LOOP Review + Kiss, Marry, Kill with Author Karen Akins

Hello everyone,
I am so excited to be part of the Loop blog tour with St. Martin's Press. After reading the synopsis of Loop a few months ago, I knew it was going to be a fun read and I was right. Loop comes out tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 20th) and I hope you guys pick it up because it's such a fun, entertaining read.

Read on for my thoughts about Loop and check out our fun game of Kiss, Marry, Kill with author Karen Akins.

Format: e-ARC
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 336 pages
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.

You guys, I have to admit when I first saw the cover of Loop, I was skeptical. It did grow on me but I'm not a fan of the cover. The thing that did sold me on this novel was the synopsis. I knew Loop was my kind of book--already Bree's sass and feisty-ness shines through the synopsis. I had a feeling I was going to have so much fun reading it and I was right! I'm giving Loop
Loop was such a fresh breath of air after all of the adult books I've been reading lately. I loved Bree's character. She's independent, witty, funny and can take care of herself. She had the best lines, like "you smell like a wad of yummy wrapped in a layer of delicious" and "I didn't give a mouse's left butt cheek either way" and a bunch more. There were also a lot of hilarious moments and banter throughout the novel that kept me amused and entertained.

The time travel concept in this novel was really well-thought out. I was a little confused about all the "rules" of time traveling in the beginning and things got too twisty and confusing in the last few chapters. There were a lot of government rules, new technology, terminology, and slang in Bree's 23rd century and I kind of had a hard time trying to get all the facts straight to get a clear picture in my mind, hence the one less star. But after a while, I stopped trying and just went with it, confusion and all.

With a couple kissing on the cover, you know there's going to be a strong romance. Bree and Finn were so adorable and sweet--I loved the playfulness of their relationship. I loved that Bree met Finn when he was an awkward, gangly kid and he thought she was a crazy lunatic. The two of them basically bantered and bickered throughout the novel and I ate it all up. I love book couples who banter! I've added Finn on my list of favorite YA love interests. He was such a sweet, good guy with a sense of humor and a protective nature. He had some fantastic lines too.

The plot had many twists and turns and you don't know where the story was going to go and I really enjoyed the unpredictability of it. It was engaging going along with Bree and Finn as they found clues and tried to unravel the mystery. Loop is author Karen Akins' debut novel and I detected no debut novel awkwardness.

Loop is a good example of not judging books by their covers because I had a blast reading Loop. It was the perfect mix of time travel, romance and mystery. I think Loop is a good book to read to get out of a reading slump because it was light and fun, but at the same time it also had substance and heart. If you like books by Rachel Hawkins, Kristin Walker or Stacey Kade, Loop has that similar humorous tone as their novels. I recommend Loop--add it to your wish list or pick it up at your favorite library or bookstore tomorrow!

I took a Buzzfeed Kiss, Marry, Kill celebrity quiz one night--you know, you're given three choices and you have to decide which one you'll kiss, marry and kill--and I thought it'd be fun to ask author Karen Akins some Kiss, Marry, Kill questions characters-style. Here we go...

Author Karen Akins
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today to celebrate the release of Loop!

When I saw this particular post topic, I literally started squealing. And so I give, Kiss-Marry-Kill…Karen Akins edition.

Up first, Mr. Crawford from Mansfield Park, Mr. Collins from Pride & Prejudice, and Mr. Willoughby from Sense & Sensibility. I should preface this by letting you know that I am a HUGE Austen fan, so my logic might be a little wobbly, but go with me.

Kill—Mr. Collins. Kill him with fire. (Enough said.)

Kiss—Mr. Willoughby. To be honest, this one was the toughest of all the matchings because based on my feelings, I could flip a coin between Willoughby and Crawford, but if I married Willoughby, that would prevent me from marrying Colonel Brandon, who ties with Mr. Darcy as my favorite Austenian leading man. I love how he loves Marianne with this gentle, steady, patient, and ultimately redeeming love.

Marry—Mr. Crawford. Ugh. Stuck with that gorgeous rake.

Next up, Edward Cullen, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson.

Kill—Percy Jackson. Could have used that immortality now, couldn’t ya, Percy?

Kiss—Edward Cullen. He definitely was out of the Kill category because popping his head off? Ick. Also, I’m kind of curious what it would be like to smooch an animated ice cube. Although, I suppose I did just choose the most dangerous option since he might not be able to control himself around my incredibly alluring freesia-like scent.

Marry—Harry Potter. What's not to marry? Loyal, loves kids, could do the dishes with a swish of his wand. Plus, he got rid of that nasty sliver of Voldemort's soul that was clinging to him.

And finally, the Joker, Lex Luthor, and Magneto.

Kill—the Joker. He’s just pure, demented evil. Brilliantly played by several actors, but yeah. Evil.

Kiss—Magneto. Umm, I’m sorry. Have you seen Michael Fassbender?

Marry—Lex Luthor. Yeah, he’s still on the evil side, but at least you’d be rich. And you could secretly throw out his Kryptonite stash.

Thanks again for having me! I hope everyone enjoys Loop.


Thank you, Karen, for playing with me! I love your answers. For more info about Karen or to chat with her, visit her website, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and Pinterest.

Remember, Loop comes out tomorrow! If you haven't already,

Have a wonderful week filled with the best books!

Happy reading,


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  2. Aww, this book sounds so cute! I've been hoping it's good, so I'm happy to see people are liking it so far! And I think the Austen Kiss-Marry-Kill is brilliant! Yes, kill Mr. Collins and make sure it's painful! ;)


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