Review: TWIST by Karen Akins

TwistTwist by Karen Akins

St. Martin’s Griffin ~ April 2015 ~ 5 Stars

Blurb: Bree Bennis finally has it all—a non-comatose mother, an uber-hot (albeit anachronistic) boyfriend named Finn, and a new-found mission to protect the timeline from those who would skew it for their own gain. But when she leans over one day to smooch said boyfriend, her lips meet those of her arch-nemesis Wyck instead. The timeline has been altered, and Bree is caught in the crosshairs. But when she goes back to repair the damage, she is stopped by none other than her Future Self, who delivers an urgent message: Someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past. It’s up to Bree to stop them. But first, she has to figure out who… and why.

Review: Twist is the second book in a series and picks up where the first novel, Loop ended. Bree Bennis seems to have everything she ever wanted, a super-hot boyfriend and a mom capable of looking after her. The “twist” in the plot is that Bree is a time traveler with the ability to help straighten things out when visitors attempt to change the events in their pasts which will not only affect their future, but also those around them. She feels this is her responsibility, but doesn’t quite understand that someone else has other plans until she kisses her boyfriend at the movies and he literally turns into a different person.

As if that isn’t strange enough, she finds herself kissing her arch-enemy, Wyck. The timeline twists and turns from one point to another. Then, she meets her future self and the puzzle of Life becomes even more confusing. While Bree struggles to discover the truth and learn just what is going on, so does the reader. This topsy-turvy world will enthrall and entrance those who want to help solve the mystery with the main character. Ms. Akins has a gift for developing characters and setting as well as an intricate plot.

While time-traveling may seem far-fetched, Bree faces universal problems. Can she trust Finn or will he fall for the next sexy shifter who comes his way? Is Wyck totally evil or can he be redeemed? Is fellow shifter, Jafney a friend, or a real slut who chases both guys? Bree needs to cope with her own troubled emotions and just when she thinks she has a handle on it, she learns her mother is addicted to medicines from the past and uses her own shifter abilities to obtain them.

This is an addictive read in its own right. Compelling characters, fabulous descriptions and a story that kept me up all night, Twist can be read on its own. It leaves the reader longing for more of Bree and Finn which means finding a copy of Loop. These books are supposed to be a duology, but hopefully Ms. Akins will change her mind and let us in on what happens next with Bree and Finn.

This review was provided by Shannon Kennedy for her column Shannon’s Space in the May 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.

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