Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (ARC)


Title: 
Time Between Us

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Source: For Review from Publisher
Format: ARC
Publisher: Hyperion 

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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.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, TIME BETWEEN US is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction. (taken from goodreads.com)
I had been stuck in a book rut for a while before I decided to pick up Time Between Us. I just couldn't fall in love with any of the books I selected. Then this gem came along and reignited my love for young adult literature. A mash up of Twilight-esque romance and The Time Traveler's Wife, this book captured my heart and imagination.

Now, I hesitate to say that the romance is reminiscent of Stephenie Meyer's series because I'm fearful that will send the wrong message. What I meant is that Stone had me hanging on her every word, which is how I was the first time I read Twilight back in eighth grade. The romance between Bennett and Annie blossoms so beautifully. I couldn't get enough. I was literally squealing to myself as I raced through the novel.

I was so glad to see an honest relationship in young adult literature. No vampires or other mysterious beings here- it is simply two people who have a deep connection. Admittedly, they are seperated by more than a decade, but that's besides the point. Reading about their adorable relationship was wonderful.

Bennett's ability to travel across the world in a blink of an eye intrigued me immediately. What if you could have breakfast in Paris? Do your homework in Prague? Hike in Africa? That temptation would drive me insane. His power made the story original and his relationship with Annie more powerful.

I had a difficult time deciding on a rating for Time Between Us. Part of me wanted to award it a 4.5, but I decided to deduct that extra half of a star because of Annie. Sometimes she really grated on my nerves. I felt like she didn't always listen to Bennett or respect his opinions. Other than that, I don't have any major criticisms.

Overall, Time Between Us enchanted me with it's cute, heart-wrenching romance. I definitely recommend this to lovers of romance. An inspiring tale of a love that spans time, this book will hook you right away.
Rating: 4 Stars