Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Title: Tandem
Series: Many-Worlds Trilogy #1
Author: Anna Jarzab
Publisher: Ember
Published Date: March 10th 2015
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Time Travel, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Adventure, Alternate Universe
Page Count: 448
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ .5

Goodreads Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds, inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real—until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love—one who knows her secret, and one who believes she's someone she's not.

My Review:
" The world is far less random than it appears. Once you started paying attention, patterns emerged where before you only saw chaos."

Jarzab did beautifully on building the world of United Common Wealth and how the parallel universes worked. It was a little bit confusing at first, but after awhile it really starts to get explained, and shows how it all works.

I did really like Sasha as a character at first but towards the middle of the book, I started to really get annoyed with her due to her not doing what she was told to be able to get back home. Thankfully as the book went on though she started to get comfortable in her surroundings and she started to take charge of her/Juli's life somewhat and made me start liking her again.

What little bit of Juli we did get to see and know I really didn't have many feelings towards her. I got why she wanted out, but the fact that she thought it would actually work shows how naive she was. While I do understand her being naive it also annoyed me because of whom she trusted and who she ended up betraying in the end.

As for Thomas (KES Guard/Kidnapper) I really wanted to like him, and to just feel like he was just doing his job, and while he was, and I do think he did care for Sasha I also just couldn't trust him or like him very much and I'm still not even sure why.

Now for Callum who is the prince she is to marry. I did like him as a character and I did feel somewhat bad for him considering how horrible his mother is according to everyone else. Plus from seeing what little we did of her in the book I think her and the Queen of the United common wealth would make great friends considering how they both treat people. I did like him as a character and that he really did seem to care of Sasha/Juli but I was also slightly apprehensive about his motives for certain things.

As for the "love triangle" I really don't see one. While there are two love interest for Sasha she really only cares for one and is only using the other one to get to safety or to please everyone else. I do have problems with Sasha and Thomas relationship though since not only did he kidnap her I feel like partially she likes him so much because he is her savior whenever she gets into trouble and he is here only connection to get back home.

Overall I really did enjoy this book and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to Sasha now.

Slightly disappointed that this appears to be a trilogy and not a duology like I originally thought.

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