Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Series: Into the Dim #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel
Pages: 432 : e-ARC edition
Source: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

I thought after the catastrophe that was Lady Midnight that I could dive into something that was much more fast-paced and enthralling but…I was left disappointed again.

It wasn’t that Into the Dim was necessarily bad, I just was so uninterested with the story after finishing 21% of it. I had little care for the main character, who’s name I can’t even remember, the story, or pretty much anything. I wasn’t sucked in as I had hoped and while I think there is a good premise here, it’s not something that had me on the edge of my seat, chomping at the bit, trying to figure out what was going to happen next.

The whole thing felt like a set up for a very stereotypical YA novel. Which, you may be thinking, “what the hell does that mean?” I just felt like it was very “I’m not special” character who is special coupled with “I don’t know what all this means” when a new world is thrust upon her. I actually yawned.

Maybe I’ll give this one another go at a later date, but as of right now, I just can’t push myself to read (or even skim) any further.

The one thing this book does have going for it? Gorgeous cover!

6 Comment

  1. Eeep. I’ve been dying to read this one but I’ve seen so many reviews that are just meh. It’s making me wary of it, and I’m glad I didn’t preorder it.

    1. I have to say that when I stopped reading this it was at the point of when I think they were finally going to start more of the world building, but I was so done by that point I threw it into my brains trash can (I recommend getting it from the library first or something though).

      1. Ha brain trashcan. I think I’ll wait a while on this one, maybe if it goes on sale for kindle or something.

  2. I’m currently ready Lady Midnight and so far it’s been blah. And I have heard that Into the Dim is mehhh so I may wait and borrow this from the library… 😁

    1. I felt so blah about Lady Midnight too so reading this after that was…not the best idea. I HIGHLY recommend getting this from the library first, but maybe you’ll enjoy it more than me! 🙂

      1. Maaayyybeeee…. I’m going audio for this one since I tend to finish reading those in audio (unless the narrator is super annoying, I always finish an audiobook!). Thanks for the tip, though…but maybe I’ll add that to the bottom of my TBR .. haha

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