Book Review: This is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

This is How You Lose the Time War

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two agents travel through time and start writing letters to each other. At first they are just taunts and challenges, but slowly, they get to know each other and fall in love. They work for opposite sides in the time war and if they get found out, it will be the end for both of them.

This novel is so compelling! The writing is evocative and clever. The characterisation is restrained, but that’s part of who they are – both are highly trained operatives, spies, if you like.

I grabbed the book because of the premise and loved every minute of it.

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Goodreads Book Review: The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

eThe Summer of Impossible ThingsThe Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a sucker for a time travel novel and this one’s a good ‘un.
While visiting her late mother’s home town, Luna starts experiencing these weird episodes where she’s transported back to the 1970s at a crucial point in her mother’s life. She could save her mother from a terrible event in the past (which in turn could save her mother’s life in the present). However, in doing so, she would erase herself from existence.

The writing is brilliantly evocative of the a hot Brooklyn summer and, in places, incredibly poignant. The story was incredibly compelling. The bits about Saturday Night Fever were really fun.
The only niggle was the ending where all that had changed about the narrator was her eye colour (not terribly likely, but then again, the book is about impossibly things, I guess).

All in all a compelling and immersive read.

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