2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge: April Wrap-up Post + Review Linky + Giveaway: The Loop by Shandy Lawson

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hi everyone! For today, I've got my review for The Loop for the monthly time travel wrap-up and feature. Stick around for two giveaways. :)

The Loop
Title: The Loop
Author: Shandy Lawson
Publisher: Hyperion
Date of Publication: April 30, 2013

Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them.

As time circles back on itself, events become more deeply ingrained, more inescapable for the two kids trapped inside the loop. The closer they come to breaking out, the tighter fate’s clutches seem to grip them. They devise a desperate plan to break free and survive the days ahead, but what if Ben and Maggie’s only shot at not dying is surviving apart?

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Hyperion and NetGalley for the eARC! As usual, this in no way affected my views about the book. Only honest opinions here!

Admittedly, I'm a bad challenge host as The Loop is my first time travel book. Blame my last year in university, blame my thesis, my organizations and affiliations, blame myself. However, I am glad that The Loop was my first for the challenge as it has successfully kickstarted the time travel junkie in me and I am currently craving for more!

Honestly, I don't think The Loop is a time travel book as our protagonists, Ben and Maggie, do not travel through time. Instead, they experience something like deja vu over and over again. In my opinion, time travel is being transported into a different time or era, may it be the past or the future. In The Loop, Ben and Maggie relive the present over and over again, resulting to that sense of deja vu. But technicalities aside, I think The Loop was a quick yet suspenseful read, action-packed but not lacking in romance too. In fact, it was full of romance between our star-crossed lovers, Ben and Maggie.
 To read on the rules of the world Shandy created for The Loop, head over to Precious' blog for Shandy's guest post!

The shortness of The Loop initially shocked me a bit because I didn't know it was so short. With this, Lawson did not waste any time as Ben and Maggie died first thing in the novel. Ben and Maggie are in a loop, wherein they relive a certain event in their lives countless times and in here, it is their imminent murder by Roy. As stated in the blurb, in these two pivotal days, they do their best to steer and bend Fate and ultimately, escape their deaths. The catch is that Fate seems hellbent on getting them killed, which means obstacles and accidents and mishaps come their way from all directions.

The novel is mostly told in Ben's perspective and guy's perspective for the win! I know there are tons of books out there written in a guy's perspective but every time I read one, I still feel like celebrating. I was honestly not too happy with the change in perspective at the end at first, but it worked out and actually gave more depth, character and backstory to Maggie. For me, the ending was wonderful and nicely wrapped up, although a bit rushed.

Since The Loop is mostly written on Ben's POV, we got to know him more and these two are such lovable and relatable characters. You just don't want them dead and you hate the loop and Fate for doing this to them. I mean, to relive dying and doing everything for naught? Must be hard. But these teens are brave and courageous ones. It is a bit insta-love though but I forgave that part because 1) the novel was short and 2) although Ben can't remember Maggie that much, he spent so much time with her that his heart knows her already. Shandy was able to make me feel that. That their love didn't come from nowhere but that it was always there.

All in all, The Loop was a fun and light yet suspenseful read! I recommend it to time travel junkies like me, sci-fi lovers and those into destiny and going against it. The Loop is such a quick read that you'll finish it immediately and come off it satisfied. Congratulations on your debut, Shandy!

About Shandy Lawson

Shandy Lawson's "day jobs" have ranged from making wine recommendations to being a machinist, a dispatcher in an auto repair garage, a philosophy tutor at a local college, and a stone mason. Creatively, he put most of his energy into a career as a performing songwriter before turning his focus to writing fiction. Shandy lives and works n New York City. The Loop is his first novel.


Because Precious and I really love The Loop - reviews to come! - we decided to have 2 giveaways so everyone can enter: The first is for US/CA residents and the second is for PH residents!

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  1. The tragedy of the spilled milkshake cannot be avoided!

    All jokes aside, I love the guest post! I'm really looking forward to "The Loop".

    1. Hope you get to read it soon, Sydney! Thanks for dropping by! :D

  2. Great guest post! This book seems really interesting and an awesome read, I can't wait to read it :)

    1. Hope you can read it soon or maybe win the giveaway. ;) Thanks for commenting!

  3. Great review! I love time travel books! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :D

  4. Love the review! I've been wanting to read The Loop! It just sounds so awesome; so excited for the chance to win!


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