Blog Tour: The Edge of Forever

5.29.2015

The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst
Expected Publication: June 2nd, 2015 by Sky Pony Press
Source: Edelweiss
* I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affected my opinion.

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.


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In The Edge of Forever, we watch as Bridger, having lost his father recently, discovers that his father was doing something illegal and off-the-books and Bridger must now continue it. In a completely different world, Alora is dealing with your typical high school troubles - friends you're not really sure are friends, trouble in her history class, and, you know, a lot of blacking out.
The great thing about The Edge of Forever is that even though it's a time travel novel, it didn't leave my head spinning and aching. Too often, books involving time travel get bogged down with all the scientific stuff that jut ends up hurting my brain because none of it makes any sense. That's definitely not a problem here, and the time travel isn't dumbed down so far that it's too simplistic. It wasn't quite the perfect balance, but it was satisfying enough.

The entire time, I was really anticipating where the story would go. Bridger was supposed to prevent her death - but how was she supposed to die? Why was she blacking out? Was she in the wrong timeline? How was Bridger going to save her? What was his father even doing when he died? It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, and the stakes were high. Really high. Thankfully, most of my questions were answered, though I ended up with a lot more by the time it was over. 

Like most books these days, there's not a whole lot happening in first 70% or so of the novel, and then it goes from 0 to 60 in just a few pages. The end is pretty intense, when we finally come face-to-face with Alora's killer and finally get some answers. And some plot twists! I can honestly say that most of it was not predictable, at least for me. 

While the plot was definitely the highlight - a little simplistic but never overloaded with unnecessary things - there were, of course, things I didn't enjoy nearly as much. The Edge of Forever is a dual POV novel, and I found that there was no difference between Alora and Bridger's narration. As characters, they both fell pretty flat for me. I was very invested in the story, but neither of the characters. Probably because they didn't really appear to have hobbies or live outside the story. Alora and Bridger both have a friend or two, but these friendships don't play a very large part in the story at all.

The romance between the two of them was . . . interesting. I didn't really believe in it or see the chemistry between them, but it was a nice break from the all-consuming love that we so often see. And it definitely was not there to overshadow the plot and everything else The Edge of Forever had going for it. I think it's a pretty sweet and innocent start to a relationship that will likely develop more in the sequel.

In addition, Alora does have a relationship with her Aunt Grace, the woman who has essentially been raising her all her life. I found Grace to be a nice addition, because she was a parental figure, so were weren't suffering from the absentee parents that many YA novels suffer from. Grace isn't a totally suffocating guardian, but she doesn't let Alora go off and do whatever she likes in secret at all hours of the day.

Overall: For me, the intrigue and the unknown were definitely the highlights of The Edge of Forever. It's not a very complex sci-fi novel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Though the characters fell incredibly flat for me and I wasn't entirely fond of the clipped writing style, I really enjoyed the premise and the action-packed last 30% or so! There were plot twists abound. 3 stars.

 About the author


Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching Star Trek and Firefly as research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate. THE EDGE OF FOREVER is her debut novel. Find her website here!


http://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2015/05/tour-schedule-edge-of-forever-by.html
Click above to follow the tour!  

And now, for the giveaway! 

Melissa's got a super awesome giveaway going on for the tour! I've seen a lot of you hunting in the #booksfortrade tag for some of these ARCs, so go forth! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


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5.29.2015

Blog Tour: The Edge of Forever


The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst
Expected Publication: June 2nd, 2015 by Sky Pony Press
Source: Edelweiss
* I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affected my opinion.

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.


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In The Edge of Forever, we watch as Bridger, having lost his father recently, discovers that his father was doing something illegal and off-the-books and Bridger must now continue it. In a completely different world, Alora is dealing with your typical high school troubles - friends you're not really sure are friends, trouble in her history class, and, you know, a lot of blacking out.
The great thing about The Edge of Forever is that even though it's a time travel novel, it didn't leave my head spinning and aching. Too often, books involving time travel get bogged down with all the scientific stuff that jut ends up hurting my brain because none of it makes any sense. That's definitely not a problem here, and the time travel isn't dumbed down so far that it's too simplistic. It wasn't quite the perfect balance, but it was satisfying enough.

The entire time, I was really anticipating where the story would go. Bridger was supposed to prevent her death - but how was she supposed to die? Why was she blacking out? Was she in the wrong timeline? How was Bridger going to save her? What was his father even doing when he died? It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, and the stakes were high. Really high. Thankfully, most of my questions were answered, though I ended up with a lot more by the time it was over. 

Like most books these days, there's not a whole lot happening in first 70% or so of the novel, and then it goes from 0 to 60 in just a few pages. The end is pretty intense, when we finally come face-to-face with Alora's killer and finally get some answers. And some plot twists! I can honestly say that most of it was not predictable, at least for me. 

While the plot was definitely the highlight - a little simplistic but never overloaded with unnecessary things - there were, of course, things I didn't enjoy nearly as much. The Edge of Forever is a dual POV novel, and I found that there was no difference between Alora and Bridger's narration. As characters, they both fell pretty flat for me. I was very invested in the story, but neither of the characters. Probably because they didn't really appear to have hobbies or live outside the story. Alora and Bridger both have a friend or two, but these friendships don't play a very large part in the story at all.

The romance between the two of them was . . . interesting. I didn't really believe in it or see the chemistry between them, but it was a nice break from the all-consuming love that we so often see. And it definitely was not there to overshadow the plot and everything else The Edge of Forever had going for it. I think it's a pretty sweet and innocent start to a relationship that will likely develop more in the sequel.

In addition, Alora does have a relationship with her Aunt Grace, the woman who has essentially been raising her all her life. I found Grace to be a nice addition, because she was a parental figure, so were weren't suffering from the absentee parents that many YA novels suffer from. Grace isn't a totally suffocating guardian, but she doesn't let Alora go off and do whatever she likes in secret at all hours of the day.

Overall: For me, the intrigue and the unknown were definitely the highlights of The Edge of Forever. It's not a very complex sci-fi novel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Though the characters fell incredibly flat for me and I wasn't entirely fond of the clipped writing style, I really enjoyed the premise and the action-packed last 30% or so! There were plot twists abound. 3 stars.

 About the author


Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching Star Trek and Firefly as research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate. THE EDGE OF FOREVER is her debut novel. Find her website here!


http://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2015/05/tour-schedule-edge-of-forever-by.html
Click above to follow the tour!  

And now, for the giveaway! 

Melissa's got a super awesome giveaway going on for the tour! I've seen a lot of you hunting in the #booksfortrade tag for some of these ARCs, so go forth! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


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