Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

August 4, 2014 Book 15 ★★★★½

Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland StoneTime Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Series: Time Between Us #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 2012-10-09
Source: Own
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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. Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction.

Marianne’s Thoughts: 

Time Between Us is amazing. As many others have pointed out, this is kind of like a Young Adult version of The Time Traveler’s Wife. I’d like to point out that I only watched about 30 minutes  (I was bored) of The Time Traveler’s Wife and I haven’t even read the book.

However this book captivated me from the very beginning and I didn’t want to stop reading for anything in the world. I loved the fact that this book was so simple: two people, who aren’t supposed to fall in love, do so against all odds. And let me tell you, there are countless reasons Anna and Bennett shouldn’t be together. The biggest reason is the fact that Anna is seventeen years old in 1995, Chicago, while Bennett is eighteen in 2012, San Francisco.

If only we were separated by this distance. But we’re not. We’re separated by this distance plus seventeen years.

Bennett can travel through time and space. He always visits places but never stays. But when Bennett reveals to Anna his secret, and they end up visiting places foreign and wonderful together, they start to fall in love. The only problem is that Bennett’s powers are spinning out of control. He’s stayed for too long in a place where he shouldn’t be. How will Anna and him overcome this and bridge that seventeen-year gap?

I loved the fact that you could just sit back and enjoy this book. It doesn’t have love triangles, or overly complicated plot, or even annoying characters.

The writing is simple and sweet, narrated by Anna. I could sympathize with her so much because she has this immense desire to see the world just like I do. Anna was a great character; she wasn’t a whiny, filled with angst teenager. She was just a normal girl who was going through extraordinary circumstances.

When we’re introduced to Bennet, he’s really mysterious at first. He’s guarded and kind of moody. But once he reveals his secret to Anna we see how charming and cute he really is! I kind of wish that the time-travel aspect was better explained, but I don’t mind it.

The way their romance developed was so smile inducing. Everything about Anna and Bennet was adorable. There were some heartbreaking moments in between, and it was really wonderful seeing how their love struggled to flourish in between. It showed how powerful their bond really was.

This story also has a great friendship and family aspect and it was wonderful.

I’ve already read the sequel for this book, and let me tell you: IT’S JUST AS AMAZING.

Overall, this is a wonderful and powerful story that’ll have you hooked from page 1. Read this if you’re in the mood for a powerful romance that’ll make you sigh and swoon.

Did you like my review? If so, would you mind voting for it on Amazon or liking on Goodreads;)


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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • Oooh, a YA version of TTTW? That actually sounds awesome lol!

    The description also reminds me a bit of that film with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock lol (IDK why). Love that movie though.

    This sounds so lovely and just like my cup of tea because I’m a soppy romantic at heart, plus: TIME TRAVEL. Time travel is totally my thing!

  • I’ve heard so many great things about this and its sequel from my GR friends, and now that I read your review I’m so tempted to read them as well! The premise sounds amazing and I’m glad to hear that the romance is well-executed! Fantastic review, Marianne 😀

  • Oh this is the first in the series? I remeber seeing the cover for its sequel and being like oh-my-god-so-beautiful but this one is gorgeous as well. Hahha, I didn’t read The Time Traveler’s Wife and didn’t see the movie either…huuh guess that has to change XD. Anyway, I am very glad to know that it’s not only the exterior that is amazing. ^^

    • Yes it’s the first in the series! I love both covers but the second one is gorgeous! I’m thinking I’ll have to be more patient toward The Time Traveler’s Wife, lol. YES. This is a case where the cover doesn’t lie to you 😀

  • Oh I love Time Traveler’s Wife, even though the movie was kind of confusing the book made me cry (and on public transport as well). My only problem with this book is that it sounds SO SIMILAR to the source material! Ah wells, great review Marianne <3

    • Haha I can’t confirm or deny that, but I personally loved this book. I’m going to read The Time Traveler’s Wide one day, just to see how similar they are. Thanks, Jeann 🙂

  • Everything is just so beautiful and wonderful and ahhhh, my heart is just floating whenever I see this book. I so much agree with everything that you said, Marianne. Just like you, I loved both of this book. ‘Sigh and swoon’ Yeah, that’s pretty much what I did through out the whole book <3 Brilliant review!!!

  • time travelling + beautiful romance? this sounds like my type of read. I like how you talk about Anna and the romance development~~ I’m adding this to my TBR list. Great review! 🙂

  • Ah, I’m glad you enjoyed this, Marianne! It was such a lovely surprise–as you said, a story you could just sit back and enjoy. The romance was just lovely, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel at some point. Good to hear that you thought that was wonderful, too!

    • Yes, Wendy. It was truly wonderful and a book that I’d recommend in a heartbeat. Hope you enjoy the sequel if you get to read it someday. 🙂

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