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Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor — July 9, 2018

Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor

downloadSixteen-year-old Hope Walton travels back in time to help rescue her mother, a member of the secret society of time travelers, who is trapped in twelfth-century England in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

This book was a big disappointment. I had such high hopes for it and then it crushed them. I couldn’t connect with the characters, the plot was moving really slow, and the setting wasn’t done well at all. I wish that I could have loved this book but that didn’t happen. I’m not sure whether it was me, or the book. If you want more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. I enjoyed them but I wanted to connect with them like I connect with so many other characters in other books. I read this book a first time, then reread it, and I still couldn’t connect with them. They were well-written but that still didn’t make them connectable. I didn’t see any character arcs (maybe I was missing them) and the characters just stayed the same, except for the two characters who I knew would get together, got together.

The plot was subpar. I was expecting it to be very fast paced and there to be time-traveling from the fiftieth page (I was probably basing my hopes off of the Passenger series). That didn’t happen. I didn’t even learn about the time-traveling until the hundredth page, and there wasn’t any real action until the two-hundredth page. The pacing was slow until that two-hundredth page, and then it sped up so fast that I didn’t really know what was happening. It was infuriating!!!! The author also threw some things in the plot just for shock value. Reading this book made me want to bang my head against a wall. 

The setting was probably the best part of this book, and that isn’t saying much. The actual setting wasn’t that good, but I was enamored with the backstory. It was very well done and it described everything very well, but it was very complicated. I wish that it had been simpler, like the backstory of Passenger. That was very simple and I could remember it easily. I barely remember this one. The rest of the set was also very annoying. There was basically no description so I couldn’t envision myself going on adventures with the characters. At least the setting isn’t as bad as the setting in Red Queen.

This book was nothing like I had hoped. I wanted so much more from it. I can’t recommend it, but if you read it I hope that you enjoy it more than me. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. I hope that you have Great Day!!!! Thanks for Reading!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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