2:20 (#1 Timeless Trilogy)

Rated 3.33/5 based on 9 reviews
When a date to the dance goes wrong, 17-year-old Julia learns that her past may not be what she thought. The mystery deepens when Simon shows up and claims they shared that past together–in another time–and warns that a powerful force wants to send her back.

Julia finds herself growing closer and closer to Simon as she works to unravel her true past. Unfortunately, the truth may kill her.

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Words: 58,480
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301474547
About Holly Hook

Holly Hook is also the author of Tempest and is currently working on two more young adult novels, the sequel to Tempest as well as a stand-alone comedy.

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Review by: Shari Butterfield on May 22, 2013 :
This was a fun, quick read that left me ready for the sequel. The combination of historical fiction and fantasy/science fiction mesh well here. The characters and story line would appeal to any age.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauryn Kelly on May 22, 2013 :
2:20 had a interesting premise. However the execution was slightly lacking. The beginning was a bit dull, but things did pick up after the halfway point. Julia's interaction with the characters was odd. She believed Frank & Isabella too quickly to be realistic. As for Simon, she trusted him and felt way more comfortable around him than an aquaintance should, even to the point of kissing. I understand why, but at that point, she didn't have her memories back, so that scene could have waited, even if it 'felt right.' Julia said on more than one occassion that Simon spoke in an old-fashioned way. I didn't see that in what I read. He just didn't use slang, is all. The twist I didn't see coming, surprisingly, which intrigued me. The clues given, with no preconceived notion on the readers' part, really didn't make the truth obvious. Those few factors could have belonged anywhere, anytime. It was good as far as surprises go, but as for trying to figure out the mystery while reading along, they didn't help much. The story ends rather abruptly, laying way for the sequel I suppose.
All in all, 2:20 was a very interesting idea. With a little more work it could be amazing.

I received a free copy from the author for a review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amy Dean on May 22, 2013 :
What I liked about this book was that the concept was interesting and different from what I have read before. I thought that the first half of the book was a bit slow and I had a hard time really getting into to it. However, the second half was a lot faster paced and had me excited to keep reading. I liked the way it ended and I was left wanting to know what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jaime Gann on May 19, 2013 :
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Without spoiling the book for anyone else I hope!

This book started out real slow abd uninteresting, I had to make myself read it, until about chapter eight then it was hard to put down for a while. Some parts were very predictable while others made me say "what, are you kidding me?" The book turned out to be petty good. I don't like how it ended now I have to wait for the next one to come out so I can see what happens with all the characters.

I gave this book 4 stars because overall it is a good story line, it just took a while to get there and then left me wanting more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sheila Gallagher on May 02, 2013 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Julia is invited to the Spring Formal by Frank. She’s surprised that Frank is not asking one of the Snob Squad. When she discovers that Frank has secrets she is no longer surprised but frightened in Holly A. Hook‘s 2:20, book 1 of The Timeless Trilogy. Simon rescues her and she realizes he is like Frank. Julia trusts Simon though she does not know why. Simon has secrets he cannot share with Julia even if he wants. Simon helps Julia unravel her nightmare. When she realizes what it means she knows what she must do even if it brings her death. What is the secret that Frank and Simon hold? Does anyone else know that secret? Will Julia succeed in discovering that secret? Will that secret bring her death? Or will she beat death?

2:20 is a great beginning to The Timeless Trilogy. Holly A. Hook builds a world by showing it to us a piece at a time and we learn the rules as we go along, just like Julia does. I liked Julia. She is a strong lead character in this Young Adult series. She questions. She fights. She gets her answers. Simon is a good foil for her. He is compassionate. He fights for her. He wants to give her answers but cannot so he provides clues for her. It is up to her and us to figure them out.

