I really enjoyed this book, except for the ending. (view spoiler)[ As for the ending, if I hadn't known there was a book 2, I would have been disappoiI really enjoyed this book, except for the ending. (view spoiler)[ As for the ending, if I hadn't known there was a book 2, I would have been disappointed because nothing was resolved at the end. (hide spoiler)]
What I really enjoyed about this book was the setting in Italy. I loved the aspect of Mia learning about Italian culture, language, and food. I liked seeing her interact with family members who are complete strangers to her and the relationships that begin to develop. I think the author created a relatively realistic character with Mia, in the way she misses her family in the U.S. and learns how to adapt to a new country and new life.
The story was interesting, but I found Tess and Tobias really annoying. They acted like bratty 17 year olds, even though I think the book wanted themThe story was interesting, but I found Tess and Tobias really annoying. They acted like bratty 17 year olds, even though I think the book wanted them to seem mature.
(view spoiler)[ When Jurey tried to warn them about Blackthorne, Tobias was so dismissive. He also didn't seem to really believe anything else anyone on the train had to say about Blackthorne. This type of attitude is reminiscent of the typical teenager attitude- "Don't tell me. I already know everything...What do you know...you're old..." This annoyed me.
I also didn't like the way the book ended. Everything Tess and Tobias did was for nothing. All the help they had from Wilder was for nothing. Other than the plot twist, it seemed that everything Tess and Tobias did was pointless. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I thought the story was confusing at times, and I didn't care for the main characters. I also didn't like the ending. However, the book was still interesting....more
I loved the series, even though it took me a while to get into the first book. I'm giving it 3.5 stars only because I didn't like the ending. If it3.5
I loved the series, even though it took me a while to get into the first book. I'm giving it 3.5 stars only because I didn't like the ending. If it weren't for the ending, this book would have been 5 stars. I was quite disappointed with the ending. It wasn't awful, but it could have been so much better. It felt as if the author didn't know how to get out of the problems she created with time travel, so she picked the simplest solution and ending.
(view spoiler)[ I was happy that at least Nathaniel and Gideon remembered each other, but I didn't like that Kate and Peter no longer had memories of each other. Peter would have not been as appreciative of his parents, especially his father, without his time travel adventures. The events brought together all the characters, except Lord Luxon.
Also, it didn't make sense that the Marquis would have been able to write his memoir if he had no memory of the events. Once again, I really enjoyed the series, but the ending was terrible. (hide spoiler)]...more
Enjoyable book. It took me a bit to really get into the book, but once I did, I was hooked. I'm actually at the start of book 2.
Warning: this book enEnjoyable book. It took me a bit to really get into the book, but once I did, I was hooked. I'm actually at the start of book 2.
Warning: this book ends in a cliffhanger, so I would advise to have book 2 nearby so you don't have to wait to find out what happens to the characters. Make sure not to get confused by the British and American titles to the books.
I think the author did a great job of transporting the reader to London as well as other cities in the 1700s.
Although it's kids book (the two main characters are 12 years old), adults like myself can also enjoy it. I recommend this book. I would love for the author to get a movie deal!...more
The book was ok. It had a lot of potential, but the characters fell flat. I didn't particularly like SovayOverall, I would give this book 2.5 stars.
The book was ok. It had a lot of potential, but the characters fell flat. I didn't particularly like Sovay right from the start. (view spoiler)[ Although her boyfriend/fiance lied to her and didn't really care for her, it doesn't justify Sovay's attempt to murder him. I didn't like her for this at all. (hide spoiler)]
Also, it seemed that every male character fell in love with Sovay. That was a bit much for me. I didn't particularly enjoy the ending either. I was left with a lot of questions. (view spoiler)[ The author introduced so many characters. I wish I knew exactly what happened to all of them (and in more detail). (hide spoiler)]
I like historical fiction, and that's what I enjoyed the most from this book. I enjoyed that the story took place both in England and France....more