October 30, 2015

Review: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

Return Once More (The Historians #1)
Release Date: 09/29/15
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

There are several things I liked about Return Once More:
  • Kaia was interesting - kind, smart, and talented, but also independent, curious, spirited, and rebellious
  • I liked the dynamic with Kaia's brother Jonah having already taken the spot as the black sheep. It explains how Kaia's decision dilemma is layered.
  • Tons of historic information is layered throughout the story, but there aren't any real info dumps, which I appreciated.
  • I am not always a fan of time travel, but it was well done here.  The "when" and "where" were always clearly labeled to keep the reader from getting confused.  Nothing makes me want to put down a time travel book than not remembering where the hell I was when I left off last.
  • I like that it wasn't predictable.  I've recently read some predictable plot lines in books, and this one gave me a couple of surprises that made me feel like I was in the story not writing the story myself.
  • You guys know how I feel about pace. Things need to move at a certain clip to keep me from growing bored.  This book never got boring.  It was fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, something (even if it was small) happening every chapter, the characters constantly doing not just being.  I was very impressed.
  • I like that it was sci-fi, but also explained the science.  I think there could've been more of that, but I was glad it was there at all.
  • I loved that romance was the main plot, but it wasn't sappy, it wasn't all about a love triangle, and it wasn't the only point of the book.  You take away the romance, it's still about a girl training to become a Historian who travels back in time in order to help her people.

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About the Author
Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies,  reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

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