Sunday, 24 August 2014

Review || Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Timeless (Timeless #1) by Alexandra Monir ★☆☆☆☆
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.

In my mind, there's a distinction between "bad" and "not good".

This book was not "bad" by any means. But it certainly was "not good".

Despite a promising premise, this book suffers from a very mediocre execution. The writing style is very simplistic and overly descriptive--not in a good way, but in a "telling, not showing" kind of way.

The plot is virtually non-existent, unless you want to count "impulsive teenagers make heart eyes at each other" as the plot. In which case, there you have it. Except the teenagers are separated across 100 years.

And though I appreciate cyclical time travel as a plot device, the rest of the mechanics are sort of hand-waved away. What I'm sure are supposed to be shocking twists can be seen from miles away--which doesn't necessarily detract from my enjoyment, but it just wasn't particularly original.

Everything else sort of falls under the melodrama category. The characters have very little depth and with this clocking in at under 300 pages, you don't really have enough time to see growth.

If you're looking to kill about 2 hours on something completely mindless, you could pick this up. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother.