Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.
As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.
Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Recently I've gotten into reading stories about time travel. I don't know if it's from my obsessive Doctor Who watching or what, but it's all I've wanted to read about lately. Time Between Us has been on my tbr for a while, so I decided to give it a try. I went in with no expectations because I hadn't heard much about it, and ended up enjoying it, even though it was a little cliche.
At first, Time Between Us made me really confused, which I typically hate. However, it worked well in this book. I liked finding out things alongside Anna, instead of just being told what was happening right away. It added to the mystery and suspense of the book, and kept me interested. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue throughout the book. When it was finally revealed when Bennett was born, my jaw dropped. It added a whole new layer to the story, which made things even more complex. I loved it.
There are a few problems that I had with the book. It was very tropey, and cliche. It reminded me a lot of Twilight in a way, which might be good for it's intended young adult audience, but I've been over the whole Twilight thing for a few years now. I've outgrown it. For example, a lot of the important scenes take place in a school cafeteria, like Twilight. There's also an unexplainable connection to each other, and instalove that's similar to Twilight. Last but not least, he shows up uninvited her bedroom, which reminded me of Twilight, and is always creepy. The plot was also predictable at times. I guessed what was going to happen with the contest, and a few other things that I don't want to get too into because of spoilers, from the start.
Even though I had a couple of issues with Time Between Us, I ended up really enjoying it. It made me want to read more of Tamara Ireland Stone's books, which I will be doing right away. I think it should be interesting to read the sequel to this, Time After Time. I'm not sure how a sequel will take place after the way everything ended, but I'm excited to read it because I really want more of these characters. I recommend this book for young adult readers, those that like Twilight and want similar books, and people that love reading about time travel.
I give Time Between Us: 3.5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.