Review: Winterspell by Claire Legrand

winterspell by claire legrand

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

Description taken from Goodreads.


WINTERSPELL was… interesting, to say the least. Before I go into detail in how disturbing this book was, may I just say that I skimmed most of it.

Good? Good.

Just so you know, if you’re a fan of the Nutcracker, I would not go into this story expecting the Nutcracker. Go into this story expecting just another story, and then be pleasantly surprised by the few Nutcracker influences in this book.

And just so you know, if you’re going to read this book at all, go into this story expecting some seriously WEIRD stuff. First of all, the romance in this book. NO. NO NO NO NO NO. Many reviewers that I know had one issue or another with one of the love plot lines in this book.

What’s up with everyone wanting to get with Clara? She’s weak and cannot stand up for herself for one second, to anyone, for anything, even though Godfather dearest trains her in the arts of fighting. I meann…

  • Romance Numero Uno: Clara’s disgust at a guy who seems to love experimenting on girls and likes young Clara.

UHMM. EXCUSE ME?? WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY???

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I DON’T KNOW ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE, BUT I FIND THAT EXTREMELY DISTURBING.

Nothing actually happens–don’t worry, that comes later.

  • Romance #2 a.k.a. The One In Which Nothing Gets Better: Clara’s fascination with a FREAKING. STATUE.

She thought of the statue, tall and impassive in the shadowed corner—its full lips and narrow waist, its arms in their serrated armor. As she pictured this, the flush on her skin shifted from embarrassment to pleasure, despite the danger luxuriating in the next room.

UHMM.

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 Yes, yes I do understand that the statue comes to life and it’s a magical, mystical prince. While I didn’t find that as disturbing as some people have, I must point out the fact that THIS GUY WAS A STATUE AND CLARA LOVED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS A STATUE.

Of course, this never gets explained.

And of course, Godfather dearest turns out to be an automaton.

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  • Romance Number 3 (The Third Side of the Triangle): Anise.

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I KNOW I KNOW. AND YES, ANISE IS A GIRL. I don’t love LGBT stories, I really don’t. It’s part of my beliefs and my opinion, but I don’t mind them. Even if a book has an LGBT romance, I can learn to like that story and get past the romance. Well, the reason why I didn’t like Anise and Clara’s relationship… there was girl action… and….

I can’t.

I just can’t.

If you would like to read examples of parts of this book, you can read this this review.

Honestly, there were parts to WINTERSPELL that I enjoyed. I liked the plot, the fresh voice and the overall premise of the story. But there were parts of this book that were so seriously messed up for me that I couldn’t get through this story. In fact, I would recommend this book for lovers of new adult and not young adult. WINTERSPELL could really be enjoyable for the right person, but I just could not get past the romance of this book.

Overall reaction:

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NO

HECK NO

1.5 stars.

DNF.

pg count for the hardback: 264

Series: Winterspell

Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

lailah by nikki kelly

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Description taken from Goodreads.


DNF at 152.

I can see why LAILA is such a success. It holds very mainstream ideals, for one thing. I’m not totally against paranormal romance. In fact, I’ve loved many paranormal books, but I just couldn’t get into this story. There were so many things I just could not agree with and so many things I felt were one-dimensional, totally unnecessary or disgusting. That being said, I loved SO many of the twists and turns behind this book. I really was not expecting many of them, making this book okay at times. It was still disappointing, but I think the biggest issue was that I expected too much for LAILA from the hype that I’d heard.

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And really, I do think that LAILA had a few good ideas. I mean–it’s popular! The idea of an angel and a vampire and new mythology and a girl caught between them, it’s poetical. But I didn’t see it as poetical. I couldn’t see it as poetical, especially when the brilliantly smart and ever-clever and utterly powerless, pathetic Francesca does things like complaining to guys about them hanging out with other girls when dear saint Francesca over here is STILL DECIDING WHICH GUY SHE WANTS TO GO WITH. Human beings are not toys.

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AND IT’S NOT ONLY THAT. After I was disappointed AND continually disgusted by certain characters **COUGH** JONAH **COUGH COUGH COUGH** I decided to keep on going with the story and persevere in the hopes that the ending would bring about some sort of satisfaction.

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NO.

The only thing I could truly begin to appreciate in LAILAH was Gabriel. I enjoyed how truly decent of a person that he was, or tried to be. I liked the way that he was set up, but in the end I had hoped that he’d have more dimension to him. With more exploration, he could be a fantastic character.