The secondary characters are a good mix. They are mainly in the background and step forward to keep the story line moving, especially Frank. At first, I was like Nancy, Julia’s foster mother, and liked Frank but when he turned so did I. He creeped me out. Isabel, a member of the Snob Squad, was not what she seemed. She knows more than she lets on especially when she works in tandem with Frank. Something is not right with her but I don’t know what it is.

The plot of 2:20 is exciting. It is full of action and adventure. It moves quickly and I cannot explain why without giving the story away. All I can say is read 2:20. I am anxiously awaiting the chance to read the next book of The Timeless Trilogy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Antara B on May 02, 2013 :
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5/5
Review:
In 2:20 we are introduced to the concept of the Timeless. They're people chosen by 'Time' (Time is seen as this mysterious entity throughout the book) to make sure that nobody tampers with any events in the past.

The book's extremely slow in the beginning but it becomes really fast-paced at the end. The introduction and world building could've been better- we hardly know anything about the Timeless. Or maybe there's more in the 2nd book?

It's hard to talk about the story without giving too much away. Julia discovers that she is a 'Rogue' - a person who has cheated time, and is alive in a time she shouldn't be. She has to find a way to thwart the attempts of Time (and the Timeless) to send her back to the time she's originally from. Simon promises to help Julia on her mission.

I thought it was quite obvious when Julia was from throughout the book (Or maybe it's because of the similarities to TimeRiders). I found it weird that Julia trusts Simon almost blindly; I suppose I can't really blame her- she did just learn that her entire life was a lie.

The one thing that bothered me was that Julia hated the Timeless almost immediately. Even though they did try to kill her, it felt like she hated them almost on principle.
The book might seem boring in the beginning but it gets really exciting at the end. Can't wait for the next one! :D
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ofgr8value on May 02, 2013 :
Although I'm 32 years old, I still enjoy young adult fiction. I enjoy books with a little romance, mystery, time travel, and explore the supernatural and the unexplained. I'm a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Sterling's The Twighlight Zone and anything that makes you question "reality" even for a second. 2:20, part 1 is packed with all of these elements. If you like books like "Twighlight", where you have to stretch your imagination a little then you will like this book. I liked book 1 and look forward to the rest of the books. Hopefully we will see further character development and receive more information about "The Timeless". My only minor issue was that it took the main character soooo long to figure out what her 2:20 nightmare meant. I figured it out almost immediately, although it could be because I'm 32? I do like how the author uses a real historical event in her work. I especially like the twist with the necklace. Overall I think this book is worth a read and I hope to get my hands on the next one soon.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ofgr8value on May 02, 2013 :
Although I'm 32 years old, I still enjoy young adult fiction. I enjoy books with a little romance, mystery, time travel, and explore the supernatural and the unexplained. I'm a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Sterling's The Twighlight Zone and anything that makes you question "reality" even for a second. 2:20, part 1 is packed with all of these elements. If you like books like "Twighlight", where you have to stretch your imagination a little, then you will like this book. I liked book 1 and look forward to the rest of the books. Hopefully we will see further character development and receive more information about "The Timeless". My only minor issue was that it took the main character soooo long to figure out what her 2:20 nightmare meant. I figured it out almost immediately, although it could be because I'm 32? I do like how the author uses a real historical event in her work. I especially like the twist with the necklace. Overall I think this book is worth a read and I hope to get my hands on the next one soon.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Liza Butler on May 01, 2013 :
I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy! When I figured out what the 2:20 stood for I couldn't believe it. That is when the book really took off for me.

Julia had a bad childhood where she was forced to take care of her alcoholic mother. She ends up living with a foster mom. Around the time of her first anniversary with Nancy, weird things start to happen. She has the same nightmare each night and wakes at 2:20am each morning.

Slowly she starts to remember her past. She is help a little by the man in her dreams, but she has to figure it all out on her own to save herself.

Since it is a trilogy the book just ended...I need the next book!!!

I gave it three stars because it started out slow for me, I was a bit confused as fantasy is not something I normally read.

This concludes my librarything review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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