ARC Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

25028285Title: The Square Root of Summer

Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Publication date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Pages: 304

Source: ARC gifted by the author (Thank you, Harriet! 🙂 )

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Synopsis:

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

When I heard about The Square Root of Summer, I knew I had to read it! A YA novel on time travel and quantum physics set in a contemporary world? Sold!

Unlike any time travel book, The Square Root of Summer is an eccentric, mind-blowing, and at times mind-bending experience. It makes readers think and question and keep turning the pages to understand everything. An electrifying roller coaster ride, The Square Root of Summer deals with grief over losing someone you love and figuring things out. This made it different from other contemporary with a sci-fi twist books.

The characters are a mix of diverse personalities that brought out the heart of the story in a wondrous way. Main character Gottie Oppenheimer is such a delight. She has an engaging voice that jumps off the pages. The romance of Gottie and Thomas is a flail-inducing kind! Oozing with sweetness and cuteness, readers would always look forward to Gottie and Thomas scenes! 🙂

Riveting and adventure-filled, The Square Root of Summer is an impressive debut that will take you on a thrilling journey through time.

 

Rating:

4/5 stars

 

ARC Review: After Eden by Helen Douglas

12275873Title: After Eden

Author: Helen Douglas

Publication: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury Plc

Pages: 288

Source: e-ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)

Synopsis:

Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she’s hooked. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So why doesn’t he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.

As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Time travel is one of my favorite concepts to read about when it comes to science fiction. I find it fascinating how a person can travel through time. I always wonder what it’s like to do that. Time travel is truly the closest thing to magic that the world of science fiction can offer.

After Eden is a unique and captivating debut novel. The lovely writing style and fresh voice that made the book a good read amazed me. Although the story is fast-paced, it didn’t feel rushed at all. The storytelling remained as engaging as it is since the first chapter. I found the time travel process in this book a little complicated and confusing at first; however, as the story went on the details were carefully laid out and explained well.

I also liked how After Eden is situated in the 21st century, which added a contemporary feel to the story. The book may be science fiction yet it very much captured real life. And it is through the setting and characters that I felt the story’s authenticity. It is evident that Helen Douglas understands teenage life today with the way she wrote the dialogues and descriptions.

Eden, the main character, has an appealing voice and I enjoyed reading her thoughts. She’s just a typical teenager until one day a mysterious and undeniably good-looking boy named Ryan enters her school. And her life changes extraordinarily. As Eden got to know him, she found him peculiar. Ryan has no idea what pizza is or who Hitler was, which are essential and prevailing facts that every person in the 21st century knows. Eventually Eden unravels Ryan’s biggest secret that explains why he acts strangely: he’s from the future! He traveled back in time to fulfill a mission that will help change the horrible future of planet Earth.

Eden and Ryan became close and developed feelings for each other. Everything happened so fast but I’m okay with it because both characters are great together. Their romance is effortless and very charming. It’s the kind of romance that starts with being friends until the relationship transcends into something more. Ryan is such a sweet guy. I love his character. So adorable and one of a kind! His swoon-worthy lines made me smile a lot and he’s definitely included in my list of favorite book boyfriends. He has eyes only for Eden and is not shy to show how much he likes her. But what I liked the most about Ryan is how he’s willing to give up his life in the future to be with Eden in the present. MY HEART MELTED. ❤

After Eden is a delightful YA sci-fi novel perfect for time travel fans. I look forward to reading the sequel!

 Rating:

3.5/5 stars

ARC Review: Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

17393023Title: Time After Time

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Publication date: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 368

Source: e-ARC provided by publisher via Net Galley (Thank you, Disney-Hyperion!)

Synopsis: 

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.

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review: 

Organizing my thoughts has always been my predicament whenever I write reviews for books that mean a lot to me. Time After Time is no exception. The beauty of its entirety reached far beyond my expectations and carried me away to a world where love infinitely exists through time, space, and everything in between. This lovely piece of literature has undoubtedly earned a special place on my shelf of favorite books.

Reading Time After Time is a splendid fictional experience. I got to know more about Bennett in this book—his life in 2012, his family, his friends, being a time traveler, and his love for Anna. Bennett’s voice is so authentic and very engaging. His thoughts, as gracefully written by Tamara Ireland Stone, filled my heart with so much emotion. I actually ran out of words to describe how wonderful his thoughts are. I felt every single emotion that Bennett went through. All the love, care, and sweetness made my insides flutter in all directions while the confusions, worries, and struggles splintered my heart into a million tiny pieces.

