Sunday, May 31, 2015

Book Review: The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: The Edge of Forever
Author: Melissa E. Hurst
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Pages: Paperback; 256
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Source: FFBC Blog Tours / Publisher
Content Screening: Nothing of note

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Fans of time travel, and sliding door type stories.

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In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

I honestly don't know how you can go wrong with a time-travel story. It doesn't matter how many times I read books like The Edge of Forever, I'm always so intrigued! What if you could go back and change the past? What if you had the power to save people, and stop bad things from happening? It's fascinating, and Melissa E. Hurst's take on this was no exception.

Told in the from the alternating perspectives of Alora and Bridger, this story picks up right away. Bridger lives in 2146, a time when the ability to travel through time has become a reality. Alora lives in 2013, our present day world. So what happens to make these two come together? Well, you'll have to read to find out. Suffice it to say that these two characters were extremely well done. I liked both their points of view. Bridger's rule following meshed beautifully with Alora's more rule-breaker mentality. I felt like they were rather realistic teenagers. I also love their interactions with one another. This story isn't too romance heavy, or too action heavy, it walks that slim line between the two.

Which brings me to the overall plot. The Edge of Forever is perfectly paced. From the moment I picked this up, there wasn't a part that felt slow. Hurst slowly unravels the story that surrounds her two characters, and brings in important points from each of their current worlds. The one point that I couldn't fully get behind was the world-building here. I wanted so much to immerse myself in Bridger's world. I wanted to see the future. Everything else fell into place, but I never felt like I knew where he was coming from. Hopefully there's more to come?

So, for a solid character build up and expert plotting, I'll happily give this book a four star rating. If you're a fan of time travel stories, this is one to add to your list! It's a quick, and enjoyable read. Well worth your time.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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