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Return Once More

(The Historians #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  625 ratings  ·  160 reviews
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

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Published October 20th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
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Angela Shockley Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark

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Bonnie Shores
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel

Return Once More is different from other time travel books I've read. In a good way. The story is set in the future, in a colony called Genesis that was terraformed after Earth became uninhabitable. The author does a great job of explaining the science behind a lot of tech stuff which adds to the believablity of the plot.


Kaia is just trying to get through her final year of apprenticeship before becoming a Historian. She lives where she trains, with two roommates that she's known most of her life
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Trisha Leigh.)

“Maybe rebellion ran in my blood.”

This was a really good YA sci-fi story, and there were so many twists I didn’t see coming!

I loved Kaia in a ‘OMG what are you doing girl?’ sort of way! She had some crazy ideas, and took some really risky chances, but her heart was usually in the right place, even if her motivation was maybe a little misplaced.

“What was Oz doing observing the
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2015
I have such a soft spot for the Young Adult genre.. However I find YA is also a genre that can go very wrong and when the concept isn’t pulled off, it can be a total disaster! I tend to be quite picky with my YA reads. When I read the description of Return Once More, I admit I was apprehensive. I don’t normally like books about your “one true love” and time travel can be so hit and miss. But the beautiful cover along with the interesting description pushed me to give it a go. And I am SO glad th ...more
Norah Una Sumner


Oh.My.God.This book is so,so,so good! The story is captivating,the characters are interesting and unique and the shock-factor is real.And so is my struggle because I need the next book.NOW.
I loved reading about Kaia and her adventures,she is such a cool and lovely character.She definitely makes some questionable choices but I’m not so sure that I wouldn’t do the same thing if I were her.The romance is,of course,breath-taking and wonderfully written.Also,I loved the
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
*Book two is out AND I AM SO EXCITED* If you haven't checked this series out yet, DO IT NOW.

Wowwww. Going into this book I had mixed thoughts. I had read a lot of really great reviews and the premise looked great but I was worried about the time travel aspect. Ever since I started watching Doctor Who I have standards on what I think does and doesn't work when it comes to time travel--I feel like it mostly can be messed up pretty easily. I was very presently surprised that what Leigh did in this
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

Return Once More had caught me by surprised. A story about Kaia, a Historian in training who on her 17th birthday discovers the identity of her True Companion and the lengths she goes in order to spend what little time she has with him. Meanwhile, trying to unfold a huge mystery that is being kept secret back in her own home that can change an outcome of their entire society.

Wow, this book truly blew me away. It was amazing, it was well crafted, with likable characters, and a wonderful world bui

Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight
So time travel books, in my experience, have usually gone two ways: Lots of rules,  science and techno-speak that I didn't understand; or none of that and a huge lack of answers to the basic questions of how time travel is even possible. This book? Neither. Stunningly, happily, remarkably neither. It was some magical happy medium, where I understood what was happening and there was legitimate technology to back it up.

Anyway, let's move a
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
What a fantastic story, you guys! Get it in any format, it's worth it, and it's especially lovely on audio. This is exactly the type of YA I adore - fast-paced, serious, merciless and with no-nonsense attitude. I got teary-eyed a couple of times because of the love story, and believe me, - it was tragic...

So what it's all about? Kaia is a student of The Historians, a group of people who observe history, clarify the historical events and make them available for the society, so it would lear
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars ★★★★★!!

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

AHHHH Trisha what are you doing to meeeee. I could NOT put this book down until I was finished omg. This book was amazing! I recommend whole heartedly!

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Okay So trying to organize my thoughts on this book, I love time travel books but sometimes they can toe the line into just being plain bad. Not Return Once More though I don't normally love books that are set in an far away future as well as bein

Oh my stars, Return Once More was an amazing read! It had everything I love about YA fiction, and still managed to be unique. In this historical/sci-fi/time traveling dystopian the fate of the future rests in the hands of a few.

