If you could learn the identity of your one true love-even though you will never meet- would you?
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect-predicting your one true love.
If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?
Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians-a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past-and she can't resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she's broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.
Or would you have the strength to watch him die?
But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn't belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own-and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it- in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.
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One of my top ten all time favorites
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Have you ever read a book and when you finished you wanted to run around and tell everyone that they must get the book right now and read it (even though it's not out yet)? No? Ok, then have you ever read a book and then the second you finished you wanted to call up the author and tell them what an amazing, fantastic, emotional roller coaster of a read it was and demand more? Still no? Just me then.
Well, I wanted to do those things and more when I finished this book. I actually messaged the author on Facebook and said "Holy time travel!" I don't think she know how to take that but I made sure to elaborate. I basically couldn't tell her what I wanted to say about the book or the way it made me feel. I still can't even do that now while I'm supposed to be writing my review 5 days later. I honestly can't put it into words because the words that I would use to describe it don't do it justice for me. The words "unique," "awesome," "outstanding," "sensational," just aren't strong enough to describe my feelings.
I have read Trisha Leigh before and I thought her series the Cavy Files, was my favorite read. Nope. This one blows that one out of the water faster and better than the last ship on a Battleship game. I will try to explain to you what I loved about this book. Be patient as I am not an author and am not so good with the putting of the words together to make the purty sayings.
My heart ached for Kaia. She and her family have suffered because of the transgressions of her brother. She is worried that she will end up like him. She's a dreamer, a silly-heart, a flibbertigibbet. She can't stay focused on what she is supposed to be recording in history because she sees the things that others do not or deem unimportant. This makes her dangerous in the other Historians eyes.
There were times when I was reading this story that I had to cover the words and paragraphs coming up because I have a habit of reading ahead. I didn't want to do that with this story. I wanted to ingest and devour every word that was written. I wanted to make sure that I felt, saw, heard, and experienced everything that those words meant. I felt that I owed it to Trisha because of the heart that she put into this story. You can tell when reading a book if an author felt the story and characters to their bones. It comes through in subtle yet huge ways when you look at the individual pages as a whole. You can feel the love and energy and emotion that she put into Kaia, her fellow Historians, and the Earth Before (the time before humans left Earth).
I love history and learning about the old stories, and ancient people that lived before us. I could tell that Trisha is a history buff too as she put a lot of depth and realness to each of the time periods that the Historians visited. The Historians go to real, actual events that happened and if you were in Social Studies and needed to take a test on these events (after not paying attention to the teacher), you would get every question right if you did nothing but read this book.
I am so happy that Trisha was able to write this book and that she had a place to put her passion for history. I want people to go get this book, even if you don't like history. I think that once you read it, you will have a new found appreciation for the subject and may find yourself researching some of these dates and events on your own. I can not wait until the next installment. By the way, I see that it is time for me to go tell Trisha that I NEED the next book. :)
Not your average time travel!
Admittedly, I’m choosy when it comes to futuristic sci-fi or time travel books. I need to feel like the story and characters are still relatable and relevant to current life. When I found out Trisha Leigh had written a book about time travel, I KNEW it would break stereotypes and be something I’d love. I WAS NOT WRONG!
What if you could find out at 17 yrs old who your one true love is - your soulmate? How many of of us would be dying of curiosity? But what if the trade off was knowing the likelihood of your one true love being in your own time was almost nil? Frankly, the curiosity would still get to me, just as it did to Kaia. She finds out her one true love is not only long dead but has to decide if it’s worth breaking every rule she’s been raised to adhere to in order to sneak a glance at him. She’ll never talk to him, of course … whoops, or maybe.
Kaia is training to be a Historian charged with recording important historical events. One of the basic rules is to never interfere in the past, and she knows that all too well. But what happens when you not only fall hard for your soulmate but you find out things that will potentially mean disaster for your own time period. Do you break all the rules to investigate and risk everything?
No matter where her body is, her heart continually returns to her one true love far in the past.
Trisha’s love of history is evident in this book as she mixes the future with the distant past with a smoothness that only a true Historian could achieve. She never disappoints, and I can’t wait to see where she takes this series. With history behind us, the future open before us, and Leigh’s imagination to bridge the gap, we are in for a wild ride!