Monday, August 1, 2011

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Release Date: January 11th 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page Count: Hardcover, 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Time Travel

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives. - Good Reads
This book started out really, really good. I identified with the main character Michele, she was a very likeable character. I love the subject of time travel and it's one of my favourite genres. I was also very intrigued by the dreams and the boy in them. Then the book just went downhill. In a dive. A deep dive. It felt sloppy. Storylines that should have been a little more detailed or thought out a little bit better were quickly patched up without much emotional closure. I was also disappointed with the ending, though there did seem to be a spark of hope. The descriptions of New York were spot-on and very well researched. But yet again, I just wish the author could have researched and put more effort into the characters and the storylines. There apparently will be a sequel, which I will definitely have to read, just to see if it gets any better. I think this could just turn out to be a first in a series that isn't too good because it doesn't stand alone well and you'll end up appreciating it a little more as you read on into the series. Let's hope so! I'll definitely be buying the next book and hoping it wraps things up more. 

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