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Monday, January 10, 2011


by Alexandra Monir
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 11, 2011

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

Book Review:
OMG! It was sad. It was happy. It was just amazing. Michele was so sweet. My heart really went out to her. Having to deal with the death of her mother. Getting the cold shoulder from her grandparents. I just felt really bad for her, but I also understood how all of this made Michele a better person overall. Alexandra Monir really knows how to weave a beautiful story. I don't usually like romance novels, or novels that are more romance than anything else, but I loved this one. I felt like I could really connect to Michele. I also really loved how she helped each of her female relatives in turn. Michele learned a lot from all of them, and they her. The Windsor line is more than a line of blue bloods. It is a line of strong young women who know what they want and how to get it. Speaking of people that she helped, the relationship of Michele and Phillip was well done. I really felt like they loved each other. It was a little bit rushed though. This was explained through the fact that they felt like they already knew each other. I also think that Michele going in and out of the time period was totally unfair for Phillip. I felt bad for him. Pinning after someone who he could never be with. The ending was a really good one if you are speaking in writing and storyline good. In opinion good I didn't like it. It's not that big a deal, especially considering that I am biased in these type of things. Anyways it was a beautiful story, and a great debut novel. I would totally recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind romance in a novel.  

Rating: A


  1. thanks, I'm new at this and I'm glad that I'm getting the hang of this.


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