Kaia is a historian apprentice. Her job basically involved using technology to go back into the past, with her peers and a mentor, to observe history as it happened. This sounds like the coolest job ever! Yea, there is some boring sounding reflection that needs to take pl
Nicole M. Hewitt
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 Stars

This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Return Once More is a YA time traveling sci-fi adventure book of the best kind! This book will get your heart beating faster and bring tears to your eyes. It’s the type of book that will get you thinking about all of the moral and practical implications of time travel (without making your head spin).

What fed my addiction:

Time travel!
I’m a sucker for time travel stories when they’re done right. Sometimes the
You know, I'm a sucker for time travels things, so this part of the book made me go gaga over it.
It's very nice thought out and executed. A little too stretched maybe but overall it's really really good.

Of course some things like finding yours True Love scientifically didn't make sense, but it's science fiction, so everything can happen.

This book made me look up some of historical moments, it's very interesting and exciting. I'm not sure if I liked Kaia (aka the MC) but I definitely enjoyed the
Jacqueline J
I loved this book. First off it was very well written and well researched. The world building was pretty stellar. The time travel element was believably done. The book was written in first person POV and that was also well done. Sometimes that POV can be very clunky and obtrusive. Here it was pretty seamless. I liked the heroine and I loved her True. The one person in all of history who is your perfect match. The book ended on a extremely big cliffhanger and while I can't wait for the next one, ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Chapters read: 3

I'm struggling a lot with the world building. It's just too busy for me to handle. The sci fi stuff and the time travel is very cool, but the addition of science's ability to predict your true love who could be from any time is puzzling. They can even tell you your true love from the far future or far in the past. How can they possibly have the ability to do that? It's a cool idea, but I can't quiet the part of my brain that keeps screaming HOW THOUGH.
Valeria Andrea
May 26, 2013 marked it as to-read
Very interesting, but this book has a glitch; Reincarnation.

It doesn't consider reincarnation as a variable & I'm seriously frowning down at that.

I Also hate that the chick is 16.
Seriously, you guys.
We are talking about one's true love, corny feeling & all.
She's way too young - too stupid.
Erin Arkin
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dear Trisha Leigh, You just seem to get me. I mean, time travel, boys, fate and a bit of mystery all in one book. GAH! I'm going to be needing the next book real soon please. No pressure.

I had my eye on Return Once More by Trisha Leigh way back when she was calling it The Historians so OF COURSE the first moment I saw this up on NetGalley I was going to request this. Not only did I love Leigh’s First Year series so I know her writing style is right up my alley, but for real…History and time tra
Katherine Paschal
In a far off future, humans have left earth due to declining resources and traveled to space. In a highly controlled environment, soon to be 17 year old Kai is in training to be a Historian. Historians have the capabilities to travel back in time to visit earth and document historic events through video for their history archives. For the most part, Kaia tries to walk the straight and narrow since her brother’s banishment, but some rules she has a hard time following. On her 17th birthday, as pe ...more
T.H. Hernandez
I'm a sucker for time travel. Young adult time traveling romances? Yeah, that's like my trifecta right there, so I eagerly snatched up this gem from talented author, Trisha Leigh. I was sucked into her Cavey Files, and had high hopes for her take on the time travel genre. This is such a unique twist that it really stands apart from any other I've read. The book is set in the future, after Earth's destruction. Kaia is a Historian, someone who travels back through time to study historic events and ...more
Jamie Davis
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not your average time travel!

Admittedly, I’m choosy when it comes to futuristic sci-fi or time travel books. I need to feel like the story and characters are still relatable and relevant to current life. When I found out Trisha Leigh had written a book about time travel, I KNEW it would break stereotypes and be something I’d love. I WAS NOT WRONG!

What if you could find out at 17 yrs old who your one true love is - your soulmate? How many of of us would be dying of curiosity? But what if the tra
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book was FANTASTIC! I am not always a huge time travel fan because I often get caught up with the “why are you going back and forth part”, but this was executed in a wonderful way. I love the different kinds of tech that are in this one. Leigh creates a fascinating conundrum of how humanity should responsibly act if they were given the power to go back in time. I struggled with the world building initially, but after a few chapters of rolling with it, I was won over.

