Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Time After Time

Title: Time After Time
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Release Date: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us's Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

            Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone is the second book in the series Time Between Us.  If you haven’t seen Ashley’s review to the first book in this series yet, you can find it  here
            Prior to reading Time Between Us and Time After Time, I hadn’t read many time travelling books.  In fact, I believe the only one I’ve ever read was The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (which I LOVED).  The idea of time travelling isn’t new, especially as a topic of discussion in literature.  It’s just one I haven’t had the opportunity to read much about yet!  Needless to say I was excited to start this series and see what it was about!
            My love for Anna and Bennett only grew as I got to the second book.  The position they are in is a hard one, and I didn’t know if they were going to be able to make it work or not.  Although Bennett’s powers allows them to do amazing things, such as travel to places Anna had only ever dreamed about, and have cute dates doing things like seeing concerts that happened 10 years ago, it also has negative consequences.  In Time After Time, they work to reconcile their differences and fight to keep their relationship going. 
            Let me just say, the jealousy towards Anna that I had as I was reading this book isn’t healthy.  Most of it stems from the fact that she gets to date Bennett.  As an avid concert goer and lover of travelling, I don’t think I could have dreamed up a better boyfriend myself.  As they were discussing the concerts Bennett and his sister have been to I was making a mental list of all the concerts that have already occurred that I would have LOVED to attend and make Bennett take me to if I were Anna. I loved the whole idea of Bennett taking his sister back in time to attend popular concerts for their favorite bands, and one of my favorite scenes is when Anna finally gets to see Bennett’s room and his jar full of concert ticket stubs.
            Another neat aspect of this book (for me at least) was that the setting was close to home for me! When I tweeted Tamara about this part of the book, she sent me a link with an article talking about why she chose this setting.  She used to live right near me! 
            Overall, this book was not a let down and I loved the series on the whole.  I’m really starting to get into the whole time travelling thing, so if anyone has any suggestions of good books that are about time travel (doesn’t have to be YA, though I read a lot of YA) I would appreciate it!  



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