Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor 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 Into the Dim and a mini interview with the author, Janet B. Taylor.

Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. TaylorTitle: Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1)
Series: Into the Dim #1
Author: Janet B. Taylor
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

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.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Into the Dim by Janet b. Taylor

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor 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.

❀ Unique Settings

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. Also, 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!

❀ Relatable Characters

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. In the end, it was hard to reach the end of the story because it felt like saying goodbye to a friend!

❀ Well-Written

This book is incredibly well-written! Albeit, I was a little bit hesitant to read yet another time travel book this month. There seem 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.

❀ Unforgettable

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor has a unique and gorgeous setting and will be an easy favourite for science fiction fans. The main character is flawed and relatable, making her instantly likeable. Also, Janet B. Taylor’s incredible writing adds so much to the fantasy novel, making it truly unforgettable.

Book Quotes: Into the DIm by Janet B. Taylor

“Feeling as though I’d been buffeted about by a tiny, blue tornado, I whispered to the now-empty room. ‘But why would she lie to us?'”

Q & A: Janet B. Taylor

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!)

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor is definitely a book that should be on your radar if you love time travel stories. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

About Janet B. Taylor

Janet B. Taylor

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 first novel, INTO THE DIM, (which debuted 3/1/2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is about a 16 year old girl who travels through time. Totally on purpose and stuff.

Her second book, SPARKS OF LIGHT (HMH, 8/1/2017) is the sequel, and continues three months after INTO THE DIM leaves off.

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".

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7 thoughts on “Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

  1. thereadingrebel says:

    Great Review. Happy you loved it. I haven’t heard of this book but it sounds interesting and love characters that aren’t perfect. I am not a big time travel fan but think I need to give the genre another chance.

  2. Sam says:

    I devoured this book when I read it. I never thought I was into historicals, but when you add the geeky science and time traveling, I am all in. Great review!

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