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Drawn by Marie Lamba
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Feb 08, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2011, reviewed
Read from December 26 to 31, 2011

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Review copy supplied by the author.

My Grade
Plot: 5
Setting: 5
Writing: 5
Originality: 5
Characters: 5
Romance: 5
Overall: 30/30!
Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall
A fun, historical time travel full of creativity, beautiful scenes, and an engrossing mystery.

First Line
I pull the zipper up the back, sealing myself into the dress.

Most Memorable Scene
I loved the first time Michelle meets Christopher. Also, Michelle is attacked in an alley and Christopher helps her.

Plot
I fell in love with the entire story. I loved learning about Christopher’s time and the political issues that make up most of his issues. Michelle’s brother, while a small role, had a huge impact on me and I loved how his presence is increased by the end of the book.

Setting
Set in London, the setting was mostly amazing. The castle that Michelle meets Christopher in is spectacular. And going back in time during that setting? Brilliant. I’m a huge fan of historical books or movies that center around this era of armored knights welding swords.

Writing
I had no issues with Marie’s writing. I enjoyed hearing the story from Michelle’s point of view. I loved how she seamlessly integrated the two worlds.

Originality
I haven’t read too many time travel books and none that had such pure romance and a true mystery element to it. Michelle and Christopher’s relationship unfolds magically. Their first encounter is a favorite scene of mine. I truly didn’t know what had happened! I thought for sure that Christopher was going to be a vampire! With his clothes, his strong frame and the disappearing act he pulled I thought for sure he was paranormal. I was excited to be wrong.

Also, Michelle’s ability to time travel and the way it happens is very unique.

Characters
Michelle is pretty much a normal teenaged girl. She’s in a new school, meeting new people. She befriends a few guys: William, the son of the owner of Wallingford Academy, who plays a decent role in Michelle’s story and Roger Mortley, a not so popular guy but a very nice guy for sure, also plays a big role in Michelle’s life. She’s wonderfully creative at drawing.

Michelle meets Christopher at the castle. He’s a knight, sexy and super chivalrous.

Romance
I always find romances that blossom from time traveling bittersweet. Because I always think, how is this possibly going to turn out good in the end?

Their romance was very beautiful and endearing. I didn’t want to see it end.

Title/Cover Bonus
The title is just fine, however, the cover, while fitting, isn’t amazing.

Ending
I can say for sure that the ending was not what I was expecting but it was perfect.

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Reading Progress

12/26/2011
31.0% "Pretty good. Not exactly sure what's happening but I'm interested."
12/28/2011
75.0% "Looking forward to seeing how this ends!"
12/31/2011
100.0% "An enjoyable read. Loved the time travel and of course Christopher."

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