was telling her hits home when a murder in the past drastically changes Kate's present. The medallion is the only thing that's keeping Kate tethered to reality. Kate learns that this murder at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair is the beginning of a sinister plot to rewrite world history and that she is one of the few who can prevent this wrong timeline from taking its course with her genetic ability to time travel. Correcting the timeline will come at a personal cost because the one person she's grown close to since the timeline has been altered will have no memory her.
Timebound by Rysa Walker ranks as one of my favorite new time travel books! To begin, our cast is well-developed including minor supporting characters. Kate is a character I felt I could relate to considering everything she goes through. Trey is fun character and I enjoyed seeing where his character was going to go next. Although Connor is a supporting character, he really stole the show for me and I was looking forward to his page time. There is also a bit of a love triangle here and fortunately it's done well. Instead of making me groan and roll my eyes I was dying to know more.
The concept of time travel in this novel is also pretty fantastic. I don't want to spoil too much of how it works, but as you probably guessed it involves the medallion I mentioned above.
Some time travel novels can get super bogged down by all the technical and historical details, but luckily this novel balances everything well and doesn't overwhelm the reader by keeping things moving. I loved all of the historical detail that we get to see, from the women's rights movement, the Chicago World's Fair, to Woodstock.
I can't do this novel justice in my review, but it was a lot of fun and it had everything I could have wanted. I'm can't wait to read the sequel, Time's Edge!
I read this novel from August 20 - September 9, 2015 and my review is also on Goodreads.