It was amazing to witness Anna and Bennett’s characters evolve into stronger individuals. Both are willing to take risks, fearlessly fighting for their love. There were lots of swoon-worthy moments in Time After Time that made me smile for days. Anna and Bennett are extraordinary as a couple. Having said that, I’ll forever be a fan of their love story.

What I also liked was Bennett’s close relationship with his older sister Brooke. In Time Between Us, Brooke was in the background as she is just mentioned by Bennett once in a while. But here, she actually played a supporting role. I think Brooke is really cool and her support for Bennett is priceless. Bennett’s bonding moments with his dad was another thing I admired. It showed how much they are alike in taking on a daring adventure.

The turning point in the book was when Bennett saw something that made him doubt his and Anna’s relationship as well as their future. The chapter succeeding that scene was a heartbreaking one. If you could only see my notes about that incident, well, it’s brimming with exclamation points. 🙂 After four chapters, I was staring blankly into space following the last line. Disbelieving that I was at the end of the story, I went back to the beginning of the last chapter and reveled in it with all my heart.

Time After Time proves that true love is worth every risk. It left me with the sweetest embrace of a love story that will last until the end of time. Tamara Ireland Stone concluded the series with a satisfying, heartwarming ending.

Rating:

5/5 stars

 

Favorite quotes  from the book:

“There’s no reason for a picture of me if you’re not in it.”

“It’s always harder to be the one who’s left behind than the one who leaves.”

“I told you before. I’ll keep coming back until you’re sick of me.”

“Can you stop talking now so I can kiss you?”

“I never even wished for her, but right now, all I want is for this person who gets me so completely to be part of my present and my future.”

“Do you have any idea how much I hate being there without you?”

“I was convinced that I wasn’t supposed to be part of your future but I think now…that I am.”

“That smile. My smile. It belongs to me again.”

“I’m not supposed to be here. But I am.”

Book Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between UsTitle: Time Between Us

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Published: October 9, 2012

Publisher: Hyperion

Pages: 368

Source: Bought from Fully Booked

Synopsis: 

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to 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, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

I will never forget that day when I saw the cover of Time Between Us in a book blog. I was so mesmerized by how dreamy and magical it looked. I can’t stop gazing at it! After reading the captivating synopsis, I told myself “I have to read this.” And I’m glad I did. Up to this moment, the scenes play inside my head like a song on loop. The story never leaves and I don’t think it ever will. This book goes straight to the place where it deserves to be: the treasure chest in my heart. To me, the story is not just a bounded piece of literature; rather, it’s a precious jewel.

Time Between Us is the first time travel book I’ve ever read and I love it to bits! It transported me to a dazzling world where reality and science fiction are perfectly blended together. The experience was INCREDIBLE. Tamara Ireland Stone’s writing style brims with radiant beauty. Gliding over her flawless and enthralling words was such a delight. It was really good to move along the current of soulful thoughts that felt so natural and so real. With clear and colorful descriptions, Time Between Us glows with life. Scenes were brilliantly designed in a neat and organized structure which resulted in a smoothly-paced tale that carried me into a stream of infinite magic and wonder. Time traveling is a complicated idea but in this book, it was so effortlessly illustrated. Each detail was presented one at a time and won’t confuse readers.

So let’s go to the story itself. Anna and Bennett are two teenagers from completely different times. She’s from 1995. He’s from 2012. They are not supposed to meet, but they did. Thanks to Bennett’s awesome time traveling gift. I don’t want to get into detail with the plot because I want to leave some mystery for future readers of this book to discover. Their experience of the story would definitely be memorable if there’s an element of surprise.

Anna and Bennett are believable characters. I fell in love with them in an instant. Anna’s strong-willed personality is what makes her awesome. I greatly admire her courage of taking a “daring adventure” with the guy she loves. And Bennett. Oh, Bennett. Just saying his name brings a smile to my face. He’s sweet, adorable, caring, and very loving. He would do anything to make Anna happy to the point of breaking the rules of his talent.

Another thing I love about Anna and Bennett is their faith. In times of helplessness and pain, faith is what kept them going. It made them stronger and better individuals. With faith, they won their battle with time. They believed in each other, they believed in their love. And most of all, hope glimmered in their hearts.

Time Between Us is a fantastic novel that captures the importance of time. With time as the heartbeat of the story, I realized that every tick of the clock holds precious moments that people ought to treasure.

Truly, Time Between Us is a story of love that that transcends the test of time. I’m so excited to read Time After Time! My heart wishes for October to be NOW. 🙂

Rating:

5/5 stars