Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Series: (Time Between Us #2)
Published: October 8th 2013
Categories: Magical Realism, Science Fiction
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Synopsis: Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.
Review: I must say that I completely enjoy Time After Time than Time Between Us. I think I have a better connection with Bennett’s character which is probably because it made me understand his situation and the emotions behind his ability. In an outsider perspective it looks amazing to have a power like that but there’s an accompanying burden of possessing such. So reading it in Bennett’s perspective made me understand his entire situation. It wasn’t easy hoping from one time period to another. It’s not easy having this feeling of huge responsibility of saving people’s lives. And it is definitely not easy to love someone from another time period. And that is what Bennett has to go through.
It looks to me that Bennett has two lives: one he has with his family and friends in 2012 and the other with Anna and Maggie (his grandma) in 1995. He’s hoping from one time period to another, trying to make things work. But it is difficult for him to sustain that and it is probably unfair to people he cares particularly Anna to be that someone he cannot share to others. I understand Anna and why she was upset one time about being unable to be like a normal couple—because they weren’t and they will never be. But at the same time, those differences make their relationship so much more. To be perfectly honest, I think theirs was the most stable and really developed for their age. I salute them.
During his transition, he accidentally found out more about his ability. And he’s been trying to help others. With his father encouragement, he’s doing the best he could to help others. But like Spider-man once said (is he the one who said it? I am not sure.) that “great power comes with great responsibility?” I think he lives to that saying. He felt accomplished being able to save people’s lives but at the same time it overwhelms him because of the responsibility weighing on his shoulder now. I liked how he shows that vulnerability, it was really moving for me.
I find it fascinating that ironically for someone who has the talent to right a wrong, Bennett still feels regret. While he can go back and undo it, there are really some decisions and events are bound to happen.
But what I liked the most was probably the one with Maggie. She was distant family relative to him. And due to his ability he finally has the chance to reconnect with her. I like how their relationship had grown.
There are a lot of things I liked about this story. As my short commentary after I finish it was: it wasn’t a solid ending to me. But I take it back now, because in retrospect I think it doesn’t have to be completely filled to make an ending substantial. I liked how Bennett realized that despite the hindrances and problems that get in their way; that no matter how he over analyzes things and always comes up negatively about their relationship because of their circumstances. But it was still his very own ability that tells him that things are supposed to happen that way.
I received an eARC from Disney-Hyperion via Netgalley. Thank you.
Preview Quote: Anna is a part of my future and I’m part of hers. And that’s all I needed to know, even if there are million big and little things that could go wrong between now and then. — Bennett (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)