Monday, February 11, 2013

"Untimed" by Andy Gavin (Mascherato Publishing)

Title: Untimed
Author: Andy Gavin
Publisher: Mascherato Publishing
Ages: 17+
Rating 5+

I wonder if Andy Gavin knows that he has unwittingly created a time machine in the form of a book? I was given them book by the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review and to be quite 'honest' this story left me breathless. There is never a moment where it lacks the ability to entertain, and you barely get a chance to to take a breath with all the action!

Poor Charlie has lived the majority of his life without being noticed, even his own mother can't seem to remember his name. It's not that she doesn't love him, as the author states in the novel, but there is simply something about Charlie that does not allow people to remember him for long... if at all.. Little does he realize he takes after his father's side of the family much more than he could ever have believed 

Charlie accidentally jumps into a hole created by a 'Tick Tock' which is explained in the story as wind up clockwork type beings that for some reason feel the need to kill any time travelers they find; and is transported to England in the year Ben Franklin has yet to make his mark in the world. Here he meets a colorful group of characters two of which stand out largely apart from the rest. Yvaine is bright, young, and a mother of a sweet little infant named Billy. She has unwittingly fallen into the hands of a rowdy gang of thieves and has resorted to ill means to feed herself and her little one. 

Donny is the leader of the gang and quite the snake. Though he seems to be alright enough at first there is much more to him than meets the eye. Donny is the type of character you definitely love to hate. And as you can see by the picture he's none too pretty to look at with his powdered wig and pointy features. This is just the first of the amazing adventures that befall Charlie as he meets many more interesting people and finds himself tossed through time like a ping pong ball out of control.

Charlie gets into quite a bit of trouble, actually ends up altering a few things and causing quite a mess that he and Yvaine have to clean up.... but how? 

This story employs a very mature style of writing and though it may seem like the kind of book you could let your young ones read, make no mistake this book is more for the older generation. I highly recommend for ages at least 16 and up. 

I found myself enjoying the story, the characters and every zany setting that Andy Gavin came up with. "Untimed" is definitely a book well worth reading and one I intend to keep on my shelf for years to come. I am waiting patiently for Mr. Gavin to bring out the next installment. I don't think I could ever get enough of Charlie and Yvaine! Do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book today! 

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