Overall, I just couldn’t bring myself to love or even like this book. Francesca is so seriously skewed in her idea of right and wrong and what people should and should not do, when really she should be LOOKING AT HERSELF BECAUSE SHE IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE HERE. I wasn’t in love with the writing or the pace. Both were incredibly choppy, but I could’ve dealt with it. It’s the characters and the way that Kelly manipulates them into plot points that I cannot and do not want to understand that truly flipped me off the boat. 1 star (very close to a 1.5, but I just could not).

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pg count for the kindle edition: 352

Series: The Styclar Saga

Happy Thanksgiving! — Shoutout Post

Thanksgiving is coming up, and you know what that means!

FOOD.

AND THANKS.

I’ve been waiting to write this post for a LONG time, because the people in this list give me ALL THE FEELS everyday, especially on random bad mood days. I really can’t say it enough, thanks to all of you guys and I hope this post conveys how much I appreciate all of you!

My readers: first of all, thanks to each and every single one of you guys! You’re amazing and even though I’m still getting over the fact that people actually read my reviews–

–you all are a big part of the reason that I blog and keep on blogging even when it gets really frustrating. To everyone who has followed me from the very beginning or just recently, you guys are awesome and you deserve cake and ridable unicorns and bouncy houses and and compliments and books and to win all the Fantasy Football.

Other bloggers/vloggers – you guys are some of the coolest people around. Whenever I’m in a reading or writing slump or I need to rant about a book/author, you all are there and your random twitter musings never cease to amuse me. Thank you all so much for the encouragement and all that you do. Your blogs are amazing, and both you and your blog are inspirations to me. It’s really, really hard to run a blog, and a lot of people don’t know that or appreciate it. You guys do, and thank you for being there. Individual thanks are below, but if I forgot someone I’M SORRY.

Kayla @ A Wonderland of Reading: Kayla, thanks so much for pokemon and shoutouts and talks about the most random stuff and not judging me for not liking Harry Potter and clarifying that in Catching Fire, no one catches any fire and small, furry animals at 6:30 in the morning when I’m supposed to be heading to school and I’m tired as heck.

Nikki @ Fiction Freak: NIKKI. NIKKI FREAKING WANG. Mad props to you. You are the best crit partner, all CAPS lock tweeter, fangirl, supporter-of-authors and blogger that I know. You’re awesome, and thank you for always listening to me, helping me work out the rough parts in my writing and for continually doing favors for me. You’re the coolest and OG all the way. :3

Jess @ Fly to FictionJess, as one of the original bloggers that I met when I was first started blogging, thank you so much for your continued support and everything that you do. You’ve been nothing but awesome since the very first day we met, and you’ve been a huge help to me. You and Jayne are my mains, and I love talking to you about music, books and shows. You’ve helped me so much, and you’re always there to support my ideas so that I can actually pull them off. XD You’re easy to talk to, and we need to catch up! DM me. :D Thanks for everything!

Kelly @ Effortlessly ReadingKelly, thanks for being the completing third to Elkayellymon. Unlike other pokemon, it takes three pokemon to combine with a special stone known as the Twitter Stone to create one amazing pokemon better than even Mewtwo. It’s great to talk to you, and our conversations are never boring. I love Elkayellymon more than a Shiny EX Level 100 Charizard card and a Level 100 Ash’s Pikachu, and that’s saying something huge. ;D

Cal @ Read Books and Live GreenCal, even though we haven’t done anything together on our blogs I think about you every single time I put a green heart (I only use green hearts now). I know it’s all part of your diabolical plan to take over the world and make ALL THE HEARTS GREEN, but somehow I don’t mind how devilish it is because you would make an awesome overlord of the world (just kidding just kidding XD). Your little dog icon and your energy are awesome!

Jayne @ Fiction: The New Reality: Jayne, thanks for always being there when I needed you. You deserve all the amazingness and I hope we can talk soon! Your IG feed is amazing and makes me miss the city. I’m so glad that you’ve been doing well, and I definitely hope to make it back to NY so that we can meet! I hope you keep on reading, and if you ever start up your blog again I would love to do a feature with you!

Tweeps: Even though you guys don’t have blogs, I appreciate you guys so much and you’re such a big part of my blogging/reading/writing life that I had to put a section here! Thank you all for everything that you do. For gummy bear awesomeness, general hilarity and managing to make my day every day. :D

Kira: Where do I even begin to start with you?   oh wait tris is dead

Our tag teaming hate of Twilight is bomb. You’re cool and disturbing and a good friend. You have a terrible haircut but we’re friends anyway. You’re generally hilarious and I couldn’t imagine our twitter chats without you. Thanks for everything.