Kaia is an intriguing c
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Bloomsbury Spark for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. receiving this book for free has not altered my opinion or review in any way.

So, I'm a fan of time travel books. And I know it takes a lot to be able to write one, so much to think about. Which is why the blurb of this book totally and completely intrigued me. Not only was it time travel, which I often associate with the future (for some unknown reason) but it was time travel into the pa
Brandi Kosiner
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this one because I really enjoyed the idea of knowing your true love, and the appeal of the forbidden romance aspect. I have no idea what I would do when faced with a choice of saving one man that is meant for me and the huge and unknown consequences that could come from altering the course of history. I mean without that aspect even the time travel would have appealed to me. The people from the future exploring the past in order to learn from it is intriguing.

I liked Kaia, s
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
This book was even better than I thought it would be! Trisha Leigh wrote a fantastic story that weaves historical fiction with science fiction and it kept me engrossed until the very last page.

Kaia is a historian. Her job (along with the other historians) is to travel back in time to observe specific moments in history so they can learn from the past and not make the same mistakes again. The historians are supposed to observe history, but they are never, ever supposed to alter it in any way. The
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction
*Rating* 3-3.5


Return Once More is the first installment in author Trisha Leigh's The Historians. The story is set in the year 2560. In 2510, irreversible destruction on Earth sent people into space. Sanchi, Amalgam of Genesis, is where we find out main protagonist Kaia Vespasian. Genesis was born out of the desire for peace and harmony. Kaia and her family are direct descendants from the Original colonizers, as well as Roman empero
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-favorites
GUYS, I'M DEAD. This book was so much freaking fun to read. I honestly loved every single second of this story - it was so entertaining and so well-written, and so obvious that the author took so much time and thought to put it all together. Hats off to Trisha Leigh, I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to.

The concept of time travel in this is so interesting. It's completely different from other time travel stories that I've read, and I've read a lot because time travel is one of my all
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
**Originally posted on my blog @ Miranda's Book Blog

"My heart slammed into my ribs, and my mouth went dry. What felt like a million tiny little magnets came alive under my skin, tugged me toward the still form, but walking with knees made of water proved impossible.
Something deep in the core of me recognized him, even without seeing his face."

OMG the heart-pounding, smiling like an idiot feels! I'll admit that I have a soft spot for time-travel romance, add into the mix that it's a YA and I was
Shannon Rogers
Oh my! This book had it all. This was one of those stories that sucked me in immediately and kept me in suspense until the very end. There were so many elements I loved about this story that it's hard to know where to start.

First, there was the cast of characters. They were all so well-developed, but I loved Kaia from the very beginning. This isn't a Katiniss type girl. She' normal, with normal hangups, a normal teenage girl's faulty decision making, but with an underlying core of strength and f
Unabridged Bookshelf
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As someone who loves History and would give up almost anything to be able to observe historical events as they unfold, Return Once More is my dream novel. Many interesting historical events are discussed or even witnessed during the course of this novel. I loved each of them, but the ones set in Ancient Egypt are my favorite as it is my favorite thing to learn about when it comes to human history. Trisha Leigh did outstanding research when it came to presenting these events in historical detail ...more
Hannah L (Reviewer)
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-scifi, ya-romance
If you had the ability to go back in time and meet your soul mate, would you? How far would you go to save them? What would you risk? Sacrifice? In the world of Return Once more, Kaia Vespasian is faced with these exact questions. A sixteen-year-old apprentice to the Historians, she risks everything as she travels through time to meet her true love.
I had extremely high hopes for this novel. It's concept was riveting and had plenty of potential. When time travel comes into play, there are many
Emily Donnellan
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started Return Once More on a whim. I forgot my kindle and in an act of desperation I started reading on my phone. This novel quickly sucked me in though and I ended up reading about half the novel in one sitting. Yes, it’s that kind of book!

Return Once More takes place in the future. The Earth has been abandoned and Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice historian. Historians travel back in time and observe the past so they can learn from it and better shape the future. A side effect from this trave
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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, rea ...more

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