Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Review: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

Return Once More (The Historians #1) by Trisha Leigh

If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.
If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?
Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.
Or would you have the strength to watch him die?
But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

Publishes in US: October 20th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: ya time travel
Source: Bloomsbury via Netgalley
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
Series? The Historians #1

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    I wanted to read this one because I really enjoyed the idea of knowing your true love, and the appeal of the forbidden romance aspect. I have no idea what I would do when faced with a choice of saving one man that is meant for me and the huge and unknown consequences that could come from altering the course of history. I mean without that aspect even the time travel would have appealed to me. The people from the future exploring the past in order to learn from it is intriguing. 

   I liked Kaia, she likes her job, but she wants to do it differently. She is going back in the past to learn from the big events that shaped history. Kaia instead pays more attention to the love and hope rather than the tragic events. Even though she knows they are important, she also believes that those things are important. 

   I wasn't sure how I would feel about the historical aspect, but it worked okay for me since it also had the futuristic aspect and it wasn't completely rooted in the ancient times to start with, it was back and forth exploring the past then back to Kaia's present (future to us though.) It explored her friendships and her family. 

   I liked the twists in this one and there was always a lot to keep my attention. Kaia found out that her True was a man in ancient times, and she couldn't resist going to meet him. I loved their connections and interactions. It was cool how time didn't seem to matter to them, nor different cultural perspectives, just their connection and attraction. 

   The theme of friendship was good in this one, and I liked that Kaia tried to protect her friends when she was doing something that she shouldn't. But I also liked how she did decide to ask for help eventually and let people in. 

   Family is different on Genesis-- where they are living now. Kaia doesn't live with her parents, instead she and the other kids live in sort of boarding school aspect. They stay in dorms and the teachers and leaders of their schools help govern. But I do like that Kaia felt so close to her brother, even though he was an outlaw. The love didn't go away, and neither did the love and support with her parents even though its not a traditional family unit. 

   Kaia realized that another student was also in the past, and she felt responsible to figure out what he was doing. She was just going back to get to know her True, but she was still breaking laws and regulations, and could effect the future. But the other student, the things he was messing with, besides seeing him chose to change the past in ways that could make a big difference. 

   I liked how it ended, and I will definitely be continuing this series. It wrapped up certain plots, and then blew up some questions and I can't wait to see how the new will play out. 

Bottom Line: Great premise, and loved Kaia and the romance.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Could you chance altering the past in order to help the man you were destined to love?

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