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. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
My Thoughts: So, initially this was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2016. Then, however, I saw that it got some mixed reviews, so I became a little more cautious. However, I received an e-ARC and was intrigued by the first few chapters, so I bought a final copy and continued reading. And I was not disappointed. I thought this book was really great. It was an action packed and fun whirlwind of a ride!
First of all, let me talk about the background that went into this book. Taylor has clearly done her research and is passionate about sharing history in a fun and accessible way. There were some passages that, yes, would qualify as “info dumps,” however, they never seemed forced, misplaced, or overly heavy and they didn’t impede the story.
Now onto the characters. Taylor quickly, yet masterfully builds vivid characters who you can’t help but fall in love with. While they’re not the deepest of characters I’ve ever read, Taylor’s characters are unique and enjoyable and make for a fun and lively cast.
Speaking of characters, let’ talk about the relationships. I loved the relationship that Taylor was able to build between Hope and her mother, even when Hope’s mother wasn’t around. It was equal parts sweet and fierce and definitely something the YA genre doesn’t typically see. Taylor aptly avoided one relationship trope in that there easily could have been a love triangle but there wasn’t. However, Taylor’s work did fall prey (at least a bit) to the dreaded instalove trope. Even still, the relationship between Hope and the love interest was sweet and age appropriate, once you got over the quickness of it.
The plot was a fun, fast-paced, action packed whirlwind that you can’t help but enjoy. It did, however follow some tropes and cliches and could feel a little second hand at times. Even still, it wasn’t so to the point of tiredness and it was still a lot of fun.
Overall, despite a few quibbles, I enjoyed Into the Dim for what it was and was very satisfied with my reading experience in the end!