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Into the Dim

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,774 ratings  ·  915 reviews
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to ...more
Hardcover, Advanced Reader Copy, 436 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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J. Ford I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm not one to usually read historical fiction. The characters I found very believable and merged so well with the histori…moreI thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm not one to usually read historical fiction. The characters I found very believable and merged so well with the historic ones that I began to think they were all real. You know how Rowling made Little Winging and Hogwarts feel like they really existed, and all the characters real? That's what I felt with this book, and that is rare for me. Fantastic escapism at its best!(less)

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Emily May
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, young-adult, 2016, sci-fi
In my sixteen years on this earth, no guy had ever, ever flirted with me. The redneck boys where I was from preferred girls like my cheerleader cousins. Size two. Blond. Busty. Brainless.

This book is being marketed as Outlander for teens. It isn't. It's a serious insult to teens to say they're incapable of appreciating anything beyond this cliched, slut-shaming drivel.

Time travel doesn't even rear its head until the poor reader (me) has sat through pages and pages of innate, inexplicable spe
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
When the “thees,” “thous” and “wherefores” sprang naturally from my lips, I felt a pang of gratitude for my mother’s insistence that I master all those archaic languages.
What's with all the time travel books lately? Is it because of the popularity of Outlander? Is time travel the new vampire or something? It's a tough subject around which to write a book, and it can go wrong in many ways. This book is an example of how time travel can be fucked up.

To be clear, I do not expect this book to b
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Can I give this 10 stars?? I freaking LOVED this book! First I want to thank HMH for sending me an advanced copy to read.

Ok so my review have you ever seen the movie Timeline with Paul Walker and Gerard Butler? No? Here's the imdb link check it out! well this book reminded me of a mix of Timeline and a YA version of Outlander yes there's a hot Scott lol there's also a hot Brit as well and before you say "oh crap there's a love triangle" I will tell you th
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Hope Walton's mother was believed to have been killed in an earthquake eight months ago. Her father has moved on with his life and met someone new but Hope still believes there's a chance her mother could be alive.

After the service for her mother Hope receives an invitation from her mother's sister to come for a visit while her father travels. Not wanting to be left with her grandmother that has never accepted Hope into her family since Hope was adopted, she battles her anxiety and boards a pla
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh, this was so much fun. Henry II & Eleonor of Aquitaine are my favorite historical figures and the chance to travel back to their world was thrilling. This is similar to Outlander in that the 'present' time period is set in Scotland along with the traveling through time, but that is where the similiaries end. Obviously, the main difference is that this is geared toward YA audiences, so it's language is lighter and more modern. The time traveling, also, in this had more of a purpose. I really r ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His mouth came down over mine, stopping my words, crushing me to him in a kiss we both knew would have to last us for a long, long time.






Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group and NetGalley.)

“All the air whooshed from my lungs as I stared into my mother’s face, woven into an object that was nearly nine hundred years old.”

This was a YA sci-fi story about a girl who had to travel back into the past to rescue her missing mother.

Hope was a strong character in this book who never gave up. It was quite interesting to learn
I will admit to being a little wary of reading this book because of the tag line comparing it to Outlander. Not that Outlander is bad, but I'm slightly afraid of the historical aspect.

I really liked this cast of characters, especially Hope. She's quite possibly the smartest person ever and sort of awkward and it was entertaining reading her figure everything out. I always love when someone who was totally underestimated rules everything.

The overall story is quite interesting and I was instantly
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at the BiblioSanctum

While Into the Dim is not without its flaws (like calling it “an Outlander for teens" might be a bit of a stretch), there’s still no denying this book has its charms. The story is impressively robust for a YA time traveling book, and what it lacks in world-building and logistical explanations, it makes up for with pure entertainment and plenty of fun twists along the way. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed myself.

Most of this story actually takes p
Cora Tea Party Princess
DNF at 12%

I'm not in the mood for this.

I'm sick of protagonists hating "Size two. Blond. Busty. Brainless" cheerleaders. This girl have never even been to a school, never met actual people her own age. Who the hell is she to judge ANYONE?

I am not in the sort of mood to read self-important speshul snowflakes.
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

Into the Dim is one of those books that left me absolutely confused and I had no idea at first if I liked the book or if it was just another book in the sea of other books that I will forget about in a month. Writing the review usually helps me sort out my thoughts. It was the same with this one. There were a few elements that I liked, but there were like waaaay more ones that I didn't like. Time travel books are usually complex and
Aug 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-2-stars-read, ya
What aspects should a good novel have? My list consists of relatable and in detail developed characters, intriguing world-building, emotional moments, addictive plot and preferably a twist or two. Into the Dim had none of these. What it did have was insta-love, boring plot, shallowly written one-dimensional characters and stupid narrator (who in their right senses would not question why stranger is stalking you and secretly taking your pictures just because of pretty eyes of said stranger???). N ...more
Taylor Knight
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I'd seen quite a bit of hype around this book so I was super excited to start it. I was a little put off by the fact that it sounded so much like Outlander (time travel and Scotland) and that it's marketed as "an Outlander for teens" but I still wanted to read Into the Dim.
First off, I love Outlander with very ounce of my being. Outlander means so much to me. So the fact that Into the Dim pretty much copied the concept of Outlander upsets me. It's so similar to Outlander and I couldn't stop com
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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Into the Dim is such a lush and enjoyable book! The story takes place in two interesting locations, Scotland and London, and the main character is flawed and relatable. As if the book isn’t already phenomenal, it is written in such a captivating and lyrical way that makes the reader never want to put the book down! Into the Dim is a definite must read.

This book has one of the most unique settings that I’ve seen in YA. The story begins in Scotland, which gives it su
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Just so you know, Eleanor d'Aquitaine = Alienor.

