I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I decided to read this book, I thought that it would focus more on science fiction and time travel, but it is really a time travel romance novel. For those of you who haven’t read many books in that genre, you might have a problem with the fact that the explanation for why Trent can travel through time is not very detailed. However, that didn’t bother me because I have read and enjoyed dozens of books in this genre and I know that in a time travel romance, the romance is always the main storyline and everything else, including the science fiction, comes second.
I enjoyed certain parts of this book, but others annoyed the heck out of me. Cassie was a very sweet girl and I love it when the main female character is sweet and innocent. You won’t ever catch me complaining because the heroine in a novel is a virgin or is always searching for ways to make others happy. I have no problem with that just so long as she is also strong. I even tolerate insecurities in my heroines if the insecurities make sense, but Cassie was too insecure and I still don’t understand why. When the story begins, she has a massive jerk as a boyfriend and she behaves as though every problem that they have is her fault when it is glaringly obvious that she is a terrific girlfriend and he is a loser!
When Cassie finally realizes this, it is only because she meets Trent and almost immediately falls for him, but Trent sort of acts like a jerk towards her too. Because he lives a dangerous and often hectic life, Trent has erected a giant wall around himself and refuses to get too close to anyone besides his sister. So I completely understand why he pushes Cassie away even though he obviously cares for her, but poor little insecure Cassie is constantly questioning herself and trying to figure out what she is doing wrong, and that is just not cool.
Cassie and Trent do figure things out eventually, and it doesn’t take her too long to break his defenses down because Trent cares too much about her to continue pushing her away. After Cassie breaches his defenses, they share some very cute romantic scenes. Trent is very devoted to her and she feels just as strongly about him. I enjoy reading stories that allow you to experience things from both the point of view of the male and female character. That makes sure that even when they don’t know what the other is thinking, I do. And my ability to know what they were both thinking kept me from getting too frustrated with the characters for long.
Like I said, the time travel aspect of this novel wasn’t explained very well, but I did like the element of heroism that was added. Trent’s ability to jump through time is connected to the fact that when he jumps, he jumps because someone’s life needs saving. I liked that he didn’t just have an ability that was a nuisance, but it was also useful. Trent didn’t like how much his ability cost him personally, but he was glad that he was intrusted with such an important task and was able to save lives.
Overall, this was a very light and easy book to read. I have read a lot of Thrillers lately so it was nice to just read a sweet romance because I haven’t read one in a while. The ending was a pleasant surprise, I was very satisfied with it, and I plan to continue with this trilogy.
This book was clean and suitable for ages 12 and up.