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Title: Return Once More
Author: Trisha Leigh
Series: The Historians #1
Published: October 20, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.
If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?
Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.
Or would you have the strength to watch him die?
But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.
Wow! I did not expect to read such an amazing and page turning story! This was one of the best books I’ve read in a while too! We follow Kaia as she is training to become an historian-a person who observes and records the past but never steps in and changes it. That right there is pretty awesome!!! To be able to go back in time to see historical events that changed the future!
Though as Kaia learns who her One True Love is and that person lived thousands of years ago she wants to get to know the person and so defies the rules and goes back to the past to meet him and actually get to know him. But as she does this she finds out more than she bargains for. One of her classmates is hiding a secret and it will mean that she will lose the one person she truly loved and a friend who she relied on.
The storytelling is amazing and I felt like I was transported back in time to the places Kaia visited. Though Kaia is a typical 16 year old and makes silly mistakes it wasn’t too annoying like other YA novels where you just want to bash that character in the head for being REALLY stupid. Kaia was naive and yet tried to make the best of the situations she was put in. All the characters even the supporting ones were really thought out and actually played a part in the story overall. They weren’t just background characters where you meet them and they are gone. They all were pretty fleshed out.
I look forward to reading the next installment of the series and to find out more about Kaia and the whole secret!