19 March 2016

Review - PULL

by Anne Riley

What they say: Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There's no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.

Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What  I say: I read the synopsis for PULL and was like "Ooh hello! A YA sci-fi, time travel book with a guy called Albert all set in Victorian London? Yes please!" Turns out names like Albert don't always equate to Victorian times. It's actually a contemporary sci-fi story. The book isn't really about time travel, more time manipulation...

I liked Rosie and appreciated her witty narrative. I did find her a little confusing at times but can't say more without spoiling anything. Albert is intriguing and mysterious. I liked their friendship. I did get a little annoyed about how controlling certain people are. I felt as though Rosie really needed the support after the headache that is her non supportive family.

Albert and his friends were a tight knit, bad ass group, who had a kind of shadowhunter-like vibe, but I didn't completely appreciate them in the same way I do with CC' stories.

It did take a while for the story to get going, but I found myself becoming more involved and invested as the plot developed. The pacing was a little off at times with a bit of an awkward feel, but I enjoyed the story and would like to know what happens next. I liked the sci-fi elements and the descriptions of 'pulling' really helped to explain the phenomena. As a Brit and latin student I appreciated all the British-isms and sneaky use of latin words.

3 - 3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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