Friday, January 3, 2014

REWRITE REDEMPTION by J.H. Walker


Rewrite Redemption
J.H. Walker
Received by: Author

So I was finally able to finish Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker. Even though there were a couple of issues I had with it, readers may feel differently. But that’s why I do what I do, get the right book into the right readers hands so they may appreciate the work of the author and their ideas. Rewrite Redemption has gotten rave reviews for its original story and the characters within who have their own individual conflict that collide together to make good drama. Constantine and A.J. are solid characters whose lives have been tampered with due to their unique time traveling ability. It’s quite sad but will draw readers into each of their stories.

The story is fantastic and I commend J.H. Walker for creating an individual idea and providing the backbone detail to make it believable. The only thing I didn’t quite gravitate to was the dual point of view, which I usually LOVE. However in Rewrite Redemption I felt too much detail was given in the beginning of the book when the two characters are discovering each other. I read the same scenes from Constantine’s perspective and A.J. perspective and felt it may have influenced the pace of the book for me. This could be because of how much I read and may not be an issue for other readers. But sometime readers do want more details so authors come out with short stories detailing the other characters perspective after the original story has released. I think if you are a reader who loves extras, then Rewrite Redemption is a definite must add to your reading list.   

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Summary:

She’s sixteen. He’s seventeen. They don’t know each other…at least not yet.

She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn’t end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her.

She wants answers.

He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.

Then he moves to her town.


I was attached to A.J. right away because of her sad backstory. Her heart is filled with a painful past and guilt of what she is. She has to stay under the radar at school but has great friends like Ipod, and Lex to help her. Readers may feel more drawn to her because she is living in unknown territory and has to learn about her ability as she goes. She’s very in the dark about it and has no idea of her possibilities. But A.J. is a very resourceful girl and she was most impressive during a scary leap into the past suddenly. I also liked the way J.H. Walker made her time trips necessary instead of leaping everywhere with no purpose, she meets a familiar face on one of her unexpected journeys and it was the best part of the book. It was a great surprise and raised the level of suspense for me instantly. I wasn’t expecting the amount of danger she gets herself in for a YA book but thought more of J.H. Walker as an author because of it. She doesn’t glamorize time travel as safe and fun. Instead she writes about what any person really might see when traveling through time. A guaranteed safe trip isn’t always going to happen.

Constantine is the definition of regret. He makes a terrible decision that shakes his personal life in a way he never expected. I did wonder how someone who could be trusted by an organization that time traveled could use his ability for something like Constantine did. But I had to remember he is a teenager with different choices in front him, it made sense after that and created great growth with his character. He stopped caring just about himself and for others like A.J. and her friends. Plus he has a spectacular moment when he actually gets to send a message to himself in the past and it’s worth the entire book. It’s so heartfelt and gives a new perspective on our conscience and when to listen to it. Makes you stop and think about what your heart wants and doing what it takes to get it.   

What I appreciated the most about this story was how well everything tied up without any confusion. It was fantastic how Walker was able to include a variety of her characters that I was attached to and involve them in the main plot. The ending is written in a fast pace that had me flipping through pages, excited to read the outcome of Constantine and A.J. I was pretty much speechless after the ride of events I was taken on, speechless. And a great romantic tid bit for the character Constantine. A great highlight for the book and the relationship between him and A.J. I just adore little big moments like this. They are the moments that readers attach to their favorite books and it’s great that this book has a few of those.

If you’re a time travel geek like myself then you will definitely appreciate the storytelling of J.H. Walker, a great writer who really thinks about the story. In Rewrite Redemption the topic of trees takes center stage beautifully and I personally felt this concept while reading. Walker really does lay her story out like a tree in terms of branches of a story and the many leaves of characters that inevitably must connect.

Song Pick

Okay so it was INDREDIBLY hard to find a song for this book. I have never been stumped, until now. But I think I have found something that captures A.J. and Constantine and their original story.


2 comments:

  1. Hi Celine: Thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure to be featured on your site. Happy New Year to you and your readers.

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    1. Love, love, love when authors stop by. My pleasure, beautiful story!

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