ARC Review: Into the Dim

Author: Janet B. Taylor
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Page Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: HMH
Source: ARC via Publisher
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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.  

    Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
Are you in the mood for a fast-paced, whirlwind adventure to the past? If so then "Into the Dim" is the book for you.

Quirky and eidetic memory-wielding Hope Walton is thrust into the world of time traveling after her mother, Sarah, goes missing when really she's stuck in another century. Hope and two other time travelers are tasked with rescuing Sarah. They are her last chance, and if they can't save her she will never be able to return to her proper time period.

"Into the Dim" has a slower start, but by 100 pages in we emerge in a different era and that's where the ball starts rolling and the plot picks up the pace. And oh does it ever! Janet introduces an endearing cast of characters. We have the innocent and slightly naive Hope, a charming yet seemingly untrustworthy Bran, a serious and driven time traveler Collum, and his peppy and spunky teen sister Phoebe. I really liked the group dynamic and their vow never to leave each other behind. So often in books we see characters make the "hard choice" and leave their friends behind in tricky situations, yet I think the truly hard decision is fighting that urge and rescuing your friends like these characters do.

I really enjoyed the historical elements that Janet weaved into the story. I learned so much about Eleanor of Aquitaine and London in the 1100's. It's such a fascinating time period that isn't really explored much in YA.

The romance was cute, but I felt it was a bit rushed. I love the bickering and sassy dialogue between Bran and Hope. A love triangle is not present in this book for those wondering. Overall I can't wait to see what happens to this power couple next because they have a serious bout of forbidden love plaguing them. Speaking of sassy, there are some hilarious moments in this book that really broke up the dreariness of life in the 1100's.

The pacing of this novel was perfect as we see the characters run from troubles at every turn. There was plenty of action and mystery coupled in this story. My favorite element is definitely the numerous plot twists that Janet pulls. I love hypothesizing and guessing what happens next (and I usually get it right), but Janet pulled the proverbial rug out from underneath me multiple times. Jaws will drop! Heads will roll. (Kidding on that last part, but there's always book 2....)

The story has a satisfying end yet there are still some lose threads that I can't wait to see come to attention and fruition in the next book!

About the Author

The 2013 winner of the coveted #PitchWars, Janet B Taylor, has four years' experience writing web content for a major television network fan site (CBS) that garners over a hundred thousand hits a day. Janet travels extensively to those places where her novels are set, often roaming around at night to commune with the famous historical figures about which she loves to write. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the SCBWI and the Historical Novel Society, and lives in a tiny town in Arkansas with her family.

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  1. I just read this one and thought it was great! I completely agree that it started out a bit on the slow side. But even though it was slow, it was also kind of interesting. And when they hit London 1154, the action really picked up and I thought the author did a great job with the setting. I can't wait for the sequel too! Great review.

  2. I haven't heard of this book before but it sounds amazing! Definitely will be adding it to my TBR pile! Great review, Rachel! <3

  3. oohh. I love that it explores a historical period that's not usually tackled. Really gives you something new. And I love that it has mystery and action and twists!

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  4. I'm so glad you liked this one! I have it for review, but I still haven't read it. I'm thinking about reading it after I finish my current read. I always like a good time travel book and I'm really excited to see how the author does the 12th century here. The only thing I'm a little scared about is romance, I don't like when it's rushed, but hopefully I'll enjoy it. Great review Rachel!

    Anatea | Anatea's Bookshelf

  5. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I really loved it, and I've been totally obsessed with Eleanor of Aquitaine since I read it. I've been looking for historical documentaries about her and everything, though sadly there aren't a lot of them out there. Lovely review! ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  6. Yay! I've heard mixed things about this one, so I'm psyched to see you enjoyed it so much Rachel! I love time travel books! I'm glad to know it takes a bit to get into, so I'll keep that in mind once I read!

  7. I am beyond excited to read this book

  8. Ahhh, this sounds so exciting! I absolutely love it when books teach you more about different era's, it's always so special and it's the most fun type of education haha. I've never read (nor do I know) anything about this era, and hello - it's London! So I'm doubly excited. I can't wait for this! Great review! :)

  9. I'm glad that it was so good for you even though it had a slow start. I can't wait to read this one. It sounds great!

  10. I recently got my copy of this one and I can't wait to read it. As a faithful Whovian, anything with time travel in it kind of flies well with me. It seems like the pacing might be a little off but that it doesn't steal too much from the novel itself.


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