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Author: Trisha Leigh
Genre: young adult, science fiction, time travel, romance, fantasy
Published: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
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If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.
If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?
Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.
Or would you have the strength to watch him die?
But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.
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Last time I read a time travel book, I ended up being disappointed. But, Return Once More DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. It has a well established world, a heroine you'll love despite how many rules she breaks, and characters you'll really love!
I love the entire set up of Return Once More. It clearly established the need for time travelling, the world they are in, what went on, and why they're not on Earth. The time travelling concept was really interesting and wasn't very complex. I LOVE the history parts of the story - they're well researched, I kind of checked them out.
The catch on the whole time travelling is that you get to know one true love (True). Kaia, the heroine, just turned 17, finds out her True, and does all sorts of things because of it. He's from ancient Egypt which basically screams forbidden love. Being aware of your True is kind of an interesting concept but it also feels that it places the minds of people on one person - Kaia thinks she must be with him because the side effect of their technology told her he's her True. It just doesn't seem right. (does that make sense? lol). But setting the entire concept aside, the author still made the romance such a delight for making Kaia and her True such great characters.
Anyway, I LOVE the characters! Kaia is a stubborn heroine, she makes mistakes, but we all know things will work out. She just turned 17, what do you expect? For her to know what she must and must not do? That she must be able to control her feelings and do the right things? Nope. I like Kaia's friends, Analeigh and Sarah (special mention for Analeigh for being an amazing reasonable friend). Oz, cool and mysterious, really intrigued me.
OVERALL, Return Once More is a very engaging time travelling read. While I had my issues on the whole finding your one true love, it still nicely worked. I immensely loved the characters especially Kaia. I feel that there could be a love triangle somewhere soon, I'm honestly prepare for it. I can see everything working out well :) Return Once More is a highly recommended read for those who enjoy time travelling - it works and it's great!
~this book was provided in exchange for an honest review~
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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.
Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.
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