Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Happening of Unhappenings


It started with a BoingBoing article about a curious book called Unhappenings. The cover instantly intrigued me, then I read the description:  
When Nigel Walden is fourteen, the UNHAPPENINGS begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice.
Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable. His search for answers takes him fifty-two years forward in time, where he finds himself stranded and alone.
And then he meets Helen.
Brilliant, hilarious and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel’s relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen’s life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have catastrophic consequences. In his efforts to reverse this, and to find a way to remain with Helen, he discovers the disturbing truth about the unhappenings, and the role he and his future self have played all along.
Equal parts time-travel adventure and tragic love story, Unhappenings is a tale of gravely bad choices, and Nigel’s struggle not to become what he sees in the preview of his worst self.
Time travel. Fantasy. Weirdness. Could this book be more perfect? I did some research on it and bought it a few days later. It's on my nightstand right now and I've been loving it! Aubry does a wonderful job of jumping through time sequences without it being too confusing and I love the concept of events "unhappening." I tweeted a pic of me holding the book, and not only did Aubry respond with kind words, he then bought a copy of my book. How cool!!!

In the process of my research, I came across a review of Unhappenings on Tome Tender Book Blog. I was amazed by all of their book reviews, giveaways, and reading recommendations. After getting lost for awhile, I decided to submit Strange Luck for a review. I just got the five star review back today! Here's a snippet:
"Welcome to a world of magical dreams, curious claims and the spellbinding writing of Amie Irene Winters. Welcome to the tale called Strange Luck. Ms. Winters will mesmerize every reader with the complexity of her tale, while causing goosebumps at the thought of losing those precious treasures within our minds and hearts."
I'm beyond thrilled! Click here to read the full review. I just saw that they also posted a cover reveal of The Nightmare Birds. Awesome!

So, in short, I'm really glad that I happened upon Unhappenings and hope that this doesn't unhappen. ;)

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