Friday, November 9, 2012

Review: Time Between Us

Title: Time Between Us
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tour
Release Date: October 9, 2012

Goodreads Description:

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to 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, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

My Thoughts:

After reading the first page of Time Between Us, I thought, “This sounds familiar.” Then I realized what it seemed like, The Time Traveler’s Wife.  The bad news: I didn’t finish The Time Traveler’s Wife because 1) I didn’t love the movie near as much as I thought I would and 2) what I did read was Con-fusing. The way it jumped forward and backward had me lost. The good news: Time Between Us wasn’t confusing!

Time Between Us had a really interesting premise. Like I said earlier, I was immediately reminded of The Time Traveler’s Wife but in my opinion Time Between Us does it much better. There isn’t confusing time jumps. The story is pretty much in chronological order. I mean there are some time jumps but they are explained and done in a way that is not confusing.

Time Between Us immediately pulled me in. I read the first 50 pages before going to bed one night then picked it up the next evening and finished it. I loved both Anna and Bennett and was really rooting for them even though I wasn’t sure how this was all going to play out. However, there was one thing about each of the characters that did bother me.  Anna bothered me because she asked Bennett to do the one thing he said he would never do and Bennett in the beginning was a total jerk to Anna to “protect” her. Other than that I liked the characters and their relationships.

Have you ever got to that point in a book where you read a page or a line and you stop and think “Wow, I am really going to love this book.” ? I did in Time Between Us. Unfortunately, at the end I was a bit peeved. I felt the book ended without enough closure (maybe there is a sequel?) and I felt that there wasn’t any repercussions for the main character’s actions.  The characters do this thing and there is all this talk about there being consequences but in the end the price paid was way too small. Plus, I didn’t understand how the decision that changed everything changed everything. I had high hopes after reading that one page and was disappointed that the book didn’t live up to them.

I was really hoping that I would be able to put Time Between Us on my favorites list. However, it looks like it’s going to have to settle for my like list. I realize it seems that I am kind of being harsh on it but it really was a good book that I enjoyed. I just wish I could have gotten a little more!

1 comment:

  1. I felt the same - wanted to LOVE it, but it was just okay. What I missed the most was the music, from the author's site I got the impression that music would take a huge part in it. And there wasn't enough (time)traveling for my taste.

    Btw, you should give The Time Traveler’s Wife another chance. It's an amazing story.


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