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The Next Together (The Next Together, #1) – Lauren James (A Review)

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

Oh wow, I loved this book. It was great.

In particular I loved the way the story was told. Through newspaper articles, e-mails, notes, blog entries or just normal prose, it was great. I thought at first the constant change between formatting would get annoying, but it didn’t. It kept me on my toes & searching for clues. The timeline at the top of the page also changed to the date in coordination to which story was being told/when it was being told. Details like that made me happy – and the fact that every time it changed between time periods, so did the font (I looked waaay to much into this, I think).

In several reviews I’ve seen people pick their favourite Katherine/Matthew and the favourite time period. But I just can’t. I love them all. What I love is that even though they are essentially the same people reincarnated over and over again, they still seem like separate characters. They have some of the same quirks (I personally love those old-timely ‘that’s what she said jokes’ that Matthew made, which Katherine soon picked up) but still each character has their own story, so it doesn’t really seem like you’re reading the same thing over and over again just in a different setting.

This book really does have everything: romance, history, time travel, reincarnation, war, dystopian-esque features, humour, and two really strong protagonists. So whatever your a fan of, you’ll more tan likely find something to your tastes in this book.

The ending was slightly anti-climatic. Throughout the whole book it seemed like we were building up towards something so dramatic, so life-changing, a really great reason as to why they kept living over, and over, and over again…and then it was revealed and it just fell flat. There was too loose strings, and the last page certain didn’t help  (like helloooo? the little kid typing that code like THE CODE THAT WAS USED THROUGHOUT THE BOOK, BY THE PEOPLE SEEMINGLY WATCHING AND CONTROLLING THE FATE OF MATTHEW AND KATHERINE???) and I’m hoping the next book will address this (Although to the most of my knowledge, the next one is completely new characters).

So it wasn’t a bad ending but it wasn’t great either. The whole book was enjoyable & great, and the finale didn’t live up to it. Still looking forward to the next book & I highly recommend that if you haven’t already read this, then you do!


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The Square Root of Summer – Harriet Reuter Hapgood (A Review)

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for sending me this book for review!:)

I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It intrigued me from the first page, and by the time I was nearing the end I didn’t want to put it down.

I’m not really a mathematics person, so all the maths fuddled me slightly. Also with all the science! So many scientific theories, and so many big ideas that I hadn’t heard off/had no idea how they worked! This confused me and gave me a bit of a headache. It’s easily looked past though, and it’s still fun to enjoy Gottie’s flashbacks (? yeah, let’s call them that).

So while I’m not too sure of what happened and why these things were happening to Gottie, it was still an enjoyable read. I like how it represented the different types of grief people go through, and that everyone deals with death and difficult situations differently.

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to rate this book. One half of me wants to go with a solid 4, and the other half thinks maybe a three. So I’m going in between, and it’s a 3.5 stars from me! When this is released in paperback form I’ll definitely be buying a copy and having a re-read. Maybe all the science-y stuff will make sense second time round.

P.S: this book is very beautifully written. I love the writing style, it flowed so well. Plus the little illustrations were cute.

You can also view this review on Goodreads!