Timeless by Alexandra Monir
January 11, 2011 by Random House Children's Books
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor's world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she's never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century's worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamours Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life - a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves - a quest that will determine the fate of both their lives.
Timeless, while nothing spectacular or thought provoking, was a nice light and enjoyable read. Sometimes that is exactly what you need. A total escape. And Timeless definitely delivered.
I loved the idea and the story. I have always loved the idea of Time Travel and the history associated with this book was fascinating. Alexandra Monir did a fantastic job of taking you to the heart of New York City during the 1900's, the 1920's and the 1940's. It was exciting and often breathtaking.
However, I did not feel a strong connection to the main characters of the book. Michele and Philip were interesting enough, but their relationship felt very forced and too easy for me. Like too many other YA Paranormal/Fantasy Romance the romance was just not all that believable. I was more drawn to Michele's time travels and her meetings with the female relatives from the past. One of my favorite characters was Michele's Great Grandmother, Lily. When we first meet Lily, she is this young spunky girl just itching to make it in the music business during the roaring 20's. Being able to see Lily, through Michele's eyes was very heartwarming and just a fun part of this story for me.
In the end, if you are looking for a fun, light read? I would recommend it. It is not a life altering experience, but still enjoyable. I do look forward to seeing where Alexandra Monir takes these characters and the story in the next book.
Rating: 3 stars