Thursday, June 16, 2022

Review: And Time Stopped by Kristen L. Jackson with Giveaway!

It seems like it's been awhile since I've picked up a dimension springing read, and today's read is exactly about that. As always, I'm not starting this series in the beginning but am diving in with book three...which might be stretching things. Ready to take a peek with me?

And Time Stopped: Dimension 9
by Kristen L. Jackson
Keeper of the Watch, #3
YA Contemporary, Fantasy


After a smooth jump to Dimension 9, Chase, Alyx, and chimera pup, Bo, discover that this world’s peaceful existence only extends as far as the local high school. A different kind of battle wages there, and the identity of the school bully is a surprise they never anticipated. When Chase decides they have no choice but to enroll at Dune Harbor High and repeat their senior year, Alyx is less than thrilled. But the two soon discover the influence just one person can have over the decisions, lives, and even deaths, of those around them. While they try to prevent one tragedy, another one unfolds even as Chase unravels one more piece of his family history. What he discovers will leave him reeling, and his life will never be the same.

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First off, I have not read the other books in this series, and while I was concerned that this might be an issue, it wasn't. The prologue covers enough ground to set up the basics about the story, and the rest isn't too hard to catch up with. Still, I do recommend starting this series from the beginning.

Alyx and Chase are one of the few chosen ones, who jump dimensions every month...and that since their 18th birthdays. The jumps are random, landing them in one of twelve possible dimensions. In this read, they land in Dimension 9 and are accompanied by their pet chimera, who thanks to the lack of magic in this dimension, appears to be a normal puppy. They immediately find themselves saving another version of Chase's best friend, Mason, as he tries to commit suicide...and that's where the adventure begins.

Although this is a book about dimension jumping and a race against an evil, who is trying to kill off the dimension jumpers, this novel one has an interesting sense of 'normality'. After saving Mason, Alyx and Chase enroll in a usual high school in attempt to help the boy (after loosing Mason in another dimension, Chase is determined to rescue him in this one). This sense of usualness gave an interesting contrast to the rest of the action and added a refreshing twist.

Alyx and Chase work well together and have a wonderful relationship. Their support and team work is inspiring, and even when they don't always agree, they manage to work things out. This is especially important as the several twists hit, and Chase discovers more than a small surprise or two about his own family and past. 

It's clear that another book is on its way, and it will be interesting to see where things head next.

And here she is...

Kristen L. Jackson lives in Reading, PA, with her husband, two grown sons, and four large- breed dogs. She has been a teacher for over 20 years, and writing for children of all ages is close to her heart. Her debut novels KEEPER OF THE WATCH and MAGIC HARBOR (Books 1 & 2) are available now, as well as a novella, DIMENSION KEEPER, which is the prequel to the series. A children’s picture book, JOCELYN’S BOX OF SOCKS, (2019 1st Place Pencraft Award Winner) is also available now. Kristen enjoys writing, reading, and spending time with her family at their cabin in the Pocono Mountains of PA. Follow Kristen on Social Media:

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1 comment:

Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)