ARC Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor


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synWhen 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.

review3.5/5 Stars 

***I recieved this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & HMH Books for Young Readers.

I was crazy excited for this story. Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of my favorite historical figures, so naturally when I saw this time travel set in the 12th century, I zoomed in on my favorite lady and HAD to have it. That being said, Into the Dim is an enjoyable read. Full of phobias, secrets, intrigue, danger, Tesla science, and romance, Into the Dim will keep you captivated and wanting. 

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re into historical fiction but the light kind. Diet edition. 
  • You’re intrigued by the science behind time travel.
  • You love accents.
  • Mysteries are your playground.

PROS:

  • Despite the first section of the book, I couldn’t forget the story. I wanted to know what happened, if Hope would rescue her mother, the budding relationship with Bran, the reason behind Celia’s vengeance, etc. There were questions that needed answers that propelled me forward. 
  • Diversity. I LOVED LOVED LOVED Phoebe and Doug. Their characters NEED to be explored. Phoebe is outspoken, crazy, wonderful, and Doug is a genius, a little nerdy, and all around adorable. Their romance, man, I lived for those scenes. Swoon. Collum. Why, oh why, wasn’t there more of him? I had my fingers crossed that the tiny spark brewing between him and Hope would manifest because, well, he’s strong, determined, passionate, and oh so serious. Heavy sigh. 
  • Hope is interesting. She’s bursting with knowledge, at little bit of a know it all because of her perfect memory, but still insecure and sheltered. Hope doesn’t know how useful and strong she can be because she gives into her phobias. She definitely grows on you. As she adjusts to her new life, she gains courage and opens up. She becomes stronger because of her troubles. Sometimes, there’s a wisp of lighthearted comedy between her and Bran that is engaging and endearing, though not often enough. 
  • The concept itself is wonderful. Rival time traveling families, Tesla science, artifacts, learning the times to collect bits of history. The tragedies. Oh, the earth-shattering, heart-breaking tragedies. 
  • The danger is heart-stopping intense. Sword fighting, anxiety, foreboding, it’s all there, keeping you on edge. 

CONS:

  • The balance is off. There wasn’t enough establishment of life in the 12th century to get a full picture. It was more about the actions of others. While there are threads of what it was like during the time, poor treatment of Jews, rise of the church, crime, etc., the magnificence that was Eleanor of Aquitaine was muted. 
  • Explanation of ley lines, Tesla science, and lodestones was weak. If I didn’t already know about ley lines and lodestones from other time travel novels, I would have been pretty confused. 
  • “Twists” were predictable. There are so many clues pointing to them that they feel obvious and it’s frustrating how long it takes the main characters to figure it out. 
  • Secondary characters were intriguing, unique, and I wanted so much more from them but their time was taken up by Hope’s obsession with Bran and her internal struggles with the “curse” of her eidetic memory and claustrophobia. 

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Keep reading, 

Jordan

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