A star-crossed, timey-wimey romance (Mini Review)

I received this book for free from Sourcebooks. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A star-crossed, timey-wimey romance (Mini Review)
Until We Meet Again

Written by: Renee Collins
Published by: Sourcebooks
Release date: November 3rd 2015
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history… or risk losing Lawrence forever.

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I find myself in a bit of an odd predicament with this book. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know they tend to be long-ish, but I just… I really don’t have that much to say about this one? 😱 I know, I know, holy crap Nikki is keeping it under 500 words, what’s going on?! Basically I just… Well, I quite enjoyed it, I had a couple issues, and… that’s that. But you probably want a bit more than that.😉 So here you go:

First off, I loved the romance. It was a bit insta-love-ish, but I have nothing against insta-love as a concept — it can work for me, provided it doesn’t feel forced or ridiculously unbelievable. In this case, it worked — present-day Cassandra and 1920s Lawrence had really great chemistry. They were both realistic characters, but the charming Lawrence was my favorite — what can I say, those 1920s guys… 😍 The pacing of their relationship did stretch the bounds of believability for me a little, but not in a bad way. I went into this book wanting a romance, and that’s what I got. It was sweet, and full of feels, and I definitely shipped it, so that aspect worked really well for me.

I thought the non-romantic plot was… pretty good? If anything, this was the part that felt a little forced to me. The book definitely needed something to up the tension and add some complications to our timey-wimey romance, and the plot certainly did that. The excitement mostly happened in Lawrence’s 1920s timeline — there was murder, mystery, crime bosses, secrets, betrayal… which kept me turning the pages even though certain aspects felt a little “sensational” in a slightly unbelievable way, for me. But I wasn’t in it for the plot, so those were issues that I easily brushed off.

But in the end, some things weren’t developed or tied up the way I was hoping… That’s not to say the story doesn’t have a solid ending (so many contemporary romances have really loosely-tied endings — this one is solid), but… gah, spoilers! I would’ve liked a little more development in some aspects of the story; I’ll put it that way.

The good, though: This book ended up really bringing the feels at the end, and you know a book has succeeded at something when you find yourself getting teary-eyed.

 

In conclusion…

Overall, I think this is a great single-sitting type book. I read 3/4ths of it during a long drive, which was perfect. It was paced well, it didn’t have any unnecessary filler, the romance was wonderful, and the plot was entertaining. It’s a very solid standalone.

I think at the end of the day, though, while I really did enjoy it… I was a little bit underwhelmed, simply because it didn’t blow me away — but then again, it did succeed at bringing the feels and telling an engaging, romantic story. So I’d definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a star-crossed romance.

I’m really torn over how to rate this one, though, so… I’m gonna have to do one of these things:

Somewhere between and ;)

9 thoughts on “A star-crossed, timey-wimey romance (Mini Review)

  1. I was really curious about this book since it is time travel, but I was unsure of whether I should pick it up to read or not. “Until We Meet Again” sounds like a good book to fill in when vacation time comes around! Great review!

  2. I have this in my TBR. I’m glad you liked it and that it’s a good one-sitting book (but hahaha, if I could do that I would be very happy). I love the time travel idea and the other plot but I’m curious how I will feel about the romance. Great review!

    • The ONLY reason it was a(n almost) one-sitting book was because of a 6-hour drive where I did literally nothing but read, lol. Hooray for a forced lack of distractions! XD I really liked the romance, obviously, so if you’re in the mood for something that’s gonna make you want to smoosh faces together (and something that gets pretty emotional), I’d recommend it. ^_^

  3. Books like this are so hard to write about! When you feel underwhelmed for reasons you can’t exactly pinpoint (and some you can). This still sounds like a solid read though! I do love time travel romance and I’m glad that part was done well!

  4. First off, I like how you use half stars and you still had to put it between two ratings. =P

    I haven’t read this one yet but it was actually one I was thinking of picking up very soon. I’m glad to hear that it’s a quick read and that you liked the romance. Romance is a big deal for me so that’s a point in it’s favor. As for the 1920s part, that sounds awesome. Sure I would like the ending to be a bit more tied up but I can deal with some loose ends.

    Great review, Nikki!

  5. I love your comments on this book! I feel the same way sometimes! The great thing about books is what is just okay for me might be totally amazing for someone else! So, you did a great job summing up what worked for you and what didn’t! Thanks for the review!

  6. Sometimes books that you feel “meh” about are the ones that are hardest to write reviews for! I received this review a few weeks ago but have put off reading it because of the less than stellar reviews. Maybe I’ll pick it up when I’m in the mood for a quick single-sitting book. Glad the romance is great!

  7. Hmmm, I’m quite curious about this one… I don’t read too many time travelling books (YAY timey-wimey!) but the ones I’ve read I’ve really liked!
    I’m a bit torn because you say it’s a fast read and can be read in one sitting but also it didn’t blow you away… Decisions, decisions!

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