Thursday, September 6, 2012

Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between Us 
by Tamara Ireland Stone

Release Date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Time Travel Romance
Source: ARC
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Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility. As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together. Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, TIME BETWEEN US is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction.

Anna runs at the track at Northwestern every morning. One morning she sees a guy smiling and watching her and then when she turns around he is gone. That guy happens to be the new boy at school Bennett. Strange thing is he swears he has never been to Northwestern and wasn't watching her. Anna knows she saw him and swears he recognizes her name but keeps pushing her away. Bennett runs hot and cold but Anna feels very drawn to him.

While working in the book store Anna is held at knife point and then Bennett grabs her and then they are in the park. He comes clean that he is really from San Francisco in the year 2012. In Chicago 1995 where they are currently living he has only just been born. Weird! Anna could go visit baby Bennett! As soon as he finds his sister, who he accidentally lost in time, he will have to return. Anna wants all the time with him she can get even if it only is a few weeks.

Time travel in this book allows Bennett to choose where he goes, anywhere in the world, anytime during his lifetime. He takes his clothes with him lol and also he can take anyone he wants with him. Anna who has always wanted to travel loves this and I would too! They have romantic dates on beaches on tiny little islands. They spend the night in Italy and then Bennett brings them back to right when they left. The possibilities are endless! Except that Bennett has been kicked back to his time period when he stays in one place too long and just might be kicked back again. Bennett also has rules he tries to follow and he tries not to change the future too much although he admits he used his powers to become rich! And well who could blame him?

Anna wanted Bennett to help change some things when her best friends Emma and Justin have an accident. I loved Justin and felt bad for him at times because I knew he liked Anna but was happy it never turned into a love triangle. They were both really good friends to Anna as she went through some tough times with Bennett. Bennett was really sweet and always wanted to do what was best for Anna. He knows their relationship could leave her broken hearted so I think that is why he was so hot and cold at first. But in the end he was willing to give up a lot to be with Anna and so was she. This was such a sweet romance and reminded me of The Time Traveler's Wife but don't worry it has a much happier ending. :-D


"I don't stay...anywhere. I visit. I observe. I leave. I don't ever stay."
I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with this information. Tell him to leave? Tell him to stay? But I don't have time to consider any other alternatives because he scoots closer and brings his hands to my face, and I fall back into the bookcase as he kisses me with this intensity-like he wants me to be here, and if he kisses me just long enough, deeply enough, none of what he just said will actually be true.

"I don't think I can go back to a life without you."
My face goes blank and I just stare at him. " What are you saying?"
"I'm saying...I'm completely in love with you. And...I'm wondering...what if I didn't leave, after all?"

Rating: 4/5

40 comments:

  1. I am really looking forward to this book, so I'm physiced to see that you've given it a good review. But I am incredibly jealous! How did you manage to get your hands on a copy?!

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    1. I loved Time Traveler's Wife and this sounded similar so I was really happy it turned out that way. Very sweet story! I borrowed a copy.

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  2. This reminds me a bit of Tempest by Julie Cross, which I totally liked! Girl in trouble, boy travels through time to save her, although it feels just a bit heavier on the romance.
    I definitely enjoy time travel stories and I'll be giving this one a chance.
    Great review, Jennifer!

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    1. I actually haven't read Tempest yet but I do have it! I should really read it soon. Yeah this one had a small bit of action that I didn't get into because I wanted to leave it as a surprise. It was mostly romance which was fine with me. I'm a big fan of time travel!

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  3. I just heard about Time Between Us the other day. My cousin is convinced I will love it. Glad you enjoyed the book. Nice review!

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    1. It was a sweet romance that I think and hope you do enjoy!

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  4. Aww this sounds adorable! I think I'll definitely have to give this a shot, even though I wasn't sure at first. I'm glad to hear there is a happy ending! Great review, Jennifer. :)

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    1. Yes I was so worried about the ending! I balled my eyes out after Time Traveler's Wife so I was very happy with the way things worked out.