Matt Keenan: MATT. Thank you so much for everything. You’re one of the nicest guys I know, and also one of the coolest ones.  I love talking to you about writing and our individual dreams/ideas. Thank you so much for helping me out with my writing, book suggestions, movie suggestions and so much more.

Wishes aka Care Bear aka Pervy Popsicle aka name-I-can’t-pronounce: Wishessss. I only got to know you recently, but it’s been great so far getting to know you. Full Metal Alchemist/Fairy Tale/SAO forever.

Steph: Even though we’ve gone through some rocky stuff, it’s been amazing getting to know you and you’re an amazing person. Thanks for all your support in blogging, books, writing and overall life XD. I loved your fan fiction. I think we both agree that Matt is cool and Kira is disturbing (but okay). Thanks for everything this past year.

GBC: Thanks to everyone in GBC as a whole for 50+ notifications within five minutes, gummy bears through the roof, hilarious graphics and making me smile wherever I am. You’re the greatest!

Authors: Some people have superheroes. I have authors. There are so many people I can only hope to write as well someday, and these people are on that list. It’s so much fun to work with all of you and authors, the YA Valentines in particular, have made my day so many times this year. I’ve grown a lot as a blogger, and I really appreciate that y’all are willing to listen (and actually carry out!) my schemes. I HAVE to meet you all one day, and until then I’ll be satisfied with your books and coming up with crazy ideas for you. :3

Lynne Matson: LYNNE. You are fabulous, and thanks for always being open to my crazy ideas. I love your books, and I’m so glad that I got involved with the YA Valentines this year. It’s been so much fun to talk with you and support your writing. I hope you write for a long, long time and that one day you’ll come up here so that I can meet you!

Paula Stokes: Ahmaagash. Team Lainey and Team Liars (so far) have been awesome! I think some of the most fun I’ve had in a street team have been in yours. Thanks so much for rationalizing me out when I need it, and listening to everything I have to say. You’re an awesome author, and I’m so glad that you have ALL THE BOOKS coming out because

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You’re seriously amazing, in books and in life and I can’t believe all the work that you do. Just make sure to take care of yourself! And when you come up north, be sure to be ready for my flailing. I’ll bring the food. ;)

Jen McConnel: JEN, BOOKS AND WITCHES AND COOL THINGS. You’ve made my year really magical, and even though we haven’t been in touch lately I can’t wait to dive back into all kinds of Witcherific matters. Thanks!

Amy Finnegan: Amy, thank you so much for your amazing compliments on my reviews and talks about Cyanide and Happiness creepy/cool little dudes and writing. I hope we can work together soon! Also, thanks for Not in the Script. Seriously good story. :D

Bethany Crandell:

BETHANY. You know this gif is for you. :3 Seriously, thank you. You are hilarious and so cool and your writing is BOMB. Ever since I’ve “met” you, you’ve been amazing to me and it’s always a lot of fun to talk and work with you. Thank you for SHORT BUS and AIT and awesome feedback and making me laugh all the time. I cannot wait until your next book! You’re so talented and I hope you continue to write for a LONG time. Thank you!

The Whole YA Valentines crew: There are not enough words to explain how thankful I am for this group of people. I’ve worked with each of you over the course of the last year and the experience has been amazing. You are all amazingly talented, and because of y’all I’ve been able to grow so much as a writer, a blogger and a schemer. I hope that I stay in touch with each of you and have the ability to promote your books for a long time. Thank you all for everything you do, and for the books you write. I hope to meet you soon!

There are so many other bloggers, writers, authors and just people I am so thankful for online and off. To name some: A.G. Howard, Annie Cosby, Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure, Isabel @ Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews, Leila Sales, Becca @ Pivot Book Review, Xander @ Forever Literary, Nikki Godwin, Heather Demetrios, Emily @ The Book Geek, Ashley Nixon and Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf. Thank you all and I hope you guys have an amazing Thanksgiving! <33333

Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

stitching snow by r.c. lewis

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

Description taken from Goodreads.


STITCHING SNOW was my second choice. Occasionally, I become overwhelmed by book happiness and become excited to read everything currently on my shelf when before I hadn’t been so excited about some. I picked up STITCHING SNOW on one of these spur-of-the-moment boosts and then impulsively decided to read it first having known or heard absolutely nothing about it.

