Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Across the Ages (Across the Ages #1) by RaShelle Workman - Ashley's Review

* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Across the Ages (Across the Ages #1)
Author: RaShelle Workman
Publication Date: December 21, 2014

Synopsis: Ghosts are real. So is time travel.

Eighteen-year-old Lucy Channing discovers this reality after her dead grandmother gives her a beautiful locket. As soon as her fingers brush the cold copper, Lucy is swept out of the nineteenth century and into the twenty-first.

The first person she encounters is twenty-year-old William Godwin. He’s uber-rich, arrogant, exciting, and oh so handsome.

William agrees to help the strange girl find her way home. Or into the nearest mental institution.

But what the two uncover reveals more than ghosts and time travel. Lucy and William discover a love greater than time itself.

A love so strong it reaches...

Across the Ages.


Review: I've thoroughly enjoyed RaShelle's Fractured Fairy Tales series (including Blood & Snow, Vampire Lies, Vampire Secrets, and A Beauty so Beastly), so I was really excited when I found out she was writing something completely different from them. Across the Ages is very different - there's no fairy tale references or fantasy creatures, and about the only thing that remains the same is a little bit of magic. But this book was really excellent, and I'm so glad RaShelle decided to take a chance on it!

From the very beginning, Lucy was an incredibly likeable character. She's not afraid to do whatever she wants, and she's always inventing and tinkering with things. She'd rather capture and release the mice and snakes in her home than kill them, and she's kind to everyone. Her situation is rather unfortunate though, since she's being forced into a marriage with a man she doesn't love. Luckily, she doesn't hate him either and he's a very nice young man, but Lucy has always wanted more. And I wanted more for her.

I really enjoyed the magical elements in this story, especially since they're based on Egyptian mythology. I love when mythological elements are present in a story, especially when I'm unfamiliar with the exact story or deities. I enjoyed learning about them almost as much as I enjoyed watching Lucy time travel and find her true love (who is totally swoon-worthy despite his arrogance, or maybe partly because of it), and I though RaShelle did an excellent job of transplanting Lucy into the future. Lucy is confused about all of the things she should be, but she's smart enough to figure out things that should have seemed impossible. It was fun to watch her interact with Will and the technology of 2015.

This was a really sweet story about the power of love and how it transcends time, and I'm really interested to see what happens next. Especially after that ADORABLE ending! I'm sure there will be more problems for Lucy and Will as the series progresses, but I really want them to work things out and be like Lucy's grandparents. I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for a romance that's partly historical and partly contemporary, with some magic and mythology thrown in. A 4/5 for Across the Ages!

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