Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Twisted Reflections by Shay West

Title: Twisted Reflections
Series: The Adventures of Alexis Davenport (#2)
Author: Shay West
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult, Time Travel
Release Date: 24th July 2014
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Alexis Davenport is a Protector, someone who travels through time to protect it from things going wrong and changing the time line. With her life moving forward with driving, a new boyfriend and school, Alex just needs to sort out the travelling. But while in Egypt she finds the unexpected; a fellow traveller. Now having some of the answers for definite, Alex puts into practice what she knows and continues to thwart Drifter's plans.

Alex is younger than most of the heroines I like to read (I think I grew out of my YA phase for the most part) but there is something about this series that dragged me back almost straight away. Where the first book was good, this book was even better and it continued to tell the story both of Alex as herself and growing up, and the story of her travelling.

The historical settings are rich and well described, making it seem as if you're really there. The author very clearly did plenty of research when she wrote them and even included some historical figures without them seeming out of character. The observations of the other historical figures around Alex as well seem to fit. Whereas the author could quite easily have focused on the majesty of Pharoh Tutankhamun, she focused instead on his youth. For me it really worked.

I also liked how Alex's home life was going on. The author doesn't gloss over the issues facing 15/16 year olds, Alex has a boyfriend but admits she's not ready for sex despite the fact that everyone talks about it. To me that felt real. I also liked the fact that things weren't perfect with her boyfriend and it isn't implied that he is her 'forever'/

The same can be said of her relationships with her friends and her Mom. They weren't perfect and there were arguments, and that made Alex's life seem far more real.

I am defintiely looking forward to seeing more from this series. It has me intrigued for certain!