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Or the dumbest one, really. Because honestly R.C. Lewis, DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO ME?

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STITCHING SNOW is everything that I needed at the time that I read it. It was beautifully written, with characters that are genuine, a romance that is (amazingly) actually thought out, a plot that is GENIUS and a story, that, quite frankly, left me wallowing in a book hangover hours after I read it.

The only things I can say about this book was that sometimes the pacing was a little off and I didn’t love certain parts of the story just because they were slow or confusing. I also really disliked Dane’s name, but that’s just nitpicking.

But OTHERWISE, YES. YES YES YES. I’ve been a slump of meh books recently, and STITCHING SNOW is (I hope) the beginning of a brand new book start for me.

One of the things I was truly amazed by in this story is the part that is lovable, understandable and heartwarming without having to actually say those things. R.C. Lewis captures life in all it’s beauty and betrayal and heartbreak in the dramatic way that a writer sees everything and yet it utterly real and everyday, in the best possible way. What do I mean by this? The best example is probably the characters.

I loved them. I didn’t love all of them, but I loved many of them–and the development and relationships between them all were very well-written. I really appreciated the way that the romance developed instead of INSTALOVE, which has plagued me for weeks now, and that Essie truly fell in love with Dane. More so than that though, Essie is all about duty before love and swooning–even if she does have those moments. In the beginning, before doing anything else to admire him, she thinks about duty, protecting herself and her village. THAT IS THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE. So many books put the romance before everything else without realizing it, and it is so tiring. STITCHING SNOW breaks away from those stories, and it is utterly refreshing.

I also really enjoyed and appreciated that Essie was written as a coder and programmer. As someone trying to get into those things, this was really special to me and I feel like not enough stories have these possibilities in them. I really felt like Essie truly was a programmer, instead of just being told about it and having no actual proof. I felt all her passion for what she does and honestly, it was a lot of fun to hear about her skills and the way that she grows over the course of the story.

More so than any of the human characters though, my favorites were probably the robots (drones) that Essie changed into little robots that help out in the mines and eventually come with her on her journey. Cusser and Dimwit were both heartfelt, amazing little characters in their different ways and I throughly enjoyed their roles in the story.

Overall, I loved STITCHING SNOW SO much. The characters go through many hardships and face the prospect of war at every turn. The characters have skills, flaws, priorities and logic–all things that are less common than you would think. R.C. Lewis did an amazing job with this story and THANK YOU FOR THIS BOOK (AND THE FACT THAT IT IS A STAND-ALONE). 4.5 stars.

pg count for the ebook: 338

Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey

blackbird by anna carey

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

Description taken from Goodreads.


I don’t know why I was so excited for BLACKBIRD, but I was. I went into this book with the feeling that something good was going to happen, even if I didn’t know what it would be. It turned out that the feeling I got when I first opened up the story was evidently not the feeling I would be having while reading it.

I wanted to believe that this book could be really great, despite the multiple reviews stating that the second person POV just does not work. I certainly am a fan of beautifully written second-person POV stories. If you look at books like ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME and The Rules of Survival, second person really can be very meaningful–but it just didn’t work in this scenario. It takes way too long to get used to. I guess I can see some of the reasoning behind why Carey made it second-person, but in all honesty–even if the protag has no idea who she is or who anyone else is–I don’t believe BLACKBIRD needed to be in this format.

Not only that, but the characters were hard to relate to. Instead of being nuanced, they were… bland, almost. I really wished that the characters had been more fleshed out and that the romance hadn’t been so instalove-based. I understand that this is meant to be a short, quick, breezy thriller, but this book ended up being very weighed down because of the lack of pacing, narrative and character development.

All in all, I just couldn’t get this story. There were so many things I didn’t understand and way too many things that were left unsaid or undone in the end. For those of you looking for a much better version of this book, you should take a look at FIND ME by Romily Bernard. 1 star.

pg count for the kindle edition: 256

Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

afterworlds by scott westerfeld

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Description taken from Goodreads.


Before I say anything, I need to say that even starting from the dedication, AFTERWORLDS meant something to me.

I’ve respected Scott Westerfeld as an author for a long time, starting from the very first time I read LEVIATHAN to the UGLIES series to here, AFTERWORLDS, but none of this books have truly struck a personal note with me until this book. The dedication reads:

To all you wordsmiths, you scribblers, you wrimos in your vast numbers, for making writing a part of your reading.

