Tuesday, 14 March 2017

ARC Review: Waking In Time by Angie Stanton

The problem with time travel stories is that they can have the tendency to become over-complicated, like a mess of tangled string that can't be undone. Waking In Time by Angie Stanton was surprisingly refreshing in that it does not suffer from this affliction. It was, simply, fabulous. Big thanks to Georgia Lawe and Curious Fox Books for the ARC.

Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby,” Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again ... even though the professor gets younger each time Abbi meets him.

As said above, Waking In Time does not suffer from a convoluted plot. Despite revolving around time travel, the plot is linear and easy to follow, which makes a lovely change to what I've previously seen. Time travel is a wonderful element in the situations it can produce for characters, but if too complex it can cause headache and boredom for the audience. This happens at no point during Waking In Time. Instead the linear plot is fabulously entertaining. The wonder of how and when Abbi moves through time is intriguing, and is second only to the page turning, jaw dropping tale of why. A captivating tale about family, loss and love that spans almost a century, Waking In Time is a whirlwind that was a joy to read.

Abbi is a fabulous heroine who epitomises strength and resilience, refusing to back down from the challenge presented to her, regardless of its unique nature. Her relationship with Will - scattered through time - typifies the slow burn romance genre, and it was beautiful.

Simply put, Waking In Time is a novel of epic proportions with a swoon worthy romance to boot. The perfect book to curl up with, it receives a well deserved 5* rating and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is a fan of time travel, romance, mystery, or simply just a great story.

If you have any thoughts about Waking In Time do feel free to comment below or @ me on Twitter, and as always thank you for reading.

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

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