All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.
Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.
As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.
First of all, thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy for review! And although I’m super excited to read it, that in no way affects my review to come!
Oh my god, how do I even begin writing this review? I figured if I waited a few days, I would be able to come up with some solid things to say and well… Nope, I’ve got nothing. I’m still freaking out over this one. Buuuuut, I’ll try my very best to put all these thoughts and feels into an actual review.
I have to start off with saying that my favorite part about this book was that it dropped you right back off into the story and action as if you had never actually put down the first one. I hate when second books, especially in duologies, take time to explain everything, as if it’s one of those ‘catch the viewer up’ thingys at the beginning to TV shows. It just wastes time, and honestly bores the hell out of me and makes me want to put the book down. But since we were thrown into action, there was nooo way I was putting this one down before I was done with it!
I’m trying so hard to sound all professional and actually review this, but I’m just so excited about what I just read, I honestly need to get it out in gif form for a sec:
Alright, now that that’s out of the system, lemme break down exactly why you need to read this duology, and more importantly this book as soon as it comes out:
- focusing on friendships more than love interests
- STRONG FEMALE LEADS. LEADS AS IN PLURAL
- FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS (now listen, I will always freak out about these because they are so rare in YA books)
- LGBT+ couple in this book (WHICH HAD ME FLAILING AS I READ OK)
- a m a z i n g writing and descriptions of everything
- traveling to tons of different places that aren’t just America in different time periods, and they all seem pretty damn accurately described
- AND TONS OF SUPER CUTE ROMANCES
If that list doesn’t convince you to read this book, then…. What are you even looking for in books? I’ve never read anything else by Alex, but I’m definitely about to go pick up every other book she’s written!
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!