Title: Rewrite Redemption
Authors: J.H. Walker
Publication Date: January 25th 2013
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.
This is a contemporary YA romance with paranormal/sci-fi elements
All A.J wants to do is stay under the radar and keep the family she has now together but when you have powers like she does none of that is going to be easy. Her mother’s death ruined her father to the point where A.J takes care of him more than he does her. He wasn’t the terrible person I thought he was going to be in the beginning but he was definitely lost. Thankfully she had others to help build up her family. Her best friends Lex and IPod (thought this was the weirdest nickname ever but got used to it. The mention of some “Bratz Doll” bullies also strange. Didn’t get used to that description) know what happens to her, live with her and support her through everything. They might not have unexplainable abilities mucking up their lives but they both have some messed up parents that don’t make things easy for them.
A.J. may be clueless about her abilities but she isn’t the only one who can travel as she does. Constantine knows exactly what and why she can do the things she can. Before majorly screwing up his life by breaking some rules he could jump back in time too. One huge mistake takes that ability away though and leaves his family in rough shape. He knows there is no one to blame but himself. When he discovers A.J. one move from Seattle to Boulder could end up being his fix for everything. All he has to do is actually meet her. For at least half the book, the story alternated between A.J. and Constantine pov without them even meeting. At first I thought this would be annoying but I thought it was actually pretty well done and made things more interesting.
The concept of traveling back in time really intrigued me. Although, the beginning was a bumpy start for me I ended up getting really into it. I was excited to find out how it all worked, why they could do it, and discovering what else A.J and Constantine were capable of. It was pretty cool getting to go between the past and present and discovering just how much could be changed in the process. There was so much going on with them and slowly being opened up to what was possible at the same time as A.J. learns was great. Walker had me eagerly waiting to see what would happen next. I must say that I did feel like so much was smooshed together at the very end that it made it hard comprehend all the info.
Rewrite Redemption was such a different story but what I loved about it most was how much family was emphasized and being able to read and really see all the character growth that took place. J.H. Walker really showed how family isn’t always blood related. Yes, A.J had her father but the Lex an IPod are the other two who really made up her family and she theirs. They were so close and the love was strong there. Lex and IPods biological parents didn’t deserve to be considered family. She also showed just how fragile life can be and how much chaos one mishap can create. Constantine’s family was really struggling, their sanity hung on a string, and all Constantine wanted was to get their lives back.
When the book started A.J was stuck in the same cycle, never coming out of her shell, and always worried about what could happen. She seemed to always be resourceful after all her years of being pulled to the past but she never really tried to be tough, to be strong all on her own. She was too busy worrying. Then, although Constantine’s intentions were always to help his family he had a tendency to think mostly about himself. Fixing things would fix things for him. His mind was set on his outcomes. Overtime though Walker turned her characters into some people you could be proud of.