Early Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Posted October 14th, 2015 in book review / 26 comments

Early Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. TaylorInto the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

At A Glance

Happy I got to read a good time travel book.

The Good

I couldn’t even wait for the publication date to get closer before reading Into the Dim. I was too excited! Sorry not sorry for the very early review. I’m awesome so I do what I want! hehe.

After the slow beginning, this book rocked! No one was tearing me away from Into the Dim. A lot had to do with the fact that I was totally craving a time travel book. And boy did this book deliver.

Hope was an interesting heroine. She has a lot of phobias and fears which keep her from really connecting with people. She has a photographic memory which was awesome as hell! Came in handy too. I liked Hope, even when she kept saving the day accidentally.

I was so jealous of Hope for getting to go to Scotland for the summer. And she gets to stay in a castle/manor! It was described in great detail. I felt like I was their with Hope exploring. But the best part was the time travel to the twelfth century. Eek, what a horrible time period to live in but a great time period for our characters to get into trouble. I was so freaking stressed out about if they would find Hope’s mom and if they would get back to their own time period that I went on Goodreads and tried to find a review where someone revealed the ending. I know! I know! Unforgivable. But I was so stressed and desperate to know if Hope would get a happy ending. No luck in finding spoilers, but I ended up liking the ending, even if it wasn’t perfect.

I have to assume this is going to be a series because there is so much of the story left unexplored. I am excited to read the next book when it comes out.

The Bad

Some of the characters could have been more developed. They felt thrown into the story and I wanted to know more about them because it was hard to care about them. I don’t even mention them in The Good because…meh.

The beginning was pretty slow. Only when the time travel happens do things pick up and that takes some time to happen.

Most of the twists were easily guessed, but this doesn’t usually affect my interest in a book, so whatevs. Just thought I would mention it.

The Snuggly

The snuggly is very complicated. I don’t want to say anything because it reveals too much, but I don’t even remember kissing, so it’s very YA. However, there is an attempted rape, but it gets stopped early.

Final Thoughts

Into the Dim is the kind of book that if it came to execution it was only 3 to 3.5 stars, but the entertainment factor blasted it to 4 stars. After the slow beginning I was glued to the pages.  Very recommended.


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26 Responses to “Early Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor”

  1. Stacey Brutger

    I want to read this book for the cover alone, but every time I read the blurb, I lose interest.

    I’m on the fence about this one. You’re review is great. I still might have to give it a try. 🙂

  2. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOoh nice! I have this to review, but what with my current reading queue have been holding off. Hopefully by mid-November I will be able to schedule it in! Great review! (Glad to read it early too since I still need to crack open my copy!)

    • Jennifer

      Sometimes I can’t wait for certain books, and they jump my queue. I need impulse control!

  3. Olivia Roach

    I know what you mean about being SO excited for a book you don’t want to wait until closer to the date. Ahaha, you do what you want 😉 I have this one and am so looking forward to reading it because I know it will be amazing. I just love a good time travel book and it sounds like this one handles that element so well. And getting to go to Scotland for a summer and living in a manor? Yes please!

    My recent movie review: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2015/10/the-butler-movie-review.html

  4. Melliane

    I was curious about this one so I’m glad to see your review and to see you enjoyed it. It sounds like an interesting one there! thanks for the review!

  5. Jaclyn Canada

    Sounds fun! I like the idea of getting to see Scotland and the rich detail of the castle. I also really like her photographic memory. I’m curious about what all phobias she has and how those affect her traveling through time. Great review!

  6. Melissa (My World...in words and pages)

    Oh this is completely new to me. I’ve not seen it anywhere yet. Nice. Sounds like it’s a really great start to a series. 😀

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