Review: Sideswiped – Kim Harrison

Posted 26 August, 2015 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 19 Comments

Review: Sideswiped – Kim HarrisonSideswiped by Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5
Published by Pocket Star on 10 August 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 80
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
4 Stars

Don’t miss this thrilling first look into the elite world of Peri Reed, government agency operative extraordinaire, and catch more of her character in The Drafter, the first book in the all-new suspense trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison, out September 1.

Every hero, even the accidental ones, have a beginning.

Silas’s radical theory that drafters are not replaying time as much as they are temporarily sliding into an alternate universe has never been well-received, but frankly, the darling of Opti’s research has enough clout not to care, until a professor with a grudge tries to put a permanent end to it. Love can’t alter time, and sometimes, even being able to rub out a single mistake isn’t enough…

Sideswiped is the prequel novella to Harrison’s new series The Peri Reed Chronicles, and it sets the background for both the overall story and the characters. Mysterious and dealing prominently with time travel or time change, while also showing how agents are being trained in order to be able to work for a very secret government organization.

My Sideswiped review:

In Sideswiped, we first meet Silas, Allen and Summer, they’re just days away from graduation at the OPTI and Silas is feeling nostalgic about possibly not seeing Summer as much in the future once she starts having assignments as a drafter. It is evident from the start that even the professors teaching the future generation of agents are not always seeing eye to eye, and I loved how Peri met with the three seniors, and the way she was able to show her strength from the start – even if that ended up making Silas’ final exam nil.

The theories about drafting – making the time change, and especially the way the drafters are able to alter the past to make sure the agents stay safe and their mission can be accomplished successfully and without anyone being the wiser – made Sideswiped my kind of read! I love stories that involve bending time, or actual time travel, and this story has made me so excited about The Peri Reed Chronicles!

Written in third person point of view, past tense, Sideswiped is narrated mostly through Silas’ eyes. The observations he made of both situations and the other characters made it easy to follow the story, and the dialogues showed that all the characters were well fleshed out. I had already read The Drafter when I read this, and I don’t think it took anything away from my enjoyment of the full novel, however, I think some details might be easier to get by reading Sideswiped first.

Some of my favorite Sideswiped quotes:

Silas sat back, stretching his wide shoulders, feeling the fabric of his white collared shirt pull. His suit coat lay carefully across the seat in front of him, the empty instructor podium a good six rows beyond that.

Professor Woo squinted in concern as he pulled a handkerchief from his suit coat pocket and handed it to Silas.

The dish of rusted paperclips on the desk before him rattled in time with the music, and Silas moved it to a stained coaster.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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19 responses to “Review: Sideswiped – Kim Harrison

  1. I’m so excited about KHarrison taking on something new, Lexxie. Of course, I still have 2 books yet to finish The Hollows but still…I’m excited. I like the time travel/bending aspect and I’m curious to see how that’s going to be used. I’m glad Sideswiped got you primed for The Drafter. I one-clicked it too, and plan to read it soon. I have this and another novella on my schedule. 😉
    **BIG HUGS**

    • I actually read The Drafter before I read Sideswiped, Brandee 😀 I got the ARC a long time ago, and didn’t even know about the prequel novella then – see how up to date I was?
      I think you’ll enjoy this series, too. It’s completely different from The Hollows, but I think that’s a good thing 🙂
      *BIG HUGS*

  2. I was told by another blogger to read this one first, so I have read this one. It was good but short, and I already know I am going to like Peri. Now I just got to fit The Drafter into my HUGE review pile of books…lol. I am thinking of bumping it up on the pile as I am really curious.

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  3. I’m so glad you posted this!! I am wanting to read this series and it’s fantastic to know that you enjoyed the novella as well as the fact that it would be helpful to read it first. I will definitely be following that advice because while I love the time concept in books, I can easily get lost.

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