I wasn't sure what to think of this book at first, as it seemed to take awhile to find its groove, but once it did it really took off, and I couldn'tI wasn't sure what to think of this book at first, as it seemed to take awhile to find its groove, but once it did it really took off, and I couldn't put it down. It's not quite as good as her "Across the Universe" trilogy, and I did think there were some questions left unanswered - or where the answers given weren't satisfying - but as a whole, I thought it worked. ...more
"Time After Time" picks up immediately where "Time Between Us" leaves off, and the two books should really be read as one, as they'd have worked just"Time After Time" picks up immediately where "Time Between Us" leaves off, and the two books should really be read as one, as they'd have worked just as well as one long book, rather than two middle-length ones. Because of this, I have a hard time thinking of them as two individual books (it also probably didn't help that I read the last half of the first one, and the entirety of this one in one day!), and I can therefore think of very little new to say about "Time After Time" that I didn't already say about "Time Between Us". I liked that Bennett was the narrator of this book, so we got to see things from his side, and got to meet his family.
I don't envy Anna and Bennett their circumstances, and almost hope there'll be a third book, to show us how things turn out down the line. This book seemed very final though, so I doubt there'll be more.
The ending confused me a lot - at first I thought there was a major plot-hole, and couldn't understand how Tamara Ireland Stone (or her editors) hadn't discovered that, but thinking about it, I'm starting to think that it wasn't a major plot-hole, but just a really brilliant twist... although possibly still with a tiny plot-hole in order to make it possible. But tiny plot-holes I can accept :)
And my initial opinion still stands - I'd love to read more from Tamara Ireland Stone's hand....more
After reading (and being blown away by) an ARC of "Every Last Word", I knew I had to read more by Tamara Ireland Stone - even if I realized I was likeAfter reading (and being blown away by) an ARC of "Every Last Word", I knew I had to read more by Tamara Ireland Stone - even if I realized I was likely to be disappointed.
Fortunately that didn't turn out to be the case. Granted, "Time Between Us" could in no way live up to ELW, but even so it's a very enjoyable YA. It reminded me very vividly of "The Time-Traveller's Wife" in places, but as that is one of my favourite books, I have no complaints there ;) The plot itself is a pretty run-of-the-mill girl-meets-boy, boy-cannot-remember-girl, boy-time-travels-to-girl (okay, so perhaps not quite that run-of-the-mill) story, but the writing style that captivated me in ELW is present here as well and though desperately sad in places, I was glad to read it.
Don't enter into it expecting another masterpiece like "Every Last Word", but if you're just expecting a traditional YA romance novel, you're likely to enjoy it.
I did - and will be continuing right on with the sequel....more
Beautifully written, poignant and real. I'm finding it very difficult to talk about this book without squeeing all over the place, but I don't want toBeautifully written, poignant and real. I'm finding it very difficult to talk about this book without squeeing all over the place, but I don't want to hype it too much, so I will try to restrain myself.
I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley, and pretty much had no idea what to expect - I just liked the cover - but I quickly realized that this was right up my aisle. I loved the writing style, and the plot is YA when it's best. I really liked Sam and the rest of the PC, and found a lot of the poetry really brilliant. Especially nearer the end - it was clear that people improved.
I also appreciated reading a book about OCD where the focus was more on the obsessive part than the compulsion part - i.e. more a brain that cannot be turned off, than specifically having to do certain things.
Mostly I loved the ending, and as I finished the last page, I had tears (good tears) running down my cheeks. Definitely a book I'll want to reread....more