Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Series: book #1
Source: I purchased this book.

Rating: 3/5

GoodReads Summary: When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

My Thoughts: LOVE AND TIME TRAVEL. Yeah, I'll take it. When I first read about Timeless, I geeked out about the impending release. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love star-crossed lovers. Who doesn't? Those couple who have that all-encompassing love that the world is out to divide and conquer, to me, make the best stories.

Michele was a hard character to pinpoint. I couldn't decide if I liked her or not. There really wasn't anything distinguishing or unique about her personality, so she was just kind of...there. I absolutely sympathized with her because she was dealt a pretty crappy hand, but would I hang out with her? Probably not. I like my characters to be a little more boisterous and interesting and Michele fell a little bit short.

I'll be honest... I went into this book figuring there'd be a bit of insta-love going on. I guess I wasn't too surprised when I was proven right. I don't like being proven right in books. I do try to remember that as a 16 year old, it's easy to fall in love with any "kinda cute" somebody who throws a passing glance in your direction. I was totally that girl. However, 26-year-old me thinks that 16-year-old me was a friggin' idiot. DOWN WITH INSTA-LOVE. The connection between Philip and Michele was a cute one, but not one with much foundation. There was one scene in particular where I thought to myself, "OH! THAT'S why he's so crazy about her," and that redeemed the relationship's credibility... but other than that, it was a lot of the same "I love you but I can't have you and OMG I'LL JUST DIEEE IF WE DON'T HAVE MARRIAGE AND BABIES RIGHT NOW!"

Luckily, the storyline was relatively entertaining and I do love the idea of time-travel in YA books. I hope that this will be a trend. I did enjoy the flashbacks with Michele's great-great-relatives, especially Lily. She was fun and spunky and had an attitude, which I love. I think this story was supposed to have some sort of Butterfly Effect going on, but Monir wasn't very clear what the "changes" were after Michele went back in time and tinkered around with the past. And I didn't really feel like going back and re-reading all the times that she time-traveled to see if anything had changed. I wanted to be TOLD.

Will I read the sequel? Maybe, because there were a few intriguing turns of events toward the end. Will others love the crap out of this book? Most likely. I wanted to love this book, but it fell slightly short for me.


  1. I had the exact same problem. Michele didn't have much personality and the insta-love had no real backing. But I'll probably read the sequel...especialy if the cover's as pretty as this one.

  2. I've definitely gotten a little more into YA fiction but I'm completely bothered by the insta-love thing you find in so many of that genre. I try to put myself in the characters' shoes but I just can't do it!

  3. Eeep. I don't know if I'll read this. I'm getting tired of fridge-magnet attraction and omg-I-luuuurve-you books (which means 80% of YA books)

  4. "However, 26-year-old me thinks that 16-year-old me was a friggin' idiot. DOWN WITH INSTA-LOVE."

    Today Me thought Yesterday Me was an idiot so you can imagine how much I'm hatin on my 16 y/o self, too! Bleh. Insta-love.

  5. Ummm, I think I won't put it on top of my TBR pile. I'll still probably check it out, but maybe later. There is too many great books coming out soon.