Monday, February 28, 2011

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Title: Timeless
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 280 pages
Date Published: January 11, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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 glamorous 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 of their lives.
Michele Windsor’s entire life has been spent living with her mom in a rather Bohemian way. The two women are mother and daughter, but also the best of friends. When tragedy forces Michele to move in with the grandparents she has never known, all the way in NYC, her only solace becomes her possibly delusional exploits in the New York of the past. Add in a dashing young man and a long line of strong Windsor women and Michele may just discover enough about her past to impact her future.

First and foremost, Timeless is a love story. Michele’s ventures back to 1910 bring her to Philip Walker, the young man she’s dreamt about nearly her entire life and someone she almost instantly falls in love with. Once again, the insta-love thing bothered me a bit, but I was able to get past it.

The New York of 1910 is so vastly different from the NYC of 2010 and I loved that. Monir beautifully describes 1910, the roaring twenties, and then, a war torn 1944. Each trip to the past brings with it a vibrant, lifelike setting, new music that was so real I could hear it, some interesting characters, and another little piece of the puzzle of Michele’s past. While I found the love aspect a bit cheesy at times, I still enjoyed the relationship between Michele and Philip. The past ties in so well with the future and I love how the Windsor family unfolded through time.

Timeless is a romantic novel with a touch of elegance and beauty. There is mystery, there is family, and there are plenty of secrets to discover. Each trip through time was surprising and held just a sliver of the bigger picture. Michele’s family, both past and present, are engrossing, engaging, and so strong. The Windsor women will easily entertain anyone who enjoys a good story and I highly recommend this one.

Opening line:
Michele stood alone in the center of the hall of mirrors. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines:
What was the point of loving when the people you loved were taken from you? When Death or Time were always looming and poised to strike, why did love even exist?. . . Why must we spend so much of our lives missing people instead of being with them? ~ pg. 266-267
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Thanks for awesome review! I need to get my hands on this one.
I love a love story though time.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

The Slowest Bookworm said...

I really want to get my hands on this one too. Sounds awesome. Loved your review :D

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I have been really getting into some Young Adult books lately, and I've been following a few sites just to see if anything jumps out at me. This one is definitely something that I'm going to have to pick up - and this might be the first book trailer I've ever watched that I immediately liked! Music was great, spliced with those black and white video shots of old New York. Loved it! And I love the sound of this story line!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I find timeslip novels to be really interesting, and I LOVE the favorite quote you included in your review. This one's definitely on my to-read list!

Candace said...

I've had this one on my WL cause it sounds so good. Too bad it has the Insta-Love, but like you I can usually get past it if the rest of the story is good. I'm glad it ended up being great!

~The Book Pixie said...

This one is high on my wishlist. True, the insta-love thing always annoys me but it sounds like this book has some other great qualities to make up for it. Great review. :D


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