Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Country clubs and garden parties. The last thing Cassandra wants is to spend the summer before her senior year marooned in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. Cass craves drama and adventure, which is hard when she just feels stuck.But when a dreamy stranger shows up on her family's private beach, claiming that it is his property-and that the year is 1925-Cass is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cass discovers a truth that thrusts Lawrence's life into jeopardy. It won't matter which century he is from if he won't live to see tomorrow.Desperate to save the boy who's come to mean everything to her, Cassandra must find a way to change history...or risk losing Lawrence forever."Until We Meet Again is tragically beautiful with twists you won't see coming."-Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy"A beach house, a mystery, and time-travel love make Until We Meet Again a romantic, engaging read."-Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
I read the summary of Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins and immediately wanted to read this book. There’s time travel, a mystery, and romance all rolled into one story which means this book is right up my alley. On top of the actual story, the cover of this book is gorgeous which only made me want this even more.
The story begins with the main character Cassandra. We find out that she has been dragged by her family to a house at the shore in Massachusetts for the summer and she isn’t happy about it. To be honest I didn’t really love Cassandra. She came off as a little whiny and with the way we were introduced to her (breaking into a neighbor’s backyard to swim) didn’t set her up well. Obviously Cassandra is upset she is stuck somewhere she doesn’t want to be but she didn’t seem to really know what she wanted and there are worse places she could be stuck at for the summer.
The twist happens when Cassandra comes across a boy on the private beach outside the house they have rented for the summer. The boy, Lawrence, claims to be living at his uncle’s house. It just happens that his uncle’s house is the same house that Cassandra is living in for the summer. Oh…he also is from 1925. As Cassandra and Lawrence try to figure out how they are able to meet and interact, they also realize the impact their friendship has on the state of things. Cassandra is able to find things out that Lawrence shouldn’t know and that knowledge is what gets these two working to figure out how to save Lawrence without hurting the people around them.
As Lawrence and Cassandra work to solve the mystery of what happens to Lawrence, they also begin to have feelings for each other. I thought the build of the romance was well done but I felt like something was missing in the build of these characters. I honestly can’t put my finger on it and don’t get me wrong, it didn’t negatively impact the rest of the story but for some reason I just wasn’t 100 percent on board with this romance.
Now the mystery of what really was happening in 1925 that would put Lawrence in danger was another layer to this story that I liked. Lawrence’s family was interesting and as more was revealed about his uncle and the people he spent time with, everything started to come together. The way Collins tied everything together and then the way she linked the time travel in was great.
As the story progresses, we find out what really was going on and with the help of Cassandra and her research, Lawrence and Cassandra do everything they can to figure out how to save him. The other piece to this story is these two trying to figure out how they can be together away from the beach…or if it is even possible. As they come to realize what fate has in store for them, they both have to figure out what is important to them and ultimately what that means to their futures.
Overall there were pieces that I thought were well done and although I didn’t fall completely in love with the characters, I still enjoyed the story. If you are looking for a book that includes time travel, has a bit of mystery, and some romance, consider checking this one out when you can. I look forward to more from Renee Collins and will be keeping an eye out for her next book!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. US Only.
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