YA Romance Reviews

When You Read TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone

time between usAll Anna’s ever wanted in her comfortable little life is to travel beyond her hometown of Evanston, Illinois.  All Bennett’s ever wanted is stability.  Normalcy.  He has the power to move through space and time but has grounded himself momentarily in Anna’s town for personal reasons.  As soon as he hears Anna’s name, he recognizes her.  He’s seen the older Anna…a woman who gave him a warning.

Now, what Bennett’s tried to prevent is happening anyway.  Their lives are becoming entwined.  But Bennett is from the future–sixteen years later in San Fransisco, California.  It would be much easier if there were only distance between them…but there is all this time.  Bennett can’t always control his power.  What if he couldn’t get back?

When you read Time Between Us, you will be reminded of what makes an otherwise good young adult paranormal romance great.  Bennett’s power serves as a vehicle to explore deeper themes of love and attachment.  The title itself points this out and is echoed through the book as both the time spent between the characters (tense or enjoyable) and the time that literally separates them.  There are other strong themes–questions of morality and consequence–but the heart of the book is in the developing relationship between Anna and Bennett.  Tamara Ireland Stone does a beautiful job of reminding us of what ties us to one another.  Our simple, close moments.

Michelle Joyce Bond

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It’s 11:00 and I’m Finally Writing

imageI’ll make this short because if I don’t, the book will never move.

Work–strenuous.

Dinner–delicious gourmet hotdogs.

Chores–husband is conspicuously missing.

Grading–ugh.

Exercise animals–rabbit hops in blissfully ignorant joy.

Exercise self–dance like crazy behind closed doors.

Shower.

Book–finally!

Writers, how does your average day stack up?

Michelle Joyce Bond