Book Review! Time Square: The Shift by S.W. Lothian

4 Jun

Happy Wednesday! Guess what I get to do today? I get to tell you that Lacey522 won the Disney prize pack for her daughter!



Congratulations! I will be emailing you for your mailing address! Thank you to Disney Press for supplying the prize!

Now on to today’s review!


Time-Square-The-ShiftTime Square: The Shift
by S.W. Lothian
ebook Published March 29, 12014
estimated 152 pages – ages 8+
Available on Amazon – click HERE

Summary- In 1930, Dr. Rex Hudson made the archaeological discovery of the century! He has found an obelisk that, according to Hiram Bingham (an earlier archaeologist), holds the “secret of time”. While examining the obelisk with his twin children Eva and Lewis (13-years-old), they get sucked inside of it. They are inside Time Square – the center of all time. The Hudson’s soon find out that the obelisk is Time Square, and that they now need to bring it back to Machu Picchu – the place that Dr. Hudson found it. They need to teleport back to where the obelisk is, bring it back to the Incan Temple, and go back home, or else time will be ripped apart! Sounds simple, right? But add in the fact that someone stole the obelisk, and that 100’s of time travelers now stuck in places they never intended to be, and things get even more complicated.


What I thought- When I found out Mr. Lothian was writing another series, I was very happy. I am a fan of his first series – The Quest books – to learn more about them, visit Mr. Lothian’s website HERE).


The first book in his new series didn’t disappoint! First of all – bonus points for a very cool cover!

This was a great book. I think it explains how Time Square works (an idea from one of his QUEST books) very well. I like how it shows a scene from a QUEST book (the characters meeting another character). That was a nice touch. Much like Mr. Lothian’s Quest series, this book is packed with action and humor. I really enjoy his writing style. I think he writes for middle-grade kids very well but all ages will enjoy the story. The plot was fun and it makes the reader want to read more. I did get hung up in a few spots thinking – “well why didn’t they just transport back to such and such a time and fix everything,” but overall I think the plot hung together very well. I like the characters of Eva and Lewis. The other characters in the book are great too and many add a lot of humor to the story. I  am already adding Book 2 (which isn’t out yet) to my TBR list!

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

28 Responses to “Book Review! Time Square: The Shift by S.W. Lothian”

  1. Patricia Tilton June 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    Congratulations Lacey!

    Now, that’s a brilliant idea, writing a story where time travel takes place in Time Square. Sounds interesting.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 7, 2014 at 8:45 am #

      Well, Time Square is a fictional place. It’s not TIMES Square (as in NYC). The characters got confused too. 🙂 It’s a great book! 😀


  2. julie rowan zoch June 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    Congrats to Lacey and her kids! Reading this, I realize I never thought twice about the name in NYC! Huh! I might need to explore my own local history for more ideas! I also never went to the Staue of Liberty til I went with visiting friends as an adult. Silly!


  3. KidLitReviews June 5, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    Nice review Erik. It sounds intriguing. Getting stuck in Time Square you’d always know the time. Imagine what you’d see with all those crazy New Yorkers on the streets. It might be a lot of fun–depending on the year on was stuck.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 7, 2014 at 8:48 am #

      It’s TIME Square, though. Not TIMES Square (NYC). But it’s confusing. Reading the book helps. 🙂


      • KidLitReviews June 12, 2014 at 1:12 am #

        Okay, just forget my comment. Boy, you are getting fanatical! 😀
        I did want to say I love the cover. Very cool. Times Square or a Square Time, the cover is really cool. Maybe if I read the story I’ll make the correct connection. I’ll put it on my TBR pile. Nice job, cranky-pants! 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2014 at 6:41 am #

        I think I didn’t explain the Time Square thing well in my review – I should have. My mom thought the same thing when she read it, that it takes place in Times Square. Oh well… The cover is great. I love the graphics, but I think the people aren’t dressed for the time period it is supposed to be in – but I think I’m getting picky!


      • swlothian June 12, 2014 at 7:29 am #

        Wow, you guys make me chuckle 🙂

        Ok … in a nutshell … Time Square is a mysterious place at the centre of time, where all time passes through. Erik, you may have forgotten from the Quest books that traveller’s clothes generally change to suit their destination as they travel. So their clothes can sometimes be a mix of different time periods.

        On the other hand, Times Square is also a mysterious place, in New York. I’ll be there in November looking for any stray portals.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

        I think it’s my fault Mr. Lothian – I should have explained it better in my description! I think your cover is completely cool (and I get the clothes thingy now. 🙂 ) I’ll fix the story description before I post to Amazon! 🙂


      • writersideup June 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

        Loving this clarification straight from the horses mouth 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks June 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm #



  4. patientdreamer June 5, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    Great review Erik. Sounds like an amazing series. I have been to Time Square twice now and I will always remember my first night there. Sucked into time warp in Time Square, wow, perfect!


  5. swlothian June 5, 2014 at 5:34 am #

    Thank you for your great review, Erik. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it and I hope that it gave you a few good laughs in between all of the action.
    The next book in the series TIME SQUARE | UFO should hopefully be released in September.


  6. swlothian June 5, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Forgot to mention. I was pleased to see you spotted one of my Quest crossover/clues in the book. Good job 👍


  7. ontheplumtree June 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Oooh! Quest stories. Great Review, Erik.


  8. Catherine Johnson June 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Perfect for Matthew thanks Erik!


  9. Michelle Isenhoff June 5, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    Mr. Lothian does have great covers!


  10. writersideup June 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    First CONGRATS! to Lacey! There’s going to be one very happy girl when that package arrives 😀 😀 😀

    And, as you know, Erik—I’m TOTALLY into covers and I love this one! The expressions on those characters are great. I’m loving the many time travel-themed books that are out.


  11. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Sounds like a rollickin’-adventure kind of book with lots of twists! Definitely worth checking out. 🙂


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