Series: The Historians #1
Published by Bloomsbury Spark on 10/20/15
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, though there is some talk of more)
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.
Return Once More is a YA time traveling sci-fi adventure book of the best kind! This book will get your heart beating faster and bring tears to your eyes. It’s the type of book that will get you thinking about all of the moral and practical implications of time travel (without making your head spin).
What fed my addiction:
- Time travel! I’m a sucker for time travel stories when they’re done right. Sometimes they can get confusing or unbelievable, but that wasn’t the case here. Kaia is an apprentice Historian – tasked with searching the past to help ensure that her own society does not repeat history’s mistakes. The biggest rule of all is that they can observe but never interact. Any slight change in history could affect the world in unpredictable ways. So when Kaia discovers that someone is altering the past – and that the Historians she learns from may not be telling the complete truth about time travel, she’s shocked.
- Kaia. It was easy for me to connect with Kaia – she’s an average girl – not a typical save the world type – but she’s willing to dig in and even get herself in trouble in order to find the truth about what’s going on with her people. She has a sense of loyalty toward her people, but also toward her brother, who has broken away from them and insists that they aren’t telling her the whole truth.
- The romance. And then there’s Kaia’s True – the one person in history who matches up with her perfectly and who is meant for her. Kaia can’t resist finding out more about her true love, and once she meets him, she struggles to let history play out the way it’s supposed to – with her true love’s untimely death. Now, I will say that there’s definite instalove involved here, but the whole true love thing made it okay for me, and I definitely felt a real connection between the couple. Usually instalove turns me off, but Leigh made it really work and I was completely behind the romance!
- The moral implications. I loved Kaia’s struggles with the moral implications of all of her decisions in the past and in the present. She knows that her meddling with the past could be disastrous, but she struggles to overcome her emotions once she meets her true love. At the same time she realizes that someone else is meddling with the past and she’s rightfully concerned – but also knows that her own guilt in this area makes it kind of hard for her to judge!
- The ending. There’s a reveal that definitely took me by surprise, but I won’t say anything more!
What left me wanting more:
- True love? Okay, so I did have a slightly hard time swallowing the idea that a computer could find your one true love in all of history – and understanding why anyone would want to know that in the first place. There was a message there about how your “Chosen” love could be almost as good as your True, but then Kaia didn’t really seem to believe that, and the strength of the connection between Kaia and her True did make that hard to swallow.
I absolutely can’t wait to see where Leigh goes with this series. So many exciting things happened toward the end of the book that were completely game changing! Actually, this reminds me that I started another of Leigh’s series (a self-pubbed one) that I really enjoyed and I need to pick that one up again too! Overall, I give this book 4.5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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.