Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
©2011 Kerstin Gier, with a translation copyright of 2011 by Anthea Bell (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
"Humorous, romantic and suspenseful, the plot is fast-paced and impossible to put down.... The final romantic cliffhanger will leave you thirsty for the next book in this ‘jewel’ of a series." (Justine magazine)
former nuclear scientist
I know that a lot of young adult (especially supernatural young adult - is there any other kind these days?) has questionable logic and behavior, presumably because teens don't think all that much of the motivations and reasoning of grown ups, but this book is extra absurd. Not only the behavior of the protagonist's mother, who irresponsibly endangers the girl, and the lack of sympathy for the poor cousin, who (as it is mentioned before she is mocked) is a real victim of the situation, but the inexplicable actions at the end of the Really Hot Guy. It's like the author didn't want to end the book without checking all the boxes. Disappointing, because this could have been an interesting blend of historical fiction and sci fi/fantasy.
This is just the beginning... it should have been released as a part of a book rather than a stand alone book. To avoid frustration, wait until you can have all 3 parts.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this storyline, it's unlike any I've read before (so much mystery and I have so many questions). I'm also enjoying the narrator- she does a wonderful job. I can't wait to start the next one.
Time travel. Ghosts. Visions. Telekinesis. Philosopher's stone? Alchemy? Magic? Vampire? It's an interesting mix of everything, in the modern day and in the past. A teenaged girl is forced into a destiny of time-travel and family secrets.
A fun read or listen! Now I want to read the next installment!
Yes I'll probably listen with my daughter so she can read along
I liked her glimpse of her future self
It was well done & pleasant to listen to
I read the whole series & they were all good
This is a unique YA story about time-travel and other abilities that haven't truly been revealed yet. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows that I dislike a weak/meek heroine...woman who let guys tell them what to do and end of loving them for it-UGH. Gwyneth is a little bit of a wuss, but she's so likeable and so young that you can just tell that she'll grow up over the course of the next few books, so it doesn't bother me as much. She has this Bridget Jones Diary thing going on and it's very endearing and fun. I found a German movie of this book on youtube and it was really pretty good--if you like the book go check it out!
I would try another book read by Marisa Calin but not by the author or translator. Perhaps a lot was lost in translation.
Anything but the second book from this series
The narration and performance was pretty good but the story was so awful that the performance didn't help me stay interested.
It was funny at times and the concept was pretty interesting. I tried liking it a lot but it's way too childish for my taste. Yes, it is written for young adults but there are some YA books out there that are far more interesting and entertaining than this one.
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