Yes. YES. A millions yesses and thank yous to Scott Westerfeld for this ^^.

As if that wasn’t enough, Scott Westerfeld made this book relatable to anyone, especially any kid, who has ever aspired to be something and legitimately thought through and worked for that something. Not only that, but this book is about writing. YA writing. About agents, blurbs, publication, queries, the beautiful, uncertain mess that both publishing and writing are.

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There are so many arguments against this book, but really–especially if it interests you–please do read it. If you are an aspiring writer or one of those teenagers who dare to dream about getting a book deal at age 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, this is a book for you.  It’s rare, and writing is never easy (in any form), but it does happen, and it happens to Darcy in this book. Paula Stokes and Veronica Roth are just two of the authors this has happened to, and numerous authors have been traditionally published after being found on Nanowrimo.

AFTERWORLDS is definitely long, longer than it needs to be at parts, but the way that this book is constructed and the two stories within this book mesh together is beautiful and truly shows just how much of a writer’s actual life and experiences are embedded into a story. AFTERWORLDS is constantly making fun of the publishing industry as a whole, bringing in the ups and downs and the way that young writers and old writers alike think. I loved so much of this book because of the numerous things that I could relate to. This book is one big book about writing that is so true in it’s entirety and so masterfully crafted that I can’t even begin to explain how much this story stands out from other fiction works that talk about writing.

There are things that I disliked, and certainly things that will draw the average reader away from this  book. For one thing, it is long. For another, at certain parts, it feels long. Then not everyone will agree with the LGBT aspects of this story. Then there’s the matter that not everyone will understand the sheer amount of satire in this story. Overall, I think this book and how a reader will understand it will differ each time depending on the person. If you’re interested in reading this book, I would recommend reading the first 50 pages and see how things pan out from there. If you’re someone who loves to read and/or write, I would definitely recommend this book for you.

And Scott Westerfeld…

Thank you.

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For a better understanding of all the humor and the arguments for/against this book, I would recommend taking a look at this great review. 4.3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 600

Review: Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone (Time Between Us #2)

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Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

Description taken from Goodreads.


Okay, so call me clueless but I didn’t know that this was the second book in a duology by this author until now. Right now. Just as I looked the book up on Goodreads to get a blurb and a page count and all those wonderful details.

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That would’ve been nice to know before I started reading this book. I guess I’ll go read TIME BETWEEN US, the first book in this series, and–if my feelings have changed–I’ll edit this review. But until then, my opinion goes as follows.

*takes a deep breath*

No.

This book did not work for me. Fundamentally, yes, it did. There were so many lessons in this story. Lessons about not messing with time, living in the present, reconciling with fate, brotherly/sisterly relationships and recognizing all the good things around you. Of course, there are also themes of going behind your parent’s backs for love, but you know. It all gets lost with time, right?

This book had a great storyline. There were so many things going for it. The beginning is very slow, but after I skimmed a few pages I started to become a little more interested. I think my problem with the beginning was that it is not enough to have a hook about going back in time and being a time traveler. Yes, we gathered that from the blurb already–please go on. Except it doesn’t go on. It keeps on talking about being in a bookshop when it should be drawing me in, making me want more.

After I got through the beginning, there was the middle. At this point, I believed that the story was going in a good direction. I liked the way that Bennett and Anna tried to make things work, the way that their relationship is tested and ultimately, they have to face each other and really–the distance that separates them. I thought that maybe, in the end, the author would let the characters go. Bennett would learn to live with Anna and still bring her happiness the way that several authors have done before. The distance between them is simply too much. I’m not saying I was disappointed by the lack of a sad, sappy ending–I was disappointed by the lack of an ending. An ending is not just the answer to the question asked in the beginning, it’s so much more than that, and for me–this book was just the answer.

It also felt incredibly rushed and anticlimatic.

Overall, there were a lot of things that I LOVED. I loved the relationship between Bennett and his sister, the history told in this story and the things that Bennett ultimately comes to realize. I’m happy with what happens in the end, even if the execution of it was a little messy to me. I do believe that this will definitely be a great book for fans of contemporary, and I will like it after I read the feels that I’m warned to look out for in book one. All in all, it wasn’t bad. It was just kind of meh for me in many parts of the story where the plot slowed a little bit. I did enjoy it though, and I would recommend it for someone looking for a mellow story that has feels and time traveling and a little bit of romance. 3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 368

Series: Time Between Us #2