Of course I'm interested, this historical period always fascinated me.

I'll still wait for reviews to be posted, though. Historical/Time Travel YA can be so annoying. Please tell me she isn't a special snowflake. Please.
Ashley Blake
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action and history-packed, I loved this time travel tale! Hope is a real, interesting and badass heroine and the twists and turns of this book kept me turning the pages. Such fun!
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Nov 07, 2014 marked it as lost-interest-did-not-finish
Shelves: e-arc
DNF @ 21% + light skimming.

I felt absolutely nothing during this story, nor did I like the main character very much. It read like another one of those special snowflake stories when the awkward girl doesn't know how pretty or talented she is. It's hard not to compare to other books that have made time travelling and ley lines much more interesting. The romance, too, was boring, and a love triangle in the future seemed imminent. Not for me.
Michelle Madow
I loved it -- especially when they were back in twelfth century, London! Janet did such an amazing job bringing the time period to life. I truly felt like I was time traveling with the main characters, and I enjoyed the historical details. Can't wait for the next book! ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Not gonna lie: I had some high expectations for this book, especially as it being lauded as the Outlander for the YA set. It definitely did read a lot younger than I'm used to, even for a young adult novel. But Outlander it was not. For one thing, I was almost 40% into the story before the time travelling became an actuality.
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
The very first sentence of Into the Dim is "Everyone in town knew that the coffin was empty," and it was love at first line. I devoured this book and could not believe it when I reached the end. Into the Dim has everything that I look for in a Historical Fiction novel: actual historical facts twisted into a new and fun plot. It actually left me wanting to know more about the history of the book's setting and of the the actual historical figures—particularly Eleanor of Aquitaine. Seriously, if yo ...more
Stefani Sloma
Jun 23, 2015 marked it as to-read
SCOTLAND AND TIME TRAVEL. Could there BE a more perfect book for me?
Emily France
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-ya-debuts
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of INTO THE DIM. What drew me to it were the promises of time travel and vivid glimpses into history, and it delivered on those beautifully. But there was something in this story I wasn’t expecting… the voice! The heroine has one of those voices I could listen to (or follow to any point in time) for another 500 pages after the story ended. It’s strong, unique, and rings so true. I was able to suspend my disbelief and follow the author through this amazing act ...more
This was ok.. The cheesy romance ruined it for me though. Also the main character is not likeable enough
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Are you in the mood for a fast-paced, whirlwind adventure to the past? If so then "Into the Dim" is the book for you.

Quirky and eidetic memory-wielding Hope Walton is thrust into the world of time traveling after her mother, Sarah, goes missing when really she's stuck in another century. Hope and two other time travelers are tasked with rescuing Sarah. They are her last chance, and if they can't save her she will never be able to return to her proper time period.

"Into the Dim" has a slower star
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AT THE RISK of sounding like a cliché, books truly are the most versatile and economical means of traveling—transporting us from real to imaginary worlds, and even piercing the veil of time. Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor, takes reader to 12th century London in the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine. I'm not too sure on the historical accuracy of this book, though, I thought Ms. Taylor richly detailed the beauty and darkness of this period. I
Sherwood Smith
Copy provided by NetGalley:

Hot Scots in history has been a thing in historical romance for decades. Many believe that Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles kicked it off, and I have no quarrel with that for the adult audience, but the first one I ever read and loved was Sally Watson's Witch of the Glens, which was written for the young adult audience.

And here is a new entry for young adults. (I would say for the high end of young adults, as there is a lot of rough language and some frank sexual di
Sarah Ahiers
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic time-travel adventure!

Hope Walton is a girl with a photographic memories, a life filled with anxieties that keep her trapped at home, and a dead mother.
But when she's whisked away to Scotland to meet her aunt for the first time, Hope learns that her mother is, in fact, not dead, but a member of a secret society of time travelers and trapped in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. And though she must overcome her anxieties, Hope may be the only person who can travel back in time to s
Sarah Alexander
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
INTO THE DIM by Janet B Taylor is a must-read for anyone with an interest in twelfth-century history. And time travel, of course! I enjoyed the gentle start – intriguing from the first page but it gave space and time for the reader to really get to know Hope. Her pain from losing her mum oozed from the pages. Then BAM! Everything Hope knew about her life is challenged, and a thrilling adventure begins. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. The plot is full of brilliant surprises and I ...more
KL (Cat)
3 to 4 stars.

Honestly, I'm not quite sure how to review this book. I sympathised with our heroine, but she was so unmemorable that I have already forgotten her name. The romance was cute, however it happened so quickly it was unbelievable. Our villain Celia seemed to me like any other cardboard cutout evil leader! types that are frequently found in dystopian YA. Honestly, nothing really stood out special to me, aside from Eleanor of Aquitaine, who had remarkable characterisation and was the most
The Distracted Bee

What a great read! An historical-fiction/ YA-time travel- adventure- romance!

Reasons to read: contemporary, lonely American teen is whisked away to Scotland. Time travels to 12th century England. Meets Eleanor of Aquitaine... and she has a crush on Tesla.

Loved the historical details, and as I’m not well acquainted with this period of English history, I was transfixed!

Not quite a fiver: it was a bit uneven in parts. The premise of the time travel was a mishmash of sullen teenager, conf
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Janet Taylor lives in such a small town in Arkansas that if you happen to sneeze when you pass by, you'll totally miss it. (Cause, you know, you can't sneeze with your eyes open. For real--try it--it's impossible)

Her first novel, INTO THE DIM, (which debuted 3/1/2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is about a 16 year old girl who travels through time. Totally on purpose and stuff.

Her second book,

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