I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Return Once More by Trisha Leigh
Series: The Historians #1
on September 29th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.
If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?
Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.
Or would you have the strength to watch him die?
But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.
Wow, did I ever learn a ton from this book. Certainly more than I ever learned from my history teacher! The amount of research that must have gone into it, I can’t even imagine. So, major props to Trisha Leigh!!
The book started off a little slowly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since it gave the book a chance to build. The characters filled out, the foreshadowing increased and the dread of every possible outcome began to sink in. I mean, literally anything goes when there’s time travel involved! I am a firm believer in the butterfly effect, so I really enjoyed seeing it play out over hundreds, or even thousands, of years.
Time travel novels are notoriously difficult to plot out because of all the potential pitfalls and plot gaps. And I hate to say it, but there was a plot issue that did get under my skin in this one. There was an attempt at explaining it away, but it still didn’t sit right with me. To be honest, though, that was the only thing stopping this book from being a five star read. I absolutely loved it!
The characters have a habit of being human. What I mean is that they make very human mistakes, letting their emotions lead over reason. I found myself just as torn over their decisions as they were. I wanted Kaia to end up with the love of her life, even though it seemed impossible. I wanted to change history. Because of how believable these characters are, it’s impossible to tell who the villains are. I found myself feeling a lot of doubt, which is the best feeling I can have when reading a book. It means I have no idea how it will end, and I will speculate over and over. Thanks for keeping me on my toes!
THE ENDING! I don’t want to give anything away, but those last few chapters bowled me over! I was so unprepared by the slower pace of the book to that point. Caught me WAY off guard! I seriously don’t know how I’m going to make it until the next book releases! Gives me a chance to brush up on my history… 😉
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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.
Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are numerous, loud, full of love–the kind of people that make the world a better place. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories–made up, of course, but true enough in their way.
Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.
If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out my pen name, Lyla Payne!
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