Screwing Up Time (Screwing Up Time #1) by C.M. Keller (Review by Shelley C. – #NerdGirlRed)

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Title: Screwing Up Time (Screwing Up Time #1)

Author: C.M. Keller

Published Date: July 12th 2011

Genre:  YA


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Mark Montgomery is a slacker content with his life. He’s a senior at New Haven Prep, has a great friend, and after graduation he’ll get a brand new sports car from his parents, assuming he stays out of trouble. Then, she comes into his life—Miranda with her I-just-escaped-from-a-Renaissance-Fair clothing. Only, she hasn’t. She has come from Bodiam Castle in the Middle Ages and demands a secret ingredient and a book of recipes for traveling through the treacherous colors of time. Although Mark has never even heard of either before, he must find them, or Miranda will die. To save her, Mark must break into a psych hospital to visit his grandfather who once tried to kill him, pass through the colors of time, take on a medieval alchemist, prevent Miranda’s marriage to a two-timing baron, and keep it all hidden from his parents. The sports car is definitely in trouble.

SCREWING UP TIME, told from Mark’s point of view, is an 85k-word novel for young adults. An author interview is included with the book.

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***Shelley – C – #NerdGirlRed’s  Review***
Screwing up Time has a great YA feel. The time traveling is superbly described, in my opinion. I felt as though I understood exactly how a traveler might feel (although the best description is towards the end of the book). The characters are all well-developed but their stories aren’t thrown in the face of the reader. Instead aspects of their characters are slowly revealed and I think the author did a great job in the timing of the glimpses we get. The mysteries had me on edge trying to figure them out before finding out through reading further. I was slightly frustrated that the first third of the book seemed to be a little slow but it really picked up. It was such a great experience, I kept thinking of the movie Timeline but for kids. I definitely would recommend this for middle school and up.


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