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Author: Anne Riley
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: 02/02/2016
Synopsis from Goodreads: Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.
She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There’s no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.
The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.
As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.
Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.
PULL is a pretty good story. The concept sort of reminds me of Dr. Who without the police box and with more limited time traveling abilities. As I recall, Dr. Who could show up in any time period, whereas Rosie, Albert, and his crew are only able to rewind a short period of time–just barely enough to undo a recent event that shouldn’t have happened.
I liked the book quite a bit, but I did find it hard to focus on the story at times. There were a few things that didn’t quite make sense to me, but it’s entirely possible that I was just too distracted by my impending return to school and academic life to fully grasp the nuances of the story.
As for characters–I think the characters are well-written and well-thought out. I completely sympathize and empathize with Paul and how much it hurts him to have to see people he loves in various degrees of illness or injury. I’ve been there and done that and so Paul’s character is one I can relate to. I didn’t relate so much to Rosie even though she’s the main character. I just preferred Paul to Rosie.
The book gets a solid 4 stars from me because it is quite good even though I couldn’t stay focused on it.
I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.