Timeless by Alexandra Monir
A girl is sent to live with her grandparents. She finds a necklace that takes her back in time. She starts time traveling with the necklace and objects around her grandparents home. In the past she meets and falls in love with a young man she has been dreaming about her entire life. (Not dreaming figuratively, literally night-time dreams).
This story was a cute light read. It was really quick and had an interesting idea. The girl travels back and is actually meeting her ancestors. That gave the time traveling a purpose and interesting direction.
There were a few things I found annoying. Like the drama around the guy she falls in love with. It was rather "Twilight-y." And I was annoyed that there was a huge set-up for a sequel.
Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano
A true story of an Italian immigrant family that gets caught up with the Mafia. The writer's great grandmother is the main character of the story, and the writer inserts herself a little bit as well. The great grandmother is an amazing figure who overcomes a lot of huge challenges.
The story is fascinating. The book is not.
This is one of the types of books that I am just disappointed with. The story is such a great story. It has such potential. And it just didn't meet that. The writing was flat and the characters weren't developed as characters. Because of all that, I didn't really care about them.
Because I was disappointed, I can't recommend this book.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Claire is visiting Scotland after World War II with her husband, and she is sucked through the stones of Stonehenge back in time. She discovers that she is suddenly in 1744. She has to find her way and falls in with a Highland clan.
I read and read and read. And then I thought "Why is this the longest book ever?!"
So that's pretty much my review. Claire is pretty smart as a character, and she does a fairly good job of acclimating to two hundred years in the past. And then she just keeps doing really stupid things. That got annoying. And then as far as plot, there was the basic story, and stuff just kept being added and added and added, and it was the longest book ever.
And as always, I feel like I should give a parental warning like I do for my students: There is a lot of sex.
(Um, and if you are looking for some hilarious reviews, check out Goodreads. There are a couple reviews there that are super funny).