Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

“Seventy-two hours, then we have to be back at the clearing. Sunrise on the third day.”

Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton's crippling phobias and photographic memory don't help her fit in with her adoptive dad's perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope's secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she's never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She's a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she's lost for good. Along the way, she'll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope's undoing.

Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim Outlander for teens.

Kindle Edition432 pages 
Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ARC from HMH Books via Netgalley
This book had me at Eleanor!  I pretty well read anything I can about this lovely, feisty and intriguing lady.  She was a woman ahead of her time who lived a long and interesting life.

I read lots of dual time period, jumping back and forth in time but rarely actually time travel (except Outlander), which made me look forward to Into the Dim, especially since it is in the YA genre, another favorite.  Immediately I was hooked, how could I not be?  Poor Hope, attending the funeral of her mother but everyone knows it's an empty coffin - no spoiler required, says so on the first page.  What a confusing time this must have been, then she is shipped off to Scotland to relatives she has never met.  Not only abandoned but as the secrets of her mother begin to unfold Hope knows that life will never be the same again.

I really enjoyed this book, it was mysterious, full of suspense, historical with a touch of romance.  The author kept the story alive with lots of twists and turns that I didn't anticipate, it was action packed making it hard to put this one down. The truly best part is the door is open for a sequel and I can't wait.

Thank you to HMH Books and Netgalley for a review copy.

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