Next up on SRREL, is Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (2012)
In 1995 Evanston, Illinois, sixteen-year-old Anna's perfectly normal life is turned upside-down when she meets Bennett, whose ability to travel through space and time creates complications for them both.
WHAT I LIKED AND LEARNED
- This story includes fanciful abilities that take a back seat to the human story. Stone’s characters are what make the story worth reading rather than the male lead’s remarkable time traveling ability.
- Sometimes I find myself hunting for footing in made up realities. You know the stuff. What are the limits of magic, and so on? Stone makes discovering the rules a part of the unfolding story. I don’t feel frustrated not knowing, because she makes a promise to slowly reveal. This not only lets me know I didn’t miss something, but it also keeps a sense of tension as each new rule is revealed. My biggest learning from this read is the power of progressive disclosure.
- Once again I found myself in girly waters. There were some smooch scenes but nothing that went on for so long that I had to flip pages.
- I have to say, I enjoyed the setting. I lived in Evanston and Chicago for decades. Stone rights the area in a way that tells me she knows it well.
I can see why it has done so well and enjoyed reading it! Time Between Us may not be right down the middle of my particular persnickety plate, but I enjoyed it because of the entertaining and rich characters, the pace and the sense of mystery.
Next up, something more middle grade and quest-ish, with a male protag.