Saturday, 23 April 2011

Book Review - Timeless by Alexandra Monir


Timeless by Alexandra Monir
Release Date: 11th January 2011

 Summary (amazon):

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.


I adore the cover of this book and there was something magical and lovely about this novel. It wasn’t the best story ever written, but something about the way it was written just made me love it. I kept wanting to read a little bit more when I had work to do or had to go to sleep, which means the potential of a greatly written story is there.

 I loved the descriptions of when Michele travelled back in time and noting the differences in the décor. I could picture it all so vividly. I loved the intensity that Michele and Philip had with each other and how things worked out through the time travelling. I loved, loved, Michele’s ancestors, and I wanted to know more about them, see them through their entire lives.

 I do have a few niggles with this book though. It was predictable. I saw everything coming. Everything was slightly too obvious. I also hated the way some things were sped up, like the exchange of ‘I love yous’ between Michele and Philip was too soon, but I will admit that when you’re that age, you give into your emotions quickly. I also felt that Michele accepting the fact she’d travelled back in time was too quick too. It all felt a bit too neat how she realised what had happened and just went with it.

 Overall, it was a sweet, engaging story and it kept me gripped, which is more than enough for me. I look forward to seeing the next novel in the series, because that little cliffhanger at the end was spot on!

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