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Friday, July 6, 2012

Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Series or Stand Alone:
Stand Alone*
Author's Website:
Buy the Book: Amazon
Publication Date: October 9th, 2012
     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.
My Review: 

    I didn't read the back of this book before I started it.  I didn't read a description of any kind and I'm still trying to decide if I'm happy about that, or if I wish I would have known what to expect.  Because this was definitely not what I was expecting.  If you've seen The Lake House, that's basically what I thought this book was going to be, but it was completely different.  (Okay, maybe not completely different, they're still two people from two different times, but it was different-er than I thought it would be.) Either way, if you've made it this far in my review, then you've already read the description so it doesn't even matter.  You already know that it's not some magical mailbox that connects two people from different decades, it's Bennett himself.  Bennett has the power to time travel, and that is what made me love this book.  Because paranormal books, while amazing, all tend to have the same feel.  They're usually darker and while most of them have romance, it's not usually the focus.  I loved Time Between Us because the characters were charming and funny, and the storyline was unique, but mostly because I felt like it broke out of the paranormal stereotype, and that made it stand out in my mind more than any other book I've read in a long time.

     The only thing that bugged me a bit was that I found myself forgetting that they were supposed to be in 1995.  I didn't feel like there were enough details to keep my mindset in the 90's, so I had to keep reminding myself that they weren't even in the same decade as we are now.  But overall I thought this was a fantastic book, and I would definitely recommend it!

*As far as I'm aware ;)

  • Sexual Content: Mild
  • Profanity: Mild
  • Violence: None
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  1. So happy to hear this one was so good and broke out of the stereotype! I am dying to read this so thank you for the great review! :)

  2. I love time travel books so this one sounds really great. I am glad to hear that it's not really like the Lake House. I mean I like the movie, but I'm glad that this book isn't the same.

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