Monday, April 6, 2015

Review of Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time After Time (Time Between Us, #2)
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.

(Summary from GoodReads)


While Time Between Us isn’t a book that holds a spot on my favorites shelf, I liked it enough that I wanted to know how Anna and Bennett’s story ended.  Time After Time is a nice continuation of this series and plays out in a way that I’m sure lots of readers will expect.  If you’re looking for a sequel that gets into the science of time travel and has an “I can’t believe it just went there plot,” this may not be the right book for you.

We got to know a little more about Bennett and who he is in this story, which is great.  His character is well-developed, and I can see why he has appeal to Anna and a lot of readers.  Stone’s writing was lovely as she showed us more of Bennett and his romance with Anna.

A lot of authors hook readers by writing about why characters should be together—but things aren’t that simple here.  Instead, Anna and Bennett wind up having to confront why they shouldn’t be together.  This was a perfect choice for this series—while not every teen reader who picks up this duology will have the ability to time travel, I’m sure many of them will have seen or experienced relationships that raised questions of who should and shouldn’t be together.

Time After Time doesn’t perfectly unravel the science of time travel, and I don’t think it would’ve been a good fit if it did.  This series isn’t about a teen learning how to use his ability, it’s about learning to live and love with in it spite of the odds.  While I started to see the ending coming, I ultimately thought it was a good fit.  I would definitely put this book in the hands of readers who want a YA romance with a bit of a twist.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from the library.

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