Welcome to my stop on the tour for Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor. I was excited about this book from the moment I heard its premise, so I hope you’ll read my thoughts and then visit the other stops on teh tour for more fun content. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, as well!
I received this galley in consideration for an honest review.Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Series: Into The Dim #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on March 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Time Travel
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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
My love for Outlander is well known, so when I saw the blurb by Herself and the pitch “Outlander for teens” you know I was on board. Into The Dim was just the historical time travel adventure I have been looking for in YA. I do want to say, though, that if you want teen Claire and teen Jamie, you won’t find it here. What you will find is a fantastic adventure, a rich historical setting, good research, and a lot of entertainment. So, in that respect, it is very much like Outlander. Grace is the highly intelligent main character and is still getting over her mother’s death when she finds out that not only is her mother not dead, but she’s trapped in the 1100s. This blow open her whole understanding of her relationship with her mom and Grace’s understanding of her place in their small family. The world of this secret society was gripping and well thought-out. Grace’s intelligence has basically prepared her for this, and she rises to the occasion, but still manages to marvels at her ability to witness history. The rescue mission was full of nail-biting moments and some pretty big reveals that twisted the story in unexpected ways, but that made it all the more exciting.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how historical figures played into this story. Of course, there is the scheming Thomas Becket, who played quite the villain and the amazing Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the top ten badass ladies of history, in my opinion. Grace and her crew come into contact with so many famous historical figures, as well as characters who helped to illustrate some of the restrictive beliefs and bigotry of the time. Apart from the story itself, I found the historical setting portion of Into The Dim to be so interesting. It made my history loving heart happy, and should make all history nerds smile. The pace was very good, and if I had the time, I would have read it in one sitting. The historical plots blended well with the family drama that Grace was trying to navigate and it ended up as a story that was part living history, part adventure. If you are a fan of history, time travel, or just good stories, I strongly suggest you get yourself a copy of Into the Dim.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of INTO THE DIM, US only.
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