I’m constantly watching and (impatiently) waiting for the mailman to arrive when I’m expecting a book to arrive. I drive my family NUTS because I keep asking if the mail has come yet, and did anyone check it yet? I can’t stop myself from asking though, because it’s vitally important that my books are brought into the house swiftly and not allowed to sit in the mailbox for an eternity… all sad and alone…
What? Books have feelings, too. They’re full of feelings! They might get lonely out there, pining away to meet their new book friends that already live inside. To leave them stuck outside… in a dark, hot, metal box? Why, that would be book abuse! And cruelty to books is NOT allowed here.
Where was I? Ah, yes. Driving everybody nuts asking if the mail has come, and if there is a package for me. I’m expecting a few books at the moment, so I’ve been irritating my family for a couple of weeks now. You can imagine their (short-lived) relief when a package DID come for me on Monday from Skyhorse Publishing.
THE EDGE OF FOREVER (THE EDGE OF FOREVER #1) by Melissa E. Hurst
In 2013, sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea 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.
ON THROUGH THE NEVER (THE EDGE OF FOREVER #2) by Melissa E. Hurst
In 2013, Bridger and Alora found a way to prevent Alora’s murder and return her to the century she was born in, preserving the timeline and preventing a possibly disastrous future.
Back in the year 2147, Bridger is following in his father’s footsteps by wrapping up his military training at The Academy for Time Travel and Research. Alora is adjusting to life in the twenty-second century, and learning to master her powers; as a Dual Talent, she has the rare―and secret―ability to bend both space and time.
But unrest is growing in the North American Federation. As the government moves to limit the rights of Purists, people who refuse genetic modifications, violent protests break out. At the same time, paranoia and anger about the existence of Dual Talents seems to be growing―both among Purists and within the government itself.
Then a masked Time Bender arrives from the future. He insists that war is coming, and only Bridger and Alora can stop it.
There’s just one problem: they have no memory of each other.
What’s really cool about this, is that I only expected to receive ON THROUGH THE NEVER, which is the second book in THE EDGE OF FOREVER series. In my reply to an email their publicist sent me, I mentioned that I hadn’t read the first book yet, but the OTTN sounded so good, I couldn’t resist it. Now… if I’m being honest I was hoping they would sent the first book. But I didn’t see why they would bother, so I shrugged it off for what it was—wishful thinking—and promptly forgot about it. When I opened up the package and saw both books, I whooped and hollered so loud that I’m pretty sure they heard me in the next county. It felt sort of like an early birthday present (my birthday is this weekend) so I was especially happy.
I’m not sure when I’ll get to these little beauties, but I suspect it won’t be too long, as it’s been a while since I last read a time-travel story. I’m really looking forward to diving in and having a new adventure that REALLY appeals to the geek in me!