#BookTwins If You Like The Time Traveler’s Wife you might like All Our Wrong Todays by @elanmastai

Book Twins

“If you read … you’ll like …”

When you’ve read a book, do you sometimes find yourself thinking “oh, that really reminds me of *insert name of another book*”?

Welcome to a new feature, in which my team and I make reading suggestions based on your favourites, be they classics, or newer best sellers.  Our recommendations consider not just genre, but writing style, plot—and that ‘feel’ you can’t quite put your finger on.

This week’s choice is from team member Alison:

If you liked ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger, you might like:

‘All Our Wrong Todays’ by Elan Mastai

Tom lives in a different 2016. A better 2016 than the one we had (which, to be honest, isn’t that difficult) made possible by a never-ending source of clean energy discovered in the 1950s. Tom’s world is peaceful, carefree, perfect. But his life isn’t. His father, a brilliant scientist, is distant and disinterested. Tom feels like a failure.

It’s quite a complicated plot, but suffice it to say, Tom falls in love with the beautiful Penelope, messes with his father’s time machine, changes the course of history and ends up in our 2016.

The concepts behind time travel give me a headache. I just can’t get my head around the whole idea. I loved ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ though, because it’s not really about time travel – it’s about relationships and life and it’s so much about the characters. And ‘All Our Wrong Todays’ is about the characters too – and Tom can’t get his head around time travel either. But he has to sort things out to save all those people he accidentally got rid of. Of course, it isn’t that simple. There’s his new family to consider, who are much nicer that the old one. And there’s the new Penelope too.

Tom is a great main character. Aware of his short-comings, he’s an honest narrator. The reader really feels his panic about what he’s done, the dawning reality of where he is and what his new life means. The novel explores his complex relationships, and at the heart of this is a love story, just like ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.

It’s clever, well-written and very readable despite its complexity.

I still don’t really understand time travel though.

Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.com

Have you read either of these books?

Rosie’s Book Review Challenge – One Way Fare reviewed by Crystin

Today we have a review from Book Review Challenger Crystin. She blogs at http://crystinlgoodwin.wordpress.com/

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Crystin chose to read and review “One Way Fare” by Barb and Hannah Taub

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Here is Crystin’s review;

Title: One Way Fare by Barb Taub and Hannah Taub

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

 

What do you get when you have a demon, a half-angel, an accountant with superpowers, and a rock star? A group destined to save the world, apparently.

When the fate of a magical city that allows those with special gifts to live a normal life is threatened, Gaby, Luic, Thomas, and Leila must find a way to save the city and keep history intact. It may be harder than they thought – the angels aren’t necessarily on their side.

One Way Fare was an enjoyable book – the story was interesting, and I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen. I liked the time travel aspects, and the characters were pretty fun to read, too. I did have a few minor problems, though. Without revealing too much, one of the girls ended up with the wrong guy (in my opinion) – there was almost too much emphasis on quoting things I’m not familiar with (I’ve only seen Princess Bride once, and I have no idea what the Evil Overlord’s Manual is …) – and the pacing of the story was a little off. Granted, I usually pick the wrong guy in love triangles, am perfectly aware that I’m hopelessly ignorant of popular culture, and I often have trouble following pacing (mainly because I read too fast). So do take those complaints with a grain of salt.

That said, I did find the book enjoyable, and I’ll definitely pick up the next one to find out what happens next. After all, there are still siblings missing – and maybe there’s still hope for my favorite character.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com