Time to get SYNCHRONIC–A Review

Hi there! Not sure how clear I have been about my love for time travel romance–I discovered Diana Gabaldon, wow, must be seven years ago–yes it’s not that long considering she’d been published for more than twenty–and her Outlander series pretty much changed my life, at the time. I’d been depressed and isolated in a community far from my family due to work. My childhood love of fiction was supplanted by work and mothering constraints. In those days, reading fiction had become only what I did with my kids. I truly hadn’t read an adult novel in years.

Then Outlander smashed me over the head and I could breathe in a way I hadn’t since, probably, motherhood. I devoured the series, among other time-travel based stories and came alive within my own skin. So, I continue to explore the genre of time travel fiction–even if romance isn’t always part of the story.

Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time TravelToday’s book has a bit of everything, because it’s a time travel anthology. Thirteen (short) stories written by amazing authors in their own right–all working time travel into their stories. Some are longer–nearing novella length–others not quite so long.

Some are written in colloquial speech, others are futuristic. The variety is refreshing, and the science-y aspect varies as well.

This is what I love about anthologies: a quick read. If I don’t like one story I can get through it quick, or breeze over it for another. I haven’t had the need to breeze while reading this one, however.

I’m going to give some highlights of the first few stories, just to give you a “taste” of what you will find if you dive in. Rest assured that the book is excellently crafted throughout. The stories stand on their own, and are perfect for a “snack” or lunchtime read. Not sure how all of you fare in the summer, but my kids are sometimes even more active–what with camps and sleepovers and extra activities, so I have to squeeze in my reads around that kooky schedule. Reading short works gets me my fiction fix.

My Review:

I’m not a huge sci-fi reader, but I love a well-told story. In this short-story collection I found a huge spread from heavy sci-fi to quirky romance.

Bunker’s THE SANTA ANNA GOLD just sucked me in. The funniest thing is, I usually hate tales when I can’t trust the narrator, and yet, I was completely entranced.

Quinn’s CORRECTIONS, featuring a time-traveling therapist for death row convicts, had great twists. I almost felt like I was watching an episode of Quantum Leap.

Peralta’s HEREAFTER honestly brought tears to my eyes. Such a tender, heartbreakingly romantic story of a love that transcends time.

Tozzi’s REENTRY WINDOW was a chilling sci-fi adventure of Mars exploration. Ugh! I just wanted to scream, wishing I could change astronaut Brett Lockwood’s fate.

Cole’s SWIMMING POOL OF THE UNIVERSE dealt with PTSD in a future world where life goes on. I think we all got a bit of Sgt. Collins in us.

I could go on, but I’m going to go back to reading instead. Catch you on the flip-side….

Interested? You can find SYNCHRONIC on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thanks for popping in and keep reading my friends!


WAITING FOR DUSK–Review and Giveaway

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Welcome to my stop on the Waiting For Dusk blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

waiting for duskWaiting for Dusk

A time-travel YA novel
by Nancy Pennick
Available now!

Summary from Goodreads:
Read a book.
Fall asleep.
Meet a boy.
Is it real or just a dream?
Katie’s everyday life suddenly turns exciting when she travels back in time and meets the boy of her dreams. Thinking of nothing else, willing to leave the real world behind, she’s determined to find out if it’s all a dream or not. Returning again and again, Katie almost has her answers until one day her precious book goes missing.

My review:

Katie’s bored with her boring summer. All her friends are gone and she’s stuck at boring home with her mom every boring day. Until…

She gets a book.

A magic book that time-travels her from Oberlin, Ohio, Today to El Tovar, a lodge on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon in 1927. There Kate meets many fantastic new friends…and Drew, a boy she can’t forget.

Each night when Katie reads the book and visits her new exciting world, she falls more in love with that life. With confidantes on both side of the timescape, Kate tries to exist in both places. Of course, problems in today’s world creep in. Tyson, her long-time friend wants to become her boyfriend, but Katie can’t forget Drew. Her father thwarts Katie’s attempts to reconnect with her past-time friends and love leading to a couple blow-ups and Katie being deceitful in order to sneak back in time.

When Katie learns of Drew’s mysterious disappearance, she enlists the help of an unlikely partner to save Drew from certain death.

So. Did I like the story? It’s a bit rough grammar-wise and had some logic issues, but I like the premise. Having devoured the works of Gabaldon and Moning, I’m well-schooled in time-travel romance. This is a YA dealie, so no hot-n-heavy scenes. Most of the time I felt Katie was a bit immature. Dialogue sometimes didn’t connect for me. It was a fun exercise in fantasy, nonetheless. If the stalker hadn’t been present, I’d recommend it for upper MG readers.

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About the Author

nancy pennickBorn and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and their college-age son, plus a delightfully entertaining lovebird. She secretly wrote short stories as a child, typed them up and put them in a drawer. She’d give anything to see those stories one more time. Her writing is influenced by all the years of working with young people as a teacher and raising her own son. When not writing, Nancy loves to travel with her husband and enjoys a good cup of tea.

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