Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Of Tragedy, Time Travel, & Romance

Timeless by Alexandra Monir
"Breathes life and vibrancy into the luxurious, stylish golden age of New York City."

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 loved Timeless! It was a great romance about love that spanned the ages. The fact that Michele had been dreaming about Philip her entire life was absolutely adorable! It's like they were always meant for each other. Michele's life had been laid out for her since who-knows-how-long and that added mystery to the story. Then on top of that there was the intrigue of watching Michele being involved in her family's history throughout time.

Her love interest, Philip, was the perfect gentleman. He respected her, loved her, and did everything else perfectly. Experiencing their instant attraction to each other was so powerful, but only because of how Monir wrote it. She placed each event where you can wonder about it then find out the reason why later. I respect and admire her for writting such a fantastic book.

Now, every book isn't absolutely perfection, and Monir was so close except for the end. She had me super upset at the end of this book. It was so open-ended it was naked! I felt all exposed at the end because it was so upsetting. I will stick by my convictions and say that it could've been written so MUCH better! 

It's like, when a book is super good throughout, I mean like so good you have had every emotion known and unknown to man, and then you get to the end and its like "blah, blah, shank, shank, I just killed you hopes and dreams." That is what Monir did to my precious feelings.

Anyway, besides the utter heartbreak and upset because of the obvious open-
ending, this book is worth the read. You know why? Because the greatness of the characters and the plot make-up for the anger you will feel over the ending.

Overall, I rated this book:
- Gilbert

1 comment:

  1. Gilbert:
    I am loving your blog. The reviews are so thought- provoking and help me decide if I want to read the book or not. I also totally agree with you about book endings. Sometimes an author doesn't know what to do at the end of the book, and the story falls flat. However, you can still get a lot of enjoyment from the story.

    Keep reading and writing. You are doing a fabulous job. Ms. Kahn



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