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  5. AHHHHHHHH! I am so excited I can't wait! I love the little details you gave that have me dying even more. I'm so happy to hear you liked this one. One more month! :)

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  6. I love time travel stories! Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. I am a huge fan of time travel! Hope you get a chance to read it!

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  7. This sounds cute! I actually haven't read a time travel book yet *blushes* This one sounds really good though! I might have to give it a try, thanks for the review!

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    1. Oh you must read a time travel book! This is a good place to start. Easy to follow and very sweet!

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  8. I gotta say, I am really loving these time travel books. I saw somewhere else that is what compared to the Time Travelers Wife and I heard that doesn't have a happy ending but I'm glad this one does. I wonder if this is a series or stand alone...

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    1. It sounded like it might be similar so that is what attracted me to the book. Time Traveler's Wife left me balling for days! But it is an amazing book. This was way less sad so I really enjoyed this :-D

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  9. I've been wondering about his one. Glad to hear you enjoyed it :)

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  10. Well crap he takes his clothes with him, that is no fun. I wanted to read about a naked time travler. This does sound really good. I love books with time travel and I have not read one in a long time. I remember this book getting some buzz at BEA not that I was there.....I will definitely be on the lookout for this one!

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    1. haha yeah I'd prefer he was naked but not if I travel with him! I would like to show up in Italy with clothes! In The Time Traveler's Wife he shows up naked and has no control where he goes. So I would prefer this time of travel. I love time travel and this one had an HEA so I really like that.

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  11. I *love* time travel books and all the endless possiblities they present. This kinda sounds like Tempest by Julie Cross, but way sweeter and less dangerous. :P Can't wait to check this one out. Great review!

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    1. I haven't read Tempest yet but this one was more romance than action although there were a few action type things. I do love all the possibilities and what will change the future.

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  12. Okay, this just went on my I MUST READ list! It sounds freaking AWESOME! I don't think I heard of it, or I didn't know what it was about. I'm SO DYING to read it now though!

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    1. I found it on a WOW and I loved the premise. I love time travel romances and I loved The Time Traveler's Wife! This was great and I hope you enjoy it too!

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  13. Wow, the plot for this book sound pretty intense. I saw the Time Traveler's Wife film and the movie The Lakehouse so I'll have to check this on out ! Is it October yet ?

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    1. I balled my eyes out at The Time Traveler's Wife as did my mom and even my brother lol Then I read the book and balled some more. Luckily this isn't that intense but it is romantic and sad at times.

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  14. hmm DOES sound weird at first, but im so glad it has a happy ending!! I think this will be a cute/fun book to read! Great review Jennifer!
    - Farah @MajiBookshelf

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    1. Time travel can be weird when you think about the real age of someone. That they were just born when you met them! But is was sweet and has a nice ending!

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  15. Completely awesome review, Jennifer! I absolutely really want to read this one, and soon. It sounds totally weird but then also totally sweet at the same time. And those quotes… *fans* swoon. Love. x

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    1. Time travel always has a tiny bit of weirdness lol but it was super sweet! And who wouldn't want a guy that could take you to Paris and the beach and then back in minutes!!!

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  16. jealous . gr8 review . i hope to really really get this one soon . really

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  17. I like time travel books occasionally. I like this cover. Nice review!

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    1. I love time travel as long as it doesn't get too confusing. Pretty cover!

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  18. I'm already swooning over the romance and I have only read the summary and your review. I really really want to read this one.

    I haven't seen the Time Traveler's Wife movie though... should I watch it soon? o.o

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    1. LOL Very SWOON! You have to let me know what you think of The Time Traveler's Wife. It is a must watch and read!

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  19. I am looking forward to this one so much, that I marked the release date on my calendar so I don't forget!

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  20. Aw, you're such a softie. TTW was not my favorite book, though maybe I would have liked the movie. I did think Time Between us was intriguing and kept me interested -- thanks for linking this up in my Hot Off the Presses giveaway!

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  21. So glad you liked it! i'm really looking forward to this one!

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