Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor @Janet_B_Taylor

Maybe I was just in the mood for a time travel book, but Into the Dim just pushed all the right buttons for me.

Hope's life has been turned upside down since her mother was killed in an earthquake overseas and now her father has a new girlfriend. So when he asks Hope to spend the summer in Scotland with her aunt, she doesn't want to go, but doesn't really have a choice.

Once she gets there, what she finds out changes everything. It turns out her mother belonged to a group of time-travelers and she didn't die, she's trapped in the 12th century. Hope begins her training to be part of the mission to go rescue her mother. And there is a group of "bad" time travelers trying to stop them.

The challenges she faces in the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine make for quite a nonstop, life-threatening adventure. The good guys and bad guys aren't always clear. Hope learns additional startling secrets about her family, and the addition of a forbidden romance is icing on the cake. Hope has an eidetic memory which is very interesting, but also makes it pretty easy to get out of some serious jams. She is also claustrophobic but that aspect is sort of an add-on. It's mentioned when she has difficulty getting on an airplane and then at the end when she has to squeeze through a tight space. I just didn't see the point, but maybe it will be more fully realized in future books.

Speaking of future books, Into the Dim is a complete story (yea!) But I'm hoping there are going to be more adventures for these time travelers that I've become attached to, and according to the author's website, there are! Definitely one to add to your time travel collection for teens and an easy one to recommend.

Published by HMH BFYR, March 1, 2016
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
432 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Time traveling books have been "the" theme for a lot of books in January and February. This looks like a fun read, a nice blend of contemporary, historical fiction, and time traveling. So glad the story completes on its own! I'll have to make sure to make time for this one.

  2. I'm glad this one is as good as it looks. Yay! I'll have to move it up on my TBR list. Great review!


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