I am super excited to be part of the Into the Dim blog tour, organized by Raincoast Books! This is one time travel book that should be added to everyone’s TBRs. Today, I will be sharing my review of the book and a mini question and answer with the author, Janet B. Taylor.
Title: Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1)
Author: Janet B. Taylor
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Into the Dim is such a lush and enjoyable book! The story takes place in two interesting locations, Scotland and London, and the main character is flawed and relatable. As if the book isn’t already phenomenal, it is written in such a captivating and lyrical way that makes the reader never want to put the book down! Into the Dim is a definite must read.
This book has one of the most unique settings that I’ve seen in YA. The story begins in Scotland, which gives it such a romantic and exciting backdrop. I absolutely adored the dialect and Scottish slang. As the book progresses, a new location is introduced, historical London. Taylor gives London such a posh and elegant feel, that one cannot help but want to be transported along with the characters. The descriptions throughout the novel are so meticulous, that even though I have never visited these locations I have a sense of what to expect!
Hope is not only my favourite character in this novel, she is the one that readers can really connect with. The fact that she is not perfect is what really draws me to her. Hope has flaws and fears, just like any other person. This made her more relatable as a character, in my opinion, and more enjoyable to read. Perfect characters can be off-putting, so I was glad to see that Hope had her flaws. Hope is such a well-developed character, that by the end, the reader will feel like they know her personally. It was hard to reach the end of the story because it felt like saying goodbye to a friend!
Into the Dim is incredibly well-written! Albeit, I was a little bit hesitant to read yet another time travel book this month. There seems to be quite a few YA time travel books releasing in a very short time frame this year! I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging and exciting this story of time travel is. Janet B. Taylor has this way of sucking the reader into the novel with her gorgeous descriptions. The pacing is perfect and the time travel aspect is one that even those who might not readily jump into the genre will appreciate.
With its unique and gorgeous setting, Into the Dim will be an easy favourite for science fiction fans. The main character is flawed and relatable, making her instantly likeable. Janet B. Taylor’s incredible writing adds so much to the novel, making it truly unforgettable.
About the Author:
Janet Taylor lives in such a small town in Arkansas that if you happen to sneeze when you pass by, you’ll totally miss it. (Cause, you know, you can’t sneeze with your eyes open. For real–try it–it’s impossible)
Her debut novel, INTO THE DIM (coming 3/1/2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is about a 16 year old girl who travels through time. Totally on purpose and stuff.
She’s a reader/fan first and a writer second. She lives with her fantastic husband, two hilarious sons, and Dorda the diabetic dog who won’t win any beauty contests, but has a “nice personality”.
She would think you’re the coolest thing since AC on a hot day if you’d like her on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter or visit her web site. And if you felt like adding INTO THE DIM to your Want to Read well golly! She’d probably come over to your house and do cart-wheels on your front lawn. (probably)
(PS-check out the bracelet on Janet’s pic. That’s a teeny-tiny Tardis. Uh, Whovian much?)
Q: There were so many amazing books when I was growing up that included time travel. Is
there one in particular from your childhood that sparked your writing and interest in the
theme of time travel?
A: Oh, definitely!!!
I probably read ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ by Madeline L’Engle a hundred times or more
when I was a kid. I took it on every family vacation we ever went on, reading it—and
‘Where The Red Fern Grows’ (SOB!) over and over again.
I read it again recently, and man! It really holds up! AWIT is still absolutely
fascinating, and STILL made me nervous, even though I knew what was going to happen.
There aren’t many books you can say that about. You also can’t beat Meg and Charles
and Calvin as characters. (And “The Man with Red Eyes” and “IT” still scare the
bejeezus outa me!)
Thank you so much Janet for your response! If you get an opportunity, check out Janet’s incredible website and the HMH website, if you are hungry to learn more about this incredible book! There is also a Twitter giveaway being hosted by The Sweet Sixteens as well, if you wish to try your luck on a contest.
— The Sweet Sixteens (@TheSweet16s) February 22, 2016