Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone
Disney Hyperion | e-ARC via Net Galley
YA Romance, October 1st, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
So the epic ‘long distance’ relationship between Bennett and Anna ends right here. It is a sad day, to be honest. I wish someone will continue this story. I’ll even settle for a fan fiction. I didn’t read Time Between Us when it came out. In fact, I’d only read it a couple of weeks ago – and in one day at that. When I saw the sequel was up on Net Galley, I requested it right away. To my delight, I found out that this was told in Bennett’s POV.
This time-traveling book was so easy to follow; readers will not be confused as it only switches between two periods. The one source of my concern with this series was the lack of scientific explanation as to how Bennett was able to travel. Conventional wisdom dictates that there should be some sort of viable information – doesn’t have to be verifiable – but it has to at least be explained, however far-fetched it may be. The thing is, though it was a bit of a disappointment, I really didn’t mind it at all. I wholly accepted the simple justification.
This series was truly enjoyable, written with romance as the lead-in. Forget about all that time/space continuum garble. It’s all about two people that have met at the wrong time. Anna is pretty much playing catch-up to Bennett; because he was born in the future and Anna lived in the past. They’re trying to make an impossible relationship work. The more time Bennett switches between his time and Anna’s the more he realizes how difficult it is. The side effects of sliding are becoming more rampant and intense; as intense as his need to be with Anna.
In here, Bennett started to figure out that changing the past has some consequences that changes the outcome no matter what. It’s interesting to see that stopping something from happening amounts to a different ending altogether – more often for the bad. He’s learned to understand exactly what he’s supposed to do with his abilities and that the ultimate lesson of all is that it’s always about his choice and not someone else’s prodding.
Some readers would question how easily most have accepted Bennett’s abilities with uncanny ease; but for me, I’ve learned to just take everything with a grain of salt. Being a fan of this series pretty much enabled me to put my blinders on to its tiny imperfections.
The ending wasn’t enough for me; I mean it’s awesome and all but not the perfect ending I was looking for. Heck, who am I kidding? I didn’t want it to end at all. One thing’s for sure though, it had me worried there for a second.