Thursday, August 30, 2012
REVIEW: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
It's very addictive reading - I really didn't want to put it down at all and every time I was forced to, I felt sad. It's also very romantic - I really loved Anna and Bennett together. Theirs is a relationship that I was rooting for right from the very beginning. But at the same time, there's a huge level of uneasiness and dread (and heartbreak!) as you know that this relationship isn't supposed to work. He's from 2012, she's from 1995. They never should have met, but when Bennett goes back in time to correct a mistake, their two worlds collide.
I do love me some good time-travel stories, and Time Between Us is no exception. I loved the rules that Bennett has in place to minimise the damage his time travel wreaks on others around him, I loved the restrictions of his ability, and also I loved the conversations and thoughts that Anna and Bennett have about the morality of altering events. Should Bennett have the control to stop an armed robber? A car accident? Should he alter events that remove the choices from another person?
Anna and Bennett were great characters. I loved Anna especially, with her dedication to running and her love and fascination with travelling the world. She's been almost nowhere in her entire life and now suddenly, Bennett is able to give her the world. And poor Bennett, he's kind of afloat at the beginning of the novel. He doesn't connect well with his family apart from his sister who is lost in time. What he really wants in the world is what Anna has - a history and roots in one place.
I love that this book is about the choices we have and that we make. We don't all have the ability for do-overs, so make it count the first time. I also loved Anna's conflict in this story. She doesn't seem to be the one in control of whether or not Bennett stays, but she is in charge of her own life and following her own dreams and aspirations. And that's something we should all remember.
I loved this book. I loved the emotion of it, the romance, the strength of these characters. I can't wait for you to meet them. When this book is published later in the year, I urge you to read it!