Hey all, Dani here.
First thing’s first: thank you so much to everyone who has been checking out my blog, liking my posts, and commenting on them. Last month I had the highest stats for the whole 18 months of this blog, and already this month you amazing people have surpassed those stats. I am so grateful for all of you.
Now, onto today’s post, which is a review of a book that I literally bought soon after its release but for some reason or another I never got around to reading it. With the sequel being released soon, and the fact that the publisher so graciously approved me for an e-galley of the sequel through NetGalley, I knew I absolutely had to pick up this book and read it. That being said, I’ll be jumping into the next book very soon, and with any luck I’ll have that review up at the end of the week.
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 rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Rating: 4.5 stars
I enjoyed this book, and I read it in only two sittings, so I think it’s a fairly quick read as well. Hope is an intriguing protagonist, because of her eidetic memory and all of the education her mom has given her over the course of her young life. It isn’t until much later in the story that Hope realizes that her mom was basically preparing her for if this day ever came, even though it also seems clear that her mom didn’t want her involved with the Viators.
It was also nice that Hope had doubts and fears and she had to work through some of those issues, like the panic that arose due to dealing with claustrophobia. I like when there are characters who have a unique strength that is counterbalanced by a flaw or weakness.
Oh, and then there were all the facts and figures and details Hope could just spout off because she had seen them or heard them before, even if it was a long time ago. It’s nice when there is an opportunity to basically give the reader an information dump, but have it actually make sense as part of the narrative.
Bran and Phoebe and Collum were all interesting characters as well, though I would have liked a bit more time getting to know them. For this story it is basically Hope goes to Scotland, finds out about this time travel organization and is given a few days of study and preparation, and then there are only 72 hours for their quest in the past. The whole 400+ page novel only covers a week of time. Though, I suppose as this is part of a series, we should hopefully get more time with the characters in future installments.
There were some interesting revelations and such in the book as well, but you’ll have to read it to learn about those.
All in all, I am glad that I finally got around to reading this, and I’ll be jumping into the sequel, Sparks of Light, sometime in the next couple of days.