In Review: Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins

Posted March 14, 2015 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Loop (Loop #1) by Karen AkinsLoop by Karen Akins
Series: Loop #1
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: eARC, 336 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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. 

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in review my thoughts

This is one of those books that I nearly didn’t read because it got stuck in my ARC backlog. I’ve been picking up fewer and fewer young adult titles, but I remember I loved the idea of it when I first requested it. I just wasn’t sure I was still all that interested. Before I decided not to read it, I checked out Goodreads and saw some incredible reviews from bloggers whose opinions I trust, so I decided to read it. And boy am I glad I did! It was a fantastic read – one of my favorite YA titles in 2015 so far.

Loop caught my attention right from the get-go. I loved the concept and the world-building was excellent. But more that that? The characters? LOVED. Bree was funny and awkward and super likable. Finn was super swoony and I loved him and Bree together. Even the secondary characters were wonderful. I loved the underlying mystery and just how easy the concept of time travel was to grasp in this book. It’s not always. More often that not while reading time travel books, I find myself scratching my head and wondering “huh?” than enjoying the story. That definitely wasn’t the case here.

Oh, and future DC? It’s awesome. I particularly love the idea of The Pentagon as an amusement park. It was the little details like this that made this book so fantastic to me. That’s about all I’m going to tell you about this one. You really need to just read it and enjoy it for yourself. It’s the perfect book to get lost in. I’m incredibly excited to read the sequel soon!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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About Karen Akins

Karen Akins writes humorous, light sci-fi for young adults and the young in spirit. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.

Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.

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One response to “In Review: Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins

  1. This book, and the sequel, are so fantastic! I’m glad you didn’t pass it by, and hopefully you can pick up book 2 soon. It did such a nice job at wrapping up the story.