November 27, 2010

review: The Locket

author Stacey Jay
to be published February 2011
       Goodreads summary:
What if you got a second chance to fix your worst mistake?
One very scary piece of jewelry. 

     Time travel into the past to fix your worst mistake --- sounds like a dream!  But dreams can become a nightmare.   Katie makes a mistake, and now her boyfriend Isaac is angry with her.    She finds her grandmother's locket sitting on the counter and puts it on.  The locket takes her back into time, into "do over land" to avoid this mistake, but.......

Things are different.  Little things like the color of the door of the coffee shop or the school lunch schedule.  Big things are different too -- more tragic.  Problem:  Katie can't take the locket off.  "Right now, two different versions of reality were existing side by side, layered on top of each other like filo dough."

I enjoyed this book full of twists.  Even though parts were predictable, there were enough surprises and suspense to keep me reading as fast as I could.  It was a wonderful read, highly recommended.

On a personal note, I was tickled to see the book is set in and near Nashville where I lived until I was five years old.  Katie and her friends go to the Parthenon.   Mitch's dad is a doctor at Vanderbilt.   Katie does volunteer work at Belle Meade.   She goes to the pit behind Lovelace Restaurant (sounds like Loveless -- a place I want to visit soon.)  
source:  Arc received from Around the World Tours


Vampires and Tofu said...

I love time travel books...added this one to my wishlist, thanks =)

Savannah said...

I really want to read this one. Thanks for the review!

Sarah said...

I just read this one from the blog tour :)

I definitely think there were a few twists, and I loved how things even outside of Katie's reach changed with each incarnation of time and space. I just kind of felt -- I don't know. Not fully satisfied? With the ending? Not sure... :D Thanks for your review.

Sarah (