Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor | Review

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Into the Dim Into the Dim (Book 1) Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy HMH Books for Young Readers Hardcover 432 pages Amazon

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. And she’s alive, though currently trapped in the twelfth century, during the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Passing through the Dim, Hope enters a brutal medieval world of political intrigue, danger, and violence. A place where any serious interference could alter the very course of history. And when she meets a boy whose face is impossibly familiar, she must decide between her mission and her heart—both of which could leave Hope trapped in the past forever.      


Hope believed her mother died during an earthquake months earlier overseas. Then she receives an invite to stay with her aunt in Scotland and everything changes. Hope’s family are part of a secret time traveler society and they need her help. She has seventy-two hours to go back in time and rescue her mother or be lost forever.

I love when a book doesn’t fit into a single genre. It’s a nice change and can provide quite the interesting plot. I’m a fan of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and Into the Dim is a great read-a-like for teens. This book has time travel, humor, romance, and history. It is non-stop plot action from beginning to end.

I found the love interest aspect of the novel to be quite predictable, but then Taylor threw in some curve balls and I’m intrigued to see how it plays out in future novels. Speaking of characters, I really liked them. Each character had a unique personality and secrets that made them well rounded. I feel that we get a good introduction to the characters, but the plot moved fast, which didn’t give us enough time with them. I hope to learn more about their past as the series continues.

Into the Dim appeals to many readers and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this series become the next big thing.

I received a complimentary electronic ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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