About the Book:
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Transcend Time” (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Review: Drew and Lizzie are now secure in their future. Much to the resentment of Chelsea, they changed the course of the past… or they thought they did. Happy as they are now, both are unaware that Chelsea has campaigned to unleash a horrible curse obtained by a witch that will alter all of their realities. Lizzie soon realizes that in order to be with the man she’s loved twice now, something will have to be done. To hold onto the future… changing the past is key.
From a reader’s perspective, I don’t think I’d have imagined Michelle Madow changing the character’s future using the means she did. Instead of keeping the story only in present day, she takes her characters out of their “comfort zone,” so to speak and puts them into the era they are reincarnated from. Snapping pretty bits of inspiration from elements this series was inspired from (Pride & Prejudice, Taylor Swift), it’s something that works for the story. Time travel aside, once the reader breezes past the first three to five chapters, things get more complicated than we bargained for.
Travelling back into the 1800’s for this trio doesn’t happen until ¾ of the way through the pages and it astonished me greatly! Here I was all set to go back in time with these characters and enjoy a quaint regency novel with an overshadow of danger and mystery. Alas, that wasn’t to be the case. Instead of crafting a new story and “forgetting” what’s already transpired, too much of the novel prior to that is a look back at what happened to lead Lizzie until this juncture in her life. Many of the passages are her memories and conversations that recall to mind the events of Remembrance. It wasn’t done in poor taste but could have been better condensed. Fortunately, making up for that there is a trip to England and the eventual blast from the past when the reader gets to meet the past selves of Lizzie, Drew and Chelsea. Any reader expecting to encounter an era-exact time period will be disappointed as everything from the language to the descriptions still hold a “modern” narrative. Minor flaws aside, Timeless is a sweet way to end the “Transcend Time” saga. The characters are fun and learn the true value of friendship while recognizing that sometimes the greatest things in life are the only moments worth fighting to preserve.
Needless to say, I am beyond excited for the readers and Michelle (selfishly, it’s mostly the readers!) to have read that she has inked a deal with Harlequin Teen to release a series in 2014. CONGRATS, Michelle. This reader is anxious to see where that journey leads.
In Summary: The first-time author whose series was originally inspired by Taylor Swift’s pretty, “Love Story” ballad four years ago, ends the series in a sweet-natured, happy way that is absent from writing today – although the romantic in me wouldn’t have minded that promise of “I do.”