Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book Tour: Return Once More


Return Once More (The Historians #1)
Release Date: 09/29/15
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:
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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About the Author

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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Kaia Vespasian is a student in a futuristic time travel organization.  On her seventeenth birthday, she will find out who her one true love is, out of all the people who have ever lived or ever will.  Most people never meet their true love, but through time travel, Kaia can.  But the rules of the organization forbid such interactions.  As Kaia delves deeper into history, she finds rules in her society that do not add up and wonders if there is more going on with them than meets the eye.

Return Once More by Trisha Leigh was captivating.  It held my attention throughout, distracting me from more important things.  Because it was a time travel story, it took place in two very opposite main settings, one hundreds of years into the future on a different planet, since Earth had been destroyed, the other in ancient Egypt in the first century BC.  There was also an air of mystery as Kaia began investigating the actions of her mysterious classmate. 

The historical details of Return Once More were fascinating.  I had never heard of Kaia’s true love, although he was the son of a two famous historical figures.  That was perhaps because he died young, before he had a chance to make a name for himself.  It was fascinating learning about him.  His sense of duty and honor seemed very accurate to the worldview he would have lived in.

When Kaia and her classmates time traveled, they experienced events that had pivotal effects on human history.  Their goal was to study and discover the events that led their society to leaving earth in an attempt to keep from repeating them.  Time travel sounds fun, but it was gratifying to see that the time travel described in this book had a purpose greater than exploring history for the fun of it.

The romance was intriguing.  Once I accepted the idea of two people perfect for each other in every possible way, it was easier to see their immediate attraction, trust, and understanding of each other as possible and beautiful.  I held on to the hope that Kaia would find some way to keep her true love from dying tragically, changing the true history.

The book did not end the way I expected. I cannot say much more without giving it away, but it was both happy and sad.  I long to read the second book in the series.

Overall, Return Once More was captivating, beautiful, and fascinating.  I intend to read the rest of the series and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sci-fi or dystopian romance.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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