Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
The Time Traveler's Wife for Teens!!
They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time
Country clubs and garden parties. The last thing Cassandra wants is to spend the summer before her senior year marooned in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. Cass craves drama and adventure, which is hard when she just feels stuck.
But when a dreamy stranger shows up on her family’s private beach, claiming that it is his property—and that the year is 1925—Cass is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cass discovers a truth that thrusts Lawrence’s life into jeopardy. It won’t matter which century he is from if he won’t live to see tomorrow.
Desperate to save the boy who’s come to mean everything to her, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

MY TAKE:
I was intrigued by the premise that promised a mystery and star-crossed time-travelers.

In Until We Meet Again, Cassandra is dragged by her parents to a boring Massachusetts town for the summer. One night, she meets Lawrence, and they soon figure out that they come from two different times. As they become closer, their meetings soon produce consequences that have disastrous results in their times and could lead to even more danger for Lawrence.

Personally, I think this book is closer to The Lake House than to The Time Traveler's Wife. Neither Lawrence and Cass actually timehop. They just happen upon a place wherein they are able to co-exist, a rift in the time-space continuum. There's also a mystery that involves Lawrence, and it's up to Cass to save the day. The mystery wasn't too complicated and it was easy to predict who the villain was going to be, although this may be because I love reading mystery books so it's easy for me to spot the clues and suspicious characters.

One of the things that I look forward to the most with books like this is how the author solves the dilemma of if the main characters stay together, and if so, in which time period they live in. I liked the way that Cass and Lawrence's love story concludes. It's realistic and not overly dramatic.

As for the characters, I didn't like Cass at first because she seemed like a spoiled brat to me. I actually thought that I wouldn't enjoy the book because of her, but about a third of the way through, the story picked up and became more interesting, and Cass became more likable for me as well. As for Lawrence, he was okay for me, and was actually quite charming through most of it. My only quibble with him is near the end, he got quite melodramatic. He was a little bit too sensitive for me, I guess.

Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The ending is perfect.
  2. The premise is intriguing.
  3. There were some interesting secondary characters. 

THE BAD:

  1. There were some melodramatic moments. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You like star-crossed romances.
  2. You liked The Lake House and The Time Traveler's Wife.
  3. You like the Roaring Twenties. 

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