Saturday, June 16, 2012
Author: Alexandra Monir
Rating: 2 stars
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: I realized there was going to be romance, but I didn't realize that that is what the entire book was going to be about. When Michele learns to time travel, she's too busy obsessing over pretty boy to truly realize that she can freaking travel through time! The author tried to hint at big surprises that she revealed at the end, but the hints made the 'surprises' extremely obvious within seconds. Not only is the entire book about the romance, but at the end the author goes "Never mind, they'll just be friends!" and then at the end she goes "Guess what? I lied; they'll be together but you have to read the next book to find out how!" I love a good time-travel story, but in a time-travel story, I would appreciate the focus being on the time travel.