Thursday, 23 August 2012

Time Between Us - Book Review

Time Between Us – Book Review
Tamara Ireland Stone
YA Time Travel
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

With a similar kind of concept to The Time Travellers Wife, Time Between Us was a moving and captivating YA read that despite a few hiccups, I ultimately enjoyed. Told from the point of view of sixteen year old Anna, Time Between Us is a story of love and adventure, all mixed in with a twist of the impossible.
 Inexplicably drawn to Bennett, the new guy at her school Anna can’t help but feel like there is something ‘different’ about him. Therefore when he saves her from knife point by teleporting her into the past, she realises just how different their lives really are.
Bennett is a time traveller and Anna knows that realistically, they were never meant to meet – yet she can’t help but fall in love with him. Born nearly 17 years apart between two different times, Anna and Bennett must find a way to keep Bennett from returning to the future, but fate is determined to pull them apart. The only question is, is their love strong enough to beat the divide of time and space…?
I enjoyed this book but felt like it got off to a slow beginning. There were also times where not everything made sense, but I assure that this is one of those books that if you persevere, everything will eventually fall into place and the story does pick up after the first hundred or so pages.
Anna is a very level headed main character. She has a loving family and great friends, slightly above average grades and a future all planned out. I liked that she is just a normal kind of girl.  Bennett on the other hand wasn’t your typical mysterious, good looking type. Sure he had elements of mystery but apart from the whole time travel thing he was mostly a, ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of guy which I really liked.
I enjoyed how the romance between the two developed and their relationship was sweet and believable. The trials and conflicts Bennett and Anna had to face as a couple were harsh and I was quite often surprised by how the storyline played out. The ending was also not at all what I expected – but in a good way.
The secondary and supportive characters such as Anna’s best friend Emma were also really well written, some of the characters even having small storylines of their own. I also enjoyed how Bennett was careful with his gift, knowing that changing the past in even a small way, can have huge consequences in the future that at first you don’t see at all.  These little consequences made for some great plot twists.
So overall I thought Time Between Us was a pretty good read, although my main hiccup with the book was that the pacing could be rather slow. However I will also say hands up that this isn’t the type of book I typically go for. Therefore my rating is 3 stars!
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  1. Thanks for the review. I have been waiting for this. I hope I like it!

  2. Thanks for the review Sarah, I'm a little worried about this one becuase of its comparisions to The Time-Travellers Wife but I can't wait to read it and find out for myself!