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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. by PK Hrezo


Publication date: November, 2013
Pages: 267
Genre: NA Time Travel Adventure Romance
Source: Received Review Copy as a part of Blog Tour by CBB Book Promotions 

                      Synopsis

It’s the year 2069 and even though eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman is heir to the family biz, she may never see the day her time-craft license becomes official. When a government agent starts nosing around the operation, Butterman Travel, Inc. gets stuck with a full audit—part of a government take-over scheme to shut down all private time travel agencies. Enter former boy band superstar, Tristan Helms, desperate to retrieve a lost item from his past and willing to pay triple fare for a time-trip to get there, and Bianca has to find a way to complete the job and return home before the government gets wind and shuts down the family biz for good. 

Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated; a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. We’re a family owned and operated business with one hundred years of experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.


Anxious to attend some special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds? 

You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply

Use our Web conferencing to contact our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, who will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.

We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18633268-butterman-time-travel-inc

My Thoughts

The other time travel story that I read before this one was My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris(review) and I loved it, in fact I am always fascinated by the idea of time travelling and making changes in past so when I saw the chance to read another book in this genre I jumped to the offer and grabbed it. But then life happened! and I was not able to finish it on time for my tour stop (sorry). You can follow the whole tour here


This book is set in the future year 2069 where time travel has been commercialized (I so wish that this happens) with only five private companies and other government run facilities. And as we know government today it is same in 2069 which is trying to find a glitch in functioning of the company run by Butterman's- using there very own technology, to shut them down.

Time travel is the luxury that can only be afforded by upper rich society and Tristan Helms is just that, a super rich once a sensational tween band singer now a recovering drug addict teenager. With his career in drains Tristan hangs his last glimmer of hopes for his career on the only song which he wrote last summer and is now determined to get it back.
Bianca Butterman handles all the desk work for her parents company and is only one solo test trip away from receiving her time traveler pilot license. So when Tristan comes with a very enticing offer involving lot of money and a request for her to be his pilot/tour guide to take him ASAP to 2068 New York, Bianca can't just bring herself to say no and convinces her parents too, even though their company is currently under scrutiny by the horrifying govt. Agent Garth. 
But when they reach NY 2068 things spiral out of control with rules been broken and the future of her family business in grave DANGER!!! In order to avoid all this she goes back into past (and not near past they reach way back in past), into the era of amazing music which music lovers will love to read about. And this the time where Tristan gets to live his dream and gets Bianca (a control freak) to loosen up. 

Both the characters Bianca Butterman and Tristan Helms are very well rounded and relate-able. While Bianca is a control freak, always worrying and thinking about the consequences; Tristan is the Golden Boy with a easy going nature and likes to live in the present. Both the characters complement each other.Bianca loves time traveling, so she is always all about rules as she do not want her company to shut down, here is when Tristan makes her realize the importance of living in the moment once in a while. And Tristan loves singing but has zero confidence in his self post rehab so on this trip to past their surrounding and Bianca help him realize that he has that amazing talent inside him and he can create that magic again.

I really enjoyed this book, it is fast paced with not even a single dull moment and keeps the readers mind amazingly engaged, keeping you guessing what happens next. I can safely say that now I have one more name in my favorite authors list and I am definitely looking forward to what more this author has to offer. :)

Overall all if you like reading time travelling stuff and some amazing music combined with the cat and dog chase between Bianca and Agent Garth and well some science too, sprinkled with smoothly gliding plot. 

I give this stupendous book 5 out of 5.


About the Author: 
PK Hrezo is a native Floridian whose life could easily be a Jimmy Buffet song. She shares her home with her firefighter husband and their two children. When not creating characters and their worlds, PK can be found at her other job of rearranging passenger’s itineraries for a major international airline. The only hobbies she loves more than traveling, are reading, writing, and music, and when the four are combined she exists in total bliss.
She blogs regularly at PK HREZO: Fearless Fiction 


Buy Links: Amazon Kindle  | B&N 


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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review: Clan by Realm Lovejoy

Publication Date: 12th November 2013
Pages: 350
Source: Received review copy.

Synopsis

Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. 
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, 
even as the zombie-like Frags threaten to overrun them 
on an unforgiving planet. 

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) 
was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. 
But he did. Illegally. 
He is different from the other Clans. 

A secret that could destroy him.


Book Trailer



My Thoughts

I loved it! Really Enjoyed it!!!

Never read a sci-fi before as I always thought that they are not my cup of tea with all those confusing and mind numbing scientific references. But this year I decided to give chance to every genre so when I spotted a chance to do so after reading the blurb I instantly requested to be part of this review tour. I loved that trailer and what intrigued me most was the idea of a whole community made up of exactly same looking people. 

*SPOILER ALERT* This story follows Twain a.k.a 1672 (as people in his world addressed him) and the fellow clans he come across. He lives on a planet Clades and people on that planet are known as clans who are exact copies. The most interesting part about this planet is that a human (scientist) created a whole civilization of clones who were the same exact copy of him. He raised them as a part of an earth project to divert the harmful space virus from entering Earth. 
All Clans were exactly same, photocopies of a single human Father Krume, no woman only clones- men each known with there unique ID number and had a boring monotonous routine. Twain was different and there is no place for difference on Clades but he is given a chance to live. On his first day out in society he meets the rebellious Buster and a bully Chad. And the following days are filled with deathly adventures and many eye-popping revelations and many myths are broken.
*SPOILER END*

This nail biting read has amazing twist and turns which kept me hooked-up till the end. The situation felt almost real and has awesome and nicely sketched characters. 
The plot is filled with so many unpredictable surprises that after 50% book I stopped the guessing game and kept my eyes glued to look for the next bomb in the plot.

Twain is a frail (physically) clan with a really strong heart, his curious mind led him to various eye opening and life threatening facts.
Buster is a rebellious kind who break many rules but with a kind heart who loved his friends and can do anything for them. He was like 'Robin Hood' for the needy and helpless. I liked him a lot for his blunt nature.
Chad was a soft heart with hard exterior. Initially a bully who didn't liked Twain and Buster who eventually became the most amazing friend and loved Tawin.

Overall amazing read with stupendous suspense and equally awesome thrill ride sprinkled with a little tinge of emotions. The only down point I felt was that Chad and Buster had a little lacking back story.

I give this fantabulous book 4.5 out of 5.


About Author

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at:


  
  


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