Vacation was unbelievably amazing, and I got a lot of reading done too! But it's great to be back with you all as well.
For my loyal blog followers, you get a jump start on this great giveaway as usual!
Goodreads Book Description: 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.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I don't even know where to
start. It's been a while since I was speechless from a book. Tamara
Ireland Stone is coming to my town for a signing soon, and so I picked
up her book. I had no idea what a treasure I was buying!
Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone focuses on Anna, a girl who lives in
the year 1995, who meets a strange boy named Bennett. He appears and
disappears one day when she is running at a track, but when she meets
him again at school the next day, it's as if he never knew her in the
first place. This starts a romantic adventure of a love that spans time,
space, and every other dimension.
I don't want to say too much
more about the plot, because it's incredible to get to experience it all
firsthand. The writing is gorgeous, and it took all of my willpower to
put it down last night and not stay up all night finishing it. The
characters are well drawn, and it's hard not to like Anna. She's a great
main character, and Bennett is intriguing. Her parents are briefly
mentioned, but in a few deft strokes, you can tell what their
personalities are like. Emma, as the best friend, was my other
favorite-- and I can hear her Brit accent in my head. The plot races
along at a perfect pace, and while I'm not usually one for description,
it takes a central role in this novel. I can imagine all the beautiful
places in my head so effortlessly with the way Stone describes them. I
can feel the sand between my toes, and the chalk as I dust it on my
hands before hitching myself up on the first crease of a rock face.
are certain plot twists that I was doubtful about, but it all comes
full circle as all loose ends are tied up in a way that makes sense and
is completely believable (in this novel's reality). The ending is spot
on-- usually difficult for most authors. Every move that Stone has made
is right, and this book has currently stolen my heart as one of my
favorite reads this year.
Overall, a gorgeously told novel with
terrific characters, scenery, and pacing. Stone is one of the most
talented authors that I have discovered this year, and I can't wait to
pick up the next gem she writes!
Just so you know what's coming up, guys-- an exciting interview with her as well as a recap of the amazing book event that she participated in here in St. Louis a week ago!
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