Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Review: Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Timeless (Timeless, book 1)
by Alexandra Monir
304 pages - Hardcover
Published Jan 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0385738382 (ISBN13: 9780385738385)

Summary:

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

Review:

Ah, this book was a breath of fresh air! – Not in the sense of being light and hilarious, but in the sense of being utterly good that even if it made me cry, it still managed to put a smile on my face. Timeless was my first ever time travel romance novel and I loved it! I am so, so happy that I gave this a try.

After Michele Windsor’s mother died, she was forced to live under the custody of her grandparents in a very huge mansion in New York. Surrounded by wealthy kids and family secrets, her life was bound to get more than complex when she discovered the diary of an ancestor who lived a hundred years ago. And by some unexplainable event, Michele suddenly had the ability to travel back through time. There, she met the handsome young pianist from the Windsors’s rival family, Philip Walker. But how will their romance work out if they live 100 years apart?

It was easy enough to connect with the characters; Michele and Philip. Their romance was extremely sad that it was almost palpable. I felt sympathy for them at the unfairness of their fate. Michele’s time travels did not revolve around Philip, however. The travels seemed random at first, but later, it became apparent that who or whatever triggered them wanted Michele to learn something from or about her ancestors. She wasn’t visible to all people in the past. Whoever she was visible to were chosen and these were the people who have an important part to play in her life.

The ending was quite predictable. But though I was somehow expecting it, it still surprised the heck out of me. But I'm also bummed by it because cliffhanger? I almost died!

If you haven’t picked up Timeless yet, go to your nearest bookstores now and grab a copy! And pay for it, of course. You will not be disappointed!

Rating: 5/5 stars

6 comments:

  1. Nice review! I was enchanted with the cover a few months ago, and from your review, it definitely sounds like the story matches the transient and sad feel to the beautiful cover. I'll definitely have to give serious thought to picking this one up, thanks!

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  2. I haven't read this one yet but it's on my wishlist since I love books involving time-travel. I'm glad this one doesn't disappoint!

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  3. Great review! I love the concept of this book, definitely on my TBR list

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  4. Glad to hear that you liked it so much as I've been interested in reading Timeless for a while now.

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  5. This sounds delightful,I love a good time travel novel. Onto my wishlist it goes :)

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  6. Great review! I nearly bought this book last time I visited the bookstore. I have never read any books of Time travel romance. But it would be awesome.

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