Book Review-Time’s Twisted Arrow by Rysa Walker

12/28/2012 2 Comments

The genre this book falls under is young adult with a sci-fi, historical flair to it. However, it can be enjoyed by adults as well. There is no doubt about that. I’m an adult, although I don’t feel like one, and I totally got into this book.

I give this book five stars *****

Seventeen-year-old Kate is the main character in this imaginative tale. When Kate’s grandmother tells her she has inherited designer DNA from the time-traveling historians of CHRONOS (Chrono-Historical Research Organization and Natural Observation Society), Kate is taken aback by this information. However, she can’t deny how she can see a blaring blue light cast by an odd looking medallion her grandmother carries with her. Nobody can see its brilliance, but Kate and the people who carry this gene. And when Kate holds it, she can feel an intense pulse of energy.
Kate’s grandmother was born in 2282, and she’s a historian who used to work for CHRONOS. When she worked for them, she specialized in women’s political movements and would travel to the sites where history was being made. The key or medallion is a portable unit that allowed Kate’s grandmother and other people who worked for CHRONOS to return to headquarters when their research was complete. Because Kate has the gene, it gives her the ability to activate the medallion, and she can set the coordinates to where she wants to be transported to.

Each continent has a certain number of destination points, which are called stable points, where you can transport to, like for example a barn in Chicago. Kate’s grandfather Saul had sabotaged CHRONOS for his own personal agenda, which stranded the teams at their various locations. Kate’s grandmother was stranded in 1969, and unbeknownst to Saul, she was pregnant with twins. One of the twins was Kate’s mother. But the kicker is this, Katherine (grandmother) was murdered at the age of twenty-two on a research trip, which means she never gave birth, and therefore Kate doesn’t exist. Of course she does because of the medallion. But one night, a rogue time-traveler takes it from her grandmother, and she blinks out of existence. Now it’s up to Kate to go back to 1893 and restore the time line.

It seems like a piece-of-cake, right? Go back in time, change a few things, and jump back to your time line. It’s not though. Kate’s grandfather Saul has people working for him. His objective is to change the world by tweaking history and becoming its leader through a religious group he invented called Cyrist. He fashions himself as a Messiah, making predictions that obviously come true because he knows about them ahead of time, and the people working for him aims to thwart Kate’s plans in saving her grandmother’s life.

And then there’s Kiernan. He’s not only good-looking, but Kate’s ally and somebody she had a love affair with when she was in a different time line but doesn’t remember it. Kiernan remembers, though, and does what he can to help her.

Now throw Trey into the mix. Trey is another hot guy Kate falls in love with, and he knows about her lot in life. She meets him after a temporal aberration in the time line occurs, where now her mom doesn’t exist, and her dad doesn’t know her.

I have to say this story is a mind *BLEEP*. It reminds me of the movie The Butterfly Effect. I think Rysa is brilliant for creating a tale that makes you wonder if there’s some truth to this.

Are there time-travelers that can alter the time line to bend history a bit?

Who the *BLEEP* knows?

This is the first book in a series, and I can’t wait to read the second one. I definitely recommend this book, and I have to say, this story would make a cool movie.


  1. I've heard of this book, and while I thought it was cool, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read, hearing how much you liked it though, I think I should give it a go myself! I mean, who wouldn't love to be able to travel in time? That would be pretty cool! But maybe a little scary...!

    Catherine :)
    The Book Parade

  2. It is a good book. I normally don't read books like this, but I really enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to the next one. You should definitely check it. :)