Monday, February 29, 2016

Mother-Daughter Review: Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1) by Janet B. Taylor



Title: Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1) 
Author: Janet B. Taylor 
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Source: Publisher 
Expected Publication: March 1st, 2016 
Pre-order: Amazon B&N 

Summary: 

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. 

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Into the Dim is the first time travel story I’ve read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it easy to relate to Hope on some levels, being an only child myself and also having a love for education much like hers. But I also felt for her because, unlike me, she’s very lonely. The most interaction she has with kids her own age is with her cousins, who not only are vastly different from Hope but shun her because they’re not blood relatives. And when Hope loses the person she was most connected to and loved by, her small world shatters, leading her to accept an invite to Scotland from her aunt, something she never would have done before. She knows things are about to change for her – she just has no idea how much. The story really begins once Hope gets to Scotland; aside from meeting other kids who are more like her (and a very interesting boy with heterochromia), she soon realizes the meaning behind her aunt’s invite. She’s been kept in the dark her whole life about a pretty major secret – time travel is real, and she’s about to have to take part in it. Soon. Hope’s small world is about to get a whole lot bigger.

Once the cat’s out of the bag, the plot unfolds rather quickly; so I won’t say much more about the story itself, but I really did love it. The author’s writing is beautiful, the characters are incredibly lovable, and the details and setting are beyond captivating. I loved the bits of history intertwined with the story as well. It’s too bad time travel isn’t real for us readers, because I don’t know how I’m going to wait for the sequel to this amazing story!



This book is being pitched as Outlander for teens, but I haven’t yet read Outlander so I have no idea how to feel about that. I’m not a fan of book comparisons, but I do know that Diana Gabaldon gave an enthusiastic blurb for this book if that’s something that appeals to you. Now, this YA science fiction is heavy on the young adult aspect; so if, like me, you are not that target audience, you may be resistant to the young characters’ dialogue and their social situations. There is a lot of build-up before you get to any actual time travel, which makes for a slower-paced beginning; but there’s a nice payoff when you reach a certain part. I’m very glad I read this with my teen – I loved the history and the period setting. The accounts of Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Henry II, Thomas à Becket, and Sister Hectare were my favorite!

For me, there was some predictability in where the storyline was headed, as well as in certain character traits; but sometimes even when we know where we’re going, if we have an awesome traveling companion and great scenery… the trip is still a lot of fun. ;)

I enjoyed the author’s writing, especially her use of imagery. This book regales us with ley lines, Tesla, ancient artifacts, time travel, eidetic memories, and details that make me so very grateful to live in a century with electricity and indoor plumbing (not to mention a bouquet of much lovelier smells than our poor characters endure). This was a fun buddy-read with my daughter, and I know without a doubt that we’ll be grabbing the sequel for more!

Huge thanks to the publisher for sending us a copy of this book in exchange for our honest review. 

© at A Belle's Tales

  

13 comments:

  1. Kelly C3/01/2016

    I'm glad you guys liked this one. I've seen a lot of adult reviewers being cranky because it "reads like a young YA" - well like you said, it's not for them! lol - nice reviews! Can't wait to check this out.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! Hope you get a chance to read it soon :-)

      ~Mckenzie

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  2. I love this mother daughter reviews and it is so interesting to see your different takes on it. I'm listening to Outlander now (gonna take me 12 years but whatevs) so when I'm done maybe we can compare notes and see if it is Outlander for teens. Great reviews guys! *hugs*

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    1. Thank you so much, Teresa! I hope you're enjoying Outlander! *big hugs*

      ~Mckenzie

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  3. This looks awesome! And I love the cover! I haven't read Outlander either, but I need to give both a try. Great reviews, you guys!

    ~Miki <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Miki! I really think you'd like this! Go get it. Now. Haha <3

      ~Mckenzie

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  4. I always enjoy a good time travel and it has been awhile since I have read one. It seems like you both enjoyed this one. I have heard good things, so I might have to make room for it.

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    1. We really did, Ms. Heidi! I think you will feel the same way that Mom did about this definitely being a YA, but she still enjoyed it; and this could be a great one to buddy-read with your daughter when she's a little older :-)

      ~Mckenzie

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  5. Anonymous3/02/2016

    I love time travel books! I'll definitely have to check this one out -- it sounds really great! Nice reviews.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!

      ~Mckenzie

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  6. Annie H3/03/2016

    I love the sound of this. Definitely going to look for it!

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    1. Yayy! Happy reading, Annie :D

      ~Mckenzie

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  7. I just loved those reviews! Getting both perspectives is really amazing. I'm glad you both enjoyed the world and the writing style. Though the targeted audience is young adult, the book sounds very captivating and very interesting, so I'll have to pick it up when I can.

    Heart you two big time! *HUGGLES*

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