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Review: Time Between Us (Time Between Us #1)

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between Us

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.

*Possible spoilers ahead

This book revolves around a time traveler named Bennett, and the girl he falls in love with while he’s visiting the past – Anna. Bennett is from the future and was never meant to meet Anna, and so what follows is their story and how they try to stay together against all the odds. I did enjoy this book, but it’s not a favourite of mine because I felt some parts did let it down a little. One huge plus for me though was that there was no love triangle and it’s not part of a series. EDIT: It turns out that this is part of a series and, although it will be interesting seeing how their relationship develops, I think Time Between Us could have been left how it was.

Cover

It’s an alright cover. I’m not the biggest fan of seeing people full on on a cover. Shadowed or cloaked is alright, or an outline, but I’m not too keen on this one. Then again, it’s not an awful cover and it would possibly catch my eye on a shelf.

Plot

Generally, I enjoyed the plot of this book. There are predictable moments in it, and I found the plot quite slow moving at the beginning before Anna and Bennett really get to know each other. The plot was very nice and it did keep me reading without me having to think about everything that was happening all the time. It’s definitely a summer read. Some of my favorite scenes in the book were the sad and tense parts – they were very well written and I really felt for the characters during those scenes. The romance scenes were also well done, and there was some original stuff in there. I mean, how many dates have you gone on where you go rock climbing?

Obviously, the biggest part of the book is the time travel and this is very well explained in the book. It was an interesting take on how time travel works and its limitations. The explanation didn’t require much thinking and it was also explained in chunks so that it wasn’t too much to digest.

Characters

This book focuses on the characters a lot, the main two in this book being Anna and Bennett.  Both Anna and Bennett were interesting characters who had their own personalities and interests, and I wanted to learn more about them throughout the course of the book. Anna was a character who voiced her own thoughts a lot, had a personality and didn’t spend her time moping around because she was in love with a time traveler. She could make her own decisions and knew what she wanted. Her character develops a lot in the book, as we see her decisions go from depending on Bennett to doing her own thing without him. Similarly, Bennett was just as interesting a character and not just because he was a time traveler. Bennett had his own opinions on many topics, one of the main things being what he could do with his power and of course this meant that he and Anna didn’t always see eye to eye on everything. He was also a fleshed out character with his own interests (like rock climbing) and the author didn’t rely on his time traveling skill to keep him interesting.

As much as I liked these two, there are many side characters in this book, the notable ones being Emma and Justin. I thought Emma was a great character – she was completely different to Anna, had a different lifestyle and may have seemed like she could be a spoiled brat, but it was obvious how much she cared about her friend. I may also be a little biased because of her being British. Justin was also a good character, although we didn’t get to see as much of him and I felt that a couple of his actions were a little forced. He was sweetheart though, especially the way he made mixed tapes for Anna. Overall though, the characters were realistic and believable.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants a book that doesn’t require too much thinking – the time travel part of the book is explained very well – and wants some romance complete with a host of problems for the